Shipping & Shipbuilding News -  05 February 2009- The Brightest Maritime Daily

Photo: Could this be the shape of things to come at Rosyth?

Bookings high for new Scotland to Europe ferry
New Rosyth-Zeebrugge service deemed a success...

Passenger tickets for the new Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry route, the first sailing for which will be in May 2009, went on sale on 18 December and early sales are encouraging with bookings in place as far ahead as the end of October 2009, say operators Norfolkline.

The service will operate three overnight sailings a week each way, and to ensure the route is viable, the price structure is based on two separate schemes for travellers with vehicles and foot passengers.

The first is an inclusive cabin and vehicle package for up to four people and the second, for independent foot passengers, is based on either a reclining Pullman seat or a cabin for up to four people. Both schemes can be booked directly with Norfolkline , and package tours, organised by tour operators and agencies, are also available.

The company said interest from potential freight customers is also high and commercial rates are in the process of being finalised, with freight bookings due to open in coming weeks.

In total Norfolkline will create around 60 new jobs to service the route. These will be a mixture of on-board personnel, terminal service staff and a new local business management team based in Rosyth and Zeebrugge.

Bas van Helden, Route Director of Scotland - Belgium Service of Norfolkline, Ferry Division, commented:

"We are extremely encouraged by this overwhelming response to this new service; since releasing our passenger tickets we have been receiving over 100 enquiries a day. This is a great indication of things to come and we are confident this level of support will continue as our new service gets underway."

Norfolkline announced its plans to reinstate the Rosyth - Zeebrugge route in September 2008 and have been working with clients, local industry and governments to provide a new, improved and sustainable service for this key link between Scotland and the Continent.

The first Norfolkline sailing from Rosyth is planned for May 2009. Bookings can be made direct with Norfolkline online at or via its tour operators and sales agents.

”Tickets for independent foot passengers, which are to be booked directly with Norfolkline, will be available from March.

”Passenger enquiries should be sent to

”Freight enquiries should be sent to Wim Fossaert at



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