Seatruck Ferries: Seatruck Performance (Vessel Profile)

SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE is a Seatruck freight ferry which was designed and built to operate into Heysham port. History, photographs, and technical information.

IMO Number: 9506227

Constructed by: Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), Flensburg [DE] #751

Also known as: STENA PERFORMER / SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE

SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE fresh from dry-dock in her reapplied Seatruck Livery, 20.08.18. For the almost 6 years previous she had been chartered to Stena Line as STENA PRECISION. Copyright © Das Boot 160. Flickr.

Photo: SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE fresh from dry-dock in her reapplied Seatruck Livery, 20.08.18. For the almost 6 years previous she had been chartered to Stena Line as STENA PRECISION. Copyright © Das Boot 160 (Link to Flickr).

Seatruck Performance overview

SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE‘s sister-ship SEATRUCK PRECISION has moved to her own dedicated page here.

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.

SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE just before her launch. FSG.
SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE just before her launch. FSG.

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).  

3D model of the FSG class. Courtesy of Seatruck Ferries.
3D model of the FSG class. Courtesy of Seatruck Ferries.

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.

SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE arriving in Belfast to carry out berthing trials on the 6th of September 2012. She would later become STENA PERFORMER but returned to her original name and operator at the end of August 2018. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE arriving in Belfast to carry out berthing trials on the 6th of September 2012. She would later become STENA PERFORMER but returned to her original name and operator at the end of August 2018. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

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.

Stena Performer passes flatmate Stena Superfast VIII while inbound to Belfast in September 2012. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.
STENA PERFORMER passes fleetmate STENA SUPERFAST VIII while inbound to Belfast in September 2012. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.

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.

STENA PERFORMER in Cammell-Laird's number 5 dry-dock prior to repainting into Seatruck Livery. 24th August 2018. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Photography.
STENA PERFORMER in Cammell-Laird’s number 5 dry-dock prior to repainting into Seatruck Livery. 24th August 2018. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Photography.

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.

SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE arrives in Heysham for the first time since returning to Seatruck Ferries from former charterers Stena Line, 31.08.18. © Seatruck Ferries Ltd.

Deck Plan

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)

A Look Inside: SEATRUCK PRECISION (as STENA PRECISION)

Seatruck Performance Technical Data

Seatruck FSG Class side profile drawing. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
Seatruck FSG Class side profile drawing. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

NAME

SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE

IMO Number

9506227

Design

Flensburger shipbuildingFlensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft

(FSG Roro 2200)

Building Yard

Flensburger shipbuildingFlensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), Flensburg, Germany

Hull Number

751

Year Completed

2012

Owner

Seatruck Ferries clipper group logoSeatruck Ferries Ltd
(Clipper Group)

Operator

Seatruck Ferries clipper group logoSeatruck Ferries Ltd

Classification

DNV GLDet 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

Call sign

2FGR4

Length overall

142m

Beam

25m

Draft

5.2m

Gross Tonnage

19,772

Machinery

MAN logo

  • 2 x MAN 7L48/60-CR main engines – 8,000 kW each
  • 2 x MAN-Alpha VBS1180 propellers – 4.30 metres diameter
  • 2 x Mitsubishi S12R-M(P)TA gensets – 840 kW each
  • 2 x Wartsila CT200 bow thrusters – 1,000 kW each
  • 2 x twist flow full spade rudders with Costa bulb
  • 1 x MAN D2866 LE203 11.9l emergency diesel generator engine
  • Flume tank stabilisation system

Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%)

16,000kW/12,000kW

Speed (Max/Operational)

21kts/18-20kts

Fuel consumption

63.59t/day @ 21kts (90% MCR)

Capacity

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

Cargo Access

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)
Fixed internal ramp from Main Deck to Upper Deck – 6.5m wide
Fixed ramp from Upper Deck to Weather Deck – 4.0 m wide

Flag

Isle of man flag red ensignIsle of Man [UK 2nd Register] (Douglas)

Sister-ships

SEATRUCK PROGRESS

SEATRUCK POWER

SEATRUCK PRECISION

 

Gallery


The above article is Copyright © Steven Tarbox, all rights reserved.  Unauthorised reproduction or distribution is strictly prohibited.

Original Article: 26.02.14
Split from Seatruck Precision: 28.08.18
Re-write and update completed: 30.08.18

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