MS Celtic Horizon

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Cartour beta.jpg
Career
Name: 2006-2011: Cartour Beta
2011-2014: Celtic Horizon
2014 onwards: Stena Horizon
Operator: 2006-2011: Caronte & Tourist
2011-2014: Celtic Link Ferries
2014 onwards: Stena Line
Port of registry: 2006 onwards: Bari,  Italy
Builder: Cantiere Navale Visentini
Yard number: 214
Identification: IMO number: 9332559
Status: in service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 27,552 GT
Length: 186.00 m (610 ft)[1]
Beam: 25.60 m (84 ft)[1]
Draught: 6.60 m (22 ft)[1]
Installed power: 2 x MAN 9L48/60B diesel engines
Propulsion: 2 x controllable pitch propellors
2 x bow thrusters
Speed: 24 knots
Capacity: 972 passengers
2,244 lane meters

Stena Horizon is a passenger and vehicle ferry operated by Stena Line. The vessel operates between Rosslare and Cherbourg.

History[edit]

Stena Horizon was built in 2006 as the Cartour Beta. She was constructed at the Italian shipyard of Cantiere Navale Visentini. Upon completion the vessel was chartered to Sicilian ferry operator Caronte & Tourist. The vessel operated between Salerno and Messina until replaced by a new ship in May 2011.

In October 2011 the vessel entered service with Irish ferry operator Celtic Link Ferries replacing the Norman Voyager. Prior to entering service the ship was renamed Celtic Horizon. On 26 February 2014 Stena Line announced that they had agreed to purchase Celtic Link Ferries with effect from 31 March 2014.[2] Celtic Horizon will be renamed Stena Horizon and be managed by Northern Marine Ferries.[3]

Sisterships[edit]

Celtic Horizon is the third of four identical ships built by Cantiere Navale Visentini. The other ships being Stena Mersey, Stena Lagan and Cartour Gamma

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c NAOS Ship and Boat Design "P244 Cartour Beta", accessed 16 October 2011
  2. ^ "New Service Rosslare-Cherbourg". Stena Line. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "French Route Newcomer ‘Horizon’ to Join Stena Group’s New Northern Marine Ferries". Afloat. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.