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Super-Freighter Class Ship Arrives to Larne to Cover P&O Ropax Refits

3rd May 2017
Making a maiden call to Larne this morning, European Seaway is to provide relief ship cover during refit of ropax sisters on the route to Cairnryan. Above the Super-Freighter class vessel is seen in the Port of Dover from where the 1991 built ship normally operates to Calais. Making a maiden call to Larne this morning, European Seaway is to provide relief ship cover during refit of ropax sisters on the route to Cairnryan. Above the Super-Freighter class vessel is seen in the Port of Dover from where the 1991 built ship normally operates to Calais. Photo: P&O

#ReliefFerry - European Seaway, one of five Dover-Calais ships serving P&O Ferries premier short-sea route arrived to Larne for the first time this morning so to provide refit cover, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 22,988 gross tonnage ‘Super-Freighter’ class freight-ferry had sailed through the English Channel direct from Calais on a repositioning voyage to the North Channel.

On completion of berthing trials, the 124 x 15m freight unit capacity vessel is to begin covering crossings on the Larne-Cairnryan route as previously reported.  This will allow a pair of ropax ships to be refitted on Merseyside.

During the two-month deployment of the Strait of Dover vessel, the ropax European Causeway (20,646gt) and European Highlander (21,188gt) are to take turns dry-docked at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.

Each of the almost identical sisters with a 418 passenger capacity are to undergo an 18-day period of refit work. The first such work since 2015. Refit work will involve hull repairs, blast and paint jobs and steel deck renewals in addition to improvements made to passenger facilities.

For information on sailing schedule click here.

The £1.2m contract for the refits had also included P&O Ferries central corridor Dublin-Liverpool route ropax sisters, that began in March firstly with Norbay followed by Norbank. This saw sailings covered by the chartered car-carrier Neptune Aegli.

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