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October 2000
South Of Scotland Update
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European Causeway
Cairnryan - The early years
 
Ferry Links
Seacat at Troon, beside new terminal building works
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Seacat has changed its Scottish port of departure from Stranraer to Troon.     
The move has long been threatened, and was made all the more likely last year when the company opted to sail only once a day from Stranraer. AA_9584_008A.jpg (98649 bytes) Photo Transport Views
Seacat at Stranraer
General Links
Seacat terminal shut at Stranraer
Cairnryan local information
Troon port information
The Seacat Scotland now crosses the Irish Sea three times a day from Troon to Belfast.   A new terminal is currently being constructed at Troon, with a portakabin and burger van providing accommodation and refreshment respectively in the meantime.
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New Ferry for Cairnryan
Cairnryan had never received a new ferry, that is until the European Causeway arrived on August 14th.
The vessel is part of P&Os continuing investment in the service to Larne. Built as a multi-purpose vessel, it was due to replace the Pride of Rathlin, which has served on the route since 1992.
European Causeway at Cairnryan
Fast Craft Upgraded
After three years of fast craft operation at Cairnryan, P&O have replaced the Jetliner with the Superstar Express.
The new craft has a significantly greater capacity than its predecessor and has proved its worth on the Portsmouth to Cherbourg service since 1998. AA_9584_005A.jpg (114542 bytes)
Superstar Express in Loch Ryan
New Terminal Building
In addition to the changes in tonnage at Cairnryan, a new terminal building has also been opened this year. 
Although remarkably austere in appearance, it is a welcome improvement on the previous huts that served the site. Traditional blue mesh port authority fencing has been erected everywhere to keep intruders and eager ferry enthusiasts out. AA_9583_032A.jpg (110643 bytes)
New terminal at Cairnryan
 
   
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