Britain’s ferry industry recorded increases across the board last year with passenger numbers up 2.6% or a full million to 39.01 million, compared with 38.01 million in 2013. Passenger car numbers climbed 1.6% to 8.5 million, and over 163,300 coaches were carried by ferry in 2014, an increase of 3.1%.
The figures released by industry body Discover Ferries show a second successive year of annual growth with figures increasing, in round terms, from 37 million passengers in 2012 with the strongest passenger growth on Continental services up 3.7% to 18.32 million, the key Dover-Calais/Dover-Dunkerque short Channel routes operated by DFDS Seaways, P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink handling 13.29 million of them, growth of 4.4%.
Ferry passengers travelling to Ireland with Irish Ferries, P&O and Stena were up 1.4% overall in 2014 to 4.87 million. Domestic traffic increased by 1.8% overall to 15.83 million passengers with Scottish routes doing best, with passenger figures for CalMac and Northlink up 3.9% to 6.19 million.
Following a Board meeting on January 15th, the Shipowners’ P&I Club has announced the appointment of Simon Swallow as Chief Executive, in succession to Charles Hume, with effect from 9th March. Chairman, Philip Orme, said: “I am delighted that the Board has appointed Simon Swallow a Chief Executive. Simon is very well known in the market, having been with the Club for over 23 years. As Commercial Director in recent years he has led the business development of the Club and I have no doubt that he will build on that success as Chief Executive.” Simon Swallow said: “I am honoured to have been chosen by the Board to succeed Charles as Chief Executive, and I am very grateful for the support of all the staff, as well as the membership and broking community, as I take on the role.”