According to the P&O online booking engine, this years refit cover vessel for Larne will be the Dover-Calais freighter European Seaway. Previously it had been stated by the same booking engine that Norbay would cover the operation, as in previous years.
European Seaway was built for P&O by the now defunct Schichau-Seebeckwerft shipyard in Germany, and entered service in 1991. She was to be the first of 4 European Class “super-freighters” built for the Dover-Zeebrugge route, but is the only one that remains as a freighter with the final vessel, Pride of Burgundy (originally to have been called European Causeway), completed as a passenger ferry as new. The remaining 2 sisters European Highway and European Pathway were rebuilt as Pride of Kent and Pride of Canterbury at Lloyd Werft in 2003. European Seaway can accommodate up to 124 x 15m freight units and 200 passengers.
P&O’s refit period for European Causeway and European Highlander is expected to take place from the end of May until the beginning of June. You can find out more about European Seaway on the Dover Ferry Photo’s website.