At around 12:08 on Saturday September 09, 2006, SEA EXPRESS I emerged from NSL Birkenhead #5 dry dock ready to take up service to replace the ailing SUPERSEACAT TWO, whose reduced speed has resulted in the need for a revised timetable to operate through the summer months. SEI is due to take up sailings from Monday September 11. This will enable SUPERSEACAT TWO to be taken out of service to await the return of her gearbox, currently away in Germany. Which, it is rumoured, may take up to seven months to repair! Given that SEI has a higher wave height operating limit it is likely that her deployment will mean more sailings will be able to operate during the autumn / winter. SEI has been on the broker's sales lists for some time, it is perhaps fortunate that she wasn't sold, otherwise there would be few alternative vessels available.
Ian Collard captured her as she passed New Brighton bound for Douglas.
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