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This is CruiseMapper's hub listing all the world's newest and largest cruiseferry ships. Our list of passenger ferries includes vessels operated by the world's largest ferry companies. The below listed links are internal and redirect to company's review here. "Routes" link (in brackets by line) is also internal and shows company's services as homeports and ships.

The Greek company Attica Holdings SA (aka Attica Group, founded 1918) fully owns as subsidiaries Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries. Since June 2018, Attica Group also owns 99% of Hellenic Seaways.

Based on FY2016 data, the largest European ferry companies (by fleet tonnage, berths, annual revenue) were ranked as follows:

CompanyFleet GT (gross tons)Fleet BedsRevenue (EUR)
Stena Line909,41216,8471,335 billion
Grimaldi Lines477,667--
Tallink466,96018,963945 million
DFDS Seaways412,722-1,805 billion
P&O Ferries409,659--
Viking Line-14,026530 million
GNV-13,328-
Tirrenia-11,876-
Finnlines--511 million

Ro-Ro ships

RoRo vessels (roll-on / roll-off) as types can be ferries, cruiseferries (with passenger cabins), cargo ships and freight barges. Ro-Ro ships used exclusively for vehicles transportation (cars and trucks) are categorized as PCC ("Pure Car Carriers") and PCTC ("Pure Truck and Car Carriers").

ROPAX ("roll on / roll off passenger" is a RoRo ship built for vehicle transport and passenger staterooms (inside and outside). RoRo vessels with capacity over 500 passengers are categorized as "cruise ferries".

Unlike other cargoes measured in metric tons, ro-ro cargoes are wheeled and measured in lanemeters (LIMs). LIMs per ship are calculated by multiplying vehicle length (in meters) by the number of cargo decks and by the width in lanes (differs from ship to ship). Most common types of wheeled cargoes on ferries are automobiles, lorries, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, railroad cars. These vehicles are driven on / off the ferry on their own wheels, and some use a platform vehicle (tugmaster).

fast ferry (Torghatten Nord, VARD Design)

Some vessels are owned by one company and operated under time charter by another. Often, during the ship charter period, vessel's name is changed.

Ferry types

The legal definition for a ferry is continuation (prolongation) of a road over a navigable waterway. Ferries as vessels can be categorized as:

  • Fast-speed catamaran ferries are generally operated as passenger ships, but the largest of them also carry cars.. The most famous catamaran ferry services are in the UK.
  • Car ferries are wheeled cargo ships operating on short routes between islands and the mainland. In the USA, car ferries can also carry railway carts.
  • RoRo ferries are mainly used in the UK. Most of them are ROPAX ships, and larger vessels are advertised as "cruise ferries" having dedicated bar and seating lounges, as well as passenger cabins.
  • Double-ended ferry design allows vehicles to be loaded / unloaded via the ship's both ends (bow and stern). Currently, world's largest double-ended passenger ferries are owned by BC FERRIES. The Coastal-class sisterships Coastal Celebration, Coastal Inspiration, and Coastal Renaissance were all built in Flensburg Germany. Double-ended ferries are used mainly on short routes (including river crossings) as they save maneuvering time and lower fuel consumption (and risks) before docking. An unique feature for such ships is the doubled propulsion (identical units installed at each end). This results in better stopping power and greater maneuverability in comparison to standard ferries.

All RoRo ships have built-in vehicle ramps allowing the wheeld cargo to be rolled on and off the ship when docked in port. Generally, the term "RORO vessel" is reserved for larger ships. Their ramps and entry doors are either stern-only (aft) or bow and stern (forward and aft, for quicker loading).

  • Currently world's largest by tonnage cruiseferry is Color Magic (launched 2007) with GT tonnage 75,100 tons, LOA length 223,7 m, width 35 m, capacity 550 cars and 1270 lanemeter wheeled cargo (75 trucks).
  • Currently the largest by car capacity cruiseferry is Ulysses (launched 2001) with GT tonnage 50,938 tons, LOA length 209 m, width 32 m, capacity 1342 cars and 4100 lanemeter wheeled cargo (241 trucks).

Domestic ferries in island countries (especially Asia-Pacific region) are often the only possible (affordable) means of transportation. Their passenger ships navigate inland waterways, as well as on coastal and inter-island routes.

Ferry Terminal

Ferry terminals (aka Passenger Terminal and Cruise Terminal) is a seaport / harbor structure serving cruise and ferry passengers' embarkation (boarding) and disembarkation (landing). Depending on port, passenger terminals have from one to several docks (wharves or piers) to berth one or more vessels simultaneosly.

Automated mooring system by Cavotec

In April 2018 was announced that the engineering company Cavotec (headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland) was contracted to install and maintain its automated mooring system MoorMaster at all e-ferry ports in Norway. The project will result in up to 40% CO2 emissions reduction as Norway introduced in 2018 multiple e-ferries. These innovative ships are electrically powered and hybrids (running on LNG and batteries. Many of these ferries already use Cavotec's automated charging interface and vacuum-based auto-mooring technology.

MoorMaster eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines used to secure the ship at berth (after docking). The new system is based on remotely-controlled and mounted quayside vacuum pads that moor and release the e-ferries in just seconds. This reduces both emissions and noise at the terminal. The smart technology also reduces overall capital expenditure and improves safety in port.

On December 4, 2018, harbor ferry Suomenlinna 2 (2004-built, 34 m) was successfully remotely piloted in a test area near Helsinki Harbour. The vessel was retrofitted with ABB's Marine Pilot Control (dynamic positioning system) and controlled from Helsinki.

Autodocking system by Wartsila

In 2018 (January through April), the marine engeneering corporation Wartsila successfully tested its autodocking technology (world's first). For the tests (harbour docking trials) was used the Norled-owned hybrid ferry Folgefonn and Wartsila-manufactured wireless charging system.

The autodocking system is activated approx 2 km from berth, then the vessel continues at normal speed. The full-automatic system starts ship's gradual slowing and finally activates its docking manoeuvre until it is secured at berth. Upon departure, the system can be used in an identical (reverse) manner.

Vessel's manoeuvring is automatically controlled by the autodocking equipment and includes both steering and propulsion, with manual control being possible at any time. Among the benefits for ship operators are improved safety (less likelihood of human errors), less wear and tear (thrusters are more efficiently used) and better efficiency (allowing more time at berth).

On December 3, 2018, Rolls-Royce Marine demonstrated world's first fully autonomous ferry on the route Parainen-Nauvo. In May 2018, Rolls-Royce partnered with Finferries for the SVAN project (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation). For the 400 hours of sea trials (in Turku archipelago) was adapted the 54-m long Falco (double-ended car ferry) fitted with numerous sensors and artificial intelligence software. The autonomous cruise was from Parainen to Nauvo, but the return trip was remotely controlled from Turku (approx 50 km away). Additionally was demonstrated Rolls-Royce's autodocking system.

Cruiseferries

Cruiseferry is a Ro-Pax passenger vessel that combines passenger ship with RoRo vessel ("roll-on / roll-off"). As all cruiseferries have passenger cabins and restaurants, many travelers book them for multi-day "ferry cruises". Ferry's itinerary allows port stays of only a few hours, but you can also stay onboard and never leave the ship until disembarkation day. However, most passengers book ferries as means of transportation - inside one country or between neighbouring countries.

Ferries - CruiseMapper

Cruiseferry shipping traffic is mainly concentrated in Northern Europe (Baltic Sea and North Sea), also in the English Channel (between UK and France), Irish Sea, Mediterranean (including between the Italian and French islands, also between Europe and North Africa) and in the North Atlantic (serving Canary Islands, Azores Islands, Faroes, Iceland, Greenland). Numerous cruiseferries also serve the passenger shipping traffic of China, India, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.

Ferries are extremely popular among holiday travelers and private car owners. These ships are among the largest contributors to the vacation tourism growth in Europe, USA and Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Ferry cruise deals

All cruiseferries have passenger staterooms that can be booked for overnights. Most ships offer wheelchair-accessible cabins (for disabled passengers). Some even have dedicated "pet-friendly cabins" (for pet owners) and are equipped with kennels (located on garage decks or Sun Deck).

  • Cruiseferry deals could also include land stays (hotel accommodation or campsite chalets).
  • Baggage allowance is limited to what passengers can pack in their vehicles.
  • Passenger cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with en-suite bathrooms. Cabin types include Inside (4-berth, 2-berth) and Outside (2-3-4-berth).
  • Many hotels offer free stays for kids under 12. Onboard children entertainment programs are often available (usually during peak season) with dedicated supervising staff. Newest and larger ferries have indoor kids playrooms, arcades, video games rooms for teens. even swimming pool.
  • All large cruiseferries have buffet restaurants, bistros, reserved seating lounges, cocktail bars, patisserie (bakery / coffee shop), boutiques (premium brand shops), elevators (passenger lifts), sundeck areas.
  • Golf ferry breaks are also popular. Golf tournament breaks are also offered.
  • Ferry cruise fares are based on departure date, route (itinerary, ports) and time (season). Deposits are required to secure peak season bookings. Prices are higher during peak season (summer), also at weekends and on overnight crossings. Early booking usually offers discounted fares.

Follow our concise reviews of world's biggest cruiseferry companies, which fleets have world's largest ferries as both size and capacity.

VIKING LINE

Viking Line (routes, vikingline.com, founded 1959, headquartered in Mariehamn, Aland Finland) is a Finnish company operating on shipping routes connecting Finland-Aland Islands-Sweden-Estonia. Viking Line was formed via merger of three Finnish ferry lines - Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen, Rederi Ab Slite, SF Line.

In 1970-1974, Viking Line became Northern Baltic Sea's largest shipping consortium, overtaking Silja Line. Back then were lounched five sister-ships (by the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft / Papenburg shipyard). In 1973, the line started operations on the ferry route Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm, competing with Silja Line directly. In 1974, was opened the Helsinki-Stockholm service. In 1985 was launched world's largest (at the time) ferry MS Mariella, serving the Helsinki-Stockholm route.

ferry company VIKING LINE logo - CruiseMapper

In January 2010 was announced that Viking Line has plans to order a series of two 60,000 GT (LNG-powered) vessels for the Turku-Stockholm route, replacing there Amorella and Isabella. The newbuilds would include many standard for cruise liners features. The projected deliveries were May 2012 and February 2013.

In December 2010, the company signed the official shiporder with STX Turku for one cruiseferry (57,000 GT) planned for the route Turku-Stockholm. The new ship (Viking Grace) was launched in August 2012 and started operations in January 2013. The second (optional) sister-vessel from the series was not ordered.

In November 2016, the company signed a letter of intent with the shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding (China) for building one cruiseferry (63,000 GT) to replace Viking Amorella. The new ship will be LNG-powered. The company didn't exercise its option for a second vessel included in the shipbuilding contract (which expired on Jan 1, 2018.

In 2017, VIKING LINE ferried a total of 6,881149 million passengers. Compared to 2016 (6,502191 million) it was a nearly 6% increase. That number was the ever-highest in company's history. The number of ferried cargo units was 127,668 and the number of passenger cars - 762,253 (all-time record). The greatest increase in passenger shippping volumes was on the route Helsinki-Tallinn (during the summer operated with 12 daily departures) - total 2,341440 million pax (15,7% increase).

On April 12, 2018, Viking Grace became world's first passenger ship with a rotor sail utilizing the wind power, and world's first hybrid vessel that uses both wind power and dual-fuel (diesel-gas) engines. The new China-built ferry (still unnamed, delivery 2020) will be fitted with 2 rotor sails.

Viking Line fleet includes Amorella, Cinderella, Gabriella, Grace, Mariella, Rosella, XPRS.

STENA LINE

Stena Line (routes, stenaline.co.uk, founded 1962, headquartered in Gothenburg Sweden) is a Scandinavian company and world's largest ferry shipowner and operator. The company provides freight and travel services on the Northern Europe's routes that connect UK, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Poland.

ferry company STENA LINE logo - CruiseMapper

Stena's first operations were Goteborg-Frederikshavn (Sweden-Denmark). In 1972, Stena introduced a computer-based booking system for its cruise ferries. In 1978, the innovative system was implemented for the freight ferries.

In 1981, Stena acquired Sessan Line, including its 2 newbuilds (Kronprinsessan Victoria, Prinsessan Birgitta) - the largest ships Stena ships by that time.

In 1983, Stena acquired Varberg-Grena Linjen (operated separately under the Lion Ferry brand until 1997).

In 1989, Stena acquired the company SMZ (Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland) operating as Crown Line.

In 1990, Stena acquired Sealink British Ferries (owned by Sea Containers), which was rebranded to Stena Line UK and currently operates all Stena ferries on the routes Ireland-UK.

In 1996, Stena launched its 3 high-speed newbuilds (pax capacity 1500) on the routes Belfast-Stranraer, Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire and Hoek van Holland-Harwich. One smaller high-speed ship (pax capacity 900) was launched on the route Goteborg-Frederikshavn.

In 1998, Stena merged its Dover-Newhaven operations with "P&O European Ferries" and formed the joint venture "P&O Stena Line" (40% Stena, 60% PandO). In 2002, PandO bought out Stena's shares and became sole owner of of the company, which was renamed to "P&O Ferries".

In 2000, Stena acquired Scandlines.

In November 2006, Stena placed a shiporder for 2 "super ferries" (company's largest, GT 62,000 tons). In 2010, the shipbuilder Aker Yards (now STX Europe) delivered the sisterships Stena Hollandica (May 16) and Stena Britannica (October 9). The new ferries were deployed on the North Sea route Hoek van Holland-Harwich.

In 2010, Stena acquired the Northern Ireland operations of DFDS on the route Belfast-Heysham-Birkenhead. In 2012 Stena launched Superfast 7 and Superfast 8 on the route Belfast-Stranraer. In 2014 , Stena acquired Celtic Link's service Rosslare Europort-Cherbourg. On its Irish Sea routes, Stena ferries approx 3 million passengers annually - more than its rivals combined.

In 2012-2017, STENA's Belfast ferry services (to Cairnryan, Liverpool, Heysham) grew by 15% (car volumes), 13% (passenger traffic) and 19% (freight traffic). STENA LINE operates from Belfast with 7 ships and 22 daily crossings.

In 2017, the company ordered all 6 vessels (sisterships of the E-Flexer series) from AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co (China). Each has capacity 1000 pax, 120 cars, 3100 lanemeters (210 trailers). Deliveries were planned for 2020-2022. The new ferries will serve Irish Sea routes routes Holyhead-Dublin and Liverpool-Belfast.

In June 2018, STENA partnered with Hitachi to implement fleetwide artificial intelligence technology for reducing fuel consumption costs.

STENA is the largest ferry company on Irish Sea, with the biggest fleet and the most routes operated between Ireland and UK (a total of 228 weekly crossings). The company also serves the routes from Dublin to Holyhead (Isle of Anglesey, Wales UK) and from Rosslare-Europort to Fishguard (Wales UK). STENA also offers direct service Rosslare to Cherbourg (France) (3 return crossings weekly).

Stena Line's curretn fleet includes Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Scottish Viking, Stena Adventurer, Stena Baltica, Stena Britannica, Stena Europe, Stena Flavia, Stena Germanica, Stena Hollandica, Stena Horizon, Stena Jutlandica, Stena Lagan, Stena Mersey, Stena Nautica, Stena Saga, Stena Scandinavica, Stena Skane, Stena Spirit, Stena Superfast VII, Stena Superfast VIII, Stena Superfast X, Stena Vision.

TT LINE

TT LINE (routes, ttline.com, founded 1962, headquartered in Lubeck, Germany) is a ferry company operating in Baltic Sea (on the Sweden-Germany routes Trelleborg-Travemunde and Trelleborg-Rostock) and Sweden-Poland (Trelleborg-Swinoujscie).

ferry company TT LINE logo - CruiseMapper

Company's name "TT Line GmbH" is abbrev from "Travemunde-Trelleborg Line". TT LINE's Sweden-Germany service (Trelleborg-Travemunde) is since 1962. In 1978, the company acquired 50% of Olau Line (Denmark), and the remaining stocks were purchased in 1979. Olau Line was operational between 1956-1994, and between 1974-1994 linked UK and Holland (Sheerness-Vlissingen).

In 1980, TT LINE and Saga Linjen (Swedish State Railways' subsidiary) established the "TT Saga Line" brand. With 6 ships, it linked Travemunde with Trelleborg, Malmo and Helsingborg. In 1982 the Malmo and Helsingborg services were discontinued, and in 1991 Saga Linjen was closed.

In 1992 was started the Trelleborg-Rostock service with 50% stockholder DSR (Deutsche Seereederei). The re-branded company ("TR-Line") was fully acquired in 1996 and renamed "TT Line".

In 2006, company's headquarters were moved from Hamburg to Lubeck. In January 2014 was started the Sweden-Poland service Trelleborg-Swinoujscie. In June 2017 was started the Denmark-Poland service Ronne-Swinoujscie.

TT LINE's current fleet includes Huckleberry Finn, Nils Dacke, Nils Holgersson, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Tom Sawyer.

DFDS SEAWAYS

DFDS Seaways (routes, dfdsseaways.co.uk, founded 1866, headquartered in Copenhagen Denmark) is a Danish ferry company operating on shipping routes in Northern Europe (Baltic Sea and North Sea).

ferry company DFDS SEAWAYS logo - CruiseMapper

In July 2010, DFDS acquired Norfolkline (Maersk-owned ferry shipping and logistics company) and merged its other divisions ("DFDS Tor Line" and "DFDS Lisco") into "DFDS Seaways".

Norfolkline (founded 1961) provided cargo ferry services in Northern Europe (English Channel, Irish Sea, North Sea), as well as passenger ferry shipping (English Channel, Irish Sea) and logistics services. Upon acquisition, Norfolkline had over 2200 employees and offices in 13 European countries. Norfolkline's fleet consisted of 18 vessels, plus hundreds of trailers (including refrigerated, dry-cargo, swap-body). In 2006, the company handled over 1,5 million ferry passengers on the routes Dover-Dunkirk, Liverpool-Belfast and Liverpool-Dublin.

In February 2012 was launched the route Dover-Calais.

In 2015, DFDS changed its logo. The first ships on which hulls it was introduced were Cote des Dunes and Cote des Flandres. All other fleetmates will soon lose their current names' suffix 'Seaways' and will be renamed.

2017 was a record year with operating profit of DKK 2.7 billion. The increased volumes were partially based on DFDS' 10 North Sea freight routes (7% increase over 2016). In 2017, the company ordered 4 RoPax newbuilds (capacity 475 trailers each) specifically for North Sea crossings.The ferries were ordered to the Jinling Shipyard (China) with scheduled deliveries 2019 and onwards.

In 2018, DFDS invested around DKK 100 million (USD 16,5 million) in further development of company's digital capabilities, new online booking systems (serving passenger-shipping-logistics), new mobile apps (serving passengers-drivers-freight customers).

On April 12, 2018, DFDS acquired 98,8% of Turkey's largest Ro-Ro freight shipping company "UN Ro-Ro Anasayfa" for EUR 950 million. UN Ro-Ro serves 5 Mediterranean routes connecting Turkey with Greece (Patras), Italy (Trieste, Bari) and France (Toulon), 12 vessels, 3 port terminals (Trieste, Ambarli, Pendik-Istanbul), annual revenue EUR 240 million and around 500 employees.

BRITTANY FERRIES

Brittany Ferries (routes, brittanyferries.com, founded 1972, headquartered in Roscoff France) is a French ferry company operating on the shipping routes France-UK and France-Spain. Brittany Ferries is among the largest ferry and cruise tour operators from UK to France and Spain. Deals are bookable through travel agents and directly online (except golf breaks).

ferry company BRITTANY FERRIES logo - CruiseMapper

The company sells the following 4 main products (all are ferry travel-inclusive):

  • Land Accommodations (cottages and villas in France and northern Spain)
  • Hotel Breaks (to France, Spain and Portugal, including the hotel chains Paradores and Pousadas, car tours, breakfast included, apartment rentals in Portugal and southern Spain)
  • Family Holidays (apartments, chalets on 5 campsites in northern Portugal, holiday resorts in France and northern Spain)
  • Golf Breaks (courses in France and northern Spain).

On October 24, 2016, the company announced plans to build a new LNG-powered cruiseferry for the UK-France route Portsmouth-Caen. On December 21, 2016, was released the vessel's design (project "Mont St Michel 2") - capacity 1680 passengers and 550 cars (or 130 freight vehicles) and gross tonnage 42,000 tons. The shipbuilder is Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (shipyard Flensburg Germany) - scheduled delivery April 30, 2019.

In May 2018, with Connemara was started (the first ever) direct link Ireland-Spain (Cork-Santander) with 2 weekly return-crossings, plus 1 weekly return-crossing from Cork to Roscoff. In 2018, the company also celebrated its 40th year of operations in Ireland (since 1978, on the Ireland-France route Cork-Roscoff).

Brittany Ferries fleet includes Armorique, Baie de Seine, Barfleur, Bretagne, Cap Finistere, Connemara, Etretat, Honfleur, Mont St Michel, Normandie, Pont Aven, Galicia, Salamanca.

BC FERRIES

BC FERRIES (routes, bcferries.com, founded 1960, headquartered in Victoria, BC Canada) is a Canadian state-owned company. "British Columbia Ferry Services Inc" provides daily scheduled passenger and vehicle (RoPax) ferry services between mainland Canada and British Columbia (BC) islands. BC's inland ferries (on lakes and rivers) are run by the state's Ministry of Transportation.

ferry company BC FERRIES logo - CruiseMapper

Currently, the company is ranked North America's largest (followed by "Washington State Ferries") and world's 3rd largest passenger ferry line.

In 2008, the company launched three Coastal-class vessels (the sisterships Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration, Coastal Celebration) ranked as world's largest double-ended passenger ferries (max capacity 1650 pax, 370 cars).

Fleet's largest by passenger capacity (2100 pax, 358 cars) are the two Spirit-class ships (Spirit of British Columbia, Spirit of Vancouver Island).

In April 2018 was reinstituted the seniors discount - passengers 65+ yo travel for free (Monday through Thursday) on most routes.

On October 5, 2018, the company issued a REOI (Request for Expressions of Interest) for building of 5 new ships. The competitive bidding was open to shipyards worldwide. The newbuilds will enter service in 2023 on the routes Metro Vancouver-Vancouver Island.

BC FERRIES' current fleet consists of 36 vessels (total capacity over 27,000 passengers and crew) and serves 47 locations along BC Canada's coast. The fleet's car capacity ranges from 16 to 470 (superferries).

PO FERRIES

P&O Ferries (routes, poferries.com, founded 2002, headquartered in Dover England) is an UK ferry company operating on the shipping routes UK-France, UK-Ireland, UK-Holland (mini-cruises), UK-Belgium (mini-cruises) and Scotland-Northern Ireland.

ferry company PO FERRIES logo - CruiseMapper

In 2006, P&O Group (that includes PandO Ferries) was sold to DP World - Dubai-based company that owns and operates inland and port terminals worldwide, also specializes in maritime services and logistics.

In September 2010, PandO closed the ferry route Portsmouth-Bilbao, which coincided with the Pride of Bilbao (now Princess Anastasia) ship charter's ending. This was the last PO service from Portsmouth, following the closures of the routes Portsmouth-Cherbourg and Portsmouth-Caen (in 2004) and Portsmouth-Le Havre Paris (in 2005).

The cheapest PandO mini-cruise ferry deals are 3-day / 2-night voyages from UK to Holland and Belgium. Themed as "city breaks", PO mini cruise deals offer rountrip departures from Hull to either Rotterdam (Amsterdam) or Zeebrugge (Brugge). Longer city breaks (duration up to 7-days / 6-nights) offer roundtrips to Hamburg (Germany), Bilbao (Spain), and La Rochelle (France). On mini cruises from UK, PandO ferry passengers receive boarding cards (doubling as meal vouchers), cabin keycard and booklets with vouchers (for return check-in and bus transfers / if any). Boarding card with a suitcase icon on it means passengers can leave their luggage in the stateroom while disembarking the ship. This feature, however, must be confirmed at check-in.

In June 2018, PandO increased by 1/4 its freight shipping capacity (to about 125,000 units annually) on the Belgium-UK route Zeebrugge-Teesport. Teesport (owned by PD Ports) opened a new rail connection to Mossend (near Glasgow England).

By 2020, the company will built "Tilbury 2" ferry terminal - an exclusive deepwater berth at Thames River. The new terminal (building cost GBP 150 million) has annual freight capacity of 600,000 units. The facility is at 152 acres site (part of former "Tilbury Power Station") and linked directly to A13 (via new road).

PO Ferries current fleet includes European Causeway, European Highlander, Pride of Bruges, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Canterbury, Pride of Hull, Pride of Kent, Pride of Rotterdam, Pride of York, Spirit of Britain, Spirit of France.

TALLINK-SILJA LINE

Tallink-Silja (routes, tallinksilja.com, founded 1989, headquartered in Tallinn Estonia) is an Estonian ferry shipping company, ranked by fleet tonnage and capacity as Baltic Sea's largest. These are actually two brands - Tallink (parrent company) and the subsidiary Silja Line. Tallink-Silja ships connect directly Estonia with Finland and Sweden. there are also direct connections from Sweden to Finland and Latvia.

ferry company TALLINK-SILJA LINE logo - CruiseMapper

Currently, Tallink-Silja deals offer 1-2 overnight cruises, hotel and travel packages, city breaks, daily passenger and cargo shipping and high-speed ferry shuttle services.

Company's history goes back to the USSR's (Soviet Union) times, when in 1965 was established the Estonian Shipping Company to provide passenger ferry service on the route Helsinki-Tallinn. Year-round operations started in 1968.

In 2006, AS Tallink Grupp purchased from Attica Group the Baltic services of Superfast Ferries for EUR 310 million. Then was opened the route Riga-Stockholm. Also in 2006, Tallink purchased from Sea Containers Ltd the Finnish company Silja Line for EUR 470 million.

In August 2011, the ships Superfast VIII and Superfast VII were chartered to Stena Line for 3 years (until 2014), with optional 1-year charter extension. Stena Line deplyed both ferries on Scotland-Northern Ireland routes.

In 2014, Tallink's asset base EUR 1,7 billion, of which EUR 1,02 billion in newbuilds and EUR 780 million in acquisitions. The loans was EUR 440 million. Company's annual spending on ship refurbishments and fleet upgrades is around EUR 30 million.

In February 2015 was signed the shipbuilding contract with Meyer Turku for MS Megastar. The LNG-powered newbuild (company's largest) entered service in 2017, adding to the fleet capacity 2800 passsengers.

In 2016, Tallink operated a fleet of 16 vessels and 5 hotels. Company's annual revenue was EUR 938 million. Its number of employees was 7000, annual passenger capacity 9,5 million, annual cargo capacity 328,000 units. Of company's total revenue, over 1/2 is from restaurant and duty-free shop sales, and 1/4 from ticket sales.

FY2017 was a record year for Tallink Grupp, with total 9,755720 million passengers (+3,2% over 2016) and total 364,296 wheeled cargo units (+11%). The Estonia-Sweden route served 1,013007 million passengers. The Latvia-Sweden traffic increased 45,8%. The Estonia-Finland traffic increased 11,6%.

Tallink-Silja current fleet includes Baltic Princess, Baltic Queen, Tallink Isabelle, Tallink Megastar, Tallink Star, Romantika, Silja Europa, Silja Galaxy, Silja Serenade, Silja Symphony, Tallink Victoria. Under charter are operated Stena Superfast 7 and Stena Superfast 8 (both till 2019).

FINNLINES

Finnlines (routes, finnlines.com, founded 1947, headquartered in Helsinki Finland, part of Grimaldi Group) provides passenger and ro-ro ferry services predominantly in Northern Europe (Baltic Sea and North Sea). Finnlines ferries connect the countries Finland, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, UK, Spain.

ferry company FINNLINES logo - CruiseMapper

The company was founded as a Merivienti Oy ("Sea Export Ltd") subsidiary for Transatlantic freight (mainly forest industry products) service between Finland and USA. The passenger ferry service started in 1962 on the -Finland-Sweden-Germany route Hanko-Visby-Travemunde.

In 1973 was ordered the Wartsila Helsinki shipyard-made ship GTS Finnjet - at the time world's largest and fastest ship (GT 24605 tons, length 213 m, speed 31 kn / 57 kph / 36 mph). The vessel entered service in May 1977 on the route Helsinki-Travemunde (crossing time was 22 hours).

In 2004, the brands Finnlink and NordoLink were merged into Finnlines. Also in 2004 were placed shipbuilding orders for 5 large Star-class ferries (from Fincantieri, Italy - shipyards Ancona and Castellammare di Stabia) delivered in 2006 and 2007. In August 2007, Finnlines ordered 6 new ice-classed ships (from CSC Jinling Shipyard, Jiangsu China), with planned deliveries in 2010 and 2011.

In the period 1999-2001 were delivered the 4 Seapacer-class ships (built by Astilleros Espanoles in Cadiz / Puerto Real shipyard) - Finnclipper, Finneagle, Stena Britannica (Finnfellow) and Stena Germanica - all with ice-strengthened hulls.

In January 2007, Finnlines' largest shareholder Grimaldi Group expressed its intention to purchase the entire company. Grimaldi completed Finnlines acquisition (100% ownership) in August 2016.

In the period October 2017-May 2018, Finnlines completed a ship lengthening project for all 6 ice-class "1A" RoRo vessels of the "Finnbreeze series" (Finnsky, Finnsun, Finntide, Finnwave, Finnbreeze, Finnsea). Each of these Nanjing China-built vessels was enlarged by adding an approx 30 m long midship section. Following the EUR 90 million budgeted vessel reconstruction program, each ship's capacity was increased by 30% (from 3291 to 4213 lanemetres). The drydock refits were done at Remontowa shipyard (Gdansk Poland).

For FY 2017 (fiscal year) Finnlines Group reported a record year with over 21% increase (over 2016) or EUR 82,7 million revenue. Finland's sea freight volumes in 2017 grew by over 12%. In the period 2007-2017, the company spent over EUR 1 billion on fleet renovation and port infrastructure projects.

In May 2018, Finnlines and CSC Jinling Shipyard (China) signed a shipbuilding contract for 3 new Ro-Ro ships with scheduled deliveries 2020-2021. Order's total cost was around EUR 200 million. Each vessel has capacity 5800 lanemeters (1160 cars or 340 trucks), DWT 17400 tons, LOA length 238 m, car decks area 5600 m2, containter capacity 300 TEUs (stored on weather deck), 1A (highest) ice-class, scrubbers, hybrid engines (MDO and electricity in port / using lithium-ion batteries recharged during crossings), under-keel "air lubrication system" (creating bubble layers to reduce friction. Main deck features strengthened bulkheads and no pillars. Ship design is by Knud E Hansen.

In May 2018, Finnlines started a direct (weekly) cargo service between Helsinki and Aarhus (Denmark). Turku is available via transhipment in Travemunde. Departures from Helsinki are on Thursdays, Sundays departures from Helsinki to Aarhus are via Travemunde (arrival Tuesday morning).

Finnlines current fleet includes Finnclipper, Finnfellow, Finnlady, Finnmaid, Finnpartner, Finnstar, Finntrader, Finnswan (ex Nordlink).

COLOR LINE

Color Line (routes, colorline.com, founded 1990, headquartered in Oslo Norway) is a Norwegian ferry company operating on passenger and cargo shipping routes between Norway and Sweden, Germany and Denmark.

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Color Line is Norway's largest cruiseferry operator (as fleet capacity) and also one Europe's leading companies in terms of fleet age (all newbuilds / year 2000 onward) and shipboard amenities (staterooms, shops, bars, restaurants, lounge entertainment). The company has offices in Norway (Oslo / main, Kristiansand, Sandefjord, Larvik), Germany (Kiel), Denmark (Hirtshals) and Sweden (Stromstad).

The company was established following the 1990 merger of the Norwegian ferry companies Jahre Line and Norway Line. Jahre Line operated on the route Oslo-Kiel since 1961. Norway Line operated since 1986 on routes connecting Norway with the UK and Holland Also in 1990, the newly formed Color Line acquired Fred Olsen Lines along wit hits operations between Norwa and Denmark.

In the 1990s the company expanded its fleet by buying larger second-hand ferries In October 1996. Color Line acquired Larvik Line and its Norway-Denmark services. In September 1998 were acquired the companies Color Hotel Skagen and Scandi Line (operating on short Norway-Sweden routes). In the end of 1998, Color Line sold its Norway-UK operations to Fjord Line. In 1999 was acquired the Scandi Line and renamed Color Scandi Line.

The 2000s were Color Line's fleet renovation period when were launched the newbuilds Color Fantasy (2004), Color Magic (2007), Superspeed 1 (2008) and Superspeed 2 (2008).

In May 2008 the Oslo-Hirtshals route was officially closed

In January 2017, Color Line signed a letter of intent with the shipyard Ulstein Verft (Ulsteinvik Norway) for building a new cruiseferry (Color Hybrid, scheduled delivery in May 2019) for the route Sandefjord-Stromstad. To support the new ferry, COLOR LINE installed in 2017 shore-to-ship power facilities in the ports Oslo, Kristiansand, Larvik and Sandefjord (where will be charged ship's batteries).

Since January 1, 2019, the Norway-Germany route (Oslo-Kiel) is served with 3 weekly roundtrips by Finncarrier (freight RoRo ship, capacity 1775 lanemeters / 120 trucks) and the cruiseferries Color Magic and Color Fantasy.

Currently, COLOR LINE is the only cargo-passenger shipping company with Norwegian-flagged vessels serving international traffic with regularly scheduled crossings to/from Norway.

Color Line's current fleet includes Color Fantasy, Color Hybrid (2019), Color Magic, Color Viking, Superspeed 1, Superspeed 2.

MOBY LINES

Moby Lines (routes, mobylines.com, founded 1959, headquartered in Milan Italy) is an Italian ferry company operating on shipping routes that connect mainland Italy and France with the Mediterranean islands Corsica, Elba and Sardinia. The company is best known for using for its ships' interior decorations Warner Bros pattented Looney Tunes characters.

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Since 1996, Moby fleet was radically expanded with newbuilt, larger and faster vessels.

In 2003, the parent company (shipowner) Onorato Armatori SpA signed an exclusive agreement with Warner Bros (division of Time Warner Corporation) to paint largest Moby ships' hulls with Looney Tunes-themed liveries.

In February 2018, MSC Group and MOBY LINES signed a shipbuilding contract with the Chinese companies GSI (Guangzhou Shipyard International) and CSTC (China Shipbuilding Trading Co) for 4 new luxury cruiseferries. Each ship has passenger capacity 2500, cargo capacity 3765 lanemeters (750 cars or 250 trailers), length 230 m (755 ft) and speed 24 knots. The contract includes the option for additional 4 ships of the same design. Two of the newbuilds (1st and 3rd) are for GNV, the other two (2nd and 4th) - for MOBY LINES. First ship's delivery was scheduled for 2020. Both Chinese shipbuilders are subsidiaries of the state-owned coproration CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation).

Moby Line's current fleet includes Moby Aki, Moby Corse, Moby Dada, Moby Drea, Moby Kiss, Moby Niki, Moby Otta, Moby Tommy, Moby Vincent, Moby Wonder, Moby Zaza, Princess Anastasia.

GRIMALDI LINES

Grimaldi Lines (routes, grimaldi-lines.com, founded 1999, headquartered in Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy) is an Italian shipping company operating mainly on Mediterranean shipping routes connecting mainland Italy with Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia. The company is a subsidiary of Grimaldi Group (founded 1947).

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The company was founded for shipping services within the "Autostrade del Mare" ("Motorways of the Sea" - development project aming to improve European Union's maritime transportation links.

The company started the first freight ferry connections between Italy , Spain and Malta, and since 2000 carries passengers on routes connecting Italy (ports Civitavecchia and Salerno) with Sicily (Palermo), Spain (Barcelona), France (Toulon), Corsica Island (Porto Vecchio) and Tunisia (Tunis). With the years were added lines to Sardinia Island, Greece and Morocco.

Grimaldi Lines current fleet includes Cruise Ausonia, Cruise Barcelona, Cruise Bonaria, Cruise Olbia, Cruise Roma, Cruise Smeralda, Euroferry Corfu, Euroferry Egnazia, Euroferry Olympia, Europalink, Florencia, Mykonos Palace, Zeus Palace.

GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci)

Grandi Navi Veloci (routes, gnv.it, founded 1992, headquartered in Genoa Italy) is an Italian company which ferries connect mainland Italy and Sicily with France, Sardinia Island, Albania, Morocco, Tunisia. The company was founded by Aldo Grimaldi as subsidiary of Grimaldi Group. Its operations started in 1993 (Genoa-Palermo Sicily route).

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The sisterships Majestic (1993) and Splendid (1994) were the first ever Italian cruiseferries.

In the following years were introduced more vessels, serving the routes Livorno-Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome)-Palermo, Genoa-Olbia (Sardinia Island), Genoa-Barcelona (Spain).

The ferries La Superba (2002) and La Suprema (2003) were the Mediterranean's largest at that time.

The fleet expansion in 2008 added 3 ro-ro cargo vessels (Audacia, Tenacia, Coraggio) serving the newly opened Genoa-Barcelona-Tangier route.

In 2009, GNV became fully independent from Grimaldi Group, and in 2010 was acquired by MSC Group. In 2010, GNV merged with SNAV (Societa Navigazione Alta Velocita), which was also an MSC subsidiary. In 2012 were opened new routes between Italy and France (Sete) and Italy-Morocco (Tangier, Nador).

In December 2014, Grimaldi Holding sold the Courage-cllass ship Audacia to the Chinese (Hong Kong-based) Rizhao Port Shipping Company Ltd. The boat was renamed "Rizhao Orient" and started service between China and South Korea (Rizhao-Pyeongtaek). In 2015 was opened the Italy-Albania (Durres-Tirana) route.

In February 2018, MSC Group and MOBY LINES signed a shipbuilding contract with the Chinese companies GSI (Guangzhou Shipyard International) and CSTC (China Shipbuilding Trading Co) for 4 new luxury cruiseferries. Each ship has passenger capacity 2500 (536 cabins), cargo capacity 3765 lanemeters (750 cars or 250 trailers), length 230 m (755 ft) and speed 24 knots. The contract includes the option for additional 4 ships of the same design. Two of the new ships (1st and 3rd) are for GNV, the other two (2nd and 4th) - for MOBY LINES. First ship's delivery was scheduled for 2020. Both Chinese shipbuilders are subsidiaries of the state-owned coproration CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation).

GNV's current fleet includes Atlas, Azzurra, Cristal, Excellent, Excelsior, Fantastic, La Superba, La Suprema, Majestic, Rhapsody, Splendid.

TIRRENIA di Navigazione

Tirrenia Navigazione (routes, tirrenia.it, founded 1936, headquartered in Naples Italy and Cagliari Sardinia) is a privately-owned ferry company contracted by Italy's Ministry of Transportation to provide regularly scheduled shipping services between mainland Italy and the country's main islands. The company serves exclusively domestic routes.

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The company was founded as result from the 1936 nationalization of privately-owned Italian shipping lines. After WW2 (1939-1945), its few surviving vessels were used to interlink the largest Italian islands (mainly Sardinia) with mainland Italy.

On December 23, 2009, the company was put on the market. Among the 16 bidding companies were SNAV, GNV, Grimaldi Lines, Moby Lines, Corsica-Sardinia Ferries, Mediterranea Holding. The latter ended up alone when al other bidders quit, and on July 28, 2010, won the bidding for Tirrenia and its subdivision Siremar (Sicilia Regionale Marittima). On August 4 was announced that the sale is off as Mediterranea Holding didn't show up for signing.

Until 2010, Siremar served the routes between Sicily and the Italian islands Aeolian, Aegadian, Ustica, Lampedusa and Pantelleria.

In November 2008, the Italian government started procedures for Tirrenia's privatization. On May 18, 2011, the second purchase tender was won by CIN (Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione). CIN was a new company (formed specifically for Tirrenia's privatization), composed of Grimaldi Group, Moby Lines (Vincenzo Onorato) and Marinvest (Gianluigi Aponte). In April 2012, CIN and private investors (Alexis Tomasos) won the tender and on June 21, the state-owned company was officially privatized. The EU Antitrust Authority's decision to agree with CIN's dominant position led to the exit of Grimaldi Group, Moby Lines and Alexis Tomasos. On July 19, CIN officially became company's owner.

Annually, Tirrenia Navigazione makes numerous crossings (around 60,000) by mainly newbuild, high-speed ferries. The annual number of served passengers is around 13 million, ferried cars are around 2 million. Fleet's annual milage is also impressive - around 6.5 million km (4 million ml). On the most popular routes, ferries capacity is around 2700 passengers (900 cars). During summer (high season), these boats cruise at speeds up to 55 kph / 35 mph.

Tirrenia's current fleet includes Athara, Barbara Krahulik, Beniamino Carnevale, Bithia, Hartmut Puschmann, Janas, Nuraghes, Puglia, Raffaele Rubattino, Sharden, Vincenzo Florio.

IRISH FERRIES

Irish Ferries (routes, irishferries.com, founded 1992, headquartered in Dublin Ireland) is a division of ICG (Irish Continental Group) operating passenger and freight shipping on routes between Ireland, UK and Europe.

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ICG (founded 1972 as Irish Continental Line) also operates terminal facilities in Dublin (Ferryport Terminals) and Belfast (Container Terminal). Until 1992, when ICG acquired the state-owned B&I Line (British and Irish Steam Packet Company), ICG operated only on routes between Ireland and Europe. Following the acquisition of B&I Line, services were expanded to include short links Ireland-UK. ICG's container shipping and port operations were also extended. Company's fleet was fully modernized by replacing all existing vessels with newbuilds (an EUR 500 million investment project).

In 2016, ICG signed an agreement with the shipbuilder FSG (Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft) for a future cruise ferry building order. At contract price EUR 144 million, the new ship (scheduled delivery May 2018) is designed with pax-crew capacity 1885, 435 cabins (4 cabin decks, balcony suites), 165 freight vehicles (2800 lane metres), additional car deck (total capacity 300 cars). The new ship will have bars, restaurants (a la carte and self-service), Club Class passengers dedicated lounge (direct access from car decks), 2 cinemas, freight drivers-only facilities, retail shops, pet facilities. The ship will be powered by 4 diesel engines (total power output 33,6 MW.

After WB Yeats ship delivery, the shipbuilder Flensburg started building a second / larger cruise ferry scheduled for delivery in 2020. The newbuild was commissioned in mid-January 2018 by the parent company Irish Continental Group, at contract price EUR 165,2 million.

Irish Ferries' current fleet includes Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde, Ulysses, Epsilon, WB Yeats. The ferry Isle of Innisfree is currently chartered to Interislander (KiwiRail, New Zealand) under the name "Kaitaki". In January 2018, HSC Jonathan Swift (fast catamaran ferry, aka Dublin Swift) was sold to Balearia for EUR 38,8 million. The catamaran was operated on the Dublin-Holyhead route between 1999-2017. It was replaced by Westpac Express (2001-built high-speed catamaran).

BALEARIA

Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas (routes, balearia.com, founded 1998, headquartered in Denia Spain) is a Spanish ferry company operating on Mediterranean shipping routes that connect mainland Spain with Balearic Islands. Departures are from Barcelona, Denia and Valencia. The company also operates routes passing Strait of Gibraltar, with departures from Algeciras to Ceuta (Spanish Morocco) and Tangier (Morocco).

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In 2011 was introduced the "Balearia Caribbean" brand operating regularly scheduled cruise ferry service between USA and Bahamas (roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale Florida to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island). In March 2015, the high-speed catamaran Pinar del Rio (launched 1992) was replaced by the bigger Bahama Mama (launched 2010). The Florida-Bahamas service was terminated in 2017.

In 2016, the company signed a shipbuilding contract (value EUR 320 million) for three LNG-powered smart cruiseferries. The shipbuilder is LaNaval Shipyard (Bilbao, Spain). The first 2 ships will be delivered in 2018, the 3rd one - in 2019. Additional EUR 130 million were allocated for terminal upgrades and fleet refurbishments.

In 2016, Balearia started the services Valencia-Mostaganem (Algeria) and Melilla-Malaga-Almeria. In 2017, Balearia transported over 3,7 million passengers and 5,6 million lanemeters of cargo (around 330,000 trucks). The fleet of 25 vessels sailed over 1,2 million ml (around 2 million km). The company has over 1,500 employees, and reported an annual turnover of EUR 362 million.

In August 2018, the company announced an EUR 60 million (USD 70,2 million) fleet renovation project to convert 5 cruiseferries (by 2020) to run on LNG. The scheduled for drydocks vessels are Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama, Martin i Soler, Napoles, Sicilia. As result, over 45,000 tons of CO2 and 4400 tons of NOx will be reduced annually, plus sulfur and particulates will be eliminated completely. In August 2018, Balearia acquired Visemar One for EUR 55 million (USD 62,4 million), expanding the fleet to 26 owned units (out of 30 total).

In late-October 2018, Balearia contracted Caterpillar Marine to install MAK dual-fuel engines on 3 vessels (Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama, Martin I Soler). Engine conversions (by Caterpillar dealer Finanzauto) were scheduled for early-2019. Ship's diesel engines (2x MaK 9M43C) are replaced with 2x MaK 9M46DF (dual-fuel, power output 8,7 MW) used with gearbox and controllable pitch propellers. Caterpillar provided dual-fuel conversion kits and all modules (ignition, ventilation, exhaust gas and GVU ventilation, valves, housing).

Balearia's current fleet includes Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama, Denia Ciutat Creativa, Hypatia de Alejandria, Marie Curie, Martin i Soler, Napoles, Nissos Chios, Regina Baltica, Sicilia, Visemar One.

TRASMEDITERRANEA

Trasmediterranea (routes, trasmediterranea.es, founded 1916, headquartered in Madrid Spain) is a Spanish company (part of Acciona Group) operating ferries on the routes between mainland Spain and Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and Morocco (northern Africa).

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In 1978, the company became state-owned company, until 2002 when was privatized by the Government. Then the company was acquired by a private consortium (majority shareholder is Acciona Logistica / 60%) and renamed to "Acciona-Trasmediterranea".

Since 1997, Trasmediterranea has its own offices and terminals in Barcelona, Valencia and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In 2000, the superferries Sorolla and Fortuny were deployed on Spain-Balearic routes. Also in 2000 were opened the Spain-Africa routes Almeria-Nador (Morocco) and Almeria- Ghazaouet (Algeria).

In January 2002, Trasmediterranea was awarded a 5-year contract for ferry services to Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Spanish Morocco (Ceuta and Melilla).

In 2009 was inaugurated the new Barcelona Ferry Terminal (operated by Trasmediterranea in concession until 2029). In 2011 was inaugurated Trasmediterranea Terminal (Cadiz). In August 2012 was created the Trasmediterranea Cruise division to promote ferry cruises leaving roundtrip from homeport Valencia.

Trasmediterranea current fleet includes Albayzin, Almariya, Dimonios, Fortuny, Forza, Juan J Sister, Sorolla, Tenacia, Zurbaran.

CORSICA-SARDINIA FERRIES

Superfast Ferries (routes, corsica-ferries.fr, founded 1968, headquartered in Bastia France and Vado Ligure Italy) is a major Western Mediterranean shipping company operating between mainland France-Italy and the islands Elba, Corsica and Sardinia.

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Company's current departure ports are in Italy (Livorno, Savona, Piombino) and France (Toulon, Nice). Company's island ports are on Elba (Portoferraio), Corsica (Bastia, Ajaccio, Porto Vecchio, Ile Rousse, Calvi) and Sardinia (Golfo Aranci, Porto Torres).

Created as "Corsica Line", the company is a merger of two sister-brands ("Corsica Ferries" and "Sardinia Ferries") and subsidiary of Lozali SA (Geneva-based financial holding owned by the Lota family) as shipowner.

In January 2002 were introduced new fixed fares for Corsican residents (base rate EUR 5 pp), which was the lowest ever offered on the France-Corsica route. This resulted in traffic boost and increased market share of the company. In 2002 were transported over 1,6 million passengers. In 2005 were transported over 2,85 million passengers to/from Corsica.

In 2015, Corsica Sardinia Ferries transported over 70% of all ferry passengers between Corsica Island and Europe, ranking it far ahead of its main competitors (SNCM , MOBY LINES, La Meridionale) serving this destination.

Corsica-Sardinia Ferries current fleet includes the newer ships (2001-2008 built) Mega Express 1, Mega Express 2, Mega Express 3 and Pascal Lota, the older (1985-1996 built) ships Mega Express 4, Mega Express 5, Mega Andrea, Mega Smeralda, and the old (1972-1974 built) ships Corsica Marina Seconda, Sardinia Vera, Corsica Victoria, Sardinia Regina.

MINOAN LINES

Minoan Lines (routes, minoan.gr, founded 1972, headquartered in Heraklion Greece) is a Greek company (part of Grimaldi Group) operating ferries on the routes between Crete and Piraeus (mainland Greece), as well as in the Adriatic Sea (between Greece and Italy / Patras to Igoumenitsa, Ancona, Trieste).

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Minoan is one of Europe's largest passenger ferry companies and among the largest in Greece. The company has stakes in Minoan Cruises (80,28%) and Hellenic Seaways (33,31%). In 2004, Minoan sold its Aegean Airlines stake. Since 2008, Grimaldi Group owns 45% of the Minoan stocks.

In 2012 was closed the ferry route Venice-Igoumenitsa-Patras. In 2013, the existing daily service Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona-Patras was extended with Trieste. The new port was connected with 3 departures a week, leaving from both Italy and Greece.

Since January 2017, Minoan's Adriatic line started again to call at Venice (twice weekly). Both arrivals and departures are during the night hours. In 2018 was opened the summer service Greece-Crete (Piraeus-Chania) with Mykonos Palace.

Minoan Lines current fleet includes the ships Festos Palace and Knossos Palace. Minoan also operates under charter the Grimaldi ferries Cruise Europa (2009) and Cruise Olympia (2010). The Minoan ships Olympia Palace and Europa Palace are currently chartered to TIRRENIA.

HELLENIC SEAWAYS

Hellenic Seaways (hellenicseaways.gr, founded 2005, headquartered in Piraeus-Athens Greece) is a Greek ferry company operating on shipping routes in Central and Eastern Mediterranean (Adriatic Seas, Aegean Sea). Its parent company is Minoan Lines (majority stake owner). Hellenic Seaways is the largest Greek ferry company. Its current fleet consists of 21 vessels, of which 12 are high-speed ferry ships. Company's routes link 35 seaports and connect mainland Greece with the Greek islands in the Cyclades, northeast and southeast Aegean Sea, Argo-Saronic Gulf, Thessalian Sporades, Crete Island.

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In August 2009, Hellenic Seaways acquired EasyCruise (budget cruise line founded 2004) for EUR 9 million. EasyCruise had a fleet of 2 vessels (EasyCruise 1, and EasyCruise Life / Ocean Life) and ceased operations in early 2010. Passengers booked on future cruises received full refunds. Later in 2010, the fleet's only ship EasyCruise Life was chartered to Blue Ocean Cruises (as Ocean Life). and after ending the charter was scrapped.

In January 2011, Minoan Lines cancelled the planned sale of company's 33,35% stake in Hellenic Seaways to ANEK Lines.

On October 26, 2017, Attica Group (Attica Holdings) signed an agreement for acquiring 48,53% equity stake (37,667,504 shares for total EUR 78,5 million) in Hellenic Seaways Maritime (HSW). The ship Superfast XII (now Cruise Ausonia) was purchased separately (from Grimaldi Group for EUR 74,5 million), as well as Highspeed 7 (from Minoan Lines for EUR 25 million). With the 2017 acquisition, Attica Group now holds a total of 98,83% equity stake in HSW.

BLUE STAR FERRIES

Blue Star Ferries (routes, bluestarferries.com, founded 1965, headquartered in Athens Greece, is the largest Greek ferry company, part of Attica Group (together with sister-company Superfast Ferries). It provides shipping services from mainland Greece to the Greek Islands (Cyclades, Dodecanese, North Aegean) and to Crete. Blue Star Ferries serve more than 20 island destinations.

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The company was founded under the name "Strintzis Lines" by the Kefalonia-based Strintzis family. In 2000, it was rebranded to "Blue Star Ferries", following the Attica Group's acquisition of a minority share (48% stake) in Blue Star.

In 2006, Blue Star Maritime aquired the Dodecanese Islands based company DANE Sea Lines.

Company's newest (largest) ships were built in South Korea by DSME Daewoo and delivered in October 2011 (Blue Star Delos) and July 2012 (Blue Star Patmos).

The parent company Attica Group is an European holding which main ferry operations started in 1995 with the subsidiary Superfast Ferries. The company also has a minority share in Blue Star Ferries which operates in Aegean Sea (Greek islands).

SUPERFAST FERRIES

Superfast Ferries (routes, superfast.com, founded 1993, headquartered in Athens Greece, is a Greek company, part of Attica Group (together with sister-company Blue Star Ferries). It provides fast-ferry links between Greece and Italy.

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Currently, Superfast Ferries operates only in the Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea) and Adriatic Sea, on the routes between Greece and Italy. These routes are with departures from homeports Ancona-Bari and Igoumenitsa-Patras-Corfu. In the period 2002-2008 (September), the company also served the North Sea route Rosyth (Scotland)-Zeebrugge (Belgium)

In April 2006, Attica Group sold its ice-class ships Superfast 7, Superfast 8 and Superfast 9 to TALLINK-SILJA. The deal was for EUR 310 million.

In August 2006 Attica Group sold its ice-class ship Superfast 10 to to Veolia Transport (French-based multinational company) for EUR 112 million. The vessel was delivered to the new owner in January 2007.

On June 8, 2011, Superfast Ferries and ANEK Lines created a joint venture service of the routes Piraeus (Athens)-Heraklion (Crete), and Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona. Until 2013, the company also served the route Piraeus (Athens)-Heraklion (Crete) with the ship Superfast VI. As the ship was sold to Genting Group (Asia) in March 2013, this service was discontinued.

Company's current fleet includes Superfast I, Superfast II, Superfast XI. The following map shows all Greek island ports served by ferries leaving from mainland Greece (Piraeus and Rafina).

Greek Islands ferry ports map

Norwegian ferry companies

The list of major ferry companies serving Norway includes COLOR LINE, FJORD LINE, Fjord1 Line, Havila Shipping, Hurtigruten (cruise and ferry line).

FJORD LINE

FJORD LINE (founded 1993, headquarters Bergen, Norway) connect with passenger ships Norway with Denmark and Sweden, plus Norway-Denmark freight service.

The company acquired In 1998 from COLOR LINE the ship Jupiter and started Bergen-Newcastle (UK) service. In 2004 was purchased MS Fjord Norway for the Norway-Denmark service. in 2005 MS Fjord Norway and the Norway-England route were sold to DFDS.

In January 2008 Fjord Line merged with Master Ferries. In 2014 Fjord Line became industry's first to use RFID cards as cabin keys.

Currently, FJORD LINE serves the routes Bergen-Stavanger-Hirtshals, Kristiansand-Hirtshals (summer only), Hirtshals-Langesund, and Sandefjord-Stromstad. Current fleet includes Fjord Cat, Stavangerfjord, Bergensfjord, Oslofjord.

FJORD1 LINE

Fjord1 Fylkesbaatane (founded 1858, headquarters Floro, Norway) is a subsidiary of Fjord1 Nordvestlandske (Norwegian transport conglomerate) and runs ferry traffic in Sogn og Fjordane (western Norway).

Fjord1's route Bergen-Sogn was opened in 1971 via fast catamarans. Currently are served the routes Bergen-Sogn (Ovre Ardal, crossing time 6 hr 15 min) and Bergen-Nordfjord (Selje, crossing time 5 hours). In addition to these main service are also served local fast boat routes.

The company is among the first in Norway to use LNG-powered ferries. Most Fjord1 ships are older ferries (built between 1960-1980) and mainly car carriers. Fjord1's current fleet includes the car-passenger and passenger-only ships Fjordglytt, Sylvarnes, Gudvangen, Skagastol.

HAVILA Shipping

Havila Shipping ("Havila Kystruten", founded 2003, headquarters Fosnavag, Norway) has a fleet consisting of offshore platform supply vessels, anchor handling tugs, rescue and recovery vessels, subsea construction vessels and passenger ferries (4 boats on order). The company provides maritime support for offshore oil and gas fields in North Sea and Asia Pacific.

On March 23, 2018, Norway's Ministry of Transportation and Communications split the "Norwegian Coastal Express" ferry service between Hurtigruten and Havila Shipping. The Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen route and its 34 ports will be served year-round by all 11 vessels, of which 7 Hurtigruten ships and 4 Havila newbuilds. Hurtigruten operates this service since 1893.

Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for this regularly scheduled service is NOK 788 million (USD 100 million).

Havila will build 4 new ships (to be delivered by 2021) specifically for the "Norwegian Coastal Express" service. The newbuilds will be LNG-powered hybrids (alternative battery power) with passenger capacity around 700. Shipbuilding cost is ~USD 200 million per boat. Builder is Barreras Shipyard (Vigo, Spain).

SMALL-FLEET ferry companies

DESTINATION GOTLAND

DESTINATION GOTLAND (destinationgotland.se, founded 1998, headquarters Visby, Gotland Island Sweden) is a domestic ferry company operating in Sweden exclusively. Destination Gotland's current fleet includes the conventional ferries MS Visborg, MS Visby, MS Gotland, and the high-speed HSC Gotlandia and HSC Gotlandia 2. The company has 2 shipbuilding contracts (signed November 2014 and June 2015) with GSI (Guangzhou Shipyard, China) for the construction of two LNG-powered ships (Visborg, TBN). Each vessel has max capacity 1650 passengers and costs USD 135 million. Deliveries were scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

CONDOR FERRIES

CONDOR FERRIES (condorferries.co.uk, founded 1964, headquarters St Peter Port, Guernsey, owned by Commodore Group / part of Macquarie Group) offers passenger and freight ferry services between UK-France and Channel Islands - Jersey (St Helier Port) and Guernsey (St Peter Port). Condor Ferries current fleet includes the fast ferries Condor Rapide (high-speed catamaran) and Condor Liberation (high-speed trimaran) and the ships Commodore Clipper and Commodore Goodwill on the routes Poole England-Channel Islands, Portsmouth England-Channel Islands, St Malo France-Channel Islands and the inter-island service Guernsey-Jersey.

POLFERRIES

POLFERRIES (polferries.pl, founded 1976) is Poland's largest ferry shipping company. "Polish Baltic Shipping Company" was established as state-owned company. Under the brand name "Polferries" it runs Baltic Sea services connecting Poland to Sweden. POLFERRIES current fleet includes the ships Baltivia, Wawel, Mazovia, Cracovia, Nova Star. POLFERRIES has 2 new ships on order, to be built at Szczecin Shipyard.

MARINE ATLANTIC

MARINE ATLANTIC (marineatlantic.ca, founded 1986, headquarts St John's, Newfoundland) is a Canadian federal (state-owned) corporation operating ferries between the provinces Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Island. Marine Atlantic's current fleet includes the ships Atlantic Vision, Blue Puttees, Highlanders, Leif Ericson.

ECKERO LINE

ECKERO LINE (eckeroline.fi, founded 1995, headquarters Helsinki Finland) is a Finnish passenger shipping company which operates only one liner (MS Finlandia, 2080 pax, 665 cars) and only on the route between Finland (Helsinki) and Estonia (Tallinn).

TT-LINE Tasmania

TT-Line Tasmania (officially "TT-Line Company", SpiritOfTasmania.com.au, founded 1985, headquartersDevonport Tasmania and Melbourne Australia) specializes in passenger shipping between Victoria Australia and Tasmania (Bass Strait crossings). Since 1993, TT-LINE is a Tasmanian Government fully-owned company. On December 8, 2017, TT-LINE announced that the existing ferries (Spirit of Tasmania 1 and Spirit of Tasmania 2) will be replaced with two newbuilds (launched in 2021 and 2022). In January 2018 was selected Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (Flensburg, Germany) as shipbuilder. In May 2018, TT-LINE signed EUR 438 million shipbuilding order for the 2 new LNG-powered cruiseferries. Each ship has length 212 m and capacity 1800 passengers and 600 cars. The new ferries will increase company's capacity by 43% (passengers) and 39% (freight).

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Itinerary of Ferries

Here are listed all CruiseMapper's ferry lines with their cruiseferry fleets, homeports (routes) and crossing times. Our list of ferries currently includes passenger vessels operated by world's largest ferry companies:

VIKING LINE

Currently, VIKING LINE ships operate on the following ferry routes:

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STENA LINE

Currently, STENA LINE ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:

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TT LINE

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Currently, TT LINE ferries operate on the routes:

DFDS SEAWAYS

Currently, DFDS SEAWAYS ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:

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BRITTANY FERRIES

Currently, BRITTANY FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:

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BC FERRIES

BC FERRIES' largest ships operate on the following routes (daily service):

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  • ships Spirit of British Columbia, Spirit of Vancouver Island, and Coastal Celebration - Vancouver Island (between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay / Victoria BC) - crossing time 1,5 hours, distance 45 km (28 ml)
  • Coastal Inspiration ship - Vancouver Island (between Tsawwassen and Duke Point / Nanaimo BC) - crossing time 2 hours, distance 70 km (44 ml)
  • Coastal Renaissance ship (Horseshoe Bay-Tsawwassen / between West Vancouver (Metro) and Vancouver Island) - crossing time: 1 hour 40 min, distance 35 ml (56 km)
  • Northern Adventure ship (Prince Rupert-Port Hardy / Kaien Island-Vancouver Island) - "Day Cruise" Inside Passage crossing time (overnight), distance 507 km (315 ml) - Port Hardy, Bella Bella (Campbell Island), Klemtu (Swindle Island), Prince Rupert.
  • Northern Expedition ship (Prince Rupert-Skidegate Graham Island / Haida Gwaii) crossing time 7 hours, distance 172 km (107 ml)
  • The company connects mainland BC with the Gulf Islands Cortes, Denman, Hornby, Quadra, Sointula, Texada, Bowen, Gabriola, Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Salt Spring, Saturna, Thetis. The list of destinations also includes Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Sunshine Coast, Coast Mountains, Vancouver Metro, Northern BC, Thompson Okanagan, Victoria BC and Vancouver Island.

PandO FERRIES

Currently, P&O FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:

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TALLINK-SILJA LINE

Currently, TALLINK-SILJA LINE ships operate on the following cruiseferry routes:

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FINNLINES

Currently, FINNLINES ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:

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COLOR LINE

Currently, COLOR LINE ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:

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MOBY LINES

Currently, MOBY LINES ships operate on the following ferry routes:

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GRIMALDI LINES

Currently, GRIMALDI ships operate on the following routes:

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GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci)

Currently, GNV ships operate on the following routes:

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TIRRENIA Navigazione

Currently, Tirrenia ships operate on the following routes:

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  • mainland Italy to Sardinia Island - Genoa-Porto Torres (Nuraghes, Sharden), Genoa-Olbia-Arbatax (Athara, Bithia, Janas), Civitavecchia-Olbia-Arbatax (Athara, Bithia, Janas), Civitavecchia-Cagliari (Athara, Bithia, Janas), Naples-Cagliari, Livorno-Cagliari (freight only)
  • mainland Italy to Sicily Island - Naples-Palermo, Ravenna-Brindisi-Catania (freight only)
  • Sardinia to Sicily - Cagliari-Palermo
  • mainland Italy (Termoli) to Tremiti Islands
  • mainland Italy to Tunisia - Genoa-Tunis
  • Sicily to Malta - Catania-Valletta

TIRRENIA Navigazione ferry ports map

IRISH FERRIES

Currently, IRISH FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:

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BALEARIA

Currently, BALEARIA ships operate on the following ferry routes:

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  • Algeciras to Ceuta and Tangier
  • Almeria to Melilla and Nador
  • Barcelona to Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca
  • Ceuta to Algeciras
  • Denia to Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera
  • Formentera to Ibiza and Denia
  • Ibiza to Barcelona, Denia, Mallorca, Formentera and Valencia
  • Malaga to Melilla
  • Mallorca to Barcelona, Ibiza, Menorca, Denia and Valencia
  • Melilla to Almeria and Malaga
  • Menorca to Barcelona and Mallorca
  • Mostaganem to Valencia
  • Nador to Almeria
  • Tangier to Algeciras
  • Valencia to Mallorca, Ibiza and Mostaganem
  • In the period 2015-2016, the ship Bahama Mama operated daily service between USA Florida and Bahamas (Fort Lauderdale to Freeport).

TRASMEDITERRANEA

Currently, TRASMEDITERRANEA ships operate on the following routes:

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  • (roundtrip from Barcelona to) Ibiza, Mahon (Menorca), Palma de Mallorca, Formentera
  • (roundtrip from Palma de Mallorca to) Ibiza, Mahon (Menorca)
  • (roundtrip from Valencia to) Ibiza, Mahon (via Palma), Formentera
  • roundtrip from Cadiz to Arrecife
  • Cadiz- Las Palmas (via Arrecife), Cadiz- Tenerife (via Las Palmas), Cadiz-La Palma (via Arrecife, Las Palmas, Tenerife), Cadiz-Fuerteventura (via Arrecife, Las Palmas, Tenerife, La Palma)
  • (from Lanzarote Island) Arrecife-Las Palmas, Arrecife-Tenerife (via Las Palmas), Arrecife-La Palma (via Las Palmas, Tenerife), Arrecife-Fuerteventura (via Las Palmas, Tenerife, La Palma)
  • (from Gran Canaria Island) Las Palmas-Tenerife, Las Palmas-La Palma (via Tenerife), Las Palmas-Fuerteventura, Las Palmas-Arrecife (via Tenerife, Fuerteventura), Las Palmas-Cadiz (via Fuerteventura, Arrecife)
  • (from Tenerife Island) Santa Cruz de Tenerife-Las Palmas, Tenerife-Fuerteventura (via Las Palmas), Tenerife-Arrecife (via Las Palmas, Fuerteventura), Tenerife-Cadiz (via Gran Canaria , Fuerteventura, Lanzarote)
  • (from San Miguel de La Palma Island) Santa Cruz de la Palma-Las Palmas (via Tenerife), La Palma-Puerto Rosario-Fuerteventura (via Tenerife, Las Palmas), La Palma-Arrecife (via Tenerife, Las Palmas, Puerto Rosario, Fuerteventura), La Palma-Cadiz (via Tenerife, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, Arrecife)
  • (from Fuerteventura Island) Puerto del Rosario-Arrecife, Fuerteventura-Cadiz (via Arrecife)
  • Algeciras-Ceuta, Algeciras-Tangier (Morocco)
  • Almeria-Melilla, Almeria-Ghazaouet (Algeria), Almeria-Nador (Morocco), Almeria-Oran (Algeria)
  • Malaga-Melilla
  • Trasmediterranea current fleet includes the ships Albayzin, Almariya, Dimonios, Fortuny, Forza, Juan J Sister, Sorolla, Tenacia, Zurbaran.

CORSICA-SARDINIA FERRIES

Currently, CORSICA-SARDINIA FERRIES ships operate on the following cruiseferry routes:

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Between mainland France-Italy and Corsica Island (In brackets are crossing times)

  • between Nice and Ajaccio (6 hours), Bastia (5 hours), Calvi (4 hours), Ile Rousse (4 hours), Porto Vecchio (9 hours)
  • between Toulon and Ajaccio (6,5 hours), Bastia (8,5 hours), Ile Rousse (6 hours 15 min), Porto Vecchio (12 hours)
  • between Savona and Bastia (4,5 hours), Calvi (6 hours)
  • Livorno-Bastia (3,5 hours)
  • Piombino-Bastia (2 hours 15 min)

Between mainland Italy-France and Sardinia Island

  • Livorno-Golfo Aranci (6,5 hours)
  • Nice-Golfo Aranci (16 hours)
  • Toulon-Porto Torres (13 hours)

Elba Island (Portoferraio) to/from Piombino (30 min) and Bastia (90 min).

MINOAN LINES

Currently, MINOAN LINES ships operate on the following routes:

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BLUE STAR FERRIES

Currently, BLUE STAR FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:

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SUPERFAST FERRIES

Currently, SUPERFAST FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:

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The following map shows all Greek island ferry ports served by ships leaving from mainland Greece (Piraeus and Rafina).

Greek Islands ferry ports map

Small-fleet ferry company routes

Follows a list of small-fleet companies ships and routes.

DESTINATION GOTLAND (Sweden) operates the route Visby-Nynashamn (port to Oskarshamn and Vastervik) - crossing time 3 hours (MS Visby, MS Gotland, MS Visborg)

CONDOR FERRIES operate between UK-France and Channel Islands - Jersey (St Helier Port) and Guernsey (St Peter Port). Fast ferry Condor Liberation serves the route Poole England-Channel Islands. Fast ferry Condor Rapide serves the route St Malo France-Channel Islands. The inter-island service Guernsey-Jersey is 1 hour (on the fast ferries) and 2 hours (on Commodore Clipper). Commodore Clipper and Commodore Goodwill serve the route Portsmouth England-Channel Islands (crossing time 7 hours).

POLFERRIES operate between Poland and Sweden, connecting the ports Swinoujscie-Ystad (crossing time 6 hours, ships Baltivia, Cracovia, Mazovia) and Gdansk-Nynashamn (crossing time 19 hours, ships Wawel, Nova Star).

MARINE ATLANTIC (Canada) operates regular services across Cabot Strait (on the route Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Island) connecting the ports North Sydney-Port aux Basques, and North Sydney-Argentia (Placentia). Crossing times are, respectively, 7 hours (year-round, 7 days a week) and 14-16 hours (summer-only / June through September, 3 days a week). The fleet consists of Atlantic Vision, Blue Puttees, Highlanders, Leif Ericson.

TT-LINE Tasmania operates exclusively Bass Strait crossings between Devonport (Tasmania) and Melbourne (Victoria Australia). The fleet consists of Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II.

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