Ferry

  • NORTH Channel – Changes as Stena reaches 50

    NORTH Channel – Changes as Stena reaches 50

    28th December 2012

    Stena Line, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its ferry debut, has made changes in top management, with Gunnar Blomdahl standing down after ten years as chief executive. He is replaced from 1 January by 46 year-old Carl-Johan Hagman, who was…

  • ACCIDENT: Costa Concordia

    ACCIDENT: Costa Concordia

    17th January 2012

    The number of people missing following Friday’s cruise ship accident has risen to 29 with six confirmed dead. The ship had been carrying 4,200 passengers and crew at the time of the incident, and the missing include passengers from Italy,…

  • DOVER STRAIT: Rival bids for SeaFrance

    DOVER STRAIT: Rival bids for SeaFrance

    29th September 2011

    The joint DFDS/Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ take-over initiative for SeaFrance is one of three bids to be considered in Paris towards the end of October, the others coming from the troubled Calais-Dover operator’s main staff union CFDT and a little-known French…

  • DOVER-CALAIS: Channel ro-ro laid up

    DOVER-CALAIS: Channel ro-ro laid up

    29th September 2011

    P&O Ferries took Dover-Calais freight vessel European Seaway (1999/22,986gt) out of service on 30 September. The company explained: ‘This commercial decision will help us better match capacity to current levels of freight demand in the Short Sea sector, pending the…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: New blades for Dunkirk trio

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: New blades for Dunkirk trio

    29th September 2011

    DFDS is investing in new propeller blades for the three ferries in service between Dover and Dunkirk with the aim of reducing bunker consumption and environmental impact. Built in South Korea by Samsung, Dunkerque Seaways (2005), Delft Seaways (2006) and…

  • 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…