Stena Line to launch two new ships for Irish Sea ferry

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The Superfast vessels with improved capacity will reduce journey times
The Superfast vessels with improved capacity will reduce journey times

Stena Line is to refurbish two large ships to be deployed on the Irish Sea for the Cairnryan to Belfast service.

The new Stena Superfast vessels can accommodate 1200 passengers, 660 cars or 110 freight units and operate as many as 12 daily departures.

The identical vessels are the largest ferries to undertake the crossing. Stena Line’s route director Paul Grant said: “In November this year we will be launching a new purpose-built port and terminal at Cairnryan in Scotland which will herald a new route for our Northern Ireland to Scotland service.

The launch of the ferries is the result of an ongoing investment project which began with the construction of the new terminal at VT4 in Belfast in 2008. With the combination of a new port and new ships, Stena Line will also be able to reduce the journey time to 135 minutes.

“The ship layout will be changed to accommodate freight customers. There are no deck height restrictions, so we can accommodate virtually any load our freight customers have.”

For more information visit www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry