Although LD Lines are on course to introduce new ferry Norman Leader late in April, the 112m catamaran Norman Arrow (pictured) is also returning for high speed Portsmouth-Le Havre summer services from 9 June to 5 September. Used between Dover and Boulogne in 2009, the 1,200-passenger/470-car Incat’s Portsmouth debut season finished early when she suffered hull damage after reportedly hitting a navigational marker near Le Havre late in August. Norman Arrow spent the winter at Brest. As yet, LD Lines have given no clue over future deployment of current Portsmouth-Le Havre vessel Cote d’Albatre, which returned to its original Newhaven-Dieppe route in January, while sistership Seven Sisters went to Gdansk, Poland.

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