Frazer Ferries: STRANGFORD 1 (Vessel Profile)

IMO Number: 6926311

Constructed by: Verlome Cork Shipyard, Cork Dockyard, Cobh [IE] #811

Also known as: STRANGFORD, STRANGFORD FERRY

Frazer Ferries’ STRANGFORD 1 leaves the harbour at Greencastle at the start of another passage across Lough Foyle to Magiligan Point. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry.

Photo: Frazer Ferries’ STRANGFORD 1 leaves the harbour at Greencastle at the start of another passage across Lough Foyle to Magilligan Point. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry.

MV STRANGFORD (also known as STRANGFORD FERRY, as that was the name she had painted on her hull) was the smaller of the 2 vehicle carrying vessels operating on the link across Strangford Lough between Strangford and Portaferry until the end of 2016.  Until the entry into service of the PORTAFERRY II, STRANGFORD FERRY was the main vessel on the route, having launched the vehicle ferry service in 1969.  Following PORTAFERRY II‘s arrival her role changed to provide extra capacity on the service during the summer and to cover maintenance on the larger PORTAFERRY II.  STRANGFORD FERRY was originally built for Down County Council in 1969, and was earmarked as far back as 2009 for replacement in 2016, by which stage she was operational for some 47 years.

The “Strangford Ferry” loading at Strangford for Portaferry. The car nearest the camera is a Morris Marina while a Ford Cortina is on the ramp. A Mini is visible behind the member of the crew directing the vehicles. Taken in 1981.
The “Strangford Ferry” loading at Strangford for Portaferry. The car nearest the camera is a Morris Marina while a Ford Cortina is on the ramp. A Mini is visible behind the member of the crew directing the vehicles. Taken in 1981. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Life extension and replacement

In order to extend her life until 2016 STRANGFORD FERRY received new vehicle ramps and a full repaint following sand blasting during a dry docking at Harland and Wolff in 2011.  Despite the delayed entry into service of the new STRANGFORD II, STRANGFORD was removed from service towards the end of 2016, leaving PORTAFERRY II to maintain the lifeline service on her own.

Strangford Ferry leaves Portaferry. Copyright © Ross McDonald.
STRANGFORD FERRY leaves Portaferry. Copyright © Ross McDonald.

Prior to the arrival of PORTAFERRY II the support vessel on the service was 1962 built PORTAFERRY (ex CLEDDAU KING).  She had operated on the route since November 1975 having been purchased from Pembroke County Council for just £43,000 and modified at Harland and Wolff.  In early December 2017 it was reported that STRANGFORD, which was now surplus to requirements after the introduction of the brand-new STRANGFORD II, had been sold to Cara na nOilean, owners of the Arranmore Ferry company, for use on their Burtonport to Arranmore Island service off the west coast of Donegal.  She left Strangford the last time in February 2018 painted in the red colour scheme of the Cara na nOilean Arranmore Island and Lough Swilly ferry services, calling at Bangor on the way to her new home.  It appears though she only ever made it as far as Greencastle, on the Donegal side of Lough Foyle.

STRANGFORD FERRY freshly repainted in her new red livery in advance of her move to the Arranmore (Red) Ferry service off the West Coast of Donegal. © Steven Tarbox.
STRANGFORD freshly repainted in her new red livery in advance of her move to the Arranmore (Red) Ferry service off the West Coast of Donegal. © Steven Tarbox.

On 1st May 2018 NIFS revealed that STRANGFORD was to be used on the Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry service over the early May bank holiday period in place of FRAZER MARINER, which at the time was relieving AISLING GABRIELLE so the latter vessel could have her engines upgraded.  On May the 4th she made her maiden commercial voyage across Lough Foyle, renamed STRANGFORD 1, though not carrying her name or port of registry on her hull.  Scenic Lough Foyle ferry have confirmed with NI Ferry Site that Frazer Ferries have now purchased STRANGFORD 1, and intend to use her in future as cover for vessel maintenance and surveys.

STRANGFORD conducting sea trials across Lough Foyle between Greencastle and Magilligan. The former Strangford Lough ferry will cover the service over the Early-May Bank Holiday period in the absence of the regular vessel, FRAXER MARINER. Copyright © Aerial Vision NI.
STRANGFORD at Magilligan while conducting sea trials across Lough Foyle between Greencastle and Magilligan. The former Strangford Lough ferry will cover the service over the Early-May Bank Holiday period in the absence of the regular vessel, FRAZER MARINER. Copyright © Aerial Vision NI.

 

STRANGFORD moored off Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox
MV STRANGFORD moored off Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox

Technical data

(Unless stated otherwise, data is as at the end of Strangford Ferry service)

 Name

MV STRANGFORD 1
(current)

IMO Number

6926311

MMSI

235004601

Building Yard

Verlome Cork Shipyard, Cork Dockyard, Cobh, Ireland

Hull Number

811

Designer

Burness Corlett & Partners, Basingstoke, England.
(now known as BCTQ)

Previous Owner’s
  • Down Council, Downpatrick
  • NI Department for Infrastructure (UK Govt.) and predecessors
  •  Cara na nOilean, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Current Owner

Frazer Ferries, Limerick, Ireland

Previous Operator

Strangford Lough Ferry (until late 2016)

Current Operator

Frazer Ferries (T/A Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry)

Launched

15th August 1969

Year Completed

1969

In service (original)

1969

Call sign

MFWZ7

Length overall (inc ramps)

32 m (50m)

Beam

11.1m

Draft

?

Gross Tonnage

186

Deadweight

65

Machinery
  • Two Voith-Schneider 14E propellers
  • One Kelvin TBSC8 495hp engine and one Kelvin TASC8 440hp Engine
  • Two Ford generator sets
  • One Lister diesel backup fire pump
Life preserving equipment
  •  1 x zodiac rescue boat
  • 3 x Survitec (RFD) Ferryman life rafts
  • 260 life jackets
Power

935hp (approx. 697 kW)

Operational speed

10 kts

Capacity (max)

260 passengers and 18 cars

Vehicle decks

Single deck accessed by a ramp at either end.  Double-ended ferry.

Flag

UK (Belfast)

 

Additional media

STRANGFORD 1. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry / Frazer Ferries.
STRANGFORD 1. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry / Frazer Ferries.

 

Strangford Ferry.
Strangford Ferry. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

MV RACHLYN (the large vessel, centre) and STRANGFORD moored at Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox
MV RACHLYN (the large vessel, centre) and STRANGFORD moored at Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox.

 

STRANGFORD moored off Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox
STRANGFORD moored off Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox.

 

Strangford Ferry in August 2010. Copyright © Ross McDonald.
Strangford Ferry in August 2010. Copyright © Ross McDonald.

 

Frazer Ferries’ STRANGFORD 1 leaves the harbour at Greencastle at the start of another passage across Lough Foyle to Magiligan Point. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry.
Frazer Ferries’ STRANGFORD 1 leaves the harbour at Greencastle at the start of another passage across Lough Foyle to Magilligan Point. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry.

Title image credit: Strangford Ferry in August 2010.  Copyright © Ross McDonald.

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