Belfast Telegraph

Newry firm to fit out Stena's next generation of superfast ferries

A CO Down firm is to fit out two huge ferries which will be crossing the Irish Sea later this year.

The sister ships Stena Superfast VII and Superfast VIII will be the biggest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland on the Belfast-Cairnryan route and will undergo a refurbishment at the Remotova shipyard in Poland.

Stena Line has appointed specialist marine outfitters MJM Marine from Newry to carry out the work.

Paul Grant, Stena Line's route director, said the firm will be launching a new purpose-built port and terminal at Cairnryan in November as well as introducing the two new ships onto the route.

"It will be a huge milestone for this service and the culmination of an ongoing investment programme which started with the construction of our new terminal at VT4 in Belfast back in 2008," he said.

"The ship layout will also be changed to accommodate our freight customers and, for the first time on the route, there will be no deck height restrictions, which means that we can accommodate virtually any load our freight customers have.

"We believe that this will provide us with a unique competitive advantage in the market."

The new vessels will each be able to accommodate 1,200 passengers, 660 cars or 110 freight units and will operate up to 12 daily departures between Belfast and Cairnryan, all year round.

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