Following a short maintenance period, NI Ferry Site is back online. This planned maintenance was essential to ensure the ongoing security of the website. The maintenance included (but wasn’t restricted to) restoring the website from a clean backup and completely changing the backend of the site. This will make any compromise of the website much more difficult. Additionally several security plugins are now running and I have also done some housekeeping. The site has been resubmitted NIFS to google for review, but it may take a few weeks for “This website may have been hacked” message to disappear from Google search results. Another planned maintenance period may follow in the next couple of weeks as I am considering moving the site to a UK based host which offers more flexibility. However I have yet to make a final decision on this, and will give a few days notice if the ... Read more
This page will be continually updated throughout the refit period which is expected to run until May 2017. Last years “in strange waters” can be found here. Please note that due to the nature of their content, both pages are very heavy in photographic material and may take a while to load on slower connections. The second part of this year’s feature can be found here. This year Stena Line will complete all Irish Sea dry docking’s at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard, that’s a total of 9 ships from the fleet of 11. At the end of 2016 Stena announced that the entire fleet would be receiving the latest livery and strap-line “Connecting Europe for a Sustainable Future” during their scheduled dry docking’s, in a style similar to that applied to Stena Britannica recently. This replaces the previous “Making Good Time” strap-line. (Title image: Stena Europe in Rosslare displaying the ... Read more
Stena Superfast VIII off-service for essential maintenance. NIFS understand that Stena Superfast VIII will be off service this coming Saturday 5th Dec from 14:00 until Sunday 6th December’s 11:30 sailing for essential maintenance. The online booking engine has already been updated. The following sailings will be cancelled: Ex Belfast Sat: 15:30, 19:30 Ex Cairnryan (Loch Ryan Port) Sat: 15:30, 23:00. Sundays 05:00 has been retimed to 04:15. As always, if you intend to travel, please call Stena Ferry Check on +44 (0) 8705 755 755 for the latest information. Image: Stena Superfast VIII, laid over at Belfast’s Stormont Wharf for planned maintenance, on Saturday 17th October 2015. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
According to Stena’s online booking engine, Stena Superfast VIII will miss 2 round trips this coming Saturday, 14th November. We understand that this is due to planned maintenance. The cancelled sailings are the 15:30 and 23:00 from Belfast, and the 19:30 and 05:00 (on the 15th) from Loch Ryan Port/Cairnryan. As always, if you intend to travel, please call Stena Ferry Check on +44 (0) 8705 755 755 for the latest information. Image: Stena Superfast VIII, laid over at Belfast’s Stormont Wharf for planned maintenance, on Saturday 17th October 2015. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
As reported last week, Stena Superfast VIII is undergoing planned maintenance in Belfast this weekend. As a result, Stena Line are operating a reduced sailing schedule to Loch Ryan Port/Cairnryan today. Stena Superfast VIII tied up at Stormont Wharf last night, with the planned layover spot at D1 occupied by the damaged 315m long LNG tanker, Al Oraiq, which is awaiting repairs at Harland and Wolff. Al Oraiq was damaged in a collision off Zeebrugge with the Dutch registered freighter, Flinterstar, which sank. Stena plan to resume normal service tomorrow morning. Title Image: Stena Superfast VIII in Belfast Lough during the Tall Ships 2015. Copyright © Ross McDonald.
Stena Feronia is expected to enter into service on Thursday operating the 10:30 sailing ex Belfast, freeing up the currently inbound Stena Mersey to visit the dry dock at Harland and Wolff. On Mersey’s return to service, Feronia will substitute for Stena Lagan so she can visit A&P at Falmouth. Stena’s online booking engine indicates that ‘Lagan’s’ last sailing will be the 10:30 on the 3rd of December ex Birkenhead with Stena Mersey taking over her schedule from then onwards (22:30 ex Belfast on the 3rd) with Feronia staying on the same roster. According to the booking engine (at time of writing) there is no space available for passengers on Stena Feronia until Saturday ex Belfast and next Tuesday ex Birkenhead. Photograph © Scott Mackey.
Just a quick update to say that Stena Feronia has now left Gibraltar where she had been at anchor and is now bound for Belfast where she will cover for Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey while they go for dry-docking. She is expected to arrive in Belfast at around 06:00 on this coming Saturday 15th November. Stena Nordica is also due to arrive in Belfast at around the same time for a brief dry-docking at Harland and Wolff. Picture: Stena Feronia. Copyright Scott Mackey.
Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey will be out of service on the following dates: Stena Lagan dry-docking at A&P Falmouth confirmed for the 3-15 December 2014.. Stena Mersey dry-docking at Harland & Wolff Belfast confirmed for the 20 November -1st December. This will be Stena Lagan‘s first trip to Falmouth. Stena Feronia (ex Mersey Viking, Dublin Viking, Dublin Seaways) will return to Belfast to cover both ships in their absence. With Stena Nordica also visiting Harland and Wolff on the 15th and 16th of November, Belfast photographers will have the opportunity to capture 2 visiting Stena ferries this month.
We have been advised that Stena Line will have Superfast VIII withdrawn for maintenance between Tuesday and Thursday. Her last sailing will be tonights midnight departure from Lough Ryan Port. It had been earlier reported (but not on this site) that she would be withdrawn today, but delays at H&W have led to this being postponed. Due to the ongoing improvement works at Cairnryan it is expected that there will be a 48 hour stoppage from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th of May in order for the new linkspan and conventional ferry berth to be completed, with services resuming on the 26th using the new berth. No further details are available at present, with the details above subject to change.
European Highlander is more or less confirmed as not returning until Wednesday. P&O have posted to twitter a 4 sailing timetable for Monday and Tuesday: “Revised schedule for Monday & Tuesday; Ex Larne – 0730, 1330, 1930, 0130 Ex Cairnryan – 1030, 1630, 2230, 0430. Call 0845 839 845 for update” Passengers expecting to travel with P&O over the next few days are advised to contact P&O for the latest information. Meanwhile, Stena Superfast VII may return from Harland & Wolff early tomorrow evening. She had originally been expected to return on Tuesday morning. Express has left Belfast and is now at Larne. Her season operating to Troon begins on Monday 31st of March.