With the southern end of the Firth of Clyde forming the background, and Ailsa Craig standing sentinel on the left, P&O Irish Sea's EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER sets out on another routine crossing to Larne. The younger, by two years, of the two regular P&O ferries used on the route, EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER arrived from her Japanese builders in 2002. At 163 metres overall, the 21,188 gross ton ferry can accommodate up to 410 passengers and a maximum of 375 cars, or 115 13.5 metre freight units. Sailing at a service speed of 23 knots, EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER completes the crossing to Northern Ireland in around two hours. Fresh from her bi-annual drydocking, carried out by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, she is an almost identical sister to EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY, now having her overhaul at the same yard.