PORT LINK (ex STENA CALEDONIA / ST DAVID)

  • Ferry NewsF/B Bari at sea. Ventouris Lines

    In Waters New Roundup: Autumn 2017

    A quick update on the current status of some of the former Northern Ireland based ferries now operating elsewhere around the world, including the former EXPRESS, STENA GALLOWAY / GALLOWAY PRINCESS, STENA CALEDONIA / ST. DAVID, STENA CAMBRIA / ST. ANSELM, STENA NAVIGATOR / SEAFRANCE MANET, and EUROPEAN PATHFINDER / JAGUAR / EUROPEAN CLEARWAY / BEGONIA

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

    In Waters New news, Easter 2017.

    A quick news roundup featuring some vessels which previously plied their trade in NI waters. LE RIF:  Could the former STENA GALLOWAY/GALLOWAY PRINCESS soon be back in service? The last purpose-built vessel for the Larne to Stranraer service could soon be back plying her trade in the Mediterranean.  Last month LE RIF (ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess) was moved from La Spezia to Napoli.  The vessel had previously been purchased at auction by the mysterious new Moroccan company DWLM who had intended to refit her at Malaga, however the vessel was moved to La Spezia amid reports of a dispute with the Malaga yard owners over costs.  Reports from Italy suggest that the vessel may now be under the control of the…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VII (outbound) and Stena Superfast X pass in Belfast Lough. Stena Line.

    2016: A (brief-ish) review.

    A look back at 2016 from a ferry perspective.

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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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  • Irish (ROI) ferry newsOne World Karadeniz, the former Stena Explorer, leaves Holyhead under the tow of Bluster. Copyright © Gary Davies/Maritime Photographic.

    HSS Stena Explorer leaves Holyhead for the final time

    The sole remaining Stena HSS 1500 craft left Holyhead under tow yesterday with a destination of Turkey

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  • Ferry NewsHSS Explorer passing HSS Voyager, which is at Harland and Wolff's ship repair quay. Stena Discovery is just just visible under the massive yellow "samson" crane in the background. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Update: HSS Stena Explorer’s final Holyhead departure delayed

    Poor weather conditions delay Stena Explorer’s final Irish Sea voyage. HSS Stena Explorer‘s final departure from Holyhead, which was due to take place this afternoon, appears to have been delayed due to unfavourable weather conditions. It is now expected that the vessel will be towed from the port over the weekend, probably on Sunday. Work appears to be continuing on HSS Stena Explorer, now renamed One World Karadeniz, to prepare her for the long tow to Turkey, where it is thought she will be converted for static use.  HSS Stena Explorer is the last remaining member of Stena’s ground breaking HSS 1500 class. Title image: HSS Explorer passing HSS Voyager, which is at Harland and Wolff’s ship repair quay.  Stena Discovery is…

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  • Ferry News

    Official: HSS Stena Explorer due to leave Holyhead tomorrow

    Final HSS 1500 craft Stena Explorer sold for future use. Stena Line have officially confirmed that the final HSS 1500 vessel, Stena Explorer, has been sold to Turkish buyers and is due to leave Holyhead for the last time tomorrow, weather permitting, under the escort of tugs. Stena have however not confirmed what Stena Explorer’s future use will be, though they have said that she will continue her career under new ownership. The anchor handling tug Bluster arrived in Holyhead earlier this week, with the task to tow Stena Explorer to Turkey. Another tug, Afon Cefni, arrived in Holyhead this morning. It is assumed she may assist Bluster and Holyhead’s own tug St David in manoeuvring HSS Stena Explorer from her berth…

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  • In Waters NewSTENA NAVIGATOR arriving in Belfast from Stranraer, 03.06.2010. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    POETA LÓPEZ ANGLADA (ex Stena Navigator)

    Profile of the Baleària ferry POETA LÓPEZ ANGLADA, the former STENA NAVIGATOR. Includes an overview of her history, technical data, deck plans, and photographs.

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  • Ferry NewsIbn Batouta (ex St David, Stena Antrim) leaving Algericas on 12/8/15 under tow of the Italian registered tug Brucoli. Copyright © Juan Gabriel Mata, used with permission.

    Former Stena Antrim towed to Albania, unknown destination for the former Galloway Princess.

    Could further service beckon for Ibn Batouta? The Ibn Batouta (ex St Christopher, Stena Antrim) left the port of Algeciras under the tow of the tug Brucoli on Tuesday, having been helped from the position she was occupying in the port by local tugs VB Twenty and VB Algeciras.  Her apparent destination is Durres in Albania. Ibn Batouta had been sold at auction earlier this year for just €1,027,000, having been laid up since Janurary 2012 following the collapse of the COMARIT group (of which her operator COMANAV was a part).  It is believed that Ibn Batouta may be the only one of the group of 4 COMARIT group ferries which have left Algeciras in the past few weeks not purchased for breaking,…

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  • Photo featuresPride of Rathlin (Chantry Classics Postcard).

    Some former North Channel Ferries in photographs

    This post has been replaced by a new dedicated page here. Photographs of some of the ferries which previously plied their trade in our waters.  Note, that due to the age of these photographs (many of which where originally taken with film cameras and scanned), picture quality is sometimes not up to modern standards.

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  • Ferry InformationSTENA SUPERFAST VIII swings off the berth at Belfast Victoria Terminal 4 (North) at the start of another routine crossing to Cairnryan. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

    STENA SUPERFAST VII and STENA SUPERFAST VIII

    Your guide to Stena Line's Belfast to Cairnryan passenger and freight ferries 'Stena Superfast VII' and 'Stena Superfast VIII'.

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