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

P&O's Express pictured leaving Larne on Easter Monday during her final year in service.

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 next year. In a statement released this morning, the ferry company said: “P&O Ferries has proudly operated this additional seasonal route since 2003, but the stark reality is that the … Read more

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

Express passing Ballylumford power station, Easter Monday 2015. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

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. Update:  It appears the new operator of Express will be Gotlandsbåten, who plan to operate her for 9 months of the year between Visby (Gotland) and Västervik (Swedish mainland).  Gotlandsbåten … Read more