SeaFrance

SeaFrance takeover questions

There are calls for an investigation by the Competition Commission after Eurotunnel's takeover of SeaFrance.

Ferry, students, Dover

Drunk students on boat banned

Hundreds of students have been banned from boarding a P & O ferry after getting drunk on board and causing havoc.

Live updates

Ship's Captain describes final voyage

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

She's the equivalent of about 78 in human years, she carried around 30 million passengers and did thousands of cross-channel trips but, as we showed you last week, the Pride of Calais met a somewhat undignified end, being deliberately crashed into the shore at a recycling yard in Turkey.

Now her captain has talked to Meridian about what it was like bringing her days to an end. David Johns reports, speaking to the ship's former Master, Paul Wood.

Full steam ahead for ferry on dramatic final voyage - onto shore.

Where do old ferries go on holiday? They go and get beached in Turkey! This is a famous old cross-channel ferry that clocked up millions of nautical miles going back and forth across the Channel for years.

In her heyday the ferry was called the Pride of Calais and ferried thousands of passengers to and from France for for 22 years. Then in 2012 it became the Spirit of Ostend running services from Ramsgate to the Belgium port.

This footage was filmed in November - but has only just been released on YouTube and has proved very popular with more than 600,000 views. The beach is actually a recycling yard for old ships.

Advertisement

Tide overturns Portsmouth fishing boat

The overturned fishing vessel in Portsmouth Harbour Credit: Mark Wayne Furlong

A fishing vessel was overturned by the tide and broke free from its moor, blocking The Hard this morning.

Ferry services were disrupted after the floating boat was left blocking the front of the pontoon.

The overturned vessel caused disruption on earlier ferry services Credit: Mark Wayne Furlong

Boats in the harbour had been trying to manoeuvre the vessel out of the way and it was finally cleared this afternoon after a joint effort from Wightlink and the Harbour Master.

Vessel upturned near the ferry port in Portsmouth Credit: Mark Wayne Furlong

New cross channel ferry to launch from Ramsgate

Euroferries has announced that it's launching an express cross channel service between Ramsgate and Boulogne from February 2013.

The vessel will arrive in January 2013, with the service becoming fully operational between Boulogne and Ramsgate during February 2013.

The Austal 102m Trimaran Credit: Euroferries

The service will offer 4 daily crossings, catering for passengers, cars and luxury coaches.

The vessel is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 40 knots.

Euroferries will also be introducing an express coach service to operate between Ramsgate, Canterbury and London Victoria.

Advertisement

Universities launch inquiries into drunken behaviour on Ferry

Ferry, Universities, students
Universities looking at their students behaviour on ferry Credit: ITV Meridian

Two universities in Manchester say they are doing their own inquiries into the behaviour of students on a Dover to Calais ferry. P & O has refused to bring them back from the continent after their drunken rampage on the "Spirit of France" ferry on April the 1st.

Four coach loads of students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University embarked on the journey organised by an external travel operator. Students from other northern universities were also thought to be on board the early morning sailing.

Both Manchester universities say they will try to find out who the main troublemakers were.

Twenty-five years since firm's first ferry crossing to Channel Islands

Condor Ferries, based in Poole in Dorset is celebrating twenty-five years of sailing to the Channel Islands today. The captain of that first voyage will take part in a special crossing later.

The firm was founded in 1964 and originally carried passengers between France and the Channels Islands. Then in 1987 the company launched the first service linking the Channels Islands and the UK.

Person reported overboard on ferry

Condor Ferries have released a statement saying a MayDay is underway after a person was reported overboard on a Condor ferry between Guernsey and Poole. Condor Ferries issued this statement:

'Condor Rapide is currently engaged in searching the area where the passenger is believed to have gone missing, and Portland Coastguard is coordinating. The Portland Coastguard helicopter has been scrambled and other vessels in the area are participating in the search.'

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories