The ferry industry is gearing up for growth with more than £1 billion of investments announced for new ships, port and service facilities in the next four years, according to figures released by Discover Ferries, the industry body for ferries.
In response to demand on the route from Rotterdam (Europoort) to Harwich, Stena Line is to increase capacity by changing to larger ships. The current RoRo ships the Capucine and Severine operating twice daily from Europoort in the Netherlands and Harwich in the UK will be replaced by larger ships, MV Misada and MV Misana, when their present charter contracts expire in January 2018.
Niclas Mårtensson has been appointed chief executive of Stena Line, stepping up from his current role of deputy chief executive. The current chief executive, Carl-Johan Hagman, will resume his position as chairman of Stena Line board and will also remain in the role as head of shipping at Stena AB.
Last year saw continued growth of Stena Line’s passenger numbers and car volumes, building on the figures recorded in previous years. The ferry operator transported 132,000 cars on its Harwich-Hook of Holland service through the course of the full year; an increase of 7.3 per cent year on 2013. In addition the operator recorded 100 per cent reliability in 2014 with all sailings operating to schedule throughout the year.
Stena Line continues to build on its success witnessing record passenger and car volumes on its North Sea route in 2013. The ferry operator recorded a nine per cent increase in passengers on 2012, carrying 568,000 people throughout 2013 and 123,000 cars (an 11 per cent increase) on its Harwich-Hook of Holland service.
Britain’s ferry industry showed growth across all its travel sectors last year, with passenger numbers up 2.6% overall to 38 million, all cars carried up 1.1% to 8.37million, and coaches up overall 4.1% to 158,470 - according to 2013 “Ferrystat” figures, released today by industry body, Discover Ferries.
Stena Line has achieved a record full-year passenger and car volume on its North Sea route in 2012. The ferry operator, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, transported 521,000 passengers and 110,000 cars on its Harwich-Hook of Holland service through the course of the year.
Stena Line chief executive Gunnar Blomdahl has confirmed he will step down from the role after ten years on January 1st. Carl-Johan Hagman, who currently has responsibility for all shipping operations in the Stena Group, has been appointed to the role.
From the beginning of September the Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter on the Rotterdam-Harwich route will be replaced by two new, smaller vessels. The two freight vessels Capucine and Severine will be chartered from Cobelfret on a five-year contract.
Ferry operator Stena Line bucked industry trends in 2011 by carrying 4.4 per cent more cars on its Harwich-Hook of Holland route than during the previous year. In a year where the number of cars carried between the UK and Continental Europe remained static compared to 2010, Stena Line transported an additional 5,000 cars to the Netherlands.
Stena Line, a leading ferry company, is experiencing another busy Christmas period, with many of its sailing across all routes already at full capacity. The company is urging passengers to organise their Christmas and New Year travel as soon as possible.
Stena Line’s Superfast VII ship has arrived at her new Loch Ryan Port home in Cairnryan in preparation for the opening of the new ferry route between Scotland and Northern Ireland on November 21st.