Seatruck's First New Ro-Ro Enters Service

'Clipper Point' joined the Warrenpoint-Heysham service last month.

Clipper Point, the first of Seatruck Ferries’ eight newbuildings, has entered service. A further three vessels in this 120 unit class of freight ro-ros will be delivered during the course of this year by the Spanish builder Astilleros de Huelva.

Clipper Point will be joined by another newbuilding, the Clipper Pace on the Warrenpoint-Heysham service across the Irish Sea. Two more newbuildings, Clipper Pennant and Clipper Panorama, will be deployed on the Dublin-Liverpool route. Seatruck acquired this route last September from the former operator, Celtic Link.

The commissioning and entry into service of Clipper Point follows Seatruck’s announcement in early March of an order for a further four new freight ferries. This order was placed with the German shipbuilder FSG (Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft). These 21 knot ships will have four decks offering 151 trailer spaces in a length overall of just 142m. These newbuildings will join the rapidly expanding Seatruck fleet in the period from November 2011 to June 2012.

Over recent months freight only specialists Seatruck Ferries have also acquired four secondhand vessels – the 121m, 65 unit capacity sister ships Arrow, Triumph, Shield and Challenge.

Kevin Hobbs, CEO of Seatruck, said, 'We are making good progress in developing a young, flexible fleet offering new standards of service and greater capacity on the busy Irish Sea routes. Demand on both routes is strong and we are well placed to meet our clients’ requirements for fast, efficient service'.

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