Stena Line has added an additional boat to its Rosslare to Cherbourg route, commencing on Tuesday.
The Stena Foreteller is currently on its way to Rosslare Europort.
Stena Line will now have two ships departing from the port on Tuesday direct to France.
Companies have been asked to book their place early.
Update for Irish Sea freight customers: the Stena Foreteller is being moved into position to commence on the Rosslare to Cherbourg route. We will now have two ships departing tomorrow direct to France. Please contact our freight team for bookings. https://t.co/UJKkQHQTzs pic.twitter.com/UG9LIOpMRd— Stena Line Group (@StenaLine) December 21, 2020
Meanwhile, French transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has said that in the coming hours, France will be putting in place a health protocol so that flows from the United Kingdom can resume.
The minister took to Twitter to defend the decision to impose a travel and freight ban with the UK.
“Whenever France closes itself off, we are told we are oppressive. Whenever another country does a little more than us, we are told we are lax.”
À chaque fois que la France confine, on nous dit qu’on est liberticides.— Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (@Djebbari_JB) December 21, 2020
À chaque fois qu’un pays fait un peu plus que nous, on nous dit qu’on est laxistes.
Independent TD Verona Murphy has called on Government to seek ‘green lanes’ for Irish trucks to be allowed into France, if they undertook to cocoon within their vehicles while crossing the UK.
“They could undertake to not leave their trucks except to use toilet facilities.
“For factories, Monday will be the last kill before Christmas with trucks getting out up to Wednesday to return on Thursday. There’s a huge amount to go out.”
Irish Road Hauliers Association (IRHA) president Eugene Drennan told Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio One that there are over 200 Irish trucks in the UK waiting to make a crossing to the continent via France.
“I can’t stress enough that no truck should be loaded up with intentions to go to mainland Europe this morning, unless they have a direct route booked to go directly and avoid the UK.”