Ferry operator Stena Line has confirmed the replacement of the HSS Stena Voyager, Stena Caledonia and Stena Navigator with two new super-fast ferries.
Superfast VII and Superfast VIII are set to be launched on the Cairnryan to Belfast route in the autumn to coincide with Stena Line’s move from Stranraer to Loch Ryan Port.
The £80 million development at Loch Ryan is scheduled to be finished towards the end of the summer, resulting in several benefits for passenger and freight customers, who would no longer be required to drive into Stranraer town centre.
The Superfast VII and Superfast VIII will each accommodate up to 1,200 passengers, approximately 660 cars or 110 freight vehicles depending on usage. Travelling at a top speed of 27 knots, the ferries ought to be able to complete the Cairnryan to Belfast route in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Managing director of Stena Line, Gunnar Blomdahl, said: “This investment is another stage in Stena Line’s ongoing multi-million pound investment programme, which aims to take the Stena Line fleet to the next level. I’m convinced that the changes on this route will be very positive for our customers between Scotland and Northern Ireland.”