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German Company Buys Clipper, Plans Florida-to-Cuba Ferry Route

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | January 20, 2016

German Company Buys Clipper, Plans Florida-to-Cuba Ferry Route

PHOTO: The Victoria Clipper IV, one of 60 vessels owned by Clipper Navigation, Inc. )Photo courtesy of Clipper Vacations)

Seattle-based Clipper Navigation, Inc. announced that the company has been purchased by Germany-based ferry and shipping company Forde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS).

According to Janet I. Tu of the Seattle Times, the terms of the deal were not released to the public, but there are no immediate plans for any layoffs and there are no negative changes expected for the Victoria Clipper lines.

Clipper CEO Merideth Tall will also remain a minority owner.

In fact, FRS is already looking to expand the current ferry service between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Victoria, as well as adding a new ferry route between Florida and Cuba once the company gains the proper government approval.

For those unfamiliar with Clipper, it is a travel and tour company that owns three Victoria Clipper vessels and currently serves major areas throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canadian southwest.

On the other hand, FRS is a ferry company which “operates 60 vessels in 12 countries and carried more than seven million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles last year,” according to the Seattle Times.

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