20th November 2014
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Engaged in Dialogue Over Plans for Stena Service
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has been informed by Stena Line that it will not operate its HSS Holyhead-Dún Laoghaire service over the 2014 Christmas period. It has been the practice of the ferry company to run a limited sailing service on this route at Christmas. Stena has cited ‘commercial and operational reasons’ for its decision not to operate the service on this occasion.
DLHC is actively engaged in discussions with Stena Line in respect of a seasonal service from 2015. In addition to these discussions, the Company is also heavily focused on building the volume of cruise calls for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and beyond.
As a core member of the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group, the Harbour Company has been actively and successfully marketing the cruise potential of the historic 200 year old leisure harbour. It is estimated that Dún Laoghaire will attract c100, 000 cruise passengers and crew next year, with similar numbers already expected for 2016 and 2017. A planning application under the Strategic Infrastructure Development Act for a new cruise berth for ‘next generation’ cruise ship is expected to be submitted in the coming weeks to An Bord Pleanala.
According to Gerry Dunne, CEO of DLHC: “While it is regrettable that the HSS won’t be sailing out of Dún Laoghaire this Christmas, we look forward to a continued relationship with Stena in 2015 and beyond. We also look forward to fully exploiting the potential of the harbour as a world-class destination for cruise calls. These developments will have very positive implications for the town of Dún Laoghaire, and the wider hinterland.”