Ferry

  • 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…

  • GOUROCK-DUNOON: Argyll Ferries get Clyde route

    GOUROCK-DUNOON: Argyll Ferries get Clyde route

    30th June 2011

    The Gourock-Dunoon ferry link becomes a passenger-only service under a £10.6 million six-year contract awarded by the Scottish Government to present operator Argyll Ferries, a subsidiary of David MacBrayne Limited. Argyll Ferries are seen as providing the best value for…

  • FAST CATS: To Russia from Wight

    FAST CATS: To Russia from Wight

    30th June 2011

    Flyingcat twins Fastcat Shanklin and Raparee, the former Fastcat Ryde (below), have gone to Russia, arriving in Sochi as deck cargo aboard piggyback ship Beluga Fantasy in mid-May. Like Stena Line’s three former Fleetwood-Larne route ro-ro ferries, they will be…

  • ISLAY-KENNACRAIG: Islay debut delayed

    ISLAY-KENNACRAIG: Islay debut delayed

    30th June 2011

    Although late May gales, which played havoc with Irish Sea and Scottish services, failed to stop Caledonian MacBrayne’s new Islay route ferry Finlaggan from arriving in time for a naming ceremony on 25 May, the £24.5 million vessel was unable…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Portsmouth return for Norman Spirit

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: Portsmouth return for Norman Spirit

    30th June 2011

    Early May brought a return to her original LD Lines route between Le Havre and Portsmouth for Norman Spirit after a year away on the now discontinued co-operation with TransEuropa Ferries between Ramsgate and Ostend. Completed in 1991 as the…

  • 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…