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Ferry company creates 60 new jobs

Norfolkline Ferry

Ferry company Norfolkline is to create 60 new jobs in Belfast.

The posts are being created at a financial services centre where it already employs 30 staff.

However that number will treble as the company moves all its European financial work to the city.

As well as ferry services the company offers management solutions, warehousing, and both rail and road transportation to various industries across Europe.

The new jobs will increase the total company workforce in Belfast to about 450.

Invest NI has offered £376,000 of support toward the project.

The company said it wanted to become more cost effective by establishing one European centre.

"Through a very thorough and comprehensive process Northern Ireland was chosen as it offered the best value composition to Norfolkline," said Lars Olsen, Norfolkline's group chief financial officer.

"As a result, we intend to triple the number of people employed in finance roles in Belfast over the next 18 months.

"Invest NI's support was instrumental in our decision to choose this region, and our existing presence in Belfast meant that we already had experience of the highly impressive skills base."

Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster, has welcomed the new jobs.

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