Ferry

  • 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…

  • FALSE ALARM: Car alarm dupes coastguard

    16th June 2011

    Believing a distress call was being sent out, the coastguard eventually found it was a false alarm when the they discovered it was coming from a GPS unit in a car on a ferry. The coastguard had spent three hours…

  • STENA LINE: Early return for HSS

    STENA LINE: Early return for HSS

    8th June 2011

    Stena Explorer returned to the Irish Sea route between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire on 1 April, nearly two months earlier than expected. Stena say the move was in response to higher passenger and vehicle demand on the Central Corridor crossing,…

  • IRISH SEA: Irish Ferries challenges

    IRISH SEA: Irish Ferries challenges

    1st June 2011

    Irish Ferries produced a strong performance last year, but with austerity programmes in place in Ireland and Britain, John McGuckian, chairman of the parent Irish Continental Group, predicts challenging times ahead. In the Group‘s annual report he comments: ‘The recent…

  • 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…

  • DOVER-CALAIS: SeaFrance staff back plan

    DOVER-CALAIS: SeaFrance staff back plan

    27th May 2011

    Employees of troubled cross-Channel ferry operator SeaFrance voted almost unanimously in support of a restructuring and refinancing plan submitted by management to the European Commission. There was 94 per cent backing from a 79 per cent turnout among almost 900…

  • MEDITERRANEAN: Veterans in Libyan rescues

    MEDITERRANEAN: Veterans in Libyan rescues

    27th May 2011

    Two of Europe’s longest serving ferries which, coincidentally, first sailed with almost identical names, attracted international media coverage when making late April mercy sailings between Libyan ports. Owned by Agoudimos Lines, Ionian Spirit (1972/6,748gt) was chartered to move immigrant workers…

  • 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…