Ferry

  • 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…

  • WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    10th March 2011

    Public consultations have been instigated over the controversial question of Sunday sailings from Harris, the only major centre in Scotland’s Western Isles that now lacks a service. Caledonian MacBrayne carried almost 20,000 Sunday passengers and more than 6,000 cars between…

  • HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    10th March 2011

    A public meeting in February officially launched the Dover Steamship Company, which aims to bring former cross-Channel turbine-powered car ferry Dover (1965/3,641gt) back to Kent for restoration. She is currently lying at Middlesbrough as Tuxedo Royale, having been used as…

  • IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    10th March 2011

    Passengers travelling on the Birkenhead-Belfast ro-pax service have been handed copies of a letter explaining Stena Line’s position while formal approval of the purchase of this route, and the Heysham-Belfast freight service, is awaited. Updating events since Stena Line UK…

  • FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    10th March 2011

    Final DFDS sailings from Birkenhead and Heysham to Dublin were completed during the last weekend of January with the 320-passenger/100-car/135-truck ro-pax twins Dublin Seaways and Liverpool Seaways quickly redeployed. Dublin Seaways left the Mersey to begin a spell on the…

  • ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet will get no favours

    ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet will get no favours

    10th January 2011

    Under pressure from a new containerised freight service, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company can expect no favours from the Manx Government. Speaking of Mezeron Line’s new Liverpool-Douglas lift-on/lift-off operation, island infrastructure minister Phil Gawne stressed there is nothing…

  • GOSPORT-PORTSMOUTH: Pontoon for Gosport funded

    GOSPORT-PORTSMOUTH: Pontoon for Gosport funded

    10th January 2011

    The way is finally clear for the ferry pontoon at Gosport to be replaced by a new construction in 2011. Gosport Borough Council have made a loan to Gosport Ferry Ltd to cover construction and installation costs, with repayment over…

  • POOLE HARBOUR: Chain link stopped for a month

    POOLE HARBOUR: Chain link stopped for a month

    10th January 2011

    The Sandbanks-to-Studland link across the entrance to Poole Harbour, operated by the quaintly-named Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, was suspended during November while the chain ferry Bramble Bush Bay is at Southampton for bi-annual dry docking. Built at Hessle,…

  • PORTSMOUTH-LE HAVRE: Early marketing for LD ferry

    PORTSMOUTH-LE HAVRE: Early marketing for LD ferry

    10th January 2011

    LD Lines began promoting the new Portsmouth-Le Havre ferry Norman Leader more than six months ahead of a planned 28 April route debut. Costing £78 million and nearing completion at the ST Marine yard in Singapore, Norman Leader will carry…