New ferry to ply the Cook Strait
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.