P&O are making some adjustments to their service on the North Channel for 2013.
The European Causeway and European Highlander will operate a reduced crossing time of 1 hour 45 mins instead of 2 hrs.
Express will operate to Troon only from 27 March;
Ex Larne - 0745 and 1645
Ex Troon - 1100 and 1930
Refits are as follows:
European Highlander - 23/4/13 until 09/5/13
European Causeway - 09/5/13 until 24/5/13
It is believed they will go to Harland and Wolff.
Norbay will provide cover and her schedule will be ex Larne: 0400, 1200, 2000 and ex Cairnryan: 0730, 1600, 2359. Causeway or Highlander will sail ex Larne 0730, 1630, 2000 and ex Cairnryan 0400, 1300, 2359.
Express will sail to Cairnryan at 1255 and return at 1500 during the refit period only.
These changes are obviously as a result of the impact the Stena Superfast service has had on P&O's operation, it seems the battle for the North Channel is getting interesting.