LD Lines’ Visentini Ropax NORMAN ATLANTIC left Rosslare this evening for the final time, bound for St Nazaire in France. The sailing marks the end of a service which was started less than a year ago, linking the Wexford port to Gijon in Spain via St Nazaire. However, following the failure to secure further EU MoS funding for the France to Spain leg the company have taken the decision to withdraw not only the Rosslare service, but also their services from Poole in England to St Nazaire and Spain. While no final decision has yet been made public regarding the St Nazaire – Gijon route itself, it is widely expected that this will be withdrawn as well following increased competition.
Seatruck have confirmed that former Warrenpoint – Heysham vessel Clipper Pennant is going out on charter as well as their future fleet deployments.
The new vessel still has no date for entering service. Meanwhile operator’s ‘annus horribilis’ continues with an unusual amount of cancellations and delays.
Since publishing our update on the former STENA GALLOWAY (presently LE RIF, originally GALLOWAY PRINCESS) and STENA ANTRIM (Presently IBN BATOUTA, originally ST. CHRISTOPHER), further information has come to light.
Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea freight specialist, have increased capacity and sailing frequency on their Dublin to Liverpool route.
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