The Detroit World Logistic Maritime (DWLM) owned ferry LE RIF, the former GALLOWAY PRINCESS / STENA GALLOWAY, has appeared on an online brokers website for charter (but notably, not sale). DWLM had expected to operate Harland & Wolff built vessel on her former route between Algeciras and Tangier, however her re-entry into service has been continually delayed. As reported on the brokers website, LE RIF has been undergoing a refit, and so it would appear likely that the North Channel veteran will enter service with someone though at the moment it is unclear who with. Some modernisation has also taken place on the vessel, with the bridge wings enclosed for example so the bridge crew are no longer exposed to the elements, as well as an internal refurbishment.
Of the 4 part-sisters built for Sealink by Harland & Wolff, 2 (PORT LINK (ex ST DAVID / STENA CALEDONIA) and BARI (ex ST ANSELM / STENA CAMBRIA) are currently in service. While LE RIF appears to be close to a return to service, IBN BATOUTA (ex ST CHRISTOPHER / STENA ANTRIM) was recently towed from Albania to Turkey with an unclear future, having been out of service for a number of years.
|Other names (dates,operator)||Stena Galloway (1/1991 – 2/2002 Sealink Stena Line, Stena Sealink Line, Stena Line)|
Galloway Princess (1980 – 1991 Sealink British Ferries, Sealink UK Limited)
Harland and Wolff (Musgrave Yard), Belfast
29th September 1978
24th May 1979
|Original entry into commercial service|
|1st May 1980|
(Stranraer to Larne)
|Lloyds Register of Shipping until 2/12/15|
|Length overall (between perpendiculars)||129.426m (120.7m)|
|Gross Tonnage as built||6,268|
|Gross tonnage (Current)||12,175|
|Power(Max/Pme @ 75%)||11,770kW|
Title image: STENA GALLOWAY undertaking berthing trials in Belfast, April 5th, 1995. Copyright © Alan Geddes.