An explosive device was found on a truck in Lurgan, Co Armagh on Tuesday evening.
The PSNI were first informed last Friday of a device attached to a lorry in Belfast docks, but nothing was found at the time.
After an extensive investigation, police in Northern Ireland discovered the device attached to a truck in the Silverwood Industrial Estate in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, on February 4.
The PSNI said the lorry, which belongs to a County Armagh haulier, was due to travel by ferry to Scotland and was intended to explode on board on January 31.
Detective Superintendent Sean Wright, PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit said: “It is clear from the information available to police that Dissident Republicans deliberately and recklessly attached an explosive device to a heavy goods vehicle in the full knowledge and expectation that it would put the driver of that vehicle, road users and the wider public at serious risk of injury and possible death.
“Had this vehicle travelled and the device had exploded at any point along the M1, across the Westlink or into the Harbour estate the risks posed do not bear thinking about. The only conclusion that we can draw is that once again Dissident Republicans have shown a total disregard for the community, for businesses and for wider society.”
The chief executive of the UK’s Road Haulage Association, Richard Burnett also condemned those responsible for bomb found on a truck belonging to a County Armagh haulier.
He said: “We unreservedly condemn the callous disregard these people have shown for the lives of others. This reckless act could have caused devastation had the device detonated.”