Ferry

  • ISLE OF WIGHT: Wight Ryder service disrupted

    ISLE OF WIGHT: Wight Ryder service disrupted

    29th September 2011

    Engine troubles with Wight Ryder II (pictured) meant cancellations and changes to Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Ryde passenger service in late August. Solent and Wight Line’s Solent Cat (2000/74gt) was chartered to cover some sailings, with her crossings taking a few minutes longer…

  • IRISH SEA: Stena names for quartet

    IRISH SEA: Stena names for quartet

    31st August 2011

    The four vessels in Stena Line’s acquisition of Irish Sea routes have received new names. Heysham-Belfast freight ro-ro Scotia Seaways became Stena Scotia, route partner Hibernia Seaways became Stena Hibernia and Belfast-Birkenhead ro-pax twins Lagan Seaways and Mersey Seaways to…

  • DOVER STRAIT: Joint DFDS-LDA bid for SeaFrance

    DOVER STRAIT: Joint DFDS-LDA bid for SeaFrance

    24th August 2011

    DFDS and LD Lines owners Louis Dreyfus Armateurs have made a bid for the assets of SeaFrance, subject to conditions including approval by relevant competition authorities. If successful, DFDS and LDA will form a jointly owned company, with DFDSas majority…

  • NORTH CHANNEL: Twins’ conversion begins

    NORTH CHANNEL: Twins’ conversion begins

    24th August 2011

    After completing final sailings on Tallink’s Rostock-Helsinki route in mid-August, overnight ferries Superfast VII and Superfast VIII headed for Poland to begin a two-month conversion prior to entering service as day vessels on Stena Line’s Irish Sea North Channel service…

  • LARNE-TROON: Norcape replaces Mariner

    LARNE-TROON: Norcape replaces Mariner

    24th August 2011

    The Japan-built, 124-trailer/12-driver Norcape (pictured) has replaced the 62-trailer European Mariner (1977), built in Germany, on P&O’s Larne-Troon freight service. In use since 2002, European Mariner left for Turkish breakers at Aliagia after final trips on 8/9 July.

  • ROUTE CLOSES: Kalundborg-Aarhus

    ROUTE CLOSES: Kalundborg-Aarhus

    24th August 2011

    Mols-Linien is closing its Kalundborg-Aarhus route with 700-passenger/300-car sisters Mette Mols (pictured) and Maren Mols sold to Spain-Morocco operator FRS for €45 million. MetteMols made her last sailing on22 July and Maren Mols finishes on 15 September.

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Poole-Cherbourg closing in October

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: Poole-Cherbourg closing in October

    24th August 2011

    Restored only in late February, Brittany Ferries’ English Channel vehicle and passenger link between Poole and Cherbourg closes on 3 October with a decision over summer operations in 2012 due by the end of September. After withdrawal of the previous…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: SeaFrance plan investigation

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: SeaFrance plan investigation

    26th July 2011

    A formal European Commission investigation has started into SeaFrance with particular focus on whether parent SNCM French Railways’ €223 million recapitalisation plan for the troubled English Channel ferry operator is compatible with European Union rules on state aid. SeaFrance currently…

  • LD LINES: Norman Voyager sent to Med

    LD LINES: Norman Voyager sent to Med

    26th July 2011

    LD Lines are sending Norman Voyager to the Mediterranean at the end of a current charter for Celtic Link Ferries’ Rosslare-Cherbourg service. Delivered by Visentini in 2009, she takes over LD Lines’ Marseilles-Tunis service from 15 November, initially making three…

  • IRISH SEA: Final approval for Stena Irish Sea deal

    IRISH SEA: Final approval for Stena Irish Sea deal

    26th July 2011

    Stena Line’s acquisition of DFDS Irish Sea routes from Belfast to Birkenhead and Heysham has been approved by the Competition Commission. Although the findings were not originally expected until 25 July, the green light for Stena came before the end…