EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY expected to return to service tomorrow.

European Causeway departing Larne for Cairnryan. Copyright © Garry Andrews.

P&O Ferries’ EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY returned to Larne from Cammell-Laird Birkenhead earlier today, and is expected to resume service with tomorrows (19th June) 10:30 sailing from Larne.  As a result, relief vessel EUROPEAN SEAWAY should make her final crossing on the North Channel this year with tomorrows 07:30 ex Cairnryan. It is expected EUROPEAN SEAWAY will leave for her home port of Dover in the coming days, potentially as early as tomorrow, having completed her relief duties on the North Channel. Whilst not an ideal ship, it must be said that EUROPEAN SEAWAY‘s maiden spell on the North Channel was pretty successful – particularly for a vessel that is so much physically bigger than any other ferry that has commercially operated between the two ports*!  On a personal note, it was great to meet some of her crew (you know who you are) and experience a vessel in passenger service that normally only freight … Read more

Photo Feature: European Seaway, first days at Larne.

EUROPEAN SEAWAY leaves Larne on her first ever commercial service from the port, with the 20:00 departure to Cairnryan on 5/5/17. Copyright © Trevor Kidd

On the 3rd of May 2017 P&O Ferries EUROPEAN SEAWAY arrived in Northern Ireland (and Scotland) for the first time in her 26 year career.  The cross-channel freight ferry is providing refit relief this year on the Larne – Cairnryan route.  The following gallery is of various pictures of her first few days when she conducted numerous berthing trials at both posted.  EUROPEAN SEAWAY entered service with the 20:00 sailing from Larne on 5/5/17, becoming the largest ferry to ever operate from the County Antrim port in the process.  This feature would not have been possible without the contributions of Trevor Kidd, Gary Andrews, and Scott Mackey. SaveSave

Quickie: European Seaway (and Larne refits) delayed.

P&O's cross-channel freighter European Seaway. © P&O Ferries.

A quick check of the P&O timetable from next weekend (when EUROPEAN SEAWAY had previously been displayed as in service from Larne) indicates that she will NOT now be in service.  The reason for the delay is not yet clear, however work appears to be continuing at Larne to make the berth suitable for EUROPEAN SEAWAY, which is significantly longer than the regular vessels EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY and EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER.  At present it looks as though EUROPEAN SEAWAY will be in service from the following weekend, with EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER off the timetable from Saturday 6th May. Update:  It appears the cause of the delay is NORBAY‘s dry-docking at Cammell-Laird over-running by about a week, with NORBANK and EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR the only vessels showing on the passenger timetable until Friday 5th May.  The vehicle carrier NEPTUNE AEGLI is covering NORBAY‘s schedule

Ferry industry news roundup (wk 2 Apr ’17)

Artists impression of Vikings new cruiseferry which is expected to be delivered in 2020. Viking Line.

A roundup of some of the news from the ferry industry in recent weeks. Viking launches FSTR service with former Larne vessel HSC express, whilst competitor Linda Line sells one of their craft. HSC EXPRESS has started the latest chapter of her post-P&O career operating another service in the Baltic, this time for Viking Line as an additional vessel to their fast-conventional RoPax VIKING XPRS on the Helsinki – Tallinn route.  Marketed as Viking FSTR (though still officially named EXPRESS), the former P&O vessel is operating the popular route in competition with Tallink’s ‘Shuttle’ service for vehicles and passengers, Eckerö Line who also carry vehicles and passengers on FINLANDIA, and Linda Line, who only carry passengers.  The introduction of EXPRESS, which appears to be largely unchanged from her days operating from Larne, appears to be a response to Tallink’s introduction of the brand new MEGASTAR fast-conventional RoPax alongside STAR.  Meanwhile, Linda Line have sold one of … Read more

P&O Larne-Cairnryan refit/dry-dock dates 2017.

EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER leaves Larne in the freshly applied new P&O livery, May 2015. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

P&O’s Larne to Cairnryan vessels European Causeway and European Highlander are expected to go for dry docking between the 28th April and 2nd June this year.  European Highlander will be first, heading for Cammell-Laird Birkenhead on 28th of April.  She will return on the 15th of May, allowing European Causeway to take her turn at Cammell-Laird. Throughout the dry-docking period P&O’s Dover based “Super Freighter” European Seaway will provide cover, becoming the largest ferry to ever operate a scheduled service from Larne in the process.  This will be the first time European Seaway has visited Northern Ireland, with dry-docking periods in recent years normally covered by Dublin-Liverpool’s Norbay.  Due to her length (around 10m longer than the limit stated on the Port of Larne website) NIFS expect that she will use the MacKean Quay berth in Larne, which is the longest berth available at the port.  MacKean Quay also has the twin-tier linkspan European Seaway will need to be able to … Read more

European Seaway to operate Larne to Cairnryan in May?

P&O's cross-channel freighter European Seaway. © P&O Ferries.

According to the P&O online booking engine, this years refit cover vessel for Larne will be the Dover-Calais freighter European Seaway.  Previously it had been stated by the same booking engine that Norbay would cover the operation, as in previous years.   European Seaway was built for P&O by the now defunct Schichau-Seebeckwerft shipyard in Germany, and entered service in 1991.  She was to be the first of 4 European Class “super-freighters” built for the Dover-Zeebrugge route, but is the only one that remains as a freighter with the final vessel, Pride of Burgundy (originally to have been called European Causeway), completed as a passenger ferry as new.  The remaining 2 sisters European Highway and European Pathway were rebuilt as Pride of Kent and Pride of Canterbury at Lloyd Werft in 2003.  European Seaway can accommodate up to 124 x 15m freight units and 200 passengers.   P&O’s refit period for European Causeway and … Read more