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Cross-Channel gains new high-speed service

A new high-speed Cross-Channel service has been launched at the weekend. LD Lines has started operating its catamaran service between Dover and Boulogne in time for the peak summer season, cutting the journey time to one hour

The Norman Arrow is 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 fast craft can carry 1,200 passengers, 417 cars or combination of up to 30 freight vehicles and 195 cars, and operates at speeds of up to 40 knots.

The vessel is also the world’s largest diesel-powered catamaran and is first Incat 112 metre to operate in Europe.

The new fast ferry increases frequency on the route from the current two operated by a conventional ferry to six return sailings a day.