Ferry

  • BALTIC SEA: Icy start for former Pride

    BALTIC SEA: Icy start for former Pride

    27th May 2011

    There was an icy return to Baltic service for the former Pride of Bilbao (1986/37,583gt), which launched St Peter Line’s Stockholm-St Petersburg route as Princess Anastasia (pictured) at the end of March. Now sporting an all-white livery, the vessel originally…

  • ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet changes hands

    ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet changes hands

    27th May 2011

    The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company insist it is business as usual after completion of a refinancing operation that saw Australian banker Macquarie and its pension funds selling to a group headed by Banco Espirito Santo from Portugal. This…

  • EUROPEAN ROUTES: Cash for Brittany Ferries and LD Lines

    EUROPEAN ROUTES: Cash for Brittany Ferries and LD Lines

    27th May 2011

    The latest round of funding from the European Union’s Marco Polo scheme, designed to take freight off the roads, is supporting Brittany Ferries’ and LD Lines’ routes from England and France to Northern Spain. Brittany Ferries’ ‘Gulfstream Motorway of the…

  • PORTSMOUTH-BILBAO: Change of terminal

    PORTSMOUTH-BILBAO: Change of terminal

    4th May 2011

    Cap Finistere launched Brittany Ferries’ new service between Portsmouth and Bilbao on 27 March, but almost at the 11th hour there was a change of terminal at the Spanish end. The 32,728gt vessel, built as Superfast V in 2000, sails…

  • TRANSEUROPA: Ramsgate-Ostend co-operation ends

    TRANSEUROPA: Ramsgate-Ostend co-operation ends

    28th April 2011

    TransEuropa Ferries ended its Ramsgate-Ostend route commercial agreement with LD Lines during March, ‘to better adapt to market demand and tonnage requirements of both operators.’ The announcement came several days after the LD-owned Ostend Spirit, formerly Norman Spirit, left the…

  • CANARY ISLANDS: New role for veteran

    CANARY ISLANDS: New role for veteran

    28th April 2011

    A former Irish Sea freight workhorse, once P&O’s Ibex, has opened a new Boluda Lines service from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands. Reyes B (1979/6,310gt), built in Japan to serve P&O’s Fleetwood-Larne route, later had North Sea spells as…

  • MEDITERRANEAN: Ferries in Libyan evacuations

    MEDITERRANEAN: Ferries in Libyan evacuations

    28th April 2011

    With strife in Libya continuing, two ferries were used as hospital ships early in April. Ankara, the Turkish vessel which with sister Samsun evacuated foreign nationals from Bizerta when crisis started in February, returned to evacuate wounded civilians from the…

  • PORT NEWS: Dover plan unpopular

    PORT NEWS: Dover plan unpopular

    28th April 2011

    Residents of Dover have given a massive thumbs-down to Dover Harbour Board’s privatisation plans. In a referendum organised by the Dover People’s Port Trust, 5,244 voted for a port owned by the people of Dover, with just 113 against the…

  • LD cancel Norman Leader order

    LD cancel Norman Leader order

    28th April 2011

    A legal wrangle looks likely after LD Lines parent Louis Dreyfus Armateurs cancelled the order for Norman Leader, the 12,000gt vessel reported to be costing the equivalent of £78 million and specifically designed for the English Channel service linking Portsmouth…

  • Investment for Fastnet Line

    15th April 2011

    Fastnet Line, which runs the Cork to Swansea route, have welcomed Cork City Council and Kerry County Council’s funding, which totals €250,000 for the ferry company. Fastnet Line chairman Mr. Buckley says, “We are delighted with this support from the…