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Stena Line and P&O Ferries North Channel maintenance 2018

Stena Line and P&O Ferries will take their Cairnryan vessels out of service for scheduled maintenance and annual survey work during January and May respectively this year.  With all 4 vessels having received extended attention at dry dock last year it is only necessary to take them out of service for a weekend each.

Update 11/01/18: Initially NIFS reported that all 4 vessels would only receive in-water surveys this year as this was the information available at the time.  However it is now understood that the Stena vessels will have a brief visit to Belfast dry dock for their surveys, while the P&O vessels are still expected to have in-water surveys at Larne.  At present it seems neither company will provide a cover vessel, with quiet weekends chosen in order to minimise the impact of having a vessel absent.

STENA SUPERFAST VIII will be taken out of service this coming Saturday (13/01/18) upon arrival at Belfast at 06:00, returning to service with the 11:30 from Belfast to Cairnryan the following day.  This means that on Saturday the 07:30 and 15:30 sailings from Belfast and 11:30 and 19:30 sailings from Cairnryan are cancelled.  The 19:30 sailing from Belfast (and 23:00 from Cairnryan) operated by STENA SUPERFAST VII is also cancelled to allow that vessel to cover her sisters important 23:00 sailing from Belfast.  The timetable for this coming Saturday then is as follows:

Stena Line Belfast – Cairnryan 13/01/18
Belfast departure Vessel Cairnryan departure Vessel
03:30 SSF 7 03:45 SSF8
07:30 SSF7
11:30 SSF7
 – 15:30 SSF7
23:00 SSF7

Next Saturday, 20th January, STENA SUPERFAST VII will be off service following her arrival in Belfast at 01:45, returning to service with the 07:30 sailing from Belfast the following day.  All sailings on 20th of January will be operated by STENA SUPERFAST VIII, with the timetable looking like this:

Stena Line Belfast – Cairnryan 20/01/18   
Belfast departure Vessel Cairnryan departure Vessel
03:45 SSF8
07:30 SSF8
11:30 SSF8
15:30 SSF8
19:30 SSF8
23:00 SSF8


P&O will have a revised timetable in operation over the weekends of 5th/6th May and 26th/27th May to allow EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY and EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER to be taken out of service.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry blogger and photographer from Belfast. He founded NI Ferry Site in 2014, and still acts as the editor. Steven also looks after all of the technical aspects of the website.
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