Seatruck has added capacity onto its busy Heysham Dublin daily service. The 105 trailer ‘Clipper Point’ replaces the smaller ‘Clipper Ranger’ adding annual capacity of over 25,000 extra spaces.
The service upgrade for the Heysham Dublin service comes at a key point in the history of Heysham Port, just a few weeks ahead of the opening of the M6 link, which connects junction 34 of the M6 directly to the Port, completely bypassing the current bottleneck in Lancaster.
As well as bringing speed, schedule reliability and additional capacity, the change confirms Seatruck’s long term commitment and strategic importance to the route.
Other benefits from having the larger 105 unit vessel include, greater trailer free height and a faster turnaround time in port. The ship also benefits from a ramp interface to the lower hold instead of a lift. Drivers will appreciate the single berth cabins and the comfortable lounge area.
The larger more powerful P series vessel joins her two sister vessels which already trade from Heysham on the Seatruck route connecting Heysham with Warrenpoint.
The purpose built vessel ‘Clipper Point’ is no stranger to Heysham or the Irish Sea but in recent times has been on charter to other ferry operators throughout Europe.
CEO of Heysham based Seatruck Ferries Alistair Eagles comments: “We have been planning for the opening of the M6 Link road for some time and it is absolutely no coincidence that we have chosen to upgrade our service offering from Heysham at this time. The Clipper Point was purpose built for Heysham by Seatruck in 2008 and we look forward to welcoming her home to help with our continued growth in the Port of Heysham.
“Twenty years after the first Seatruck sailing we are just as hungry for growth, having just as much fun and still firmly believe that our business model is the correct one. This is just the next step in the Seatruck story.”