Ferry

  • DOVER-CALAIS: Spirit of France floated out

    DOVER-CALAIS: Spirit of France floated out

    23rd March 2011

    P&O’s second new vessel for the Dover-Calais service, Spirit of France, was floated out of the construction dock at the STX Europe shipyard in Rauma, Finland on 18 February, with P&O officials, including chief executive Helen Deeble and the ship’s…

  • FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    10th March 2011

    Final DFDS sailings from Birkenhead and Heysham to Dublin were completed during the last weekend of January with the 320-passenger/100-car/135-truck ro-pax twins Dublin Seaways and Liverpool Seaways quickly redeployed. Dublin Seaways left the Mersey to begin a spell on the…

  • DFDS NORFOLKLINE: DFDS sell two routes to Belfast

    DFDS NORFOLKLINE: DFDS sell two routes to Belfast

    10th March 2011

    DFDS wasted little time disposing of the Irish Sea routes it acquired in July 2010 as part of the purchase of Norfolkline. Services from Birkenhead and Heysham to Belfast went to Stena Line at the beginning of December 2010, along…

  • P&O FERRIES: Spirit of Britain makes Channel debut

    P&O FERRIES: Spirit of Britain makes Channel debut

    10th March 2011

    Although Dover welcomed P&O Ferries’ newest vessel Spirit of Britain in January, the 49,000gt super-ferry will not be officially named by Olympic gold medal winning athlete Dame Kelly Holmes until a yet-to-be announced date in late March. Spirit of Britain…

  • BRITTANY FERRIES: Barfleur returning to Poole

    BRITTANY FERRIES: Barfleur returning to Poole

    10th March 2011

    Brittany Ferries are bringing Barfleur (1992/20,133gt) back into service between Poole and Cherbourg from 27 February with reduced passenger capacity and a strong emphasis on freight traffic. The vessel was laid up for most of 2010, with only limited connections…

  • SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    10th March 2011

    There is no sign of Hovertravel following rivals Wightlink and Red Funnel in making cuts to Isle of Wight fast passenger services. Now the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft operator, Hovertravel carries 70,000 passengers a month between Southsea and Ryde,…

  • GOUROCK-DUNOON: Clyde tender delay

    GOUROCK-DUNOON: Clyde tender delay

    10th March 2011

    After the issue of tender specifications by the Scottish Government was delayed for six months, fears have been expressed that decisions on the future of the Clyde ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon are being sidelined until after Scottish elections…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Norman Arrow will be back

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: Norman Arrow will be back

    10th March 2011

    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…

  • WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    10th March 2011

    Public consultations have been instigated over the controversial question of Sunday sailings from Harris, the only major centre in Scotland’s Western Isles that now lacks a service. Caledonian MacBrayne carried almost 20,000 Sunday passengers and more than 6,000 cars between…

  • HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    10th March 2011

    A public meeting in February officially launched the Dover Steamship Company, which aims to bring former cross-Channel turbine-powered car ferry Dover (1965/3,641gt) back to Kent for restoration. She is currently lying at Middlesbrough as Tuxedo Royale, having been used as…