MS Clipper Point

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Clipper Point at Warrenpoint, 24 March 2008
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Name: MS Clipper Point
Owner: Seatruck Ferries
Operator: Seatruck Ferries
Builder: Astilleros de Huelva
Yard number: 820
Launched: 2006
Christened: 7 October 2006
Homeport: Limassol, Cyprus
Identification: IMO number: 9350666
Status: Due to enter service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,200 tonnes DWT; 14,706 tonnes gross
Length: 142 m (465 ft 11 in)
Beam: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 2 x Wärtsilä 8L46D diesel engines, 18,480 kW (24,780 hp)
2 x 1,000 kW (1,300 hp) bow thrusters.
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Capacity: 120 trailers, 12 passengers

MS Clipper Point is owned and operated by Seatruck Ferries. Built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros de Huelva, Clipper Point entered service on 21 March 2008.[1]


Clipper Point was launched in 2006, and christened on the 7 October. She is the first of five new ships for Seatruck. Her speed of 22 knots (41 km/h) will enable crossing times between Heysham and Warrenpoint to be reduced to six hours. Older ships like the Riverdance and Moondance took nine and a half hours to do the same journey.[2]


Clipper Point is designed around the need to fit into Heysham harbour. She has three decks for carrying vehicles, with a headroom sufficient to enable the carriage of taller trailers.[3] The vessel's size has been described as "Heysham Max" - i.e. the maximum size that can be accommodated at Heysham.[4]


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