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16th December 2021 - Press Release

Isle of Innisfree Joins Irish Ferries' Dover-Calais Service Today

Irish Ferries, a subsidiary of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG), have today added further capacity to their existing Short Straits service. Since joining the Port of Dover in June 2021, significant additional capacity has been added by Irish Ferries, indicating a high level of confidence in the Short Straits. This investment in the Dover-Calais crossing is evidence of the resilience, value and dependability of the route and bolsters Dover's offering of an inbound ferry every 25 minutes.

Launching the Isle of Innisfree today, Irish Ferries have already doubled their frequency on the Dover-Calais route since June. Moreover, with a third ship due to join the fleet in January, Irish Ferries will offer up to 30 sailings per day on the route, with sailings in each direction approximately every 90 minutes. 

Commenting, Doug Bannister, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Dover, said:

“The capacity added by Irish Ferries on the Dover-Calais route today is testament to the ongoing confidence in the Short Straits. The market continues to choose the high pace, frequency and capacity offered by Dover, and in turn, the Port offers customers more choice, moving from two to three operators in 2021. 

Together with all our dedicated ferry operators, the Port of Dover is driving resilient supply chains, further enhancing our joint offering to customers. Dover is continuing to serve the market as the busiest and most efficient UK port – keeping people and goods flowing via the shortest and most efficient sea crossing between the UK and mainland Europe.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The Port of Dover is the UK's busiest international ferry port, handling more lorries than all other UK ports put together through an unrivalled and fluid operation capable of facilitating 120 ferry movements and 110 miles of freight per day. £144bn worth of UK trade and 33% of all trade with the EU is handled by the Port of Dover.

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