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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTRANGFORD 1. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry / Frazer Ferries.

    Quick News: Two-ship Lough Foyle ferry service this weekend

    Scenic Lough Foyle ferry have announced that they are running a two-ship shuttle service starting yesterday and running until 20:15 on Sunday.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTRANGFORD 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.

    Lough Foyle Ferry to return at the end of the week with a “new” vessel.

    The seasonal “Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry” service is to make a brief return at the end of the week for the early May Bank Holiday. However the vessel in use will not be the regular vessel FRAZER MARINER.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTRANGFORD FERRY at the dry dock in Strangford in the freshly applied livery of the Arranmore Ferry. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    STRANGFORD FERRY sold for further service

    STRANGFORD FERRY, which operated on the lifeline ferry service between Strangford and Portaferry for some 47 years until the end of 2016, has been sold.

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  • In Waters NewCanna. Courtesy of the Department for Infrastructure (DFI).

    Vessel Profile: MV CANNA

    Canna Introduction CANNA was the 7th of 8 island class vehicle and passenger ferries built to operate lifeline services to the Hebrides for Caledonian MacBrayne.  The island class design was by Burness Corlett, and based on that of a military landing craft.  The vessels are notable for lowering their ramps whilst still approaching the slipway.  This is to avoid grounding the shallow-draughted vessel and is possible due to the 2-stage folding action of the ramp itself.  When the ramp is deployed only the rearmost section lowers until it contacts the slipway.  The front section of the ramp then unfolds allowing vehicles and passengers to disembark. CANNA awaits loading at Ballycastle during May 2016. Copyright © Scott Mackey. Prior to entering…

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  • Frazer FerriesFrazer Ferries STRANGFORD seen leaving Greencastle at the start of another crossing to Magilligan Point while in service for Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry, Spring 2019. Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry.

    STRANGFORD (Vessel Profile)

    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”…

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