Gotlandsbåten (Gotland Boat)

  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VII (outbound) and Stena Superfast X pass in Belfast Lough. Stena Line.

    2016: A (brief-ish) review.

    A look back at 2016 from a ferry perspective.

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  • Ferry Industry NewsP&O's Express pictured leaving Larne on Easter Monday during her final year in service.

    Official: P&O close Larne to Troon service with immediate effect.

    No redundancies amongst permanent staff as the loss making Larne to Troon service is axed. P&O today finally announced that the seasonal Larne to Troon ferry service has been closed with immediate effect.  This follows the decision last year not to renew the charter of the routes vessel, the InCat catamaran HSC Express, which was subsequently sold by her South American owners to Swedish interests for operation to Gotland.  It is also understood that the contract with ABP for the use of the Port of Troon expires this June.  Whilst there will be no redundancies as a result of the closure, NIFS understand however that the majority of the staff were seasonal meaning they no longer have jobs for the…

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  • Ferry Industry NewsBuquebus' InCat Express, laid up at Belfast's Albert Quay, following the completion of some 15 years of service for P&O. Copyright © Steven Tarbox 2015.

    Weekly roundup 19/12/15

    A quick roundup of some this weeks ferry industry news stories, both local and further afield. Local ferry news. Bye bye Express. P&O’s Express pictured leaving Larne on Easter Monday 2015 during her final year in service. Copyright © Gary Andrews. The former P&O Larne – Troon vessel Express finally left Belfast on Wednesday following her layover following her final service to Troon in October, and subsequent sale by owners Buquebus to Swedish interests following P&O’s decision not to renew her charter.  She is currently laid over in Helsingborg and is expected to enter service for Gotlandsbåten between Gotland and the Swedish Mainland in March 2016.  Notably an article promoting a £50 discount for fans travelling to France for Euro 2016 via P&O’s Larne and…

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  • Ferry Industry NewsBuquebus' InCat Express, laid up at Belfast's Albert Quay, following the completion of some 15 years of service for P&O. Copyright © Steven Tarbox 2015.

    HSC Express update.

    Former P&O fast ferry to leave Belfast for Sweden in the next few weeks. Swedish start-up operator Gotlandsbäten have announced via their official Facebook page that HSC Express will leave Belfast for layup in Helsingborg within the next few weeks.  They have also said that she is to commence service at the end of April 2016, operating from both Västervik and Nynäshamn to Visby.  Final details and a timetable are to be released by the end of this year. Reduced speed Although HSC Express is capable of almost 40 knots, it is believed she will operate at just 30 knots for Gotlandsbäten, giving a crossing time of 2 hours and 3 hours respectively. It is not yet clear just how long her season…

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  • Ferry NewsHSC Express. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    The end of an era: Goodbye to P&O’s HSC Express.

    P&O Ferries Express has completed her final sailing for the company, also potentially the final fast-craft sailing between Scotland & Northern Ireland

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  • Ferry Industry NewsExpress passing Ballylumford power station, Easter Monday 2015. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

    P&O’s Express sold for operation in the Baltic

    Larne to Troon vessel leaving for a new career in Scandinavia Respected industry source Shippax information have published the news that the current Larne to Troon vessel HSC Express has been sold to a company called Nordic HSC, based in Sweden.  Current owners Buquebus had been looking for a buyer following P&O’s decision not to renew their long running charter for the craft. It is intended that Express will operate between the island of Gotland and the Swedish mainland.  She will be delivered to the now owners next autumn, when she will undergo a refit and crew familiarisation prior to entering service in summer 2016.  It is intended that she will be registered in Sweden, and will employ Swedish officers.…

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  • In Waters NewHSC Express in her latest livery carrying the marketing name 'Viking FSTR'. Viking Line.

    Golden Express | Previously P&O Ferries EXPRESS

    Profile including history and technical data of P&O's former Larne-Troon InCat catamaran, Express.

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