Scrapped ferry service relaunched

Motorists coming from the continent have been driving off a ferry and on to Scottish soil for the first time since the service was scrapped nearly a year ago.

The Scottish Viking sailed from Zeebrugge into Rosyth in Fife as a result of ship operator Norfolkline taking on the Rosyth to Zeebrugge service after it was dropped by Superfast last September.

The ferry, which takes vehicles on the route three times a week, was greeted on its arrival by First Minister Alex Salmond and Geert de Proost, a representative of the Flemish government in the UK.

Mr de Proost talked about the importance of the route as a gateway to Flanders, Belgium, and the rest of continental Europe, saying: "We value our current links with Scotland in terms of culture, tourism, trade and history and look forward to expanding on these through the easy access this new route brings."

Thomas Woldbye, chief executive and group managing director of Norfolkline, said it was an 'exciting day' for the firm.

"We have created a team here in Scotland which will be working hard to ensure that the long-term future of this route is secure and that this important link to the continent delivers positive results for many years to come," he said.

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