SEATRUCK PRECISION 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 to increase efficiency. This severely restricted the number of vessels which could operate within Heysham’s confines. As a result Seatruck Ferries and their parent Clipper Group were forced to commission a bespoke design in order to grow their business without the inefficiency and ongoing costs of adding additional vessels
Built as SEATRUCK PRECISION but renamed STENA PRECISION in 2012 as a consequence of her 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. Furthermore they consume 10% less fuel 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 PRECISION and sister-ship SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE were chartered to Stena Line for use on the Belfast to Heysham route. Renamed STENA PRECISION and STENA PERFORMER 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 PRECISION and STENA PERFORMER 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 PRECISION made her final crossing from Belfast to Birkenhead on Friday 24th August ’18. After discharging her load early in the following morning as usual she made her way to the wet basin at Cammell-Laird, Birkenhead.
On 31st August Seatruck Ferries posted a photograph to Facebook showing that painting had taken place alongside with her port side displaying her former name SEATRUCK PRECISION. At around lunchtime the same day she finally made her way to Dry-Dock 5 at the same yard for her post-charter dry docking and transformation to be completed
STENA PRECISION was replaced on the Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) service by STENA FORERUNNER, increasing freight capacity on that route by around 10%. SEATRUCK PRECISION will replace the smaller “P-Class” vessel CLIPPER PENNANT on the Warrenpoint to Heysham route. As a consequence of the arrival of SEATRUCK PRECISION and SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE Seatruck’s capacity on the Warrenpoint to Heysham service will increase by 30%.
There is no deck plan currently available on NI Ferry Site, however we hope to add it in the near future.
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%)
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) Fixed internal ramp from Main Deck to Upper Deck – 6.5m wide Fixed ramp from Upper Deck to Weather Deck – 4.0 m wide
Original Article: 26.02.14 Split from Seatruck Performance: 28.08.18 Re-write and update completed: 31.08.18 Last Updated: 14.01.18 (Prepared for 2019 layout and replaced Gutenberg gallery with responsive gallery)