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P&O given major boost by 7.5% rise in Larne freight

By Margaret Canning

P&O Ferrues handled the highest volume of freight in five years on its Larne to Cairnryan service during last year.

The ferry and logistics company handled 206,700 freight units on the route over the 12 months - a 7.5% increase on the previous year (192,200 units).

It operates seven sailings a day between Larne and Cairnryan in Scotland.

Neal Mernock, P&O Ferries' director for the Irish Sea, said: "This highly encouraging performance shows that the economy of Northern Ireland is continuing to grow, notwithstanding the uncertainty heralded by the Brexit vote in June."

He added the company spent £0.1m last year on upgrading its two purpose-built ferries on the route, the European Highlander and European Causeway.

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