Monday, August 23, 2010

Second Ferry Service Becomes Freight Only

LD to Cease Passenger Carriage on Dover - Boulogne Route
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – UK – French owned LD Lines are to cease passenger operations on their Dover – Boulogne service from September. In the second case this week a major ferry company have withdrawn a passenger service stating it is uneconomic. As with the DFDS Rosyth - Zeebrugge withdrawal LD hope to continue to service freight vehicles.

LD had introduced a second vessel on the route in an attempt to drum up extra trade but now both the Norman Bridge and Norman Trader will cease to carry passengers from the 5th September but, unlike DFDS, LD cannot absolutely confirm that a freight service will continue to operate although a company statement today said they were ‘considering options’.

With the company stating that there is now ‘serious overcapacity’ on the cross channel services it seems the most likely outcome will be the complete withdrawal of one of the vessels and the other to revert to a RoRo freight service operating to a similar timetable to that which preceded the second ships introduction earlier this year.

Pic: Boulogne sur Mer harbour in gentler days