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« on: September 15, 2019, 08:16:17 am »

I note veteran passenger ferry Stena Europe has returned to the Irish Sea after an extensive refit in Turkey. I don't know very much about the ferry business, but in in the merchant service, it would be very unusual to refit a bulker or container vessel that is getting on for 40 years old. In fact some 40-50000 tonne container vessels are going to the breakers after little more than 20 years.
Can anyone tell me,is there a shortage of ro-pax vessels to warrant a major refit at this advanced age?
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2019, 01:41:56 pm »

She got a life extension refit to keep her on the Rosslare - Fisguard route for the next 10 years. The Fihguard route is a unique run in that it carries a lot of passengers but not a huge amount of freight. Most of the ferries nowadays are geared towards freight, hence the lack of suitable newer tonnage for the route.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2019, 03:23:34 pm »

She is moored at Liverpool at this moment I presume more work to be done before she leaves for Fishguard after her stay in Turkey.

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2019, 04:39:56 pm »

She is moored at Liverpool at this moment I presume more work to be done before she leaves for Fishguard after her stay in Turkey.

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Thanks for the reply,I'm based in Liverpool and saw her in Gladstone Dock.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2019, 04:43:06 pm »

She got a life extension refit to keep her on the Rosslare - Fisguard route for the next 10 years. The Fihguard route is a unique run in that it carries a lot of passengers but not a huge amount of freight. Most of the ferries nowadays are geared towards freight, hence the lack of suitable newer tonnage for the route.

Thank you for the information. yes it's a bit a of an odd route isn't it. Whenever I book driver- accompanied vehicles, I tend to send them via Liverpool.
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