Strait Shipping

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Strait Shipping Ltd
Industry Passenger and freight shipping
Founded 1992
Founder Jim Barker
Headquarters Wellington, New Zealand
Area served
New Zealand
Subsidiaries Bluebridge
The Santa Regina in Wellington Harbour

Strait Shipping Limited is a New Zealand firm that operates roll-on/roll-off freight and passenger shipping across the Cook Strait, between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island. Passenger services commenced in 2002 and operate under the Bluebridge brand.[1][2] Strait Shipping has in the past also operated freight shipping between Wellington and Napier, also in the North Island, and Nelson and Lyttelton in the South Island.

The firm started operations in 1992[2] to compete with the Interisland Line, owned by the then state-owned enterprise New Zealand Rail Limited.



Name Built Entered service Tonnage Notes
Straitsman 2005 2010 13,906 GT
Strait Feronia 1997 2015 21,856 GT


Name Built In service Tonnage Notes
Straitsman 1972 1992 - 2004 1,481 GT now Sinu-I-Wasa with Venu Shipping
Suilven 1974 1995 - 2004 3,638 GT
Kent 1977 2001 - 2010 6,862 GT
Santa Regina 1985 2002 - 2015 14,588 GT
Monte Stello 1979 2006 - 2010 11,630 GT



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  2. ^ a b "The Strait Shipping story". Strait Shipping. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Pollard, Neil (2007). Straitsman: Lifeline to an Island. Caulfield South, Vic.: Nautical Association of Australia. ISBN 9780959907988. 

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