Monday, November 28, 2011

Freight Only Ferry Company Invests in the Future with New RoRo Vessels

Seatruck Plans for Growth in the Unaccompanied Trailer Bracket
Shipping News Feature

UK – IRELAND – Following the launch this month of Stena Line’s new ‘Superfast’ RoRo ferries across the Irish Sea, comes news that Seatruck, the only operator to offer freight only services between Britain and the Irish Republic has launched the second in a series of four new ferries for unaccompanied trailers with the first due to go into service on the company’s Liverpool-Dublin route next month.

The second ship, Seatruck Power, was launched at the FSG Flensburg Yard, Germany and will serve alongside her sister ship Seatruck Progress from February. The remaining two ferries are due for delivery in the first half of 2012. Seatruck is part of the Bahama based Clipper group which manages a fleet of bulk transport and chemical carriers worldwide and the company operates on three other Irish Sea routes besides Liverpool running between Heysham and Warrenpoint and Larne as well as Dublin.

The four new RoRo ferries each have a capacity of 150 unaccompanied trailers spread over four decks and at over 140 metres and 5,300 tonnes deadweight will be the largest vessels to operate from Heysham. Seatruck says it will transport 300,000 units between the two countries this year claiming a 20% share of the overall freight market having grown from less than 4% in the past seven years.

Photo: Seatruck Progress ‘on the blocks’