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4 new ships for Seatruck on: March 03, 2008, 10:04:37 pm
Some good news from Seatruck

Seatruck orders four new generation freight ro-ros
Seatruck Press Release

In a new phase of its major fleet expansion, freight-only specialist Seatruck Ferries has placed an order for four new generation ro-ro vessels with the leading German shipbuilder FSG (Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft).

 These advanced vessels have a groundbreaking four-deck configuration. The design provides 151 trailer spaces in a length (o/a) of just 142m. The new ships will be fast, with a service speed of 21 kts.

The versatile new vessels are programmed for delivery during the November 2011 – June 2012 period. With a design draft of just 5.2m, they will offer extreme operational flexibility. Decisions on how to deploy the new ships have yet to be taken. Options include Seatruck’s existing Irish Sea routes, linking Warrenpoint-Heysham and Dublin-Liverpool.

This innovative design provides for the four decks to be connected by fixed ramps, with a single stern door. The newbuildings will be powered by two 8,000 kW main engines. They will have two 1,000 kW bow thrusters and high lift rudders will enhance manoverability in confined areas.

 Commenting on the order, Seatruck CEO Kevin Hobbs said: “We have reached an important stage in the rapid development of Seatruck’s operations and fleet. This new order doubles the newbuilding programme to eight ships. During 2008 we will take delivery of the first four 120 unit vessels, all from the Spanish builder Astilleros de Huelva. The first, Clipper Point, joins the fleet this month. Clipper Pennant, Clipper Pace and Clipper Panorama will follow during the course of the year.”

Clipper Point and Clipper Pace will join the Warrenpoint-Heysham service. Clipper Pennant and Clipper Panorama will be deployed on the Dublin-Liverpool route.

Kevin Hobbs added: “We are delighted to place this new order with FSG. Flensburger has a remarkable track record. They are leaders in the construction of freight ro-ros and have a well-earned reputation for delivering on time. We have no doubt that these ships will further enhance both our own services and this yard’s reputation for quality.

“The decision to place this order now reflects, in part, the shortage of freight ro-ro tonnage in this size class. Freight ro-ro newbuildings are entering service mainly in the larger sizes which are more suited to longer sea crossings. Clearly, we will pursue all appropriate market opportunities afforded by an expanded, young and versatile fleet.”

Over the past six months Seatruck also added four secondhand vessels to its growing fleet. These are the 121m, 65 unit capacity sisterships Arrow, Triumph, Shield and Challenge. Last September, Seatruck acquired the Dublin-Liverpool route formerly operated by Celtic Link.

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Re: 4 new ships for Seatruck Reply #1 on: February 02, 2009, 07:18:43 pm
The Clipper Panorama entered service on the 25th of January on the Warrenpoint - Heysham service.
The Clipper Pace is expected in march and the Clipper Pennant is expected in may on the Dublin - Liverpool service.
The Moondance was due to begin operating a new service between Frederica - Moss today (02/02/09).

Re: 4 new ships for Seatruck Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009, 05:52:24 pm
The Clipper Panorama

Re: 4 new ships for Seatruck Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009, 04:57:25 pm
The Clipper Pennant has finally left the spanish yard where it was built in is ecpected to enter service from Dublin later this month.