OCTOBER 19, 2012 — Euroferries of the U.K. plans to launch an express cross channel ferry service between Ramsgate in the U.K. and Boulogne, France, starting in February next year.
Euroferries has entered into an agreement with shipbuilder Austal, securing a newly built 102 m trimaran on a long term charter agreement for operation on the high-speed service.
Austal yesterday confirmed that it has entered into an agreement with Euroferries Limited for a four-year charter of the 102 me trimaran stock vessel Austal Hull 270 and had received a security enabling further work to be undertaken to prepare the vessel for the charter.
Euroferries says the vessel will arrive in January 2013, with the service becoming fully operational between Boulogne and Ramsgate during February 2013. The service will offer four daily crossings, catering for passengers, cars and luxury coaches. The vessel is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 40 knots thus enabling Euroferries to provide one of the fastest channel crossings available.