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STENA SET TO MOVE IN BESIDE P&O AT CAIRNRYAN
OPERATORS Stena Line have scrapped plans to move to a new
terminal at Old House Point, seven miles north of Stranraer.
they will move in beside rivals P&O at the existing ferry
base at Cairnryan.
Stena officials have hailed the move as an exciting opportunity
and have given assurances that there will be "no job
is understood that the move forms part of a bigger deal, involving
Stena and P&O operations throughout the UK.
Cairnryan announcement was made this week, ending speculation
that the two companies were to merge their Lochryan operations.
a joint venture would have mirrored that which Stena and P&O
operate on other routes, for example in the South of England.
Free Press understands, however, that competition laws
would preclude any such merger in Lochryan. Instead, both
companies will retain their individual identity and use separate
berths, crews and facilities on the North Channel route but
will share the same complex at Cairnryan.
North Channel route director Alan Gordon said that this week's
announcement would lead to the time-scale for Stena's move
out of Stranraer being speeded-up.
construction and planning stage should be quicker as we
are not building a new port. But an exact time-frame for
the move depends on planning consent and I cannot really
give a date at the moment."
added that Stena who employ around 500 from their Stranraer
base envisaged no job losses as a result of this week's announcement.