Department for Infrastructure (DFI NI)

  • Strangford Lough FerryStrangford II, with near-sister Portaferry II in the background. Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure.

    STRANGFORD II (Vessel Profile)

    Strangford II was built in 2016 by Merseyside's Cammell Laird to a design by BCTQ for the Northern Ireland Department of Regional Development (Now Department of Infrastructure). She replaces the elderly car and passenger ferry MV Strangford as well as the backup passenger ferry MV Rachlyn.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStrangford II, with near-sister Portaferry II in the background. Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure.

    PR: Hazzard introduces the new £6.2million Strangford Ferry.

    Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has today announced the introduction of the new state of the art £6.2million Strangford Ferry in Co. Down.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTENA SUPERFAST VIII backs down Musgrave Channel towards Harland & Wolff's Commisioning Quay, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    PR: BCTQ Designs New Ferries For Northern Ireland Executive

    Strangford Ferry moves towards build with Cammell Laird BCTQ has been working with the Department for Regional Development (DRD NI), part of the Northern Ireland Executive, on the design and development of two car and passenger ferries for the region. The first of these designs for the “Strangford” service has been completed and we are pleased to announce that the build contract has now been signed with Cammell Laird shipyard. Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: “The new ferry will replace the existing MV Strangford with a new modern ferry that has been designed specifically for this service. The new ferry will be built over the next 18 months and, when it comes into operation, will provide a more reliable and…

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  • Strangford Lough FerryPortaferry - Strangford Ferry Portaferry II

    Portaferry II (Vessel Profile)

    Overview Portaferry II was the main vessel used on the Strangford – Portaferry vehicle and passenger service across Strangford Lough in County Down until February 2017.  A more modern part-sister ship was ordered in 2015 to act as a replacement for Strangford Ferry and operate alongside Portaferry II.  The new vessel, Strangford II, was introduced into service on the 2nd of February 2017.  The two vessels will operate interchangeably with the option to run both on the service during peak times. In late 2015 to early 2016 Portaferry II had a dry dock and refit at a cost of around £374,000.  This involved the vessel crossing the Irish Sea to Cammell Laird Birkenhead, under her own power but shadowed by a tug…

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