INDUSTRY NEWS

Eurotunnel Sells Ferries to DFDS

Eurotunnel has announced its MyFerryLink cross-Channel ferries will be sold to Danish competitor DFDS following a competition ruling. Eurotunnel bought SeaFrance’s ferry business for £51m when that firm went out of business in 2012. Regulators said it gave Eurotunnel almost half the cross-Channel passenger trade, with ferry and tunnel traffic. A tribunal ruled Eurotunnel should …read more

Passenger Catamaran to be Built in UK

Red Funnel has confirmed that it is bringing fast ferry construction back to the UK with the announcement that its new passenger ferry Red Jet 6 will be built in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. After receiving tenders from shipyards around the world, the company has placed an order for a 40-metre high-speed …read more

Laos Ferry Sinks

At least 10 school children travelling on a boat in the Nam Ngum River in Laos are feared to have drowned after the overcrowded ferry capsized on Tuesday. The ferry was carrying about 35 elementary school students and four teachers on the major Mekong tributary, about 60km from the country’s capital, Vientiane. The students, all fifth-graders, were …read more

The Weakest Link

Total losses of ships have fallen to a historic low, yet danger still threatens from container blazes and the difficulty in fighting fire on ro-ro and ro-pax ferries. There are the few really appalling incidents to confront, and major problems with mass drownings on ferries in the developing world, but the raw statistics do reveal …read more

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