Crossing the English Channel by Ferry Preferred to Chunnel

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Image credit P&O Ferries

More people used ferries to travel from the UK to the continent last year although cross-Channel numbers are still down on those of decade ago. According to the Department for Transport's recently released annual Sea Passenger Statistics the number of short sea international ferry journeys increased by 4% to 20.5m following two years of decline.

In a reversal of the situation in 2012, when more passengers travelled internationally via the Channel Tunnel than on ferries for the first time, ferries accounted for 1.7m, or 9%, more international journeys than the Channel Tunnel last year.

Dover remained the busiest UK sea port, carrying 12.7m short sea international ferry passengers. This was a 7% annual increase but remained 20% lower than 10 years previously.

Passenger traffic on domestic sea crossings has steadily declined over the last decade, but again this trend went into reverse last year on all routes except those to Orkney and Shetland. The number of passengers travelling by ferry from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands increased to 2.1m and 0.4m respectively.

The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed the increases with its chief executive, Guy Platten, saying: “Despite strong competition, continued economic uncertainty and extreme weather events, these figures show how resilient the ferry sector is. After a difficult few years, the rise in passengers is testament to the hard work of ferry companies who had the courage to invest in new ships and extra onboard amenities through the economic crisis.”

“But,” he cautioned, “there is still a great deal to do if the ferry sector’s recovery is to be sustained. The Government needs to pay close attention to industry concerns over extended queues at UK Border Control. The average waiting time at Calais last summer was 90 minutes and on some occasions passengers have been left waiting for several hours. This is clearly unacceptable and could deter repeat business. If the Government wants these vital services to thrive, then the burdensome and bureaucratic processes of the UK Border Control need to be reviewed as a matter of urgency.”

Source: MaritimeLondon/Chamber of Shipping

 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Chevron Suffers Loss, Plans Job Cuts

Chevron Corp. reported a first-quarter loss as slumping oil prices continued to drag down revenue. The company said that it is "on target" to lay off a total of 8000 workers by the end of 2016,

China COSCO to be First through the Expanded Panama Canal

China COSCO Shipping has won the draw for its container vessel Andronikos to make the ceremonial first transit through the Expanded Panama Canal during the waterway’s inauguration on Sunday, June 26.

Sellick Equipment to Open New Facility

On April, 20, 2016, at the young age of 97 years, Walter Sellick along with sons Howard Sellick - President, David Sellick - Vice President and grandson Colin Sellick - Systems Manager,

Ports

India's Highest non-coking coal discharge at Gangavaram Port

Gangavaram Port, the deepest and the most modern port in the country, has created yet another historical milestone record by discharging 1,56,339 metric tons of Non-Coking Coal from the vessel M.

Holland America Line Kicks off Seattle's Record Cruise Season

The Port of Seattle begins the 2016 cruise season welcoming the first ship call, Holland America Cruise Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Larger vessels and more cruises

Shipping Industry Flying On The Dragon’s Back

As the many Greek players in the shipping industry know well, the legend of Icarus tells us the dangers of flying too high. Merchant vessel earnings eventually

Finance

Shipping, Key Ingredient of EU’s Africa Agenda

The African economy has become one of the most promising global growth markets. Shipping is taking care of the largest part of international trade and in Africa

Ocean Economy Set to Double in Size by 2030

The world’s oceans must be managed well to ensure the potential of an “ocean economy” that was worth US $ 1.5 trillion in 2010.   "Calculations based on the

Chevron Suffers Loss, Plans Job Cuts

Chevron Corp. reported a first-quarter loss as slumping oil prices continued to drag down revenue. The company said that it is "on target" to lay off a total of 8000 workers by the end of 2016,

Ferries

Ferry Conference: Technology Drives Vessel Advancements

On June 2-3, 2016,  the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference will be held in downtown Manhattan.   Throughout the world, the quickening pace of technological

Officer Sentenced for Role in Fatal Ferry Crash

The second officer who admitted his actions were responsible for the death of a fisherman, has been sent to prison.   Pasquale Miccio pleaded guilty to a breach

Scandlines’ Ferry leaves FAYARD Shipyard

The new Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The vessel will be named M/V Berlin on Tuesday 3 May 2016.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2444 sec (4 req/sec)