Transeuropa Ferries

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Transeuropa Ferries
Industry Freight and passenger transportation
Fate Bankrupt
Predecessor Sally Line
Founded 21 November 1998
Defunct 25 April 2013
Headquarters Ostend, Belgium
Area served
English Channel
Parent Transeuropa Shipping Lines d.o.o.
Website www.transeuropaferries.com
Transeuropa ferry Oleander approaching Ostend on 2 August 2005.
Transeuropa ferry Larkspur leaving Ostend in 2006
Transeuropa ferry Eurovoyager leaving Ostend in August 2005
Ferry Ostend Spirit (formerly Pride of Calais) in the harbor of Ostend, December 2012

TransEuropa Ferries was a freight and passenger ferry company operating between Ramsgate, Kent, UK and Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium from 1998 to 2013, with three or more ships. The company suspended operations on 18 April 2013, and on 25 April 2013 the line filed to initiate bankruptcy procedures.[1]

History[edit]

TransEuropa Shipping Lines d.o.o. (TSL) of Koper, Slovenia[2] started a ro-ro freight ferry service between Ramsgate and Ostend on 21 November 1998 following the closure of Sally Line's services and the purchase of assets of Regie voor Maritiem Transport from the Belgian government. TSL's Belgian subsidiary TransEuropa Ferries NV was founded on 1 June 2001 to take over the cross-channel operation.[3]

On 20 July 2004 TransEuropa started a car and passenger ferry service from Ostend to Ramsgate to supplement their existing freight service. Foot passengers were not catered for on this crossing, which typically took four to five hours.[4] Between 2010 and 2011 TransEuropa Ferries operated a joint service on the route with LD Lines.

The company operated via a direct sales channel, declining to sell through travel agents.

On 18 April 2013 the company stopped sailing and on 25 April is filed for bankruptcy[1]

Crews[edit]

Habitually operated by Eastern European crews (often Slovenian and Croatian) the service was personal as a result of the high crew-to-passenger ratio; both the transport itself and the catering on board were considerably cheaper than on most other cross-Channel ferries.

Former Fleet[edit]

Vessel In Service Status
Larkspur 1999 - 2013 Laid up after TEF Bankruptcy
Gardenia 2002 - 2013 Laid up after TEF Bankruptcy
Ostend Spirit 2013 Scrapped 2013
Labrunum 1993 - 2003 Scrapped 2011
Wisteria 1995 - 2000 Scrapped 2007
Primrose 1998 - 2010 Scrapped 2011
Eurovoyager 1998 - 2010 Scrapped 2012
Roseanne 1999 - 2003 Now Strofades IV with m.c.c.l.
Oleander 2001 - 2010 Now Sherbatisky with Acciona
Begonia 2002 - 2005 Now Via Mare
Wisteria 2005 - 2006 Now Vronskiy with Acciona
Ostende Spirit 2010 - 2011 Now Calais Seaways with DFDS Seaways

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Smith, Dean (2015). The TransEuropa Years: 1998 - 2013. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 9781906608781. 

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