January 11, 2008
Seatruck Purchase Two More Ro-Ro Ferries

Seatruck Ferries, who specialise in freight-only on the Irish Sea, have taken a further step in their fleet expansion plans with the purchase of two ro-ro ferries from Attica Holdings in Greece. The 1998-built Challenge and the 1999-built Shield are sisterships. They have a length (O/A) of 121 m, capacity for 65 trailers and a speed of 16.5 kts.

The vessels will join the two other vessels of this class, Triumph and Arrow, which were purchased by Seatruck from Greek owners last October.

Shield will remain on charter to Norfolk Line, operating from Heysham on Irish Sea routes, whilst Challenge will continue to operate Seatruck Ferries’ service between Dublin and Liverpool.

Seatruck CEO Kevin Hobbs says: “This is another important strategic move for Seatruck. There remains a significant lack of this type of tonnage in the marketplace. In acquiring the four ferries, we have the opportunity to maximise their commercial potential in the coming years - both in our own services and on the open market. These sisterships are well proven and reliable. We look forward to welcoming the additional two into our fleet.”

By mid-2008 Seatruck Ferries will control a fleet of ten vessels: four newbuilds from Spain, the ferries Riverdance and Moondance and the four recent purchases, Arrow, Triumph, Challenge and Shield. Arrow is on charter to Norfolk Line, operating from Heysham on the Irish Sea routes. The Triumph is on charter to Balearia.

Seatruck’s rapid development over the past 12 months also includes the September takeover of Celtic Link’s Dublin-Liverpool route. The newbuild Clipper Point will soon enter service on the Warrenpoint-Heysham route.

Picture: Challenge leaving Heysham