February 3 - UK shortsea ferry operator, Seatruck, a division of the Danish shipping giant Clipper Group, has seen the launch of the third of four new ro-ro vessels which are set to serve its Irish Sea routes offering options for rolling project cargo and

Just two months after the launch of Seatruck Power , her sister Seatruck Performance has been launched.

She will be followed by one more identical sister ship, due for delivery in June 2012.

The 142 m long vessels are 25 m wide and boast a freighting capacity of 2,166 lane metres on four decks and can also carry up to 151 trailers.

The first of the large ro-ro newbuildings, Seatruck Progress - seen below - is now operating on Seatruck's busy Liverpool-Dublin route. The second ferry in the series, Seatruck Power, will join this route in mid February. The third vessel, Seatruck Performance, will begin operations in the Irish Sea in April. The fourth new ferry will be launched at the end of March and enter service in June.

Alistair Eagles, Seatruck's managing director, Irish Sea, says: "The Seatruck Progress has already added extra capacity to the Dublin route. We look forward to the Seatruck Power and now the Seatruck Performance also joining the fleet. Seatruck now has around 20 per cent of the Irish Sea market and we continue to gain momentum."