New Cook Strait ferry to increase freight capacity

In News1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 3, 2023

StraitNZ Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries has announced the addition of the MV Connemara to its fleet.

The new ferry is the largest of the fleet and will carry both passengers and freight across the Cook Strait from 16 February.

Purchased from the Stena Group, the ship arrived in Wellington following a 40-day journey from France via the Panama Canal.

Bluebridge spokesperson Will Dady said the Connemara is an important addition to the Bluebridge fleet and to New Zealand’s transport infrastructure network.

“The Connemara increases our lane metre freight capacity by around 30% and this, along with its passenger capacity of up to 500 people, will help us meet increasing demand for transport services between the two islands and help keep the country’s transport network flowing,” he said.

As well as food, free Wi-Fi, and private cabins, the ship will also offer Cook Strait’s first dog friendly cabins.

The Connemara will be replacing the Strait Feronia’s schedule.