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Warrenpoint Harbour strikes new £multi-million deal with Seatruck Ferries

A new multi-million pound contract extension has been agreed between Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA) and Dublin-based freight specialist Seatruck Ferries.  The 10 year deal follows extensive investment in the port facilities in the seaside town, including a recent £1.3m capital dredging campaign.   The harbour authority hope the new freight contract will secure its position as the north’s second busiest port for freight.

Seatruck is now the largest tonnage operator in Warrenpoint and it recorded the fastest percentage freight growth of any Northern Ireland ferry service during 2016.

A twice-daily Seatruck ferry has been in operation between Warrenpoint and Heysham port in Lancashire for 21 years.  As part of the agreement, the WHA has pledged to provide more terminal space as necessary for future growth predictions.

Commenting on the multi-million pound deal, Alistair Eagles, chief executive of Seatruck Ferries, said,

“Warrenpoint is where the Seatruck story began, and we are absolutely delighted to extend our agreement with the port and in turn our commitment to the local area.

“The wider financial benefits of having a successful port in this area should not be underestimated.

“Warrenpoint Harbour is the economic heartbeat of Newry and the Mournes and more widely on both sides of the border.”

“We now need to ensure that we have the arteries clear to ensure that the blood can flow freely and we welcome the progress being made on the Newry Southern Relief Road,” he added.

WHA chief executive Peter Conway said, “Seatruck is a fast-growing innovative ferry operator with a long and successful history at Warrenpoint.

“Together, both companies hope to continue to grow the business and to provide and develop this modern, cross-channel roll-on-roll-off service. Seatruck is the port’s largest customer and this new deal demonstrated its commitment to the port and the region for the long term.”

Echoing Mr Eagles’ sentiments, Mr Conway added that north-south connectivity in a post-Brexit era will be all the more important and he said that the WHA would continue to lobby for the construction of the Newry southern relief road “to further improve access to the major road networks across both parts of this island.”