P&O announces six-year high for freight trade to Cairnryan
P&O Ferries has said it recorded the highest number of lorries and trailers on its Larne and Cairnryan route for six years during the third-quarter of 2017.
The ferry and logistics company, which also owns the Port of Larne, carried 53,305 lorries and trailers on its ships in the months of July, August and September.
That was its highest amount of freight in a third-quarter since 2011 and marked a 3.3% increase on the same quarter last year.
Neal Mernock, P&O Ferries sector director on the Irish Sea, said: "We are delighted that more and more freight customers are experiencing for themselves the benefits of transporting goods between Northern Ireland and Britain with us.
"Our port at Larne is fast becoming the gateway of choice for anyone exporting to or from Ireland.
"It has outstanding connections via rail and road, especially after the upgrading of the A8 dual carriageway, and is nine miles closer to Scotland than the port at Belfast."
The company operates seven sailings a day between Larne and Cairnryan, using sister vessels the European Causeway and European Highlander.
And it described the service as "a bridge for goods being transported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to Britain, and also on to the continent via its connecting services from Dover, Tilbury, Hull and Teesport".
The company sails on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.
It previously ran a service between Larne and Troon in South Ayrshire, but this was cut in January of last year.