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Freight port idea to solve Isle of Wight ferry fears
Date: 19 July 2006 Source: Isle of Wight today

Better co-operation between ferry companies could help solve future travel problems on the Island where services could be operating at full capacity within four years.

Grimaldi takes Tirrenia battle to Brussels
Date: 19 July 2006 Source: Lloyds List

Genoese shipowner Aldo Grimaldi is to report Italian state-owned shipowner Tirrenia to the European Commission within the next two weeks, accusing it of violating regulations on state aid.

Sea Containers completes Silja Line sale
Date: 19 July 2006 Source: Lloyds List

Heavily-indebted Sea Containers will be able to pay off around $503m of bank borrowings following the sale of Baltic ferry operator Silja that was completed today.

Spain clears Transmed takeover of Euroferrys
Date: 18 July 2006 Source: Lloyds List

Spain's competition watchdog has cleared Trasmediterranea’s takeover of rival operator Euroferrys, which was majority owned by tour operators on either side of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Corsica snaps up Spirit of Tasmania III
Date: 17 July 2006 Source: Lloyds List

French Mediterranean ferry operator Corsica Ferries has announced that it has paid Australian operator TT Lines E65m ($82.12m) to complete acquisition of the ferry vessel Spirit of Tasmania III.

Greek ferries to see price wars
Date: 17 July 2006 Source: Times Online

Greece is deregulating its ferry services — so that routes and fares across its 240 ports will be opened to competition. Fifty of the least profitable routes are protected by government subsidies for now, but the busier routes will see fierce price wars.

Channel Islands - Cherbourg ferry link ‘this year’
Date: 17 July 2006 Source: This is Guernsey

A new freight and car ferry to Cherbourg and Jersey could be running by the end of the year.

Euroferries bound Fast Ferry still docked
Date: 16 July 2006 Source: 10NBC

Euroferries, the company that wanted to buy the Fast Ferry doesn't have it yet and the sale was supposed to be completed two months ago. But city officials said although it's taking a little longer than they would like to finalize the deal, they are confident this ship will still head overseas.

EU refuses to shield Tirrenia from ‘foreign corporate raid’
Date: 13 July 2006 Source: Lloyds List

Italy will not be able to prevent ferry giant Tirrenia from falling into foreign hands following privatisation, the European Commission has warned.

Finland approves Tallink's Silja ferries buy
Date: 12 July 2006 Source: Reuters

Finland's competition watchdog has approved Baltic ferry operator Tallink's purchase of rival Silja Line from Sea Containers, it said on today.

Harbour could set sail without ferry
Date: 12 July 2006 Source: EDP24

Yarmouth's £45m outer harbour could open for business with no ferry operator in place, it was claimed last night.

Ferry comes to grief on Denia rock
Date: 07 July 2006 Source: Valencialife

The already famous submerged Androna rock outside Denia Harbor claimed another victim on Tuesday night after a Transmediterranea ferry ran aground on its stern as it was attempting to dock in the harbour.

Northlink ferries win Orkney and Shetland contract
Date: 06 July 2006 Source: BBC News

A ferry operator has been awarded a six-year contract to take over services to Orkney and Shetland.

SNCM says sorry to 3,000 passengers stranded in sizzling Marseilles
Date: 05 July 2006 Source: Lloyds List

Newly privatised French Mediterranean ferry operator SNCM has apologised to some 3,000 passengers who found themselves stranded in the sizzling heat at the port of Marseilles on Monday following industrial action by seafarers, writes Andrew Spurrier in Paris.

Thousands stranded by SNCM strike
Date: 04 July 2006 Source: Lloyds Register

Three thousand passengers remained stranded in the port of Marseilles yesterday after seafarers of newly-privatised ferry operator SNCM went on strike. About 2,200 passengers were prevented from boarding the Ile de Beauté and the Méditerranée destined for Algiers, while another 850 bound for Corsica were also forced to wait on the quayside.

Acciona Trasmediterranea faces strike action
Date: 04 July 2006 Source: Lloyds Register

Spanish ferry operator Acciona Trasmediterranea faces serious disruption from 15 July as seafarers take strike action over replacement of domestic seafarers with non-EU crews. Domestic cabotage services and links between northern Spain and the UK, and between southern Spain and North Africa are expected to be hit. Seafarers claim AT will axe up to 500 jobs in a move to cut costs. AT has denied the allegations but confirmed last week that it is negotiating a labour agreement with unions.

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