Refit

  • Ferry NewsSTENA ANTRIM arrives in Belfast, 1995, still in Stena Sealink livery. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Ibn Batouta (ex Stena Antrim) update.

    Further service (hopefully) beckons for the former North Channel favourite It has been confirmed that the purchasers, at auction, of the former COMANAV ferry Ibn Batouta (better known as the former Stena Antrim and St Christopher) was Albanian operator Red Star Ferries.  Red Star Ferries currently operate from the Italian port of Brindisi to the Albanian ports of Durres and Vlore, with the elderly Red Star 1 (ex, Viking III, originally built 1965).  It is rumoured that Ibn Batouta has been acquired to operate one of the existing Brindisi to Durres or Vlore routes, though it is understood that the Vlore route has less traffic and so it may be more likely she will operate to Durres instead.  It is believed that the vessel is currently (or about…

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  • Ferry InformationP&O Ferries NORBAY seen arriving at Dublin. Copyright © Robbie Cox.

    NORBAY | P&O Ferries

    Profile of P&O Ferries 'Norbay' which, usually serves the Dublin to Liverpool route but has also provided cover on the Larne to Cairnryan route.

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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 newsStena Nordica. Copyright © Scott Mackey

    Stena Superfast X en-route to Holyhead, Stena Nordica expected in Belfast soon

    The latest addition to Stena Line’s Irish Sea fleet, Stena Superfast X (ex Dieppe Seaways, Seafrance Moliere, Jean Nicoli, Superfast X), is en-route to Holyhead from the Nauta shipyard in Poland following her conversion for service between Holyhead and Dublin Port.  The sister ship to Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII is expected to arrive in Wales by Thursday morning, and has already rounded the top of Scotland.  It is expected that she will replace Stena Nordica in service before the end of next week, freeing up Stena Nordica to replace Stena Superfast VII so she can go for dry-docking at Harland & Wolff.  Once this is completed, Stena Nordica will then relieve Stena Superfast VIII, which will then proceed…

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  • Ferry NewsSTENA MERSEY in dry dock at Harland & Wolff, Belfast November 2014. Copyright © Scott Mackey, used with permission.

    Stena Line dry dock update

    As of last weekend, four of Stena’s Irish Sea ships should have completed overhauls: Stena Performer, Stena Mersey, Stena Lagan and Stena Hibernia. Stena Hibernia had been expected to resume service to Liverpool (Birkenhead) at 15:00hrs on Monday, but is still at Harland & Wolff. Stena Precision is currently en-route from Birkenhead to Belfast so may well swap places with Hibernia after discharging in Belfast as she is the next vessel scheduled to visit Harland & Wolff. Stena Superfast VIII and then Stena Superfast VII are expected to visit Harland & Wolff in March with Stena Nordica providing cover on the North Channel service following being displaced on the Dublin – Holyhead route by Stena Superfast X. Of 7 ships a total…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Nordica swinging of her Belfast berth in 2013, while providing refit cover. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Stena refit and dry-docking bits and bobs

    As has been reported elsewhere, Stena Nordica will make a brief trip up to Belfast for a short dry docking at Harland and Wolff on the 15th and 16th of this month. Stena Performer is currently at H&W for the weekend - cover is being provided by Stena Hibernia which usually lays over during the weekend.

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