Stena Line Freight has been voted Irish Sea Shipping Line of the Year 2012 at the prestigious Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards.
An independent panel of judges including a group of hauliers who regularly travel with Stena Line voted on a range of elements including the level of service, onboard facilities and choice of routes and Stena Line was presented with the much coveted award, sponsored by DSV, at a ceremony at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast.
Frank Nieuwenhuys, Stena Line’s freight commercial manager, UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to have been voted Shipping Line of the Year. The past year has been one of the biggest for us on the Irish Sea as we launched a purpose built £80 million Loch Ryan Port and terminal facility in Cairnryan, added the two largest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland and completed the acquisition of our new routes from Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Belfast to Heysham.
“Despite the current economic climate, we have continued to invest heavily in our services and facilities to ensure that we remain the ferry operator of choice. By continuing this investment, we have been able to keep our customers in focus, helping improve efficiency with shorter travel times and new sailing options, all of which have helped reduce journey costs for hauliers whilst contributing towards improved delivery schedules in line with market demands,” Frank added.
Garfield Harrison, publisher of Export & Freight added, “Stena Line is a very worthy winner of the Shipping Line of the Year Award. It has been a busy year for Stena Line and this award is testament to the hard work and dedication the company has to its customers, services and facilities.”
The annual Awards is organised by the Hillsborough based publishers of Export & Freight magazine, 4Square Media, and is now widely regarded as the premier event in the Irish Transport & Logistics calendar, attracting entries, support and sponsorship from all the leading players in the industry.