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Superfast Ferries to close Scotland’s last direct European ferry service

Superfast Ferries is to close the last direct service between Scotland and mainland Europe in September.

The service between Rosyth and Zeebruge will run its last overnight crossing out of the Scottish port on September 13 and while the route would still be available for other ferry companies to pick up, currently none are expressing interest.

Chief financial officer Yannis Criticos of the Attica Group, which owns Superfast Ferries, said the decision had been made due to financial reasons.

He said: “The financial side of the ferry service hasn’t been very successful because of the weakening pound against the euro and the high fuel rates.

“We’ve been in discussion with the Scottish government and they’re trying to work out what they can do.”

Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association spokesman Sandy MacPherson said of the loss: “It is a bit of a blow as it is Scotland’s only ferry link to the continent.

“The nearest ports that people can go to now are in Newcastle and Hull.”

Bryton Travel owner Bryan Bath in Edinburgh agreed the service would be missed, adding: “It is a bit disappointing for the Scottish travelling public as it is a really good service.”

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