Ferry Giant FRS Takes Majority in Clipper, Eyes Cuba

Flensburg, Germany, based ferry operator FRS (Förde Reederei Seetouristik mbH) has acquired a majority interest in Seattle, WA, based Clipper Navigation, Inc., whose Clipper Vacations operates the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry service between Seattle and Victoria, BC and the San Juan Islands. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

FRS is a global ferry and shipping group, currently operating 60 vessels in 12 countries, that last year carried of more than seven million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles last year on national and international ferry routes in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

FRS says that, with the acquisition, Clipper will expand its Canadian service with a new hub in Vancouver connecting downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria. It also says that, with Clipper’s support, it will launch a new ferry service from Florida to Cuba, pending government guidance and approval.

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