After a few days of berthing trials at both at Larne and Cairnryan, P&O Ferries Dover based freight vessel EUROPEAN SEAWAY entered commercial service at Larne this evening, becoming the largest ferry to ever do so from the Antrim port. EUROPEAN SEAWAY took up the 20:00 sailing from Larne in place of EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER, though the departure was delayed by around 15 minutes due to the changeover.
EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER will sail from Larne for dry dock at Cammell-Laird Birkenhead in the morning (Saturday). She will then be replaced with older near-sister EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY in a few weeks, with sailings returning to normal around the 8th of June. To read more about EUROPEAN SEAWAY, visit her profile here.
Title photograph: EUROPEAN SEAWAY leaves Larne on her first commercial crossing. Copyright © Gary Andrews.