• BlogOld and New(er)! STENA NAVIGATOR approaches one of the ships which was to replace her, STENA SUPERFAST VII, seen here berthed at Loch Ryan Port. Coincidentally, STENA NAVIGATOR had been displaced on the Dover - Calais route by another Superfast VII class ship, SEAFRANCE MOLIERE, the former Superfast X and present STENA SUPERFAST X. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    Stena Line – 25 Years in Belfast: Cairnryan, Heysham, and Birkenhead

    In the second of today's features celebrating 25 years of Stena Line in Belfast, we take a look at developments from 2010 onwards.

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  • Blast from the PastA misty and murky early morning in April 1999 with HSS Stena Voyager and Stena Galloway at the Belfast terminal. © Scott Mackey.

    Stena Line – 25 Years in Belfast: The Stranraer years

    Twenty five years after Stena Line relocated from Larne to Belfast, we take a look at the ships which served the Belfast - Stranraer route.

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  • Ferry NewsMoby Lines MOBY ZAZA currently serves the Nice to Bastia route which Moby Lines are to close in early 2019. She is perhaps better known in the UK and Ireland as the former OLAU BRITANNIA (i) of Olau and JULIA of Swansea - Cork operator Fastnet Line. Moby Lines.

    November Ferry News Roundup

    A quick roundup of some recent stories featuring local, industry, and former local vessel news which haven't warranted their own separate post.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsHSS STENA VOYAGER being towed from Belfast by the tug AGAT. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    Remembering HSS Stena Voyager

    Today marks the fifth anniversary of the final departure of HSS STENA VOYAGER from Belfast on May 5th 2013. The final departure of STENA VOYAGER followed the successful introduction of the sister-ships STENA SUPERFAST VII and STENA SUPERFAST VIII during November 2011.

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  • Ferry NewsJONATHAN SWIFT clears the Dublin Fairway for the last time renamed CECILIA PAYNE with a destination of Coruna in Spain. Copyright © Robbie Cox.

    Veteran Irish Ferries’ catamaran Jonathan Swift leaves Ireland for a new life in Spain.

    The longest serving fast-craft on the Irish Sea, JONATHAN SWIFT, left Dublin for the last time earlier today renamed CECILIA PAYNE. She is replaced by the slightly larger Austal AutoExpress DUBLIN SWIFT (ex WESTPAC EXPRESS) which was recently converted from military use over a 3-month period at Harland & Wolff.

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  • Ferry NewsF/B Bari at sea. Ventouris Lines

    In Waters New Roundup: Autumn 2017

    A quick update on the current status of some of the former Northern Ireland based ferries now operating elsewhere around the world, including the former EXPRESS, STENA GALLOWAY / GALLOWAY PRINCESS, STENA CALEDONIA / ST. DAVID, STENA CAMBRIA / ST. ANSELM, STENA NAVIGATOR / SEAFRANCE MANET, and EUROPEAN PATHFINDER / JAGUAR / EUROPEAN CLEARWAY / BEGONIA

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  • Ferry NewsStena Galloway at sea in Stena Line colours. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    In Waters New news, Easter 2017.

    A quick news roundup featuring some vessels which previously plied their trade in NI waters. LE RIF:  Could the former STENA GALLOWAY/GALLOWAY PRINCESS soon be back in service? The last purpose-built vessel for the Larne to Stranraer service could soon be back plying her trade in the Mediterranean.  Last month LE RIF (ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess) was moved from La Spezia to Napoli.  The vessel had previously been purchased at auction by the mysterious new Moroccan company DWLM who had intended to refit her at Malaga, however the vessel was moved to La Spezia amid reports of a dispute with the Malaga yard owners over costs.  Reports from Italy suggest that the vessel may now be under the control of the…

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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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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII passing in Belfast Lough. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Stena in Belfast – Celebrating 20 years of Stena Line operating from Belfast.

    20th anniversary of Stena Line switching the historic Larne – Stranraer service to Belfast. Today marks 20 years from the last sailing of what was then Stena Sealink Line, into the Port of Larne from Scotland, with tomorrow the anniversary of the first Stena ferry sailing from Belfast. Few could have predicted at the time that 20 years, and 2 bespoke Belfast-Scotland terminals later, Stena Line would also offer services from Belfast to Birkenhead and Heysham, as well as operating a pair of 203 metre long ferries to Scotland from Belfast.  Just six weeks after the switch, on the 31st December 1995, the “Sealink” name would disappear altogether with all UK operations being rebranded as “Stena Line”. STENA ANTRIM arrives in…

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  • In Waters NewSTENA NAVIGATOR arriving in Belfast from Stranraer, 03.06.2010. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    POETA LÓPEZ ANGLADA (ex Stena Navigator)

    Profile of the Baleària ferry POETA LÓPEZ ANGLADA, the former STENA NAVIGATOR. Includes an overview of her history, technical data, deck plans, and photographs.

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  • Photo featuresPride of Rathlin (Chantry Classics Postcard).

    Some former North Channel Ferries in photographs

    This post has been replaced by a new dedicated page here. Photographs of some of the ferries which previously plied their trade in our waters.  Note, that due to the age of these photographs (many of which where originally taken with film cameras and scanned), picture quality is sometimes not up to modern standards.

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  • Ferry NewsBalearia's POETA LOPEZ ANGLADA. Copyright © Daniel Ferro.

    Update on the former Stena Navigator

    The former Stena Navigator (ex Seafrance Manet (SeaFrance), Stena Parisien (Sealink Stena Line), Champs Elysees (SNCF/Sealink) which left the Belfast – Stranraer service when the Stena Superfast‘s entered service has been renamed again. Until November she had been operating as Balearia’s Daniya (Arabic for Denia) between Denia – San Antonio – Palma, and Denia – San Antonio – Barcelona, however following a change of route to Ceuta – Algeciras she was renamed Poeta López Anglada in November. The ship has retained much of its Stena decor, including the “Curious George” children’s play area and “Barista” coffee lounge. Currently Poeta López Anglada is operating the 2 hour voyage between Alcudia (Majorca) and Ciuadela de Menorca (Minorca) Monday to Saturday, and operates…

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