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.
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.
|European Causeway||European Highlander|
|Design||Knud E Hansen A/S|
|Building Yard||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan|
|In service||14th August 2000
(replacing Pride of Ailsa)
|3rd July 2002
(Replacing Pride of Rathlin)
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
|Power(Max/Pme @ 75%)||31680kW/23760kW|
|Operational speed (designed/in service)||22.7/18 Knots
24.95 knots achieved in trials
|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)
P&O Promotional Video about the 2013 refit of European Highlander
Photographs and pictures
Article Copyright © Steven Tarbox (NIFerrySite).