Stena Superfast VIII operates on the Belfast-Cairnryan route (Image: Stena Line)
Stena Line has recorded a 4% rise in the number of passengers travelling on its Belfast services in Northern Ireland in the first six months of 2017.
The ferry line provides up to 14 daily crossing on its three services from Belfast Harbour to Cairnryan in Scotland, and Liverpool and Heysham in England.
“Despite operating in a highly competitive environment, we have delivered a very strong set of volume increases across all of our three Belfast services,” said Paul Grant, Stena Line’s trade director for the Irish Sea North. “The rise in coach volumes has been assisted significantly by the increasing demand for day visits and from Chinese tour parties.”
This July, Stena Line revealed that its parent company had acquired Superfast VII and Superfast VIII, which currently operate on its Belfast-Cairnryan service under charter agreement with Tallink Grupp.
“We will take full ownership of the vessels in December, which will be another important milestone in the future development of our Belfast business hub,” said Grant. “We are hopeful that the second half of 2017 will deliver another positive set of results.”
In addition to serving Belfast, Stena Line’s Irish Sea fleet also provides services from Ireland to Wales on its Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard routes. In total, its ferries offer 228 weekly sailing options between Britain and Ireland. It also offers three return crossings from Rosslare to Cherbourg in France per week.