The Port of Cork has announced a new twice weekly roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) cargo service between Cork and Antwerp, beginning next month.

The port operators say the new service - being operated by Italian freight group Grimaldi - is in response to demand for direct links to European markets in the wake of Brexit.

Welcoming the new service, the Port of Cork's Chief Commercial Manager Conor Mowlds said it will support their efforts to keep supply chains moving during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

"The new service will also further strengthen Cork's direct links with the heart of Europe, capitalising on the market's growing use of the unaccompanied freight model, as shippers seek direct links to market rather than use the UK land bridge," he said.

The new Ro-Ro freight route is in addition to routes currently running twice weekly to Zeebrugge in Belgium and Roscoff in France from Cork, as well as a weekly container route to the east coast of America.