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Port of Zeebrugge selected for new ferry service

On 17 May the new ferry service Zeebrugge-Rosyth will be launched. It is the first service that will connect Scotland directly with the European mainland.

The port of Zeebrugge was selected as the best qualified and the most conveniently located port to serve tourism and freight needs.

It will be a combined service which will take passengers as well as cars, trucks and trailers. The service will be operated by two fast ferries of the Greek shipping company Superfast Ferries. The vessels can receive 1,500 passengers, 200 cars and 140 trailers. The crossing will take approximately 18 hours. The service is to leave Rosyth at 17.00 hours local time in order to arrive in Zeebrugge the next day at 11.30 hours. The ship leaves Zeebrugge in the evening at 18.00 hours to reach Rosyth at 10.30 hours local time the next day.

Sea-Ro Terminal and Combined Terminal Operators (CTO) will act as stevedores in a joint venture and Zeebrugge Shipping & Bunkering has been selected as agent.

Fourty per cent of the cargo capacity of the first sailing is said to be booked already. The new service gives the initial impetus to a new development in Rosyth, where Forth Ports aims at developing the distribution function.

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26 March 2002

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