New ferry to ply the Cook Strait

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The latest ves­sel to ply the Cook Strait, the Strait Fero­nia has ar­rived in Welling­ton af­ter a 45-day jour­ney from Swe­den. The Ital­ian-built Strait Fero­nia is a 186-me­tre roll-on roll off freight and pas­sen­ger ferry that was sail­ing the Gothen­burg (Swe­den) to Kiel (Ger­many) route. The ship is larger than the Santa Regina, with the fa­cil­ity to carry 150 cars and 400 pas­sen­gers, at a ser­vice speed of 16 knots. The pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a movie lounge, café and bar, chil­dren’s play area, com­puter hub, quiet lounge and 72 cab­ins with pri­vate en­suite bath­room and shower. Be­fore de­part­ing Swe­den the ship re­ceived a makeover, which in­cluded a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment of the main pas­sen­ger ar­eas, a new paint job and Strait Ship­ping and Blue­bridge livery. The Strait Fero­nia will join the Straits­man in late June, at which time the Santa Regina will be re­tired. Farewelling the Santa Regina will be a sad mo­ment for par­ent com­pany Strait Ship­ping, as its first pas­sen­ger ves­sel the Santa Regina has been sail­ing across the Cook Strait since 2002.

The new Strait Fero­nia is larger than the Santa Regina, with the fa­cil­ity to carry 150 cars and 400 pas­sen­gers.

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