• Local (NI) ferry newsSTRANGFORD FERRY at the dry dock in Strangford in the freshly applied livery of the Arranmore Ferry. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    STRANGFORD FERRY sold for further service

    STRANGFORD FERRY, which operated on the lifeline ferry service between Strangford and Portaferry for some 47 years until the end of 2016, has been sold.

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  • In Waters NewCanna. Courtesy of the Department for Infrastructure (DFI).

    Vessel Profile: MV CANNA

    Canna Introduction CANNA was the 7th of 8 island class vehicle and passenger ferries built to operate lifeline services to the Hebrides for Caledonian MacBrayne.  The island class design was by Burness Corlett, and based on that of a military landing craft.  The vessels are notable for lowering their ramps whilst still approaching the slipway.  This is to avoid grounding the shallow-draughted vessel and is possible due to the 2-stage folding action of the ramp itself.  When the ramp is deployed only the rearmost section lowers until it contacts the slipway.  The front section of the ramp then unfolds allowing vehicles and passengers to disembark. CANNA awaits loading at Ballycastle during May 2016. Copyright © Scott Mackey. Prior to entering…

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