Northern Ireland's new ferry STRANGFORD II Registered Belfast built at Cammel Lairds was today launched (floated off) Lairds slip at 13:50 moving round to the wet basin dead tow, assisted by Smit Waterloo & Smit Sandon at 14:15. Once built is complete, she will undergo river trials before the official handover later this year. Copyright © Das Boot 160. Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/

Strangford II floated out at Birkenhead

The new Strangford ferry which is currently under construction at Cammell-Laird in Birkenhead passed an important milestone yesterday when she took to the water for the first time having been floated off at around 13:45.  She was then towed by Smit Sandon and Smit Waterloo to the wet basin were further work will be completed.

Strangford II awaits her floating out at Cammell Laird Birkenhead on 9/6/2016. Copyright © Das Boot 160. Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/
Strangford II awaits her floating out at Cammell Laird Birkenhead on 9/6/2016. Copyright © Das Boot 160. Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/

The new ship has been named Strangford II and has Belfast as her port of registry, just like her eventual operating partner (and near sister ship) Portaferry II. Strangford II will replace the existing 'second ship' Strangford, which is now over 40 years old and nearing the end of her operational life, later this year.

Title image: Northern Ireland's new ferry STRANGFORD II Registered Belfast built at Cammel Lairds was today launched (floated off) Lairds slip at 13:50 moving round to the wet basin dead tow, assisted by Smit Waterloo & Smit Sandon at 14:15. Once built is complete, she will undergo river trials before the official handover later this year.  Copyright © Das Boot 160.  Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/

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