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IRISH SEA: Another Superfast taken by Stena
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

Dieppe Seaways departs Calais in May 2013. Darren HoldawayDieppe Seaways departs Calais in May 2013. Darren HoldawayStena Line remain tight-lipped over the deployment of Stena Superfast X, which joins their fleet early in 2015. Although an appearance on the Irish Sea service between Holyhead and Dublin has been rumoured for several months, neither Stena’s head office in Gothenburg nor Irish Sea management had made any announcement before the end of September.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, say they have been contracted to provide a complete turnkey delivery of ro-ro cargo access equipment for the vessel, including the design and installation of bow doors, a bow ramp, a new watertight door and a stern ramp, and seem to be in no doubt that Stena Superfast X will be making an Irish Sea debut from Holyhead next January.

BALTIC SEA: Sirena Seaways leaves the North Sea for Estonia
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:11

Sirena Seaways at Esbjerg. John HeadonSirena Seaways at Esbjerg. John HeadonWithin hours of her arrival in Esbjerg on 29 September following the final sailing from Harwich to close a DFDS route with a history stretching back 134 years, ro-pax vessel Sirena Seaways sailed for Frederikstad, Norway to collect military equipment for transportation to the Danish ports of Aalborg and then Kalundborg. There was also to be a spell of engine works before a move to the Baltic to boost DFDS capacity between Estonia and Sweden. After serving Harwich since 2002, the 22,382gt Sirena Seaways’ first Baltic sailing from Paldiski to Kapellskar was scheduled for 6 October.

The current deck and engine room staff stayed with the ship, while Estonian catering staff were brought in as Sirena Seaways replaced Patria Seaways (1991/18,332gt), which has been on the route since 2011. Her previous service included spells as Stena Traveller on the North Sea, English Channel and Irish Sea before and after time with TT-Line as TT-Traveller.

SPANISH LINKS: End of road for LD routes
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Norman Asturias in Poole Bay, waiting for Barfleur to clear the berth in port so she can get ready for a trip to Santander. Dan HallNorman Asturias in Poole Bay, waiting for Barfleur to clear the berth in port so she can get ready for a trip to Santander. Dan HallLD Lines have closed recently-opened routes from France and Spain to England and Ireland after what was described as a ‘business review’. Norman Atlantic (2009/26,904gt) made a final departure from Rosslare to Saint-Nazaire and Gijon on 29 August, while Poole-Santander-Gijon services, originally expected to run to the end of September, finished with a northbound sailing from Santander by Norman Asturias (2007/26,904) on 5 September.

After establishing ‘Motorways of the Sea’ services from Monitior, near Saint-Nazaire to Gijon, LD extended its North Atlantic network with twice weekly trips to Poole in November 2013 with the Stena-owned 518-passenger/196-car Norman Asturias, one of the ro-pax ferry series built in Italy by Visentini.

CHANNEL ISLANDS: Condor purchase trimaran
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Condor Express departing Jersey in August. Chris NewtonCondor Express departing Jersey in August. Chris NewtonCondor Ferries finally completed the purchase of Austal 102 in late August, with the trimaran due to enter service between Poole and the Channel Islands during spring 2015. Built speculatively at Austal’s Henderson base in Western Australia, the craft has been lying awaiting sale since completion in 2010. She  can carry around 1,000 passengers with space for 245 cars, or a mix of 145 cars and 190 lane metres of freight.

Powered by three MTU diesel engines with a top speed of 39 knots, Austal 102 was moved earlier in the year to an Austal facility in the Philippines and will remain there for work prior to the handover to Condor. She is expected to replace at least one of the fleet’s existing 86m Incats.

Currently the 1996-built Condor Express sails with Condor Vitesse, completed in 1997, and Condor Rapide, also delivered in 1997 but built initially for Royal Australian Navy service as HMAS Jervis Bay and acquired by Condor in 2010 after commercial operations in the Mediterranean.

CHANNEL ISLANDS: Commodore Clipper out of service
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Diver’s examining possible damage to the hull of Commodore Clipper in St Peter Port, 15 July.  Tony RiveDiver’s examining possible damage to the hull of Commodore Clipper in St Peter Port, 15 July. Tony RiveCondor Ferries’ freight and passenger services from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands suffered disruption after ro-pax vessel Commodore Clipper (1999/13,460gt) had to go to dry dock at Falmouth for hull repairs after making contact with the sea bottom in the Little Russel while sailing towards Guernsey on 14 July.

Initially, Commodore Clipper sailings from Portsmouth to St Peter Port and St Helier were cancelled until 26 July, but it then became clear that a longer stay at the A&P yard would be needed. With the vessel not expected back until 26 August, Condor switched all freight to ro-ro Commodore Goodwill (1996/11,166gt) and provided additional fast craft sailings. Condor then brought in French-owned ro-ro vessel MN Toucan (1995/9,140gt) to operate to and from Guernsey, with a first call to collect empty trailers on 29 July, leaving Commodore Goodwill to concentrate on Jersey sailings.

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