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Goodness me, why go all the way to Le Havre? Unless your goods are travelling on to other maritime ports. If you're interested in just-in-time shipments to EU destinations, Brittany looks like an interesting option : Rosslare or Cork to Roscoff is quicker. Depends on final destination, and carrying capacity of the smaller ports. But I imagine there will be a lot of redeployment among the shipping companies, and they will come up with competitive offers.
Actually I can't imagine what cost advantage there could be in driving across the UK to get Irish goods to the Continent... ???


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by eurogreen on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 02:24:02 PM EST
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Cork Roscoff is 630Kn and Rosslare Roscoff is 540km. so offer a few hours saving on Le Havre. That said, last time I travelled the route (40 years ago!) the roads out of Rosscoff weren't great, especially for large container trucks.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 03:22:34 PM EST
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Snap! I did the same in 1980 (Roscoff to Cork) and the roads out of Cork didn't look wonderful for trucks either... Things have surely changed since then!

However, Roscoff can't compare in any way to Le Havre as a port.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 04:46:38 PM EST
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I should add: there were trucks of fresh fish and shellfish going that route back then. West coast of Ireland - Cork - Roscoff - Parisian restaurants.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 04:49:11 PM EST
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I did Cherbourg-Rosslare and Rosslare-Roscoff more recently (2003 I think) and the infrastructure was fine :)

Gigantism is fashionable for sea freight. I'm not sure it's optimal for the modern world. Particularly for high-value or perishable goods, lower-volume networked distribution systems rather than integrated and centralised supply chains must surely have their place.

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by eurogreen on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 09:15:42 AM EST
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