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UK-Norway ferry initiative pushed back. STAVANGER: Launch of the new trans-North Sea passenger vessel will now not occur in time for summer 2014, sources say. Sources The Foreigner has spoken to cannot confirm when a possible start date for the route might be. Norwegian Seaways’ announced plans for a ferry connection between Newcastle, Bergen and Stavanger in April 2014.

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UK-Norway ferry initiative pushed back

Published on Friday, 4th April, 2014 at 10:59 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th April 2014 at 20:45.

STAVANGER: Launch of the new trans-North Sea passenger vessel will now not occur in time for summer 2014, sources say.

Norwegian Seaways' ferry
Issues mean the route will probably not be served before 2015 at the earliest. The vessel shown here is an illustration.Norwegian Seaways' ferry
Photo: Norwegian Seaways


Sources The Foreigner has spoken to cannot confirm when a possible start date for the route might be.

Norwegian Seaways’ announced plans for a ferry connection between Newcastle, Bergen and Stavanger in April 2014.

Company representatives visited Norway oil capital Stavanger last year as part of their information and fund-raising initiative.

The ferry service is to connect Newcastle to Bergen and Stavanger. It will be the first direct ferry link between the UK and Norway since the demise of the DFDS-operated ship route in 2008.

Norwegian Seaways, founded in Britain’s Essex in 2012, aims to provide passengers with a cruise-like experience, offering live entertainment, spa facilities, clubs, bars and a casino.

The intended ferry is 200 metres long, and able to transport passenger cars, trailers and other cargo. The vessel will supposedly have the capacity for 200 to 300 cars, and between 600 and 8pp passengers, with up to 100 cargo units.

According to the proposed plan, the vessel, which is built to stand rough seas, will initially offer twice weekly trips, with the possibility of three trips a week if demand is high.

Peter Iles of Norwegian Seaways is confident that the passenger base is present and the company will work with tourism organisations.

“Norway is a wonderful destination for Britons. We will cooperate with the Norwegian tourism authorities to extend the season. We aim to launch Norway as a destination for skiers. Also in the other direction, there are many fascinating destinations.”

British Labour politician Lord Andrew Adonis (Baron) defined the direct ferry line with Norway as “immediate priority”. However, the Norwegian Seaways ferry service will not be ready for summer 2014.

Paul Woodbury, Norwegian Seaways’ Chief Operating Officer, told DriveEurope in an email earlier this year that “at this stage we are not in a position to announce a commencement of service. The reports in the Norwegian press are inaccurate and in no way reflect an official statement from Norwegian Seaways.”

Half of the financial investments in the sea route will come from north-eastern England and Norway’s coastal hubs Stavanger and Bergen.

Mr Woodbury commented in another email to DriveEurope that “we remain fully committed to the process and continue to work closely with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and other authorities and organisation both sides of the North Sea.”

“Raising the full capital required for a quality, compliant and sustainable ferry operation is the loadstar and whilst we are pleased to have made progress to date, until fully funded it would be inappropriate to comment further.”



Published on Friday, 4th April, 2014 at 10:59 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th April 2014 at 20:45.

This post has the following tags: stavangerukferry, uknorwayferry.


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