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    [Updated] Former German Train Ferry Sold for Demolition in Turkey

    A former Stena Line train ferry has been sold for recycling in Turkey over a year after her last commercial sailing for the Swedish company.

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  • Blast from the PastVOMERO seen in Belfast Lough on 21st May 1995 while operating for Norse Irish Ferries. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Blast from the Past: Norse Irish Ferries’ VOMERO

    The Ro-Ro freighter VOMERO was chartered by Norse Irish Ferries in 1995 as a stop-gap following the return of NORSE MERSEY (i) to Stena until the arrival of the brand-new NORSE MERSEY (ii) from Visentini. VOMERO also operated in U.K. waters as IPSWICH PIONEER II and AQUILA.

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  • In Waters New newsSealink Stena Line publicity photograph of STENA ANTRIM. Sealink Stena Line.

    Former Stena Antrim on her way to Turkey with uncertain future.

    NI Ferry Site has learned that IBN BATOUTA, the former STENA ANTRIM and ST CHRISTOPHER which hasn't seen service for 6 years, is currently under tow from Durres in Albania to Turkey. At present it is uncertain whether the former North Channel and English Channel favourite is to be refurbished or scrapped.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VII (outbound) and Stena Superfast X pass in Belfast Lough. Stena Line.

    2016: A (brief-ish) review.

    A look back at 2016 from a ferry perspective.

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  • Ferry NewsHSS Explorer passing HSS Voyager, which is at Harland and Wolff's ship repair quay. Stena Discovery is just just visible under the massive yellow "samson" crane in the background. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Update: HSS Stena Explorer’s final Holyhead departure delayed

    Poor weather conditions delay Stena Explorer’s final Irish Sea voyage. HSS Stena Explorer‘s final departure from Holyhead, which was due to take place this afternoon, appears to have been delayed due to unfavourable weather conditions. It is now expected that the vessel will be towed from the port over the weekend, probably on Sunday. Work appears to be continuing on HSS Stena Explorer, now renamed One World Karadeniz, to prepare her for the long tow to Turkey, where it is thought she will be converted for static use.  HSS Stena Explorer is the last remaining member of Stena’s ground breaking HSS 1500 class. Title image: HSS Explorer passing HSS Voyager, which is at Harland and Wolff’s ship repair quay.  Stena Discovery is…

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    Official: HSS Stena Explorer due to leave Holyhead tomorrow

    Final HSS 1500 craft Stena Explorer sold for future use. Stena Line have officially confirmed that the final HSS 1500 vessel, Stena Explorer, has been sold to Turkish buyers and is due to leave Holyhead for the last time tomorrow, weather permitting, under the escort of tugs. Stena have however not confirmed what Stena Explorer’s future use will be, though they have said that she will continue her career under new ownership. The anchor handling tug Bluster arrived in Holyhead earlier this week, with the task to tow Stena Explorer to Turkey. Another tug, Afon Cefni, arrived in Holyhead this morning. It is assumed she may assist Bluster and Holyhead’s own tug St David in manoeuvring HSS Stena Explorer from her berth…

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  • Ferry NewsHSS Stena Explorer pictured with HSS Stena Discovery in Belfast, back in 2008. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    HSS Stena Explorer sold for static use

    Former Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead ferry HSS Stena Explorer reportedly sold to Turkey. Brokerage and HSC specialists Maatsuyker this morning reported via twitter that Stena’s HSS Stena Explorer has been sold for static use in Istanbul, Turkey. Stena Explorer was of course the first of 3 HSS1500 class craft built by Aker Finnyards for Stena Line, and is the sole survivor of the class. Her sisters, Stena Voyager (which previously operated Belfast – Stranraer), and Stena Discovery (which originally operated Harwich – Hoek van Holland, and latterly named HSS Discovery) have already been “recycled” in Sweden and Turkey respectively.  All 3 HSS1500 class have been regular visitors to Belfast in the past, with Harland & Wolff appointed as the sole dry-docking facility for the class.…

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  • In Waters New newsSTENA ANTRIM arrives in Belfast, 1995, still in Stena Sealink livery. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Ibn Batouta (ex Stena Antrim) update.

    Further service (hopefully) beckons for the former North Channel favourite It has been confirmed that the purchasers, at auction, of the former COMANAV ferry Ibn Batouta (better known as the former Stena Antrim and St Christopher) was Albanian operator Red Star Ferries.  Red Star Ferries currently operate from the Italian port of Brindisi to the Albanian ports of Durres and Vlore, with the elderly Red Star 1 (ex, Viking III, originally built 1965).  It is rumoured that Ibn Batouta has been acquired to operate one of the existing Brindisi to Durres or Vlore routes, though it is understood that the Vlore route has less traffic and so it may be more likely she will operate to Durres instead.  It is believed that the vessel is currently (or about…

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  • In Waters New newsIbn Batouta (ex St David, Stena Antrim) leaving Algericas on 12/8/15 under tow of the Italian registered tug Brucoli. Copyright © Juan Gabriel Mata, used with permission.

    Former Stena Antrim towed to Albania, unknown destination for the former Galloway Princess.

    Could further service beckon for Ibn Batouta? The Ibn Batouta (ex St Christopher, Stena Antrim) left the port of Algeciras under the tow of the tug Brucoli on Tuesday, having been helped from the position she was occupying in the port by local tugs VB Twenty and VB Algeciras.  Her apparent destination is Durres in Albania. Ibn Batouta had been sold at auction earlier this year for just €1,027,000, having been laid up since Janurary 2012 following the collapse of the COMARIT group (of which her operator COMANAV was a part).  It is believed that Ibn Batouta may be the only one of the group of 4 COMARIT group ferries which have left Algeciras in the past few weeks not purchased for breaking,…

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