New direct container service launched between Ireland and US

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The Port of Cork has announced the start of a new weekly direct service by Independent Container Line (ICL) from Cork to the US, giving Ireland its first direct container service to the USA in many years.

The service is set to commence with the sailing of the Independent Vision on 6th June . ICL will sail from the Port of Cork every Saturday arriving on the East Coast of the US 10 days later.

CEO of the Port of Cork, Brendan Keating said: “The Port of Cork is delighted with this opportunity to work with ICL and support this new direct route to the US. The timing is perfect with the opening of our new €80 million Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy on the horizon, and has the potential to grow cargo volumes from and to Ireland. This is a fantastic strategic development for the Port of Cork as we look to develop Ringaskiddy as a modern logistics hub.’”

CEO of ICL John Kirkland said: “Ireland is a market we have been keen to develop for a while and we sincerely hope the Irish trade support this commitment by ICL, to bring Ireland its first direct weekly service to the USA East Coast. We look forward to working with the Port of Cork with their exciting expansion plans”

ICL has been serving the North Atlantic trade for 35 years and is consistently named the most reliable carrier.