Stena Line, who operate the ferry service from Stranraer to Belfast, has received provisional clearance from the UK Competition Commission on the proposed acquisition of the DFDS Liverpool and Heysham to Belfast routes.
The UK Competition Commission concluded that the acquisition will not lessen competition on the Irish Sea for passengers and freight.
Whilst awaiting a final decision Stena Line is nevertheless pleased with the positive results of the interim findings.
Michael Mc Grath, Stena Line Area Director—Irish Sea, said: “We are of course very satisfied with the provisional clearance from the UK Competition Commission and we can now proceed with more detailed planning for the Irish Sea routes.
“We will continue to work closely and liaise with the UK Competition Commission as they move towards a final ruling on the issue” he concluded.
Until the UK Competition Commission publishes its final report by July 25 at the latest, Stena Line will keep both diagonal routes as a separate entity outside its existing business.