Larne – Troon

  • In Waters NewSUPERSTAR EXPRESS P&O Irish Sea.

    Superstar Express | Former P&O Irish Sea Catamaran

    TWENTY years on from her introduction we take a look at P&O Irish Sea's former Larne to Cairnryan/Troon catamaran 'Superstar Express'.

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  • Photo featuresPride of Rathlin leaving Larne in 1995. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    Former ferries of NI Pt.2: From Atlantic Steam Navigation to P&O

    A look back at some of the ferries which have operated to Northern Ireland for Atlantic Steam Navigation, Townsend Thoresen, and Pandoro / P&O

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  • 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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    Press Release: P&O Ferries Announces Closure of its Larne-Troon Service

    The following is P&O Ferries press release announcing the closure of the Larne to Troon route, reproduced in full P&O Ferries Announces Closure of its Larne-Troon Service After a comprehensive review of its options, P&O Ferries has decided to close its loss-making Larne- Troon route with immediate effect, but the company has also confirmed it will continue to operate its full Larne-Cairnryan route services throughout 2016 and into the future. P&O Ferries has proudly operated this additional seasonal route since 2003, but the stark reality is that the company is continuing to make losses, and sadly the income from ticket sales is not sufficient to cover the annual vessel and port operating costs. In a final attempt to make the route…

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  • Ferry 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 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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  • BlogHSC 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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  • Local (NI) ferry newsExpress passing Ballylumford power station, Easter Monday 2015. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

    Further doubt cast over the future of Larne – Troon ferry service.

    Troon service to be axed totally? Further doubt has been cast over the future of the Larne-Troon ferry service, following the publication of P&O’s Cairnryan sailing schedule up until 2017.  It had been expected by many that one of the current Cairnryan vessels would operate to Troon next year, effectively reducing the sailing frequency of the service from Larne – Cairnryan.  However, the new schedule is unchanged from this years, meaning that both vessels will most likely remain on the Cairnryan service as passenger bookings are already being taken for EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY and EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER. Of course, other options to save the service from the axe remain, including running a freighter to either Troon or Cairnryan.  However, berthing constraints at…

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  • Ferry 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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  • Local (NI) ferry newsExpress passing Ballylumford power station, Easter Monday 2015. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

    Official: P&O to axe Express from Larne-Troon service

    Public conformation that Express WILL be dropped from Larne-Troon at the end of this season. In an interview with the Larne Times, a P&O spokesperson has confirmed that the fast craft HSC Express will NOT have her charter renewed at the end of her current season, and that notice has already been given to the owners of the craft that this is the case.  Express currently operates the seasonal service between Larne and Troon, as well as providing support to the Isle of Man Steam Packet during the TT racing season.  This year marks the 15th year in a row that Express has been chartered by P&O, and her 10th operating on their North Channel services. Last week, NI Ferry Site published…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTENA SUPERFAST VIII backs down Musgrave Channel towards Harland & Wolff's Commisioning Quay, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    Further doubt cast over the future of the Larne-Troon service.

    News has reached NIFS that in the past few days, P&O staff have been told by the company that the charter of HSC Express will NOT be renewed at the end of the current season in October, and is currently being offered for sale by her owners. This confirms previous speculation that Express was indeed up for sale. Officially speaking, P&O are searching for an alternative craft to operate the service from next season onwards, however, it is hard to see where such a craft would be available from given the declining numbers of fast craft in North European waters. The P&O Larne – Troon service is, of course, the last remaining fast craft service linking Northern Ireland and Scotland,…

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  • Ferry InformationP&O Ferries NORBAY seen arriving at Dublin. Copyright © Robbie Cox.

    NORBAY | P&O Ferries

    Profile of P&O Ferries 'Norbay' which, usually serves the Dublin to Liverpool route but has also provided cover on the Larne to Cairnryan route.

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