Replacement Ferry for Ireland to Spain Route on Her Way to Northern Spain
The latest addition to Brittany Ferries fleet, Stena RoRo owned KERRY, left Gibraltar yesterday for Santander. The 2001-built vessel had stopped at the British Oversees Territory for bunkers while en route to the port in Northern Spain from Rijeka (Croatia). Sporting a freshly applied predominantly white Brittany Ferries livery, the former AF MICHELA is expected in service between Santander and Cork during November.
Although work including the livery change was undertaken at her handover back to Stena RoRo in Rijeka, it is understood some additional work will been undertaken in Santander. When she joins the Ireland to Spain route, recently fitted exhaust gas scrubbers are expected to be used in order to reduce exhaust gas emissions. Like CONNEMARA, KERRY is a Visentini-built Ro-Pax, though she is built to an earlier design.
KERRY replaces CONNEMARA, the vessel which inaugurated the dedicated link between Ireland and Spain. CONNEMARA will join Brittany Ferries operations from England once displaced on the Irish link. KERRY is on charter to Brittany Ferries from Stena RoRo for a period of one year from November. Her crew are being provided by a Stena subsidiary as part of the charter contract. There is more information on KERRY in our previous post here. A full profile of the vessel will be available soon on NI Ferry Site.