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September 2004
Slipping Away Dutch shipbuilder goes into liquidation
The Dutch ship building yard of Van der Giessen-de Noord went into liquidation in October 2003.   They have built many ferries over the years including the Stena Jutlandica (above), the Isle of Inishmore (below right) and the Isle of Innisfree (now the Pride of Cherbourg) (bottom left).   One of the last ships to be delivered was the Mont St. Michel in December 2002 (below left).   Based in Krimpen aan den Ijssel near Rotterdam, the yard had impressive undercover facilities.   However it could not compete with South Korea and it had received no new commissions since the end of subsidies in 2000.
Slipping Away
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Photo Facts (top to bottom)
Stena Line's Stena Jutlandica at the yard before delivery in April 1996.
Isle of Inishmore from Irish Ferries arriving at Rosslare from Pembroke Dock in August 2003.
Mont St. Michel of Brittany Ferries arriving at Portsmouth from Caen in March 2003.
Originally delivered to Irish Ferries as their Isle of Innisfree, P&O Ferries Pride of Cherbourg leaves Portsmouth for Cherbourg in April 2004.
Dutch Maritime News article
IHC Caland owned Van der Giessen-de Noord
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