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Isle of Wight MP calls for ferry review

Ferry services to and from the Isle of Wight don't represent value for money, according to the island's MP.

Andrew Turner held a special House of Commons debate last night where he called for a review into Wightlink and Red Funnel services across the Solent. He complained of high ticket prices and a reduced number of crossings.

Survivor's fears after ferry disaster

A survivor of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster has spoken of her anger that rules imposed after the tragedy could be relaxed or even abandoned. The Herald went down en route to Dover in March 1987 with the loss of 193 lives. Lynette Lee said she was appalled that any changes could even be considered. But the Government agency which is proposing the changes says there are now better and more modern safety measures in place as Derek Johnson reports.


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Ship's Captain describes final voyage

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.

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.

Universities launch inquiries into drunken behaviour on Ferry

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.

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