Belfast Telegraph

Stena Line fleet gets new £9m facelift

Ferry company Stena Line has spent £9m on improving its Irish Sea fleet, the company said yesterday.

The money has been spent on the refit and refurbishment of ships across its five Irish |Sea routes.

A spokesman said The Stena Caledonia, which operates on the Belfast-Stranraer route, is in dry dock at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast where it is receiving a £1m refit.

Michael McGrath, Stena Line’s Irish Sea area director, said the investment reflected the ferry company’s commitment to its fleet and services.

He said: “At Stena Line we are continually investing in our product to exceed customer expectations and give them a pleasurable and comfortable travelling experience,” he said.

“We’ve never been a company to rest on its laurels and this investment in our Irish Sea fleet reflects a desire to continually improve in terms of quality and service reliability.

“The credit crunch has resulted in more people considering holidays within the British Isles, which is good news for the ferry industry.

“Therefore it is vitally important that when new customers travel with us we show them how much ferry travel has developed over the years and how pleasurable an experience it can be compared to flying,” he added.

The company said it had spent £2m on the refit and refurbishment of the Stena Nordica superferry, which sails between Holyhead and Dublin Port, £2.1m on the Stena Europe |superferry, which operates between Fishguard and Rosslare and £2m on the Stena Lynx III fastcraft, which sails between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire.

Stena is set to open a new port at Loch Ryan near Cairnryan in October next year as it moves away from its Stranraer base.

Belfast Telegraph