P&O Ferries’ European Seaway to return to Larne in 2019

Summary: P&O Ferries Dover to Calais freighter European Seaway is set to return to Larne in May 2019 as refit relief vessel for European Highlander and Causeway
EUROPEAN SEAWAY arrives at Larne at the end of her afternoon sailing from Cairnryan, 10/06/17. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
EUROPEAN SEAWAY arrives at Larne at the end of her afternoon sailing from Cairnryan, 10/06/17. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

P&O Ferries Dover to Calais freighter EUROPEAN SEAWAY is set to return to the Larne to Cairnryan route as refit relief vessel in 2019. According to the P&O Ferries online booking engine, the 1991 built vessel will first cover EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER from the 07:30 departure ex Larne on Monday 6th of May. EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER is then scheduled to return with the 07:30 ex Larne on the 28th May allowing EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY to go for her refit. EUROPEAN SEAWAY‘s final scheduled sailing on the North Channel is on Wednesday 19th June with the 23:59 departure from Cairnryan in place of EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY. On the Dublin to Liverpool route a reduced passenger schedule will be in operation between March 31st and April 25th to allow for vessel refits, with a Ro-Ro vessel likely to be providing cover.

EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY approaches Cairnryan during August 2018 at the end of another sailing from Larne. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY approaches Cairnryan during August 2018 at the end of another sailing from Larne. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

EUROPEAN SEAWAY last appeared at Larne in 2017 when she had a successful spell as refit relief vessel. Unlike in 2017, it appears P&O Ferries are taking web bookings for foot passengers for her 2019 spell at Larne. Prior to 2017 the normal refit relief vessel on the route was the stern-only loading NORBAY, however the redevelopment of the berth at Cairnryan meant that larger vessels such as EUROPEAN SEAWAY could be accommodated. You can take a ‘look inside’ EUROPEAN SEAWAY here.

European Seaway on the berth at Cairnryan, May 2017. © Steven Tarbox.
EUROPEAN SEAWAY on the berth at Cairnryan, May 2017. © Steven Tarbox.
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