New Stena Line Superfast Ship Arrives in Loch Ryan Port
Released on: November 22, 2011, 12:00 pm
Stena Line’s Superfast VII ship has arrived at her new Loch
Ryan Port home in Cairnryan in preparation for the opening of the new
ferry route between Scotland and Northern Ireland on November 21st.
Superfast VII will be joined by her sister ship Superfast VIII at their new purpose
built 27 acre Scottish port that will also encompass a brand new 1,500 square metre
passenger and freight terminal. The ships will be the largest ever to sail between
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The new port, new route and new ships are part of a £200M rolling investment
programme, one of largest route investments ever made by Stena Line, which also included the construction of a new Belfast Port and
terminal facility that opened in June 2008.
Stena Line's new Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan is
approximately seven miles north from its current home port of Stranraer and will
commence scheduled services for freight and leisure customers on November 21st.
Paul Grant, Stena Line Route Director said: "When we start our new route timetable
on November 21st, it will be from one of the most advanced ports in the UK. Loch
Ryan Port is the culmination of years of planning by Stena Line and it will provide
our customers with a world class facility. But the new port is only half the story.
We will also be introducing two of the largest ships ever to have sailed between
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
"Sister ships Superfast VII and Superfast VIII will complete the crossing in 2hrs
15mins with a level of comfort and range of facilities unrivalled on the Irish Sea.
The new ships will even have their own Pure Nordic Spa which will include a Jacuzzi
and sauna for use by Stena Plus customers. At 203 metres, the new ships have the
capacity to accommodate 1 200 passengers, 660 cars or 110 freight units. The new
ships have been reconfigured to ensure that our leisure and freight customers have
both been catered for. Specifically with our freight customers in mind, we have
ensured that the new Superfast ships have no height restrictions with over 5 metre
clearance to ensure they can accommodate the largest freight units on UK roads.
"We are delighted that our new port has been designated a National Project by the
Scottish Government and are currently working with the government to look at
improvements to the road infrastructure to and from the port to help the new
facility maximise its full potential in terms of overall journey times between
Scotland and Northern Ireland," he concluded.
Stena Line's new Cairnryan to Belfast route will have 10
scheduled sailings per day between Scotland and Northern Ireland at launch rising to
12 from December 5th.
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About Stena Line:
Stena Line is the market leader on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the
widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain, including Belfast to Cairnryan
(launching 21 November), Belfast to Liverpool, Dublin Port to Holyhead, Dun
Laoghaire to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard. The ferry company carries over two
million passengers on its Irish Sea ferry routes each year, more than its rival
ferry operators combined.
Diane Poole OBE
Head of PR & Communications UK & Ireland
9 Westbank Road
Units 1-4 Victoria Business Park
00 44 2890 786150
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