Mario Lopez shipyard

  • Ferry NewsLE RIF nearing completion of her refurbishment in Italy prior to being reintroduced to the Tangier Med to Algeciras route. LE RIF is better known to UK readers as the former Stranraer ferry Stena Galloway/Galloway Princess. © DWLM.

    LE RIF (ex Stena Galloway) update

    Reports from Morocco indicate that LE RIF (ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess) is expected to return to service soon, following an extensive refurbishment and overhaul.  The Belfast built former Sealink ferry has been out of service since 2013 when previous operator IMTC collapsed.

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  • Ferry NewsChantry Classics postcard of Stena Galloway in Sealink Stena Line livery. (Steven Tarbox Collection)

    Update on Le Rif (former Galloway Princess)

    Reports from Spain indicate that former North Channel favourite, Le Rif (ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess) has yet to enter the Andalucia dry dock at Cernaval’s Mario Lopez shipyard in Malaga, despite it being a month since her arrival in the Spanish port.  It appears that the delay has been due to the ship requiring more work than previously thought to prepare her for entering the dry-dock for a €2.5m refurbishment concentrating mostly on her hull and mechanicals.  It is understood that onboard power is currently being provided by a generator on the dock side. With the above in mind, and the fact that the ship will need to be re-certified by the appropriate authorities, it is very unlikely that Le Rif will enter service…

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

    Former Stena Galloway to re-enter service?

    Le Rif arrives at Malaga for dry docking Recent reports that Le Rif (ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess) had been sold for scrap appear to have been untrue, as the former North Channel favourite arrived in Malaga on Saturday for a dry docking.  The ship (including 4 crew and a Captain appointed for the trip) was towed from Tangier in Morocco where she had been abandoned in 2013, though she had been moved to a different berth in the port since then.  Initially the Harland and Wolff built ship will undergo an assessment of her condition taking around 10 days and involving 14 people.  A budget of around €2.5m has been set aside for the overhaul and refurbishment, which will involve significant technical…

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