MV Straitsman

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Straitsman Ferry
Career  New Zealand
Name: MV Straitsman
Operator: Strait Shipping
Port of registry:  New Zealand
Builder: Danish designed and Dutch built
Launched: 2005
In service: 2010
(began service in New Zealand)
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Type: Roll-on/roll-off ferry
Tonnage: 13,906 GT
Length: 124.9 m (409 ft 9 in)
Beam: 23.4 m (76 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MaK 9M32 diesel engines
Speed: 18.8 knots (34.8 km/h; 21.6 mph)
Capacity: 1248 passengers
1,300 m (4,265 ft) lane for vehicles

MV Straitsman is a roll-on/roll-off ferry in service for Strait Shipping Ltd in New Zealand. The ferry was built for a service connecting the Island of Bornholm with the Danish mainland. The ship joined Bluebridge in 2010, a ferry service that runs from Wellington to Picton up to 4 times a day. Bluebridge is competition for the long running Interislander line that has always provided transport across the Cook Strait. It was renamed in recognition of Strait Shipping’s first vessel, which was in service for 11 years from when the company first launched in 1992.


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