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Ferry Operator Stena Still Awaiting Approval to Carry Live Cattle

6th February 2018
Ferry operator Stena Line confirmed that it has chartered a vessel as a temporary replacement ship for the Ireland-France route ropax Stena Horizon during its planned maintenance. Ferry operator Stena Line confirmed that it has chartered a vessel as a temporary replacement ship for the Ireland-France route ropax Stena Horizon during its planned maintenance.

#FerryNews - Ferry operator, Stena Line is still awaiting approval to carry animals for live export on the vessel that is set to replace their Ireland-France route ship Stena Horizon.

According to AgriLand which previously reported in recent weeks that Stena Line confirmed that it has chartered a vessel as a temporary replacement ship for the Stena Horizon during its planned maintenance. Afloat adds this ropax ferry operates the Rosslare-Cherbourg route.

However, meeting the necessary requirements to carry live export trucks on the replacement vessel has proved challenging.

The ferry company confirmed to AgriLand that the temporary replacement ship will start on February 20 for a period of approximately four weeks, while the Stena Horizon is in dry dock.

A spokesperson for the company continued: “Stena Line is currently working with the owners to obtain the necessary statutory vessel certifications for this highly specialist trade.

“The criteria for carriage is – naturally and correctly – extremely detailed in relation to key welfare issues such as stability, movement, ventilation etc".

To read more including a response from the president of the Irish Farmers' Association, click here.

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