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  • 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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  • Photo featuresST COLUM I. © Phil brandwood and shared in accordance with this Creative Commons licence.

    Former ferries of NI Pt.3: Seatruck, Merchant Ferries, Norse Irish, DFDS, and other NI to England operators

    Take a look back at some of the ferries which have operated to NI. In part 3 we take a look at some of the ferries of Merchant Ferries, Norse Irish Ferries, Belfast Car Ferries, Belfast Freight Ferries, Norfolk Line, DFDS, and Seatruck.

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  • Photo featuresStena Galloway departs Belfast with Stena Caledonia in the background. Taken on June 16th 1999. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Former ferries of NI Part 1: From Sealink to Stena Line

    A photographic look back at some of the ferries which have operated to or within Northern Ireland, including those which operated both for present operators and those which no longer exist. This first part looks at Sealink, Sealink Stena, Stena Sealink, and Stena Line.

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  • Gone but not Forgotten FerriesNORSE LAGAN at VT2 14 Feb 1997. Copyright © Alan Geddes

    Gone but not forgotten: NORSE LAGAN

    Profile of the former Belfast to Liverpool ferry NORSE LAGAN. Includes an overview of her history, technical specifications, and photographs.

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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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    Former Belfast-Liverpool ferry prepares for a life in New Zealand

    Former Irish Sea ro-pax Stena Feronia (ex Dublin Seaways, Dublin Viking, Mersey Viking) has been renamed STRAIT FERONIA and adopted the New Zealand flag. She is currently in dry dock at Ladskrona being prepared for a new life in the Southern Hemisphere operating for New Zealand company Strait Shipping under their Blue Bridge brand. STRAIT FERONIA was of course built for the Belfast – Liverpool service as one of the two lead vessels of the Visentini ro-pax series, and was sold by owners Stena Line last in January to Strait Shipping. She is expected to enter service in July this year on the Cook Strait service, replacing current ship Santa Regina. In a twist of fate, the former Stena Feronia will be…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VII in dry dock at Harland & Wolff Belfast. © Scott Mackey 2015.

    Stena ISN refits almost complete

    The return of Stena Superfast VIII to service yesterday afternoon saw the completion of the 6th refit in Stena’s Irish Sea North refit schedule.  Stena Performer, Stena Mersey , Stena Lagan, Stena Hibernia, Stena  Superfast VII, and Stena Superfast VIII have all been refitted since November of last year.  Stena Precision will refit in April, meaning all 7 local vessels have been refitted in 5 months.  All of the refits have been completed by Belfast yard Harland & Wolff with the exception of Stena Lagan (which visited A&P Falmouth instead), in what is a £6 million pound investment by Stena Line. The refit of Stena Superfast VII and VIII was covered by Stena Nordica, which herself was displaced by the…

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  • Local (NI) ferry news

    Stena Line latest

    All Stena sailings to and from Cairnryan from this mornings 07:30 departures have been cancelled due to an incident involving the berth at Cairnryan and Stena Superfast VII (according to the Stena UK& IE twitter account). Tomorrows sailings until the 23:30 are also cancelled – the 23:30 will operate subject to repairs having been carried out in time. Adverse weather is also causing problems with the Birkenhead route, with AIS indicating that Stena Mersey is still in Birkenhead, Stena Feronia is in the Mersey (so no ship in Belfast to operate tonights departure it would seem), Stena Hibernia is also well on her way, and Stena Precision left Belfast tonight with a destination of Birkenhead. It looks like theres nothing Stena…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Lagan waiting for Ruby Princess to pass so she can berth at VT4 this evening

    Stena line Belfast to Liverpool sailing update

    Tonight’s departure ex Birkenhead is cancelled. One assumes this is due to Stena Feronia doing a tour of the North Welsh coast at present! The Belfast departure is leaving 30 mins early, I assume due to the weather.  As always, please check with Stena directly for the latest sailing information.

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  • Local (NI) ferry news

    Feronia watch: Update

    Stena Feronia‘s sailings today have been cancelled, I assume to address the technical issues which have plagued her since entering service in place of Stena Mersey on the Belfast – Birkenhead run. She is currently at anchor off Liverpool and scheduled to depart Birkenhead early tomorrow morning according to Stena’s Ferrycheck website.   Picture:  Stena Feronia at Belfast on 16th November 2014, preparing to enter service covering for the routine dry-docking of the regular Belfast – Birkenhead ships Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan.  Copyright © 2014 Scott Mackey

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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

    Stena Feronia issues

    Birkenhead relief vessel Stena Feronia has been experiencing some issues, with Heysham ship Stena Precision switching with the Birkenhead freight vessel Stena Hibernia to clear a backlog of unaccompanied freight which is believed to have built up as a result.

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  • Local (NI) ferry news

    Stena Feronia due to enter service

    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…

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