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BRAND NEW £36m SHIP will soon be arriving in Cairnryan
to operate the North Channel route.
Highlander, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, received
a warm send-off on 1st June as she set sail from Japan on
her homeward journey to Cairnryan.
the command of Captain Jim McMullan, she will arrive in Cairnryan
on 27th June and following berthing trials in Cairnryan and
Larne, will make her first commercial sailing on 1st July.
McCullough, general manager Lochryan routes, said
is a key issue within this industry and while we cannot
control the weather, we can provide ships which respond
positively to all the weather conditions. European Causeway
has established her self as the most reliable ferry operating
between Ireland and Scotland and we are confident that European
Highlander will quickly gain a similar reputation".
her sister ship, European Highlander will make the crossing
in 105 minutes and match her capacity of up to 410 passengers,
375 cars and/or 116 commercial vehicles and will offer twin-deck,
drive through bow and stern loading.
on board the new ship will be similar to European Causeway
and will include the very popular Fables Restaurant and Poets'
Bar, as well as a video lounge, quiet lounge, children's video
area, games area and shop. An exclusive area for commercial
drivers will include a separate restaurant, lounge and shower