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Technical problems on North Channel services

Both European Highlander and Stena Superfast VII where off service today at Harland and Wolff shipyard.  Whilst the Stena maintenance had been planned, European Highlander suffered serious technical problems towards the end of last week and so was drydocked this morning.  This has meant North Channel services to both Cairnryan ports have operated at half capacity.  P&O’s Express Catermaran is also at Harland and Wolff being readied for her planned return to service At the end of the month.

Stena Hibernia left Belfast laden this evening just after 7:30pm bound for Cairnryan in order to move trailer traffic across the channel and I assume she will also return laden.  At present European Highlander is still in drydock, and Superfast VII is scheduled to be off service tomorrow as well, so all sailings are expected to be very busy again tomorrow.

At present the active fleet is as follows:

P&O Larne – Cairnryan:

European Causeway


Stena Line Belfast – Cairnryan:

Stena Superfast VIII

Stena Hibernia (unaccompanied freight relief)


Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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