Stena Forerunner | Stena Line

STENA FORERUNNER seen arriving at VT1 from anchor on her first day of service 27.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

STENA FORERUNNER is a large RoRo freight ferry built for Stena RoRo in China. This page includes details such as her history, technical data, and a photo gallery.

MV Rachlyn (Vessel Profile)

MV Rachlyn in 2009. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Overview MV Rachlyn was acquired at a cost of £50,000* for the Strangford ferry service in 2009 to act as a backup passenger only vessel in the event that the normal car carrying vessels Portaferry II and MV Strangford and were both out of service.  Prior to joining the Strangford service, MV Rachlyn operated as an excursion vessel based in Bangor marketed as “the Bangor Boat” (click here to visit their site).  MV Rachlyn replaced the previous passenger only vessel Isle O’Valla.* according to the answer to a question asked in the NI assembly and in the public record. Technical data  Name MV Rachlyn Owner NI Department for Infrastructure (UK Govt.) Operator Strangford Lough Ferry Service Year Completed 1974 In service (Strangford Ferry) 2009 Call sign   Length overall 10.5m Capacity (max) 30 passengers Title image: MV Rachlyn in 2009. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence Additional photographs

Master Jet (ex Seacat Isle of Man / Snaefell)

SNAEFELL captured arriving in Belfast on July 4th 2008. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

The 2nd of Hoverspeed’s 5 74m “Seacat” car carrying catamarans was built by International Catamarans (InCat) in Australia and launched as Hoverspeed France on April 28th 1990.  Despite being hull number 26, she was launched some months before hull 23 (Seacat Tasmania), but 3 months after hull 25 (Hoverspeed Great Britain).   All 5 of these “SeaCat” vessels where built to the same “Mark 1” design and specification, with a further 4 built afterwards for other operators to modified specifications.  4 out of the 5 original 74m long Seacat’s would operate from Belfast over the years, with the only craft never to operate from the port being that launched as Seacat Tasmania. InCat 026, in common with the other original Hoverspeed ‘SeaCat’s’ was well-travelled over the years.  While initially she operated on Hoverspeed’s own English Channel services from July 1991, she was chartered out to Sardinia Express (and renamed Sardegna Express) the following June.  However, that charter … Read more