In my own Sealink days, on the ships and in shore positions at Stranraer, I got to know Holyhead well as we dry docked our Stranraer-Larne vessels in Holyhead dry dock for their annual overhaul. Sadly, eventually the new breed and scale of ferries outgrew the Holyhead dry dock and it was closed.
Dennis Young, whose photographic work has featured in Sea Breezes previously, recently sent me an interesting photograph of the Royal Dutch Boskalis new build, the multifunctional vessel Ndurance. She was a visitor to Holyhead in June. She was built by ZPMC in Shanghai and named in a ceremony in Singapore on 15th January 2014, as was her sister Ndeavour. They have a LOA 99m and a beam of 30m, diesel-electric propulsive power, with two stern thrusters, two forward retractable thrusters and one internal tunnel thruster. Fitted with a six point mooring system, these vessels can also provide accommodation for circa 100 persons.
These are truly multifunctional vessels, the Ndurance is, I think, presently employed as a cable laying vessel, but they can be outfitted for other tasks such as diving support, subsea rock installation, offshore construction support, salvage assignments and even dredging.