Luxembourg based CLdN currently operates seven sailings a week out of Dublin on its Con-Ro service linking with Rotterdam and with Zeebrugge using a fleet of vessels with between 2500 and 6000 lane metres of cargo space and one container ship. In late October the company will introduce the first of its fleet of 8000 lane metre vessels onto the Dublin services. The vessel Celine has recently completed its delivery voyage from its Chinese Builder’s yard and will take up a weekly Dublin-Zeebrugge-Rotterdam rotation. Transit time from Dublin to the Benelux Ports s approximately 40 hours. CLdN plans to introduce a second such vessel following its delivery in February 2018.
The CLdN vessels carry a mix of cargoes including Ro-Ro trailers, Lo-Lo containers and trade cars. Passenger accommodation is limited to twelve berths so that almost all of the trailers travel unaccompanied. Through its Cobelfret company the Line offers door to door services using its own trailer and container fleets.
In preparation for the arrival of the large vessels the Ports of Dublin, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam have undertaken considerable development work at their respective terminals.