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Heysham Port's New £10m Ro-Ro Ramp Linkspan Berth Installed for Growing Irish Sea Freight

27th March 2018
Heysham Port's newly installed £10m ro-ro ramp linkspan (berth No.2) in use by Seatruck Ferries Clipper Pennant. At the adjacent ramp berth No.3 is the Seatruck owned Stena Performer which is on charter to Stena Line. Heysham Port's newly installed £10m ro-ro ramp linkspan (berth No.2) in use by Seatruck Ferries Clipper Pennant. At the adjacent ramp berth No.3 is the Seatruck owned Stena Performer which is on charter to Stena Line. Photo: Seatruck - facebook

#FerryNews - Heysham Port in recent weeks has had a new ro-ro ramp linkspan installed bringing to three berthing facilities serving the growing Irish Sea trade through the Lancashire port, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The £10m investment by the Peel Ports operated harbour has created a dedicated loading berth and allows a much greater schedule reliability for chief customer Seatruck Ferries and Stena Line.

The ramp linkspan constructed in the Netherlands was towed to the port. At close to 100m long, the ramp is designed to deal with the large 10m rise and fall in tide that is experienced at Heysham.

Seatruck has routes to Warrenpoint, Co. Down and Dublin Port. A twice daily service is operated to Warrenpoint and single sailing to the Irish capital. Together three freight-ferries operate these routes. They are Seatruck Panorama, Clipper Pennant and Seatruck Pace which alone serves the Dublin route.

Rivals, Stena Line operate to Belfast Port, using chartered tonnage from Seatruck. The ro-ro freight ferry on this second of the Heysham-Northern Ireland routes is served by Stena Performer. 

According to Seatruck, the funding in Heysham Port, will also see a new pontoon built to support offshore crew transfer vessels. In addition the construction of a new port entrance and various improvements to the port IT and terminal operating systems.

A third port user, Isle of Man Steam Packet operate a passenger and freight service to Douglas. This year-round route is the main service link between the UK and the island.

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