Roll on roll off freight ferry Seatruck Performance was launched from the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) shipbuilding yard at Flensberg, Germany, earlier this year, the third of the same class whose initial delivery (Seatruck Progress) was acclaimed Hansa’s ‘Ship of the Year 2011’. These compact, fuel-efficient ships for British operators Seatruck Ferries are for service between Irish Sea ports and have interesting features.
Launch – Seatruck Performance: Photo credit FRG
Design FeaturesMaximum length as well as draft of the newbuildings was entirely dictated by port usage restrictions at one of the main operating ports – Heysham, on the North-West coast of England – and accordingly the quartet of new ships are exactly 142 m (465.9 ft) LOA with a loaded draft of 5.2 m (17.06 ft). Despite this restriction, the design with the bridge placed above the bows yields a surprising 2,166 lane meters for carriage of unaccompanied trucks, trailers... [More]