A NEW BIG GALWAY “GIRL”: MV Svenja Delivers Ireland’s Largest Domestic Passenger Ferry

  12. March 2021
A NEW BIG GALWAY “GIRL”: MV Svenja Delivers Ireland’s Largest Domestic Passenger Ferry

From the Far East to the Far West – the ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ traveled a long way on Type 183 vessel MV Svenja to finally make history in the waters of Galway Bay. Luckily, all SAL vessels are equipped with special lifting gear that allows for the safe and efficient loading and unloading of marine cargo. Over the years, their crew members have become real experts in shipping sensitive floating cargo around the globe. For these reasons, SAL was the right partner for this significant shipment.

 “It makes us very proud to be a part of such an important shipment,” said Capt. Matthias Pfeiffer, Master of SAL’s vessel MV Svenja. “While loading and transporting marine cargo is everyday business for us,” he continued, “this shipment will still remain a very special one.”

Aran Island Ferries made history with the arrival of the ‘Saoirse na Farraige’, Ireland’s largest domestic passenger vessel. The sixth member of their fleet is 40 m long, weighs 130 t, has a capacity of 400 passengers, and traveled about 2,500 miles in the hold of MV Svenja until its final destination.

The ferry will start service in spring 2021 and will hopefully have a positive impact on tourism and businesses in the west of Ireland. SAL  HeavyLift is Project Logistics Alliance’s Heavy Lift and Project Cargo, Partner


The Aran Islands (or The Arans) are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland, with a total area of around 46 km². From west to east the islands are Inishmore (Inis Mór), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr). The 1,200 inhabitants primarily speak Irish. The islands offer visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the world: Filled with traditional Irish culture, the islands offer breathtaking scenery, ecclesiastical ruins, and world-renowned stone forts.

Aran Island Ferries’ operations can be traced back to the early 1900s. Originally, the main business was transporting turf – but today, the company focuses on offering passenger services between the islands and the Irish mainland.

Did you know?

‘Saoirse na Farraige’ is Irish and means ‘Freedom of the Sea’.

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