MS Clipper Point

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Clipper Point at Heysham.jpg
Clipper Point at Heysham 1/4/2011
Career
Name: Clipper Point
Owner: Clipper Group Ltd
Operator: DFDS (charter)
Port of registry: Cyprus Limassol
Route: Cuxhaven - Immingham
Builder: Astilleros de Sevilla
Yard number: 820
Launched: 2006
Christened: 7 October 2006
In service: 21 March 2008
Identification: IMO Number 9350666
Status: Laid up in Liverpool
General characteristics
Class & type: P Series [1]
Tonnage: 14,759 GT
6,500 DWT
Length: 142 m (465 ft 11 in)
Beam: 23.03 m (75 ft 7 in)
Draft: 5.20 m (17 ft 1 in)
Decks: 3 vehicle decks
Installed power: 2x Wärtsilä 4L20 diesel engines
(16,000 kilowatts (21,000 hp))
Propulsion: 2x propellers
2x Wärtsilä CT200 bow thrusters
Speed: 22 knots (25 mph)
Capacity: 12 passengers
120 trailers
Crew: 23

MS Clipper Point is owned and operated by Seatruck Ferries. Built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros de Huelva, Clipper Point entered service on 21 March 2008.[2]

History[edit]

Clipper Point was launched in 2006, and christened on the 7 October. She is the first of four "P Series" ships for Seatruck. Her speed of 22 knots (41 km/h) enables crossing times between Liverpool and Dublin to be reduced to six hours. Older ships like the Riverdance and Moondance took nine and a half hours to do the same journey.[3]

In May 2012 Clipper Point was charted to DFDS and deployed on the Cuxhaven - Immingham route.

Description[edit]

Clipper Point is one of four "P Series" ro-ro freight ferries. It has a length of 142 metres (466 ft), a beam of 23 metres (75 ft) and a draft of 5.7 metres (19 ft).[4] Det Norske Veritas class the vessel as a 1A1 General Cargo Carrier - with whom Clipper Point is allocated the number 26467.

The vessel is designed to fit in Heysham harbour ("Heysham max"). Trailers are carried over three decks.

The vessel is powered by two Wärtsilä 4L20 diesel engines which drive two propellers. The vessel is also equipped with two Wärtsilä CT200 bow thrusters.[5]

Sister Vessels[edit]

Clipper Pace

Clipper Panorama

Clipper Pennant

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article ""Seatruck Power" ... Ahead on the Irish Sea". Seatruck Ferries. October 28, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "the clipper point is on its way". Seatruck Ferries. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Seatruck Christens First of Five". Marine Link. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Dimensions". Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Machinery". Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 

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