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FERRY OPERATORS • The World’s Best

Ferries: By the Numbers

Baleària: Baleària is a Spanish shipping line Brittany Ferries: Based in northern France,

By Barry Parker in passenger and cargo services to the Balear- Brittany Ferries serves U.K., Ireland, and Spain ics, providing connections between the islands (including runs from the U.K.). The feet in-

The traditional measures for “Top 10”s and the mainland ports of Barcelona, Valencia cludes seven Cruise/ Car Ferries, and the high are annual passenger counts and vehicle and Denia. At the international level, Baleària speed (42 knot) Normandie Express- running be- has an ambitious expansion plan, we operate tween Portsmouth (U.K.) and Cherbourg in three counts. The big players of the industry, in Moroco through the Algecrias-Tangier route hours. Routes for the Cruise/ Ferries include who rank near the top of these leader- and Almeria-Nador route and in Algeria through the more lengthy 20 hour trips from Plymouth

Valencia-Mostaganem route. While also ofer- (U.K.) and Cork (Ireland) to Santander (Spain). boards, can be found across continents. ing services between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the island of Grand Bahama, under the Baleària Color Line: Color Line has passenger, vehicle

We’ve presented lists showing the top

Caribbean brand. Baleària by the numbers: 3.7m and cargo routes linking its home base in Nor- operators, by these standard measures. passengers, 1,500 employees and 30 boats. way with ports in Sweden, Germany and Den- mark. Its routes are served by a mix of fast fer-

We’ve also added a few others. The source

BC Ferries: BC Ferries is one of the largest fer- ries, Ro-Pax vessels and two cruise vessels with for the data is a 2015 economic study ry operators in the world, providing year-round car decks. A new hybrid vessel is set to enter vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes to 47 the Sandefjord (Norway) / Stromstad (Sweden) done for the WSF’s parent organization, terminals, with a feet of 35 vessels. We are an route in 2019. essential transportation link that connects coast- showing 2013 rankings; we’ve tried to al communities and facilitates the movement of DFDS: This Danish operator (linked to the well update with 2017 fgures where possible.

people, goods and services. known Lauritzen family), calling itself “The

Top Ferry Operators: Cars & Freight


Maritime Reporter & Engineering

News; Statistics are an esti- mation based on the author’s investigation of public records, requests for information and and interviews.


Two operators omitted due to lack of current information, but likely to have some of the highest capacity numbers in the world, include Istanbul Deniz

Otobusler (Turkey) &

Transtejo Sofusa (Portugal).

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