Terminating the line cost western Norway 90,000 guest nights in 2009
At least two different groups of companies are reportedly discussing the viability of bringing back a ferry line between Norway and England. It would be the first time the line is operational since DFDS Seaways terminated its service between Bergen and Newcastle in 2008, blaming higher oil prices and the economic downturn – two factors that are still current. However, according to the Bergen newspaper bt.no, a consortium of high-profile shipping companies is considering a relaunch of the same line in 2012.
A report by the accountancy firm PWC in 2010 concluded that a relaunch could be profitable if more fuel-efficient ships were used. The cessation of the line is reported to have cost the tourism industry of western Norway 90,000 guest nights in 2009.
[pictured: Bergen in summer]