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Former North Channel Ferry Emerges with New Look

MOROCCO SUN, the former GALLOWAY PRINCESS and STENA GALLOWAY of 1980 has emerged from dry dock at Gibraltar looking very smart in a new livery.

The navy-blue hull brings the vessel’s colour scheme into line with that of operating partner, MOROCCO STAR, on the Algeciras to Tanger Med route.

Now part of the fleet of Africa Morocco Link, MOROCCO SUN was the first in the well-known series of four similar vessels built in Belfast at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard for Sealink (UK) Ltd in 1980-81. She served the Larne/Belfast to Stranraer route from new until her sale to IMTC for service on the Gibraltar Straits in 2002 as LE RIF. The ship was laid up in 2014 and faced an uncertain future for a number of years, until she was refurbished and entered service with AML in 2019.

All photos are with thanks to and Copyright of Alistair McCarlie.

Scott Mackey

Scott Mackey is a Transportation and Transport Research graduate from Ulster University at Jordanstown. He has significant experience in the ferry industry, having worked for Stena Line in onboard services, as a customer services agent and sales support administrator in the freight department. He also has significant experience in public and community transport, having worked for Translink and as project officer of a rural community transport partnership. Scott has written numerous features for shipping and transport magazines and books.
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