Ferry

  • LARNE-TROON: Norcape replaces Mariner

    LARNE-TROON: Norcape replaces Mariner

    24th August 2011

    The Japan-built, 124-trailer/12-driver Norcape (pictured) has replaced the 62-trailer European Mariner (1977), built in Germany, on P&O’s Larne-Troon freight service. In use since 2002, European Mariner left for Turkish breakers at Aliagia after final trips on 8/9 July.

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: SeaFrance plan investigation

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: SeaFrance plan investigation

    26th July 2011

    A formal European Commission investigation has started into SeaFrance with particular focus on whether parent SNCM French Railways’ €223 million recapitalisation plan for the troubled English Channel ferry operator is compatible with European Union rules on state aid. SeaFrance currently…

  • LD LINES: Norman Voyager sent to Med

    LD LINES: Norman Voyager sent to Med

    26th July 2011

    LD Lines are sending Norman Voyager to the Mediterranean at the end of a current charter for Celtic Link Ferries’ Rosslare-Cherbourg service. Delivered by Visentini in 2009, she takes over LD Lines’ Marseilles-Tunis service from 15 November, initially making three…

  • IRISH SEA: Final approval for Stena Irish Sea deal

    IRISH SEA: Final approval for Stena Irish Sea deal

    26th July 2011

    Stena Line’s acquisition of DFDS Irish Sea routes from Belfast to Birkenhead and Heysham has been approved by the Competition Commission. Although the findings were not originally expected until 25 July, the green light for Stena came before the end…

  • WIND AMBITION: Time for a refit

    WIND AMBITION: Time for a refit

    26th July 2011

    A regular former UK ports visitor with Norway Line, Color Line, DFDS and on charter to Sealink, Wind Ambition (pictured), has been sent by Dutch owners C-Bed to Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, for a refit. Built in 1974 as Sessan Line’s…

  • SOLENT LINK: Hythe Ferry numbers on the increase

    SOLENT LINK: Hythe Ferry numbers on the increase

    26th July 2011

    Despite the loss of a subsidy worth £55,000 a year, Hythe Ferry operator White Horse Ferries reports an increase in fare-paying passengers on its service from Hythe Pier to Southampton Town Quay. What is one of England’s oldest passenger links…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Portsmouth return for Norman Spirit

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: Portsmouth return for Norman Spirit

    30th June 2011

    Early May brought a return to her original LD Lines route between Le Havre and Portsmouth for Norman Spirit after a year away on the now discontinued co-operation with TransEuropa Ferries between Ramsgate and Ostend. Completed in 1991 as the…

  • IRELAND-FRANCE: Celtic Link boost passenger experience

    IRELAND-FRANCE: Celtic Link boost passenger experience

    30th June 2011

    There will be a change on Celtic Link’s Rosslare-Cherbourg service in October, when one chartered Visentini-built ro-pax replaces another, Norman Voyager (2008/26,904gt) returning to LD Lines as Cartour Beta begins a five-year Celtic Link contract. Although Cartour Beta, completed in…

  • GOUROCK-DUNOON: Argyll Ferries get Clyde route

    GOUROCK-DUNOON: Argyll Ferries get Clyde route

    30th June 2011

    The Gourock-Dunoon ferry link becomes a passenger-only service under a £10.6 million six-year contract awarded by the Scottish Government to present operator Argyll Ferries, a subsidiary of David MacBrayne Limited. Argyll Ferries are seen as providing the best value for…

  • FAST CATS: To Russia from Wight

    FAST CATS: To Russia from Wight

    30th June 2011

    Flyingcat twins Fastcat Shanklin and Raparee, the former Fastcat Ryde (below), have gone to Russia, arriving in Sochi as deck cargo aboard piggyback ship Beluga Fantasy in mid-May. Like Stena Line’s three former Fleetwood-Larne route ro-ro ferries, they will be…