Ferry

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…