Cargotec subsidiary MacGregor is to convert Stena North Sea’s 29,800gt ro-pax ferry Dieppe Seaways before she begins her new route between Dublin and Holyhead in Ireland.
MacGregor’s ro-ro conversion team previously worked on the ferry in 2008 when she was altered to sail in the English Channel. The ferry, which will be renamed Stena Superfast X, will be converted to its original design.
“MacGregor’s long relationship and close cooperation with Stena RoRo on previous conversion and newbuilding projects secured the order,” said Stefan Wide, director of ro-ro conversion and port solutions at MacGregor. “It shows that our customers appreciate our ability to provide solutions for their vessels not only at the newbuilding stage, but also when the vessels are in operation.”
As part of the contract, MacGregor will supply a complete turnkey delivery of ro-ro cargo access equipment, which includes the design, hardware and installation of bow doors, a bow ramp, a new watertight door and a stern ramp. The installation will be completed in January 2015. The company will also conduct various feasibility studies to verify the interfaces between the onboard ramps and port-side equipment.
Wide said: “We work closely with customers during all stages of a project to find the best technical and cost-efficient solutions to suit each individual vessel, both onboard and at the port interface.”
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