We are talking about a connection with Ireland, not the United Kingdom, and yet Brexit is not far off. Indeed, in January 2021, the start of the post-Brexit era, several direct shortsea cargo routes were immediately launched between European continental ports (such as Cherbourg and Dunkerque) and Ireland. A direct connection avoids the so-called landbridge via Great Britain.
In the port of Zeebrugge, shipping company CLdN provided several fully loaded services to and from Ireland long before Brexit. In January another capacity increase was implemented on the destinations Cork and Dublin. The number of sailings between Ireland and the Zeebrugge port went up very quickly.