The Straitsman set to do the Picton run
Bluebridge showed off its latest ferry, the Straitsman, on December 11.
Entry was by gold coin donation to Wellington Children’s Hospital. The five-year-old ship previously did service in Denmark.
Strait Shipping managing director Sheryl Ellison said the Straitsman offered significantly increased capacity for freight, passengers and vehicles.
‘‘This ship is the perfect mix of space and sustainability. It will provide us with 50 per cent increased freight and vehicle capacity, and space for a third more passengers than the vessel it replaces – while burning significantly less fuel,’’ she said.
The Straitsman, built in The Netherlands in 2005, has a range of green features including its fuel efficiency, use of otherwise waste heat for heating water and passenger areas, and an allergen-free passenger zone.
It accommodates 400 passengers in cabins and reclining seating.
Big screens will be installed to show free films.
The vessel is equipped with high-tech navigation aids, stabilisers, two powerful bow thrusters and in-line high-lift flap rudders to ensure efficient manoeuvrability.
Come aboard: John Barnett, 4, of Titahi Bay on the Straitsman’s crew gangway.