Seatruck Performance overview
Design and Construction
SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE is a freight only ferry which was designed and built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) specifically to operate into Heysham port on behalf of Seatruck Ferries. Due to the size of Heysham harbour, larger ships can not operate there, however the industry trend has been for vessels to get larger. This severely restricted the number of vessels which could operate within Heysham’s confines.
Built as SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE but renamed STENA PERFORMER in 2012 after charter to Stena Line, she is one of four identical “Roro 2200” design sister ships (known as the FSG class) designed and built for Seatruck by the Flensburger shipyard in Germany. The class is designed specifically to maximise space for vehicles inside their restricted size, whilst maintaining a shallow draught due to the harbour at Heysham being quite shallow (in fact the harbour needs to be dredged often in order to prevent it from becoming silted up).
Due to the way they are designed the Seatruck “FSG-Class” can carry 20% more freight but with 10% less fuel consumption than the ships they replaced for Seatruck at Heysham (the P-series). To achieve this the vessels are designed with four full-height freight decks instead of the more usual three.
Stena Line Charter
From September 2012 until the end of August 2018 SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE and sister-ship SEATRUCK PRECISION were chartered to Stena Line for use on the Belfast to Heysham route. Renamed STENA PERFORMER and STENA PREICISON they replaced STENA HIBERNIA and STENA SCOTIA which had less freight capacity, however in later years STENA HIBERNIA swapped routes with STENA PRECISION so the latter could increase capacity on the Belfast to Birkenhead link operating alongside STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY as the third-ship instead of the former.
Return to Seatruck Service
On the 19th June 2018 Seatruck Ferries confirmed speculation that STENA PERFORMER and STENA PRECISON would return to them at the end of their charter period at the end of August. On the 23rd August STENA PERFORMER entered the dry-dock at Cammell-Laird in Birkenhead, emerging on Tuesday 28th August renamed SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE and in full Seatruck Livery. In the meantime STENA SCOTIA replaced her on the Belfast to Heysham route having transferred from the North Sea, re-joining STENA HIBERNIA on her former route.
At around 3pm on Friday 31st August SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE arrived in Heysham in Seatruck colours for the first time since she lost them little under six years previously. At approximately 9pm SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE left Heysham for her first crossing to Warrenpoint, arriving in the Country Down port at around 7am the next morning. She then crossed back to Heysham replacing SEATRUCK PANORAMA on the 20:30 sailing ex Warrenpoint, having spent the day alongside at Warrenpoint as is normal on Saturdays. SEATRUCK PANORAMA meanwhile had left for the Wet Basin at Cammell-Laird Birkenhead the previous evening, having operated her last Warrenpoint to Heysham crossing that day. After a period at anchor she made her way to Cammell-Laird at around lunchtime.
There is no deck plan currently available on NI Ferry Site. We do hope to add it in the near future however.
A look Inside (Interior Gallery)
Seatruck Performance Technical Data
(FSG Roro 2200)
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), Flensburg, Germany
Seatruck Ferries Ltd
Seatruck Ferries Ltd
Det Norske Veritas
+1A1, General Cargo Carrier Ro-Ro, E0, DG-P, TMON
In service (original)
23rd April 2012
In service (Stena Line)
September 2012 – 22nd August 2018
Power(Max/Pme @ 75%)
63.59t/day @ 21kts (90% MCR)
12 drivers in 6 double berth cabins.
21 crew (max 22 in 21 single crew cabins + 1 spare cabin).
Weather deck: 564 lm – open
Upper deck: 665 lm – 5.30 metres free height
Main deck: 661 lm – 5.30 metres free height
Tanktop deck: 276 lm – 5.00 metres free height
2,166 lane metres total
Stern loading only (main deck)
Fixed ramp from Main Deck to Tank top – 4.0 m wide (Total length of ramp cover – 48.7 m)
Isle of Man [UK 2nd Register] (Douglas)
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Original Article: 26.02.14
Split from Seatruck Precision: 28.08.18
Re-write and update completed: 30.08.18