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ChannelPorts new freight ferry ticket booking site

Rising fuel costs and the higher costs of running a transport business in the current economic climate present a challenge to even to the largest companies.

Over the last 5 years fuel prices and running costs have spiraled out of control and the economic downturn has meant there are less business opportunities around.

Some firms are starting to explore import and export possibilities from the UK but high ferry costs would seriously eat into the already squeezed profit margins.

ChannelPorts are customs clearance specialists dealing with all types of customs documents for goods going in and out of the UK.

Spotting a need in the market for discounted Freight ferry tickets they were able to negotiate a deal with leading ferry companies from all of the major UK ports.

The website i-ferry has been created to provide a one stop shop for hauliers and carriers looking for the best prices on Freight ferry tickets.

They have received many appreciative comments from their clients as they continue to expand the range of services they offer to hauliers, HGV drivers, commercial fleet managers and the general public.

To contact ChannelPorts, please use chris.childs@channelports.co.uk, or telephone 01304 218328.

Find ChannelPorts at Junction 11 of the M20, within easy reach of Eurotunnel and Dover Port.

 

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Stena Line Has Won ‘Best Ferry Operator’ At The Scottish Passenger Association Awards

Stena Line, the leading ferry company, is celebrating another successful awards win after scooping the ‘Best Ferry Company’ title at the Scottish Passenger Awards, held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel.

The win at the SPAA event, which was attended by 600 industry professionals from all over the UK, follows the company’s success at the at Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards last month, where Stena Line walked away with the ‘Best Ferry/Shipping Company’ accolade for a record sixteenth time.

The continued success of the Belfast to Stranraer ferry route marks the end of a busy year for Stena Line, one which saw the opening of a new state of the art passenger terminal in Belfast and continued discussion with regards to the building of a new Scottish port at Old House Point near Cairnryan.

Stena Line’s Route Manager, Paul Grant, is delighted at the company’s double awards win.

“As always, it was very satisfying to take home the ‘Best Ferry/Shipping Company’ award from the recent NI Travel News event but to also come away with the equivalent accolade from the Scottish Passenger Association Awards is a real bonus after what has been an extremely busy year for Stena Line on the Belfast – Stranraer route,” Paul said.

“All our staff in every area of the business put in a tremendous effort to ensure that we have maintained the highest possible standards of customer care throughout a very a exciting year for Stena Line that has seen the opening of our fantastic new facility in Belfast and the refit of the Stena Line HSS,” continued Paul. “We are very proud of the quality of service we provide and it is wonderful to see our hard work recognised on both sides of the Irish Sea. I would like to thank all those who voted for Stena Line on both occasions,” he added.

Stena Line is the market leader on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of ferries from Ireland to Britain, including the Belfast to Stranraer, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard and Larne to Fleetwood ferry routes. The company carries over three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than it’s rival ferry operators combined.

About Stena Line:
In the UK alone, Stena Line offers over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) and two daily ferries to Holland on its Harwich Hook of Holland route, providing fast efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

Stena Line‘s route network consists of 18 strategically located ferry routes throughout Europe. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 34 vessels including fast ferries (HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

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Stena Line Has Been Voted The Top Ferry Company In Northern Ireland For A Record 16th Time

Stena Line was presented with the accolade of the ‘Best Ferry/Shipping Company’ at The Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards.

Northern Ireland Travel News has been organising the awards for the past 17 years, and this year’s ceremony was held in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle and presented by broadcaster Craig Doyle.

Paul Grant, Stena Line’s manager for the Belfast to Stranraer ferry route, collected the glittering Tyrone Crystal trophy.

“I am absolutely delighted that Stena Line has won the Best Ferry Company title for the 16th time and all of us at Stena Line feel honoured that the work we undertake to provide the best service for our customers has been recognised once again,” said Paul.

“To win this accolade is recognition that the high standards we set ourselves have impressed our customers and indeed the awards judges. We are particularly pleased to have won this title as it comes on the back of receiving the Star Ferry Company title for an amazing 12th consecutive year at the Travel Bulletin Awards in London,” he added.

Stena Line is the market leader for ferries on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes from Ireland to Britain, including Belfast to Stranraer, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard and Larne to Fleetwood ferry routes. The company carries over three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival ferry operators combined.

About Stena Line:
In the UK alone, Stena Line offers over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland including ferries to Belfast, Larne, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare as well as two daily ferries to Holland on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route, providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

Stena Line’s route network consists of 18 strategically located ferry routes throughout Europe including ferries to Northern Ireland. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 34 vessels including fast ferries (HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax-ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

Stena Line’s rail and sail product to Ireland offers customers a seamless service from various train stations to destinations in Ireland including Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare by joining forces with Arriva, Virgin Trains and First Great Western. Trains stop just a short walk away from the ferry check-in desks and are timed to connect to selected ferry services.

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Stena Line Has Found That The Biggest Worry The British Public Have Is Not Having Enough Time To Do What They Want

Stena Line revealed that not having enough time to do what they want is the main concern of the British public. The new research from the UK ferry operator found that 49% of people cited lack of time as their biggest gripe while health concerns scored a low 9%.

Looking at antidotes to stress, Stena Line found that far from dreaming of fame and money, it is the simple things in life that we really yearn for. 28% of those surveyed said that a simple short haul holiday would reduce stress, whilst 25% wanted more time to listen to music and 21% wanted to read more.

The survey also revealed that a short haul holiday causes its own woes – with 39% citing the dread of completing their work before going on holiday as the most stressful. 39% also found air travel the most stressful with 1% citing ferries as a stressful mode of transport.

Lars Olsson, Stena Line’s general manager of travel for the UK, said, “With the increasing stress, crowds and queues involved in air travel we’re delighted that more people are turning to ferry travel to allay their stress.”

“Stena Line’s ‘dutchflyer‘ rail and sail product is becoming increasingly popular as it combines with overnight crossings, allowing workers to minimise time out of the office and finish assignments before heading to the port by train from London or East Anglia after work, sailing in one of our refitted cabins.

“With the credit crunch taking a real hold we expect that ‘dutchflyer’ will gain further popularity, as the cabins included in the fare eliminate the need to pay for an extra hotel night.”

Notes to Editors:
In the UK alone, Stena Line offers two daily ferries to Holland on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route as well as over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

Stena Line’s rail and sail dutchflyer product includes rail travel from any National Express East Anglia rail station including London Liverpool Street and onward travel to any NS Dutch rail station. Dutchflyer fares from any National Express East Anglia station start from just £29 per person one-way.

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Ferry operator Stena Line offers business travellers a smarter way to travel with the Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry service

Leading ferry operator Stena Line has launched plans to attract the international business traveler by offering business travellers a smarter way to travel to Holland with Stena Line’s Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry service.

Stena Line Ferries have announced they are looking to fill what they see as a previously overlooked gap in the international travel market and believe they have the answer. To this end Stena are offering what they feel is the ideal travel solution for both business travellers from East Anglia and busy city workers travelling to Holland, with the Dutchflyer ticket which allows them to take the regular train service from a variety of locations such as London Liverpool Street to Harwich Port, in just over ninety minutes, where passengers can transfer over to the ferry.

Travelling with Stena Line offers business travellers the chance to quickly and easily set off after a day in the office, and still be able to do their work on the ship in the comfort and quiet of the WiFi enabled Stena Plus lounge. Business travellers will also be able to get a good night’s sleep before waking up in Holland feeling refreshed and relaxed, having avoided the stress of busy airport terminals and long check-in queues.

The Dutchflyer ticket provides travellers with transport to many major Dutch cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague making it ideal for business meeting arrangements.

The newly refurbished Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica boast onboard facilities that provide business travellers to Holland with useful amenities such as WiFi – so that it is easy to check e-mails and access the Internet.

The Stena Plus lounge allows passengers to work in a quiet and calm environment with the added bonus of complimentary hot and cold beverages and light snacks. Or travellers can put business to one side for a while and take some time to relax with the newspapers and magazines on offer.

Those looking for ultimate privacy can book one of the newly-refurbished cabins. In the Captain Class Cabins there is a high quality Dux Mattress with a comfortable Quadro bedspread as well as the free WiFi internet access and a bureau with a writing case for additional notemaking. Plus the rooms boast a flat screen television for passenger use in order to take time out and relax. The complimentary mini bar also comprises a quarter Piper Heidsieck Champagne, bottles of mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer and snacks.

Peckish passengers needn’t go hungry as they can eat at one of several onboard eateries and those travelling on the overnight service can enjoy a complimentary breakfast enabling them to arrive fresh and ready to get on with business upon arrival in Holland.

In the UK alone, Stena Line offers two daily crossings on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route and over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) as well as providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

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