Norse Irish Ferries

Norse Irish Ferries was formed as a collaboration of Northern Irish hauliers and a Norwegian shipping company specifically to re-establish a regular direct freight link between Belfast and Liverpool following the demise of the previous Belfast Ferries/Belfast Car Ferries service.  The new operator was given the exclusive right to use the berth at the newly developed Victoria Terminal 2 in Belfast.  The new service started during November 1991, and during the Christmas period of 1991 the first passengers (apart from lorry drivers) were carried on-board the larger of the two vessels used, NORSE LAGAN.  Passengers were carried onboard the vessel on a  permanent basis from early the following year.

What was Norse Irish Ferries is now Stena Line’s Belfast to Birkenhead route as a result of successive takeovers of the original operator by Cenargo International (Merchant Ferries), Norfolk Line, and DFDS.  DFDS sold their Irish Sea interests to Stena Line so they could focus on integrating the rest of Norfolk Line into their own business.


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