12th March 2020
Farrans site team and Peel Ports celebrated the first voyage of the Stena Edda vessel on Monday 9th March.
The team joined Peel Ports and Stena Line for the opening ceremony on the new structures and the Stena Edda – the next generation of green vessels.
The £17m dock expansion at the Twelve Quays ferry terminal will now see a reduction in turnaround times, increased route capacity and further improvement in safety by implementing one-way traffic.
The linkspan constructed at Twelve Quays allows Stena Line’s new ferries to load and unload simultaneously from both upper and lower decks.
“This is the end of more than two years’ work to make a heavy investment in the infrastructure at Twelve Quays and offer enhanced berthing facilities for larger, more modern vessels,” David Huck, Managing Director – Group Ports from Peel Ports said.
“It also marks another milestone in our long-term partnership with Stena Line where we have worked together to improve our shared offering for freight and travel customers.”
Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea North), said: “We’re already the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea and this is another vote of confidence in the future of our operations between Liverpool and Belfast.
“The route has seen an increase in freight by over a third in recent years and 2019 is a record year with over 225,000 freight units. So, it is great to have the extra capacity of the new bigger vessels, which also bring a significant upgrade in service standards and facilities.”
Work carried out included a new multi-level berth to accommodate double-deck, simultaneous vehicle access to and from vessels as well as bigger berthing facilities for importers and exporters to take advantage of the port’s connectivity.
The new investment in ferries and port upgrades is part of a £200m+ investment into the region as part of a 25-year commitment.