Review of Santa Regina – Strait Shipping
On Saturday we left Wellington for Picton sailing calm seas the entire journey. My darling, Keith works for the company and therefore we were privileged to eat meals with Captain John Davies and on the return trip on Sunday with Captain Sean Rowe. When you click on the following link you will see Keith driving a tug towing a B-Train Trailer onto the ship. Why Strait Shipping.
Let me relate to you some facts about the Santa Regina.
She sails between Wellington and Picton twice a day at a service speed of 18 knots sporting aboard two Pielstick diesel engines, two bow thrusters and Denny Brown stabilisers. She weighs 14588 ton with provision to park 30 big B-Train trailers and 50 to 70 cars depending on the size of the vehicle that is booked to come aboard. Every type of freight is carried from livestock to breakbulk or overdimensional loads. Santa Regina was built by Ateliers et Chantiers in Le Havre France in 1985 and has been in service in New Zealand since 2003. Her overall length is 137 metres with six metres being below the waterline. The company is privately owned by Jim Barker from Otorohanga along with 3 other shareholders.
Here’s the terminal in Picton
I took heaps of videos of what happens as well as what is on the ship, far too many for this site, needless to say – it is a very good shipping company with friendly staff, great service, and fabulous food which I recommend highly to anyone wishing to travel between our two islands. The cabins are comfy with clean linen and are quiet allowing the drivers of the trucks to sleep in peace during the trip. Sometimes you can see dolphins alongside which is a playful scene to observe.