Seatruck Ferries

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Seatruck Ferries
Type Subsidiary
Industry Freight transportation
Founded 1996
Headquarters Heysham
Area served Irish Sea
Key people Ole Frie (Chairman)
Alistair Eagles (MD)
Parent Clipper Group
Website www.seatruckferries.com

Seatruck Ferries is a UK-based freight-only ferry company which commenced services in 1996. It is part of the Clipper Group, a shipping company based in The Bahamas.[1] The company operates out of five ports on the Irish Sea, including Heysham and Liverpool.

History[edit]

Formation (1996–2002)[edit]

Riverdance, Seatruck's first vessel

Seatruck was established in 1996, operating one ship, Riverdance, between Heysham and Warrenpoint. She was joined in April 1997 by sister ship Moondance, which was also operated on the Heysham to Warrenpoint service, a service which continues today as a two-ship service.

Clipper Group (2002–present)[edit]

In 2002, the company was acquired by Clipper Group, a shipping company based in The Bahamas.[2] Also in 2002, European Mariner was chartered for two months, before moving on to Color Line.

In 2005, Seatruck Ferries ordered their first new ships, five "P Series" ro-ro freight ferries,[3] however only four were built. These vessels were named Clipper Point, Clipper Panorama, Clipper Pace and Clipper Pennant. All four vessels were built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros de Huelva.

The first of the RoRo2200 ferries - Seatruck Progress

Between late 2005 and late 2009, Seatruck acquired four sister ships, Challenge (Clipper Ranger), Triumph (Helliar), Shield (Hildasay) and Arrow. These are now deployed on charters to Caledonian MacBrayne, NorthLink Ferries and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company respectively.

In 2007, Seatruck chartered the Celtic Star, which was deployed on the Liverpool to Dublin route.

In January 2008, the company's pioneering ship, Riverdance, ran aground in Blackpool.[4] Seatruck chartered Phocine to cover Riverdance's services until Clipper Point entered service. Attempts to refloat the vessel failed and she was broken up in situ in the summer of 2008.[5] In March 2008, Clipper Point became the company's first new ferry, entering service on the Heysham to Warrenpoint route. "Panorama" followed in January 2009, "Pace" in March 2009 and "Pennant" in October 2009.

In March 2008, the same month that Clipper Point entered service, Seatruck Ferries placed an order for four RoRo 2200 ferries to be built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Germany.[6]

The first two of these vessels launched in late 2011, named Seatruck Progress and Seatruck Power, whilst the third, Seatruck Performance, launched in January 2012. The final ship of the class, Seatruck Precision, launched in March 2012. "Progress" entered service in December 2011, "Power" joined the fleet in February 2012,[7] "Performance" joined the fleet in April 2012[8] and lastly "Precision" will join the fleet before mid-2012.

In late 2011, one of earlier "P Series" vessels - Clipper Panorama - was renamed Seatruck Panorama whilst Clipper Pace was renamed Seatruck Pace in February 2012.

Routes[edit]

Seatruck currently operate three routes on the Irish Sea, serving four ports.

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Seatruck currently have twelve vessels - six of which are in service for Seatruck. The other six are out on charter to various companies.

The newest vessel in the Seatruck fleet is Seatruck Precision, which entered service in June 2012.

Image Ship Built
(Commissioned)
Route Truck
Capacity
Notes
Arrow@heysham.jpg Arrow
August 1998
(October 2009)
Heysham - Douglas
65
On charter to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company [9]
Clipper Pennant.jpg Clipper Pennant
August 2009
(October 2009)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
120
Clipper Point at Heysham.jpg Clipper Point
March 2008
(March 2008)
Cuxhaven - Immingham
120
On charter to DFDS
Clipper Ranger at Heysham.jpg Clipper Ranger
April 1998
(October 2005)
Ullapool - Stornoway
65
ex-Challenge
On long-term charter to Caledonian MacBrayne
Fale - Barcellona - 28.jpg Helliar
October 1997
(October 2007)
Aberdeen - Lerwick
65
On long charter to Northlink Ferries
Formerly named Clipper Racer
Hildasay.jpg Hildasay
? 1999
(October 2008)
Aberdeen - Lerwick
65
On long charter to Northlink Ferries
Formerly named Shield
Clipper Pace in Dublin.jpg Seatruck Pace
February 2009
(March 2009)
Dublin - Heysham
120
Clipper Panorama.jpg Seatruck Panorama
November 2008
(January 2009)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
120
Formerly named Clipper Panorama
Seatruck Power Maiden Voyage.jpg Seatruck Power
February 2012
(February 2012)
Liverpool - Dublin
151
SEATRUCK PROGRESS.JPG Seatruck Progress
November 2011
(December 2011)
Liverpool - Dublin
151
Seatruck Performance.JPG
Stena Performer
April 2012
(April 2012)
Belfast - Heysham
151
Formerly named Seatruck Performance
On long-term charter to Stena Line
MS SEATRUCK PRECISION sailing from Dublin,Ireland 19th July 2012.jpg Stena Precision
June 2012
(June 2012)
Belfast - Heysham
151
Formerly named Seatruck Precision
On long-term charter to Stena Line

Former fleet[edit]

These are vessels that have previously been operated or chartered by Seatruck.

Image Ship Built
(Commissioned)
Route Truck
Capacity
Notes
Anglia seaways.jpg Anglia Seaways
August 2000
(May 2012)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
120
Chartered from DFDS
N/A
Bolero
? 1985
(February 2008)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
N/A
Sold and converted to cable layer.
MS CELTIC STAR entering Dublin 25th January 2008.jpg Celtic Star
August 1991
(September 2007)
Liverpool - Dublin
70
Chartered 2007, to P&O Irish Sea in 2008
Geograph-1183574-by-Albert-Bridge.jpg European Mariner
October 1978
(April 2002)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
53
Short-term charter in 2002.
N/A
Lygra
February 1979
(April 2008)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
N/A
Short-term charter in 2008
Merchant Brilliant.jpg Merchant Brilliant
? 1979
(January 2008)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
80
Short term charter in 2008
Seatruck Moondance.jpg Moondance
July 1978
(April 1997)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
55
Sold in 2010
N/A
Phocine
? 1985
(February 2008)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
94
Short-term charter in 2008
MS Riverdance.jpg Riverdance
April 1977
(July 1996)
Heysham - Warrenpoint
55
Beached at Blackpool in Jan 2008, later cut up on site

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Seatruck vessels to give port big boost - Lancaster Today[dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.clipper-group.com/web/clipper.nsf/content/wwww6xwngw
  3. ^ Seatruck Christens First of Five
  4. ^ Article "Ferry runs aground off Blackpool". BBC News. February 1, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ Article "Final death knell for Riverdance ferry". Blackpool Gazette. April 10, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Article "Seatruck orders four new generation freight ro-ros". Seatruck Ferries. March 3, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ Article ""Seatruck Power" ... Ahead on the Irish Sea". Seatruck Ferries. October 28, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Seatruck to launch direct Belfast service". Seatruck Ferries. 
  9. ^ "ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY’S NEW FREIGHT VESSEL TO BEGIN OPERATIONS". Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 

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