Stena Line decides to operate the HSS Stena Explorer service on a seasonal basis only
Nautilus International has expressed disappointment at Stena Line’s decision to operate the HSS Stena Explorer service on a seasonal basis only.
Stena Line has written to the Union to confirm that the fast craft service between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire will operate until 13 September 2011 and not recommence until May 2012 with all 53 crew jobs being placed at risk of redundancy.
A 30-day consultation has begun and the Union will be looking to find alternative solutions to the current downturn in trading.
‘It is always disappointing when we face challenges like this and we are seeking urgent talks with the company,’ said industrial officer Steve Doran.
‘We believe that any drop in revenue from the fast craft service is only a temporary issue due to the current financial crisis and there is evidence elsewhere that trade has already begun to recover.
‘Our aim will be to ensure that we retain the professional mariners that this nation is dependent on as so many of our goods are transported by the sea,’ he confirmed.
In a letter to the Union, Stena Line claimed that on average just over 70% of the route’s turnover is generated between May and September and unlike the Ropax vessels, the fast craft service generates very little fright revenue.
Consultations are expected to take place during September but Stena have announced that they expect redundancies to begin at the end of the month.
Source: Nautilus International