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December 2002
Eurovoyager, Laburnum and Diamant on a serene March day.
Ostend is perhaps Belgium’s most stylish port boasting a fine promenade, excellent restaurants and a grand station.   With the passing of the traditional cross-channel passenger and car ferry route operated by RMT, new and varied companies have established themselves in Ostend.   In 2002 there were three operators – Ferryways and Trans Europa Ferries providing freight capacity; and Hoverspeed providing car and passenger facilities.
Ferryways operate to both Ipswich and Killingholme in England.   Tango and Vilja – pictured above – are on the Killingholme service. Trans Europa Ferries started operating a freight route from Ostend to Ramsgate, when Sally Line pulled out in 1998.   Their Roseanne is seen here with some angry cranes.
Above left: Flanders Way leaves Ostend bound for Ipswich.   Together with sister Anglian Way they operate the Ferryways service to the East Anglian port.   These are much travelled ships having operated for P&O, Brittany Ferries and North Sea Ferries amongst others.   Above middle: Larkspur - formerly Sally Sky – at Ostend with the imposing St Petrus-en-Pauluskerk church and railway station behind.   Above right:   Although Trans Europa Ferries have some accommodation, the only recognised passenger service from Ostend now is operated by Hoverspeed, whose Diamant is seen on the early evening departure.
Trans Europa Ferries
Ostend Ferry Page
Port of Oostende
Ostend ferry postcards
Eurovoyager resting at Ostend.   This is the former RMT vessel Prins Albert.  
Ostend 2002
All photos taken in March 2002.   Click to enlarge.
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