Pride of Bruges and Pride of York ferries put up for sale

   February 22, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Two deployed in the North Sea cruiseferries have been put up for sale weeks after the UK-Belgium route was closed.

The ships Pride of Bruges and Pride of York sailed nightly between Hull England and Zeebrugge Belgium until P&O Ferries ended the service in January 2021 due to drop in demand.

Both Ro-Pax vessels (each with max capacity 1250 passengers and 850 cars) were listed on a German shipbrokers website.

The UK's Department for Transport said the operation of ferry routes was a commercial matter for the relevant companies concerned and added that throughout the health crisis the government had invested millions to protect the critical passenger and cargo routes.

Both ferries are sisterships (1987-built/34-years-old), with LOA length 179 m (588 ft) and were among the largest in the UK.

The route Hull-Zeebrugge had been running since the 1960s. However, it was described as loss-making by P&O Ferries and saw its last crossing on January 1, 2021.