Stena’s Irish Sea fleet given £6m upgrade

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Stena Line is due to complete a £6m refit investment programme of its Irish Sea North ferry fleet when the Stena Precision finishes its upgrade at Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard over the Easter period.

A total of seven ships have been upgraded by Stena Line over the last five months, including Stena Line’s flagship vessels Stena Superfast VII and VIII which operate on the Belfast-Cairnryan service.

Stena’s Irish Sea routes last year carried a total of 1.4m passengers, 318 000 cars and 485 000 freight units.

Irish Sea North route manager Paul Grant said: “Over the last five years alone Stena Line has invested more than £250m in its Irish Sea business. This latest investment commitment of £6m is to help keep our Belfast fleet operating at optimum performance levels and ensures that our leisure and freight customers continue to benefit from award winning facilities and service. The challenging five month work schedule has been achieved in partnership between Stena Line, sister company Northern Marine Ferries and the team at Harland & Wolff.”