New Service for Dover to Boulogne Route in 2009

LD Lines has received full approval from the Port of Dover for the introduction of its new Dover – Boulogne freight and passenger service in 2009.

Scheduled to start from 1st July 2009, the new service will provide four return sailings daily with a crossing time of one hour 45 minutes.

Freight and tourist traffic, including coaches, cars and additionally foot passengers will be carried. The vessel “Norman Spirit”, which currently operates on LD Lines’ Portsmouth – Le Havre service, will be replaced on the Western Channel and is then expected to be transferred to operate the new Dover – Boulogne route.

The ship has capacity for 1850 passengers, 700 cars and 110 freight vehicles.

“We are delighted to have now received confirmation from the Port of Dover that our new Dover – Boulogne route has official approval and we look forward to a very positive, long-term working relationship with the Port Authority, “ says LD Lines’ Directeur Général, Christophe Santoni.

“Our entry into the highly competitive short sea cross channel ferry business is a major development for LD Lines. We are convinced that the service will undoubtedly attract new freight and tourist customers, which will benefit both Dover and Boulogne as departure and destination ports.”

In the first year of operation the company expects to carry in the region of 120,000 freight vehicles, 133,000 cars and 400,000 passengers.

Bob Goldfield, Chief Executive, Port of Dover said, “The Port of Dover welcomes the additional capacity at a time when it is planning a second ferry terminal to meet forecasts in traffic growth.”

Fares and reservation information for tourist passengers will be published in due course – visit : www.ldlines.com

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LD Lines to introduce brand new revolutionary fast ferry on Dover-Boulogne route

LD Lines has announced the launch of the largest ever fast ferry to operate on the cross channel routes between England and France, with the introduction of a brand new, high speed Incat 112 metre Wave-Piercing Catamaran to its Dover – Boulogne service from 29 May 2009.

The fast ferry will be the first-ever freight carrying high speed vessel to operate across the Dover Straits and LD Lines becomes the first-ever French ferry company to operate high speed ferries on the short sea routes from Dover. The vessel is also the world’s largest diesel-powered catamaran and it will be the first Incat 112 metre to operate in Europe.

The fast ferry will operate up to four return sailings daily between Dover (Eastern Docks) and Boulogne with a crossing time of 1 hour ; from Dover at 0415 ; 0745 ; 1230 and 1900 and from Boulogne at 0700 ; 1045 ; 1700 and 2230.

Two return sailings daily to Boulogne and one to Dieppe (Monday – Friday) will continue to be operated by the conventional ferry, which introduced the earlier than planned start of the new Dover – Boulogne service in February 2009. Crossing time by conventional ferry is 1 hour 45 minutes.

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LD Lines Confirms Early Dover-Boulogne Start-Up

Operating from Dover Eastern Docks, in the Port of Boulogne the ship will utilise the existing berth previously used by the defunct fast ferry operator, SpeedFerries.

From 12 February up to two return sailings daily will be provided between Dover and Boulogne with a crossing time of 1 hour 45 minutes. One round trip daily will operate between Dover and Dieppe with a crossing time of 4 hours 15 minutes.

For tourist traffic on the Dover – Boulogne route, lead-in fares start from £24 one way for a car and four passengers and Dover – Dieppe from £29.50 each way for a car and two passengers. These special offer fares must be booked by 31 January 2009 via www.ldlines.com or call : 0844 576 8836.

With construction of the Port of Boulogne’s new Hub Port Ro Ro terminal well advanced, as planned LD Lines will be inaugurating the new berth facilities with the addition of a second ship to the route from 1 July 2009. Sailing frequency between Dover and Boulogne will then increase from two to six return sailings daily.

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SpeedFerries Dover to Boulogne Service Cancelled

SpeedFerries In Administration

Dover-Boulogne ferry service cancelled

The cross-channel ferry, SpeedFerries has gone into administration. Troubles started last Thursday when the Boulogne Port Authority seized its only vessel, SpeedOne, in a dispute over unpaid taxes and fees. Dispite efforts to resolve the situation, the company has been placed in administration at the request of the firm’s directors. Crossings have been cancelled since last Thursday and customers were warned to expect further cancellations until November 16.

A statement from the administrators on the company’s website called on customers to wait for further information on future crossings and to keep any pre-booked tickets.

In the meantime, travellers should hop on a ferry from Dover to Calais or use the Eurotunnel train service from Folkestone to Coquelles, then take the A26 motorway for a 20 minute dash to Boulogne.

13th November 2008

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