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Seatruck Progress and Seatruck Power (Vessel Profile)

Overview

These freight only ferries were designed and built specifically to be able to operate into Heysham port on behalf of Seatruck Ferries.  Due to the size of Heysham larger ships can not operate there, however the trend in recent years has been for vessels to get larger, severely restricting the number of vessels which could operate safely within Heysham’s confines.

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

They are 2 of 4 identical sister ships (known as the FSG, or FSG 746 class) designed and built specifically for Seatruck by the famous Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) shipyard in Germany.  They where designed specifically to maximise space for vehicles inside their restricted size, whilst maintaining a shallow draught due to Heysham being quite shallow (in fact the harbour needs to be dredged often in order to stop it from becoming silted up).  Due to the way they are designed they can carry 20% more freight but with 10% less fuel consumption than the ships they replaced for Seatruck.  Seatruck Power and Seatruck Progress currently operate between Dublin and Liverpool, but due to their design can also be used on the company’s other routes from Heysham and Warrenpoint.  Until recently their two sister ships were on charter to Stena Line as  Stena Performer and Stena Precision operating between Belfast and Heysham.  From September 2018 all four vessels operate for Seatruck Ferries themselves.

Strangford II on trials in the River Mersey with Seatruck's 'Seatruck Power' in the background. Seatruck Power is a sister of Stena Precision and Stena Performer. Copyright © Das Boot 160. Flickr.
Strangford II on trials in the River Mersey with Seatruck’s ‘Seatruck Power’ in the background. Seatruck Power is a sister of Stena Precision and Stena Performer. Copyright © Das Boot 160. Flickr.

Technical Data

 

SEATRUCK PROGRESS

SEATRUCK POWER

IMO Number

9506203

9506215

Design

Flensburger shipbuildingFSG

Building Yard

Flensburger shipbuildingFlensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg Germany (FSG)

Hull Number

746

747

Year Completed

November 2011

2012

Owner

Seatruck Ferries clipper group logoSeatruck Ferries Ltd

Operator

Seatruck Ferries clipper group logoSeatruck Ferries Ltd

Classification

Det Norske Veritas,+1A1, General Cargo Carrier Ro-Ro, E0, DG-P, TMON

In service (original)

20th December 2011

14th February 2012

Call sign

2EUK3

2FCX7

Length overall

142m

Beam

25m

Draft

5.2m

Gross Tonnage

19772

Machinery

  • MAN logo2 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
  • Wartsila logo2 x Wartsila CT200 bow thrusters – 1,000 kW each
  • 2 x twist flow full spade rudders with Costa bulb
  • Flume tank stabilisation system
  • 1 x MAN D2866 LE203 11.9l emergency diesel generator engine

Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%)

16,000kW/12,000kW

Speed (Max/Operational)

21kts/18-21kts

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)

 

Photographs

Seatruck Progress at Liverpool. Courtesy of Seatruck Ferries.
Seatruck Progress at Liverpool. Courtesy of Seatruck Ferries.
Seatruck Power. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Seatruck Power. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
SEATRUCK PROGRESS seen at Warrenpoint. Copyright © Donald McCartan.
SEATRUCK PROGRESS seen at Warrenpoint. Copyright © Donald McCartan.
SEATRUCK PROGRESS seen at Warrenpoint. Copyright © Donald McCartan.
SEATRUCK PROGRESS seen at Warrenpoint. Copyright © Donald McCartan.
SEATRUCK PROGRESS seen at Warrenpoint. Copyright © Donald McCartan.
SEATRUCK PROGRESS seen at Warrenpoint. Copyright © Donald McCartan.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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