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#FerryGearsUp -With the Giro d'Italia, one of the world's most prestigious cycling events heading to Northern Ireland in May, P&O Ferries has put together special offers for travellers arriving from the UK for the major cycling event.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, earlier this month the InCAT built 91m P&O Express reopened the 2014 season of the Troon to Larne service, and where foot passengers can travel for £30 return, while motorists can take up to a 5 day return for £119.

Alternatively, passengers can take the ferry from Cairnryan to Larne for £99 for a car plus driver or £25 for foot passengers.

Neal Mernock, Sector Director, P&O Ferries Irish Sea said: "There is huge excitement building as the Big Start approaches and we're delighted to be playing our part with these fantastic offers that will enable fans to travel to Northern Ireland to enjoy this world class event."

This is a time limited offer and bookings must be made by Sunday 11 May. Passengers can travel on this offer from Thursday 8 May to Monday 12 May 2014.

Passengers on these routes can also upgrade to the Club Lounge. Tickets booked in advance cost £12 per person while tickets purchased on board cost £14 per person.

For further information visit: www.POferries.com

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#P&Oexpress - P&O Ferries fast-craft Express that sails between Larne-Troon returns to service this week and just in time for the forthcoming holiday season.

The 91m InCAT built Express is the fastest ferry on the most direct route for passengers travelling from Northern Ireland to central Scotland.

Glasgow is just 45 minutes from the Port of Troon and Edinburgh is not much further, making day trips – whether for business or pleasure, easy and accessible.

Neal Mernock, Sector Director – Irish Sea, P&O Ferries, said: "I'm delighted to announce the return of the Fastcraft service between Larne and Troon. From today, the fast-craft provides passengers sailing from Northern Ireland an even greater choice on their Irish Sea crossings. It's a popular service for both leisure and business customers and we're looking forward to welcoming everyone on board today and throughout the season".

With up to 4 sailings a day, prices start from £99 one way to Troon for a car and one person, passengers also have the option to upgrade to Club Lounge. Tickets booked in advance cost £12 per person while tickets purchased on board cost £14 per person.

For further information visit: www.poferries.com

 

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#FerryWiFi - Former Miss Northern Ireland and sailing champion Tiffany Brien helped P&O Ferries launch 'Wi-Fi that Works' - a new service giving ferry passengers access to a high quality, dependable Wi-Fi connection sailing between Larne and Cairnryan.

Otherwise known as 'Peanut Butter Girl', the well-connected fitness fanatic with 33,000 Facebook fans enjoyed the speedy new service on-board P&O Ferries European Highlander.

For £3, passengers can spend up to 90 minutes surfing the web during the crossing with the option to stop and restart the service, conveniently saving minutes for another time. Payment can be made online using a credit or debit card or with cash at the on-board information desk.

Announcing the launch of 'Wi-Fi that Works', Neal Mernock, Sector Director, Irish Sea at P&O Ferries said: "We know it's important for all our passengers, whether travelling for business or leisure that they're able to go online and stay connected throughout their journey.

"We have worked hard to guarantee that the Wi-Fi service we have installed is of the highest quality, ensuring a reliable and unbroken service for passengers sailing between Larne and Cairnryan".

The Wi-Fi service is free of charge for Club Lounge passengers. Club Lounge tickets booked in advance cost £12 per person while tickets purchased on board cost £14 per person.

 

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#MysteryDiscount – With the holiday season underway, P&O Ferries, has launched a surprise discount giveaway for all passengers travelling between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Passengers can book their travel for 2014 on the Larne-Cairnryan/Troon routes and will receive a discount of up to 25%. To avail of offer, bookings must be made by 7 January 2014.

Neal Mernock, Sector Director - Irish Sea, P&O Ferries said: "As operators of the shortest, fastest crossings between Northern Ireland and Scotland we are delighted to be offering these fantastic discounts which will allow even more people to get away throughout 2014. Join us on board throughout the year for a comfortable and relaxing journey and hassle free travel."      

All ferries boast Club Lounge offering complimentary newspapers, magazines and refreshments. In addition sockets for passengers to use their laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Club Lounge tickets booked in advance cost £12 per person while tickets purchased on board cost £14 per person.

P&O Ferries will be highlighting the Christmas mystery giveaway through direct mail, website and through social media. Travel must take place between 1January and 31 December 2014 with the offer open to everyone with the exception of foot passengers, bicycles, motorhomes and caravans.

For full detail and conditions see details from www.poferries.com

 

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#P&Oexpress- P&O Ferries seasonal-only operated Larne-Troon route is scheduled to cease next Monday (7 October) bringing a close to this year's Northern Ireland-Scotland route, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The route operated by the InCAT 91m fast-craft P&O Express completes the crossing in 2hours 15 minutes. As part of a £20m plus investment of P&O Ferries Irish Sea fleet and ports, this season saw a new Club Lounge installed on the 920 passenger  / 225 car capacity fast-craft.

In addition the Club Lounge also features on board Larne-Cairnryan route conventional ro-pax sisters European Causeway and European Highlander. The Japanese built pair complete the Northern Channel crossing in 2 hours.

Northward of Troon is another ferryport, Ardrossan where as previously reported, the last sailing of Caledonian MacBraynes new 'seasonal' service to Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre took place yesterday. The Ayrshire port is better known for its year-round service to Brodick on the Isle of Arann.

 

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#P&OExpress – A month to go sees the return of P&O Ferries fastcraft 'Express' service on the two-hour Larne-Troon route, which operates from 27 March to October.

The P&O Express (1998/5,902grt) accommodates more than 800 passengers and nearly 200 vehicles on the short hop across the North Channel linking Antrim and Ayrshire. The fastcraft also operates on certain sailings in tandem with ro-pax ferries running on the Larne-Cairnryan route.

On board facilities include a Fables Restaurant, the Harbour Coffee Company and for shoppers at sea, a stroll around the spacious Seashop.

Like other Irish Sea fast-ferries during the winter months, these vessels would go into 'hibernation' mode.  As for the Austal built Express 91m craft completed in Fremantle, she spent several months lying in Belfast Harbour.

For further details of the P&O Express service on the Larne-Troon service click HERE.

 

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#StraitofDover– Dover's largest ferry operator P&O Ferries have written to the UK Office of Fair Trading, expressing concern over Eurotunnel's inclusion in a final round process to manage French shortsea ports Calais and Boulogne.

The Channel Tunnel operator's move could lead to 'substantial lessening of competition' in shortsea services between the UK and France.

Chief executive of P&O Ferries, Helen Deeble, said a successful bid by the Channel Tunnel operator could lead to a "substantial lessening of competition" in shortsea services between the UK and France.

Calais and Boulogne, owned by the Nord Pas de Calais Chamber of Commerce, comprise two of the three French shortsea ports serving ro-ro traffic out of the UK.

Ms Deeble, who is also the current president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, said a successful Eurotunnel bid would amount to a "relevant merger" within the Enterprise Act 2002, providing grounds for the OFT to investigate.

P&O Ferries, owned by Dubai World, further argues that the ports of Calais and Boulogne "would cease to be distinct from Eurotunnel" and that £70m ($109.8m) of UK derived turnover would be acquired by Eurotunnel.

As a result, said P&O Ferries: "More than 25% of France-based French sea port services for ex-UK ferry traffic is or will be provided by a single entity, Eurotunnel."   

For much more on this story Lloyd's List has a report.

 

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#FerryPort – Work has begun on a major upgrade of the Scottish ferryport of Cairnryan, on Loch Ryan, according to The Irish News.

The renovation of part of the P&O Ferries division-owed port comes after rival Stena Line invested millions in its terminal in Belfast. As recently referred on Afloat.ie, Stena also invested heavily in recent years with a brand new facility just outside Cairnryan.

While the project will mean improved services for those using the ferry crossing, it is also good news for the Northern Ireland construction industry. Work will be carried out by Belfast-based civil engineering contractors McLaughlin and Harvey.

A new roll-on and roll-off linkspan is to be installed at the port with work expected to be complete by the end of the year. This replacement floating ramp structure will be used by freight and tourist vehicles shipping with P&O Ferries' services to and from Larne.

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#FERRY NEWS – Over the busy festive season and during the early New Year periods, Irish Sea 'central corridor' route ferry operators are preparing for an influx of passengers, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Stena Line's HSS Fastcraft will return on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route for the festive season with the following sailing schedule: 20-23 December, 27-30 December and between 2-5 January 2013.

The route is served by the HSS Stena Explorer fastcraft with a crossing time of 1 hour 20 minutes. For further information about the service, click here.

In addition Stena Line operate sailings on the Dublin Port-Holyhead route, which is served by two conventional superferries, Stena Adventurer and Stena Nordica on the 3 hours 15 minute service. For further details click here.

Irish Ferries Dublin Port-Holyhead route is served by cruise ferry Ulysses and fast ferry Jonathan Swift, though for the festive period the cruise ferry, Isle of Inishmore will be introduced to provide an extra sailing in each direction on the following dates: 22, 23 and 27 December and 2 and 3 January 2013.

Passage times on the route for the cruise-ferries take 3 hours 15 minutes and the fast ferry crossing is 1 hour 49 minutes. For more information and sailing times click here.

Also running service on the central corridor is P&O Ferries Dublin Port-Liverpool route which is served by a trio of ro-pax ferries, European Endeavour and sisters Norbank and Norbay.

They operate to a crossing time of between 7 hours 30 minutes and 8 hours 5 minutes, which varies subject to sailing times. On this route, the service does not cater for foot passengers. Details of this service can be found on their website here.

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#P&O 175th ANNIVERSARY – The cruiseship Arcadia (2005/83,781grt) sailed into Dublin Port after an overnight passage from Southampton, where P&O celebrated their 175th anniversary on Tuesday with a spectacular parade of the fleet billed as the 'Grand Event', writes Jehan Ashmore.

Dublin Port is the first port of call since the 2,388 passenger (maximum) capacity Arcadia departed her homeport on a 14-night adult-only round trip cruise to Iceland. She and six cruiseships of the P&O Cruise fleet formed the impressive sail past down the Solent to where they each went their separate ways on cruising intineries.

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, better known throughout the world as P&O was established in 1837. The famous company's colourful house-flag is flown on the P&O Cruises fleet and P&O Ferries operating out of the UK. The flag is also depicted as the funnel colours of the ferry fleet and incorporates the royal colours of Spain (red and gold) and Portugal (blue and white) which relate to the older traditional colours representing the monarchy.

In 2005 P&O was sold to Dubai based DP World for £3.3 billion, which operates P&O Ferries, while the cruise division was sold off to Carnival UK, a subsidiary of the US owned Carnival Corporation which among its many companies includes Cunard Line. The Arcadia and her fleetmates are under the P&O Cruise brand and the cruiseships also fly the house-flag under license.

The origins of P&O though can be traced as far back to 1815 when Brodie McGhie Wilcox engaged Arthur Anderson to become a ship clerk in his brokerage business in London. The Lime Street based brokerage initially chartered vessels and the business grew so by 1823 Anderson was made a partner to form Wilcox and Anderson. They embarked on a sail-cargo service from London to the Iberian Peninsula.

In 1835 the timber-built passenger and cargoship paddle steamer William Fawcett was chartered from the Dublin and London Steam Packet Company. The 206-tonne vessel gave a top speed of 10 knots, noting that she had two sailing masts fore and aft of the steamer's funnel.

William Fawcett is regarded to be the first ship in the P&O fleet, the steamer with the Irish connection carried the government contract to carry 'mails' to Iberia. The company secured more contracts and rapid expansion to the Orient, where the house-flag reached India, Ceylon, Penang, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. This led to many ships built and not just confined to cargoships, notably the liners with passengers travelling Port-Out and Starboard-Home...how POSH indeed!

It was fitting to see Arcadia arrive into a flat-calm Dublin Bay as she entered from the southern approaches off Dalkey Island, where paddle-steamers such as William Fawcett would of sailed past heading for London. Her modern short-sea successor in the form of P&O Ferries ro-pax European Endeavour (2000/ 22,125grt) was also arriving into the bay off the Baily lighthouse from Liverpool.

Arcadia cost £200m to build and when the vessel was laid down at the Fincantieri Cant. Nav. Italiani SpA shipyard in Monfalcone, she was originally the Queen Victoria for Cunard Line. It was however decided that the newbuild would be renamed Arcadia as she was transferred by Carnival to the P&O Cruises brand and given a traditional name.

To read more about the company, the ships and much more visit www.poheritage.com

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