Strangford to Portaferry ferry sets sail for first time
The new £6.2m Strangford ferry has taken to sea, transporting passengers and cars between the picturesque village and Portaferry.
Following successful trials, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was satisfied with all safety aspects of the vessel and issued an official passenger certificate, which allowed the service to begin operation.
The ferry replaced the aging MV Strangford, which was built in 1969 and was beginning to reach the end of its operational life after many years of service.
The vessel is equipped with the latest technology in terms of marine engineering and ease of maintenance.
It also provides a comfortable passenger lounge for the short journey between Strangford and Portaferry.