October 30, 2007
Seatruck Purchase Two Ro-Ro Ferries

Seatruck Ferries, the freight-only specialists on the Irish Sea, have progressed their fleet expansion plans with the purchase of two ro-ro ferries from Elmira Shipping of Greece. The 1997-built Triumph and the 1998-built Arrow are sisterships. They have a length (O/A) of 121 m, capacity for 65 trailers and a speed of 16.5 kts.

Seatruck CEO Kevin Hobbs says: “This is an important strategic move for Seatruck. There is a significant lack of this type of tonnage in the marketplace. In purchasing the two ferries, we will be better placed to continue to expand our operations in coming years. The sisterships are well proven and reliable. We look forward to welcoming them into our fleet.”

By mid-2008, Seatruck Ferries will control a fleet of eight vessels: four newbuilds from Spain, the ferries Riverdance and Moondance and the two new purchases, Arrow and Triumph. Initially, the latter will continue on their current charters. Arrow is on charter to Norfolk Line, operating from Heysham on the Irish Sea routes. The Triumph is on charter to Balearia.

The addition of Arrow and Triumph is another milestone in Seatruck’s rapid development. It follows the September takeover of Celtic Link’s Dublin-Liverpool route. Later this year will see the entry into service of the newbuilding Clipper Point on the Warrenpoint-Heysham route. In the future, at the conclusion of their current commitments, Arrow and Triumph may be deployed as additional vessels on Irish Sea routes.