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DFDS Seaways cruise ferry sails through it's nautical M.O.T

DFDS Seaways’ cruise ferry Dana Sirena has undergone its bi-annual service and has returned to service with a new paint job and a new name.

Dana Sirena sailed into dry docks in Bremerhaven, Germany at the end of February for maintenance and a re-paint and has sailed back out as the newly named Sirena Seaways.

Keeping her ‘ship-shape’ is no easy task, given that she is over 200 metres in length and can carry over 600 passengers and 125 cars, plus freight. It took over 13,000 man hours to carry out the maintenance on the ship.

The ‘nautical M.O.T.’ included an overhaul of the ships main and auxiliary engines, renewing the propeller shaft seals and maintaining the propeller heads, a total overhaul of the steering gear, new hinges on the boarding ramps and repairs to the main switchboard amongst a number of other standard maintenance checks.

The scheduled maintenance also included the re-naming of the ship and a re-paint to bring the cruise ferry in line with rest of the fleet.

The newly christened Sirena Seaways now sports the DFDS Seaways blue coloured hull and the Maltese cross, taken from the company logo, on its funnel. But matching the ship to its sister vessels was no mean feat and the paint job on the ship took around 6,700 litres of specialist nautical paint.

Images of the ship undergoing its maintenance in the dry dock can be viewed at www.facebook.com/dfdsseawaysuk

Sirena Seaways in the third ship in the DFDS Seaways fleet to be given the ‘Sirena’ name, which means mermaid. Sirena Seaways is the final ship in the fleet to adopt the ‘Seaways’ name.

Before going into dry dock, Sirena Seaways covered over 50,000 miles across the North Sea in the last year. She received a thorough inspection and overhaul, a job that takes place twice every five years. This is to keep updated certificates from the Classification Society, the American Bureau of Shipping and the Danish Maritime Administration.

With Sirena Seaways back in service the Harwich–Esbjerg sailings have now resumed to their regular schedule of three to four crossings per week.

Max Foster, UK passenger director for DFDS Seaways commented: “Dana Sirena didn’t miss a single day’s sailing last year. Our team of engineers do a great job keeping our ships sailing, but there are certain jobs that we can only carry out in dry dock.

“This is the quietest time of year for us, so it’s the perfect time for us to give the ship an overhaul and ensure all her maintenance is up to date in time for the busy spring and summer seasons.”

DFDS Seaways operates ferry routes across the North Sea, the English and Western Channel and Baltic Sea. For further information and details of special offers for 2013 please visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 882 0885 .

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About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

DFDS Seaways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last two years (2011-12), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.