LD Lines has announced a new passenger and freight ferry service between Rosslare Europort in Ireland, the France West coast port of St.Nazaire and the Northern Spanish port of Gijón.
Scheduled to start from January 7, 2014, this will be the first ever ferry link between Ireland, Western France and Northern Spain, forging new trading links combined with cost-saving advantages and environmental benefits for passengers and hauliers.
For the tourist market the link to Gijón makes destinations in Spain and Portugal easier than ever to drive to and for the freight market, by passing the UK landbridge, quicker access to and from the Continental mainland.
In addition the France West coast port of St.Nazaire is ideally located for popular French holiday locations such as Brittany, La Baule, La Rochelle and Bordeaux as well as providing easy accessibility for freight traffic between mainland Europe and now with the new service, Ireland.
Welcoming the new service, John Lynch, general manager Rosslare Europort, said: ”This new service, the first Ro Ro connection between Ireland, France and the Iberian peninsula, will open up new opportunities for trade between Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal, with the potential for inbound tourism to Ireland also benefiting significantly.”
The new service will depart Rosslare on Fridays at 21:00 ; depart St.Nazaire to Gijón on Saturdays at 22:00 ; return from Gijón on Tuesdays at 22:00 ; depart St.Nazaire to Rosslare on Wednesdays at 23:59 with an arrival time in Rosslare on Thursdays at 21:15.
This represents a major extension of LD Lines’ “Motorway of the Seas” Atlantic network, coinciding with other new services between Poole and Santander, which began in November 2013, Poole – Gijón which commences from January 5, 2014 and the existing France – Spain route linking St.Nazaire and Gijón, which was introduced in 2010.
Christophe Santoni, CEO of LD Lines said: “The new service will offer a value-for-money direct route between Ireland, France and Spain and in addition to making European destinations more accessible, will give the tourism and freight markets greater choice.”
LD Lines’ new network of ferry services will be operated by two sister ships Norman Asturias and Scintu. The modern Ro Ro and passenger vessels, built in 2008/2009 by the Visentini Italian shipyard, each have capacity for up to 500 passengers, 200 cars and 110 freight vehicles or 150 trailers. On board facilities include 120 cabins, bar, restaurant, shop and a full range of passenger entertainment is being developed and introduced in the months ahead.
The Rosslare – Gijón service fares start from €579 for a car and two passengers including cabin. Rosslare – St.Nazaire fares start from €199 for a car and two passengers or €249 for a car and two passengers including cabin. Rosslare – St.Nazaire introductory fare offer is limited to the first 200 car passenger bookings.
For more information and to book : www.ldlines.com or call 0844 856 5498 for passenger bookings and for freight bookings 0844 493 0654.