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PR: BCTQ Designs New Ferries For Northern Ireland Executive

Strangford Ferry moves towards build with Cammell Laird

BCTQ has been working with the Department for Regional Development (DRD NI), part of the Northern Ireland Executive, on the design and development of two car and passenger ferries for the region. The first of these designs for the “Strangford” service has been completed and we are pleased to announce that the build contract has now been signed with Cammell Laird shipyard.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: “The new ferry will replace the existing MV Strangford with a new modern ferry that has been designed specifically for this service. The new ferry will be built over the next 18 months and, when it comes into operation, will provide a more reliable and efficient ferry service. “The Department for Regional Development currently operates a vehicle ferry service in Strangford Lough between Strangford and Portaferry with two vehicle ferries and a back-up passenger ferry. The new ferry will replace the existing MV Strangford which is over 40 years old and is approaching the end of its economically operational life.”

BCTQ has designed the vessel specifically for the Strangford Lough service and will continue to provide the full technical consultancy throughout the build and commissioning of the vessel. BCTQ’s continued capability, to design bespoke vessels and provide full technical support for its clients, highlights our continued success in these markets.

BCTQ provided the following technical support services:

•Concept Design •Detailed Design & Specification Development •PQQ / ITT / Technical Support •Build Supervision

Contact our Southampton Office on [email protected] / or call +44 (0)2380 339449


Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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