Paul Grant

  • Ferry NewsSTENA ESTRID departing Dublin for Holyhead. Copyright © Voyager ShipSpotting.

    Stena Line Onboard Spend Up Over 400% in Duty Free Shops

    Ferry company Stena Line has reported a more than four fold increase in per passenger spending following the introduction of duty free

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    [PR] Ferry well placed for end of travel restrictions

    Stena Line has prepared the way for the expected surge in travel bookings once travel restrictions have been lifted

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  • Ferry NewsSTENA EUROPE arrives at Harland & Wolff Belfast for her 2020 dry docking. Stena Line.

    [PR] Stena Line supports local industry with multi-ship docking programme

    Six Stena Line Irish Sea vessels will dry-dock at Harland and Wolff’s famous Belfast shipyard this summer for a range of repairs and upgrades

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  • Ferry NewsStena Line Edda sets off on it's maiden voyage. Picture Jason Roberts

    [PR] Redefining ferry travel on the Irish Sea

    The next generation of ferry travel went into service yesterday evening as Stena Line reaffirmed its commitment to operations on the Irish Sea and providing the ‘very best freight and travel experience for customers’.

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  • Ferry NewsThe keel laying of Stena’s second E-Flexer RoPax at AVIC Weihai in China. When delivered this vessel will be deployed on the busy Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) route. Stena Line / Duffy Rafferty Communications

    [Press Release] Stena Line’s New Belfast-Bound Ship Taking Shape in China

    One of the two new E-Flexer RoPax ferries bound for the Belfast – Liverpool route in 2020 has recently marked an important production milestone by celebrating its official keel-laying at the AVIC shipyard in Weihai, China. The new vessels will have capacity for 1 000 passengers, 120 cars as well as 3 100 freight lane meters.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsRendering of the Stena E-Flexer design with the new Connecting Europe for a Sustainable Future slogan.

    [Press Release] Stena Line confirms plans for its 3 new Irish Sea ships

    Stena Line has confirmed that the first of its new RoPax ferries currently under construction in China is planned to enter service on its Holyhead – Dublin route early 2020. The following two is assigned to Liverpool-Belfast.

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  • Ferry NewsSTENA SUPERFAST VII and STENA PRECISION in Belfast. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    PR: Stena Line’s Belfast services deliver record 2017.

    2017 marked another record trading year for leading ferry company Stena Line across its travel and freight services. Freight volumes on its Belfast to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham routes exceeded a record 514 000 units, which represents a 3% year on year increase. Car volumes topped 360 000, a 2.5% year on year increase with over 1.5m passengers accounting for a similar 2.5% annual increase.

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  • Ferry NewsThe entrance to Loch Ryan Port. Stena Line

    [Press Release] Poor road access at Scottish Ports disadvantages NI economy

    Businesses across Northern Ireland continue to be disadvantaged by poor road access to their key GB markets. Leading ferry company Stena Line has raised concerns with local political and business stakeholders to increase the focus and necessity of addressing a critical infrastructure deficit which impacts a range of key NI business sectors including manufacturing, food production and tourism.

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  • Ferry NewsSTENA SUPERFAST VII and STENA SUPERFAST VIII at the then brand-new Loch Ryan Port terminal, prior to their entry into service. Stena Line

    [Press Release] Port road closures and poor accessibility will impede Scottish economy.

    Less than 16 days after the last closure, the A77 has once more been closed to all traffic for up to 12 hours, resulting in a 75-minute detour for traffic using Stena Line’s Loch Ryan Port.  The most recent closure overnight on 6th November comes on the back of the 24-hr closure of the A77 following severe flooding on 21st October when the port was in virtual lockdown mode for over 24 hrs.   

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  • Ferry NewsStena Lagan passes Stena Superfast VII at the start of another crossing to Birkenhead. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    PR: Strong volumes on Belfast ferry routes

    Leading ferry company Stena Line has recorded strong volumes on its Belfast services for the first six months of 2017. To the end of June 2017, freight volumes increased +5%, passengers and cars grew +4% year on year. The fastest growing sector was coaches recording a record +19% increase. Stena Line operates three services from Belfast Harbour which provide up to 14 daily crossings options between its Cairnryan, Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Heysham services. Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea North) commented: “Despite operating in a highly competitive environment, we have delivered a very strong set of volume increases across all of our three Belfast services. Despite intense competition, our freight volumes have increased with demand particularly high on…

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  • Ferry NewsRendering of the new Stena E-Flexer class. All four vessels are now confirmed as earmarked for Stena's routes from Belfast. Stena Line.

    PR: Stena Line’s four new vessels planned for Belfast routes.

    Last year Stena announced a newbuild contract of four RoPax ferry vessels with a planned delivery schedule during 2019 and 2020. The contract also contains an option for another four vessels to be ordered. The four vessels are being built at the AVIC Shipyard in China and the plan is to locate the vessels on the Irish Sea, specifically on Stena Line’s routes to and from its expanding Belfast hub.

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  • Ferry NewsIN THE DRIVING SEAT...Leading ferry company Stena Line has posted a record year for freight traffic volumes on its Belfast Harbour routes to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham in 2016. For the first time in its history, Stena Line has carried over 500, 000 freight units through Belfast Harbour. Pictured celebrating the success are (left to right): Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea North), Joe O’Neill, Commercial Director, Belfast Harbour and Anna Breen, Stena Line’s Freight Commercial Manager (Irish Sea North).

    PR: Stena Line hits half a million freight units in Belfast.

    IN THE DRIVING SEAT...Leading ferry company Stena Line has posted a record year for freight traffic volumes on its Belfast Harbour routes to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham in 2016. For the first time in its history, Stena Line has carried over 500, 000 freight units through Belfast Harbour. Pictured celebrating the success are (left to right): Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea North), Joe O’Neill, Commercial Director, Belfast Harbour and Anna Breen, Stena Line’s Freight Commercial Manager (Irish Sea North).

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