The Stena Horizon is currently taking a break from her Rosslare-Cherbourg duties to undergo a refit programme at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard which will last the vessel for 36 months. The vessel will be in dry dock for a total of fourteen days and during that time a number of key maintenance and upgrade works will be carried out including two propulsion shafts being removed and machine liners fitted with new seals; both bow thrusters overhauled and both rudders removed and fitted with new seals as well as both stabilisers being overhauled.
While the Stena Horizon is in dry dock the opportunity will also be taken to repaint the entire hull including a full antifouling system to ensure future fuel efficiency; stern door line bore all hinges and install new pins; lifeboat hooks replaced to new standard; a 10 yearly overhaul of CO2 system as well as a 10 yearly test on all LSA.
There will also be a range of passenger accommodation refurbishment works carried out on the vessels before the ship returns to service in Rosslare on 8th March including new public toilets on Deck 5 along with the kids play area on the same deck; a new wall bubble with two interactive LED screens; new flooring in the cinema and lounge as well two Captain Class cabins and new upholstery in the Truckers Lounge and Restaurant.
Ian Davies Route Manager ISS said” Since acquiring the Rosslare- Cherbourg Route in 2014 it has grown from strength to strength. We have achieved good continuous growth in Freight, despite new competition in the market. A new contract for the carriage of trade cars and chassis units has further increased capacity utilization. The demand for Travel is very strong in the summer months and we are looking to develop the Travel market in shoulder seasons. Key to this success has been the Stena Horizon and the flexibility it offers on such a long route. Some refurbishment work will maintain standards on-board and together with the excellent customer service provided by the crew I see a positive future for this Route.”