Ferry

  • 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…

  • CLYDE SERVICES: Gourock-Dunoon decision in June

    CLYDE SERVICES: Gourock-Dunoon decision in June

    23rd March 2011

    Applications to operate the ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon were sought in March after a Scottish Government request for further delay to allow exploration of alternatives, including creation of a community-based operation, was turned down by the European Commission.…

  • BRITTANY FERRIES: Portsmouth sailings boost

    BRITTANY FERRIES: Portsmouth sailings boost

    23rd March 2011

    Following the start of its new Bilbao service on 27 March, Brittany Ferries will build to a total of more than 40 departures a week from Portsmouth to three destinations in France and two in Spain using five conventional vessels…

  • ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink lose damage claim

    ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink lose damage claim

    23rd March 2011

    A claim by Wightlink for almost £1.4 million in damages over ’catastrophic’ engine failures affecting its former Fastcat high-speed vessels was thrown out by the High Court at the end of February. The operator sued Michell Power Systems (MPS),the company…

  • DFDS SEAWAYS: New colours for DFDS

    DFDS SEAWAYS: New colours for DFDS

    23rd March 2011

    Full DFDS liveries are now on view at Dover after Delft Seaways (ex-Maersk Delft), from the former Norfolkline service to Dunkerque, was fully repainted at ARNO, Dunkirk, to be followed into dry dock by Dover Seaways (ex-Maersk Dover). A slight…