A new ferry has been launched that will carry DFDS and LD Lines
passengers across the channel between Dover and Calais
Called the Deal Seaways, the vessel joins the Norman Spirit on the route, with the latter ship being launched on January 17th, the BBC reports.
It means the two companies, who began across-channel partnership after the liquidation of SeaFrance
in January, increasing the partnership's capacity to ten return sailings a day.
The Deal Seaways was formally called the Barfleur and has been chartered from Brittany Ferries
, with a French crew operating the vessel.
Announcing the name a week ago, passenger director for the English Channel at DFDS Seaways
Chris Newey commented: "We have been really pleased with the uptake of the new route between Dover-Calais and are delighted to be able to respond to demand with the launch of the second vessel."
Recent data supplied by the Office for National Statistics showed that overseas visits by Britons rose by 0.8 per cent last year, which may suggest demand will be strong for cross-channel services.
Posted by Mark Robinson