European Causeway and European Highlander

European Causeway/European Highlander

Designed with input from Danish naval architects Knud E Hansen and built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at Shimonoseki in Southern Japan.  European Causeway and European Highlander where the first and third of a series of 3 vessels (the second, European Ambassador, later became Stena Nordica), built for P&O’s Irish Sea services.  They operate the Larne to Cairnryan service together for P&O.  Both European Highlander and European Causeway where designed specifically to operate the Larne – Cairnryan link, and their facilities reflect the short 105 minute crossing time they where designed for.  At the time of writing, the advertised crossing time is now 120 minutes.

The second (and largest) of the series operated for Stena Line between Dublin and Holyhead until the start of 2015 as the Stena Nordica, having previously operated the unsuccessful Dublin – Mostyn route for P&O until 2004 as European Ambassador as well as Dublin-Liverpool and Rosslare to Cherbourg.  At the end of March 2015, Stena Nordica began a charter for DFDS on the English Channel and so became the only one of the series not to operate  on Irish Sea services.   She is currently back with Stena operating in the Baltic Sea.

Artists impression of European Causeway
Artists impression of European Causeway. © P&O.

There are some differences between the Larne to Cairnryan conventional vessels as European Highlander was built 2 years after European Causeway.  As a result the opportunity was taken to make some changes to the design including extending the overall length of the vessel and making some revisions to the layout of the passenger accommodation.  Despite this, passenger and vehicle capacity for both vessels is the same.  Vehicles are accommodated over 3 decks (decks 1, 2 and 3) with 2 of those decks (2 and 3) directly accessible from the double decked link spans at Larne and Cairnryan.  Vehicle access between decks is provided by 1 x 50m long hoistable ramp and a single fixed ramp.  All passenger facilities are situated on deck 4.

Title image: European Highlander leaves Larne in her freshly applied new P&O livery.  Copyright © Gary Andrews.

Deck plan

Official P&O deckplan for European Causeway/European Highlander.
Official P&O deckplan for European Causeway/European Highlander.

Technical Data

Side profile of European Highlander. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
Side profile of European Highlander. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

 

European Causeway European Highlander
IMO Number 9208394 9244116
Design Knud E Hansen A/S
Building Yard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan
Hull Number 1065 1069
Year Completed 2000 2002
In service 14th August 2000
(replacing Pride of Ailsa)
3rd July 2002
(Replacing Pride of Rathlin)
Call sign C6RG7 C6SN6
Length overall 159.5m 162.7m
Beam 25.7m 25.7m
Draft 5.5m 5.5m
Gross Tonnage 20,646 21,118
Machinery

Main Engines : 4 x Wärtsilä 12V38 (Max 7.92kW each @600 rpm, NOR 6,732kW)

Auxiliary Engines: 2 x Daihatsu 6DK-28 (1,900kW each @750 rpm)

Bow Thrusters: 2 x Kawasaki (1.260kW each)

Engine power is delivered to 2 x 4.25m KaMeWa propellers driven at 182 rpm

Sperry Marine Gyrofin® stabilizers

Litton Vision 2100 integrated bridge system

Interswitched Decca BridgeMaster E 340 ARPA radars and 250 docking radar

(See more at: http://www.sperrymarine.com/news/litton-marine-systems-supplies-electronics-new-po-irish-seas-ro-ro-ferry/)

Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%) 31680kW/23760kW
Operational speed (designed/in service) 22.7/18 Knots

24.95 knots achieved in trials

22.5/18 Knots
Capacity 410 passengers 1750 lane metres of freight -107 trailers, 84 trucks, or 315 cars or a combination of all 3 410 passengers 1825 lane metres of freight -107 trailers, 84 trucks, or 315 cars or a combination of all 3
Onboard Facilities in use
(Following May 2013 refits)
  • Club lounge (Chargeable extra)
  • Onboard Wi-Fi (Chargeable extra)
  • Family Bar
  • Food Court
  • Videogame arcade
  • Children’s play area
  • Shop
  • Freight drivers restaurant
  • Freight drivers lounge
  • Freight drivers showers
  • Outside deck

P&O Promotional Video about the 2013 refit of European Highlander

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Photographs and pictures

General arrangement of European Causeway. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
General arrangement of European Causeway. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

 

Promotional image of European Causeway. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Promotional image of European Causeway. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

 

European Causeway approaching Belfast, where she was to be refitted. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
European Causeway approaching Belfast, where she was to be refitted. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

European Highlander in Loch Ryan. © Steven Tarbox/niferrysite
European Highlander in Loch Ryan. © Steven Tarbox/niferrysite

 

European Causeway departing Larne for Cairnryan. Copyright © Garry Andrews.
European Causeway departing Larne for Cairnryan. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

 

P&O's Japanese built car ferry European Causeway
European Causeway. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
European Causeway departing Larne. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ .
European Causeway departing Larne. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

 

Departure of the "Causeway", Larne The “European Causeway” departing Larne with the 10.30 sailing to Cairnryan 19/7/2007.
Departure of the “Causeway”, Larne The “European Causeway” departing Larne with the 10.30 sailing to Cairnryan 19/7/2007. Albert Bridge [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
European Highlander. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrysite
European Highlander. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrysite

 

Stern view of European Highlander. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrysite European Highlander. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrysite
Stern view of European Highlander. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrysite

 

Unloading Vehicles The P&O European Highlander has just arrived from Larne, Northern Ireland and is seen unloading commercial vehicles using the old berth and linkspan at Cairnryan, back in 2003.
Unloading Vehicles The P&O European Highlander has just arrived from Larne, Northern Ireland and is seen unloading commercial vehicles using the old berth and linkspan at Cairnryan, back in 2003. Wilson Adams [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
European Highlander in dry dock at Harland and Wolff. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
European Highlander in dry dock at Harland and Wolff. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

European Highlander at Cairnryan. Taken from Stena Superfast VIII. © 2014 Steven Tarbox
European Highlander at Cairnryan. Taken from Stena Superfast VIII. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrySite.

Article Copyright © Steven Tarbox (NIFerrySite).

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