Ferry

  • EX-UK FERRIES: New routes for stalwarts

    EX-UK FERRIES: New routes for stalwarts

    28th February 2013

    Two ferries remembered from spells in home waters are starting new services in the Mediterranean and Adriatic, the best known being the former Koningin Beatrix (1986/31,910gt), which has been bought by Italian operator SNAV to replace the route’s previous high-speed…

  • MEDITERRANEAN: Going strong in Malta

    MEDITERRANEAN: Going strong in Malta

    24th January 2013

    Passenger ferry Keppel (pictured), still bearing the name carried through more than 20 years of Clyde sailings starting during the late 1960s, remains in service from Malta, offering regular trips out of Bugibba in the north of the island to…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Transeuropa charter Calais

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: Transeuropa charter Calais

    24th January 2013

    Withdrawn by P&O Ferries last October after almost 25 years of service out of Dover, Pride of Calais started a three-year charter-purchase to Transeuropa Ferries in January, running between Ramsgate and Ostend as Ostend Spirit and increasing route frequency to…

  • 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…

  • Northern Isles – Interior upgrading for Serco’s Northlink pair

    Northern Isles – Interior upgrading for Serco’s Northlink pair

    28th December 2012

    Serco Northlink Ferries is making major upgrades to the public areas of Hrossey and Hjaltland, the vessels introduced in 2002 to cover Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick services and direct Aberdeen-Lerwick sailings. The biggest change is amidships, where the à la carte restaurant becomes…

  • 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…