Our versatile high-speed ships were built by Sun Shipbuilders in Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to commencement of service with Sea Star they underwent significant reconstruction. Sea Star vessels are the only combination roll-on roll-off/ lift-on lift-off ships in the trade.

El Faro, formerly named the Northern Lights was operated by Totem Ocean Trailer Express in the Alaska trade and is coming off charter from the Military Sealift Command, servicing the Middle East. El Faro was modified by Atlantic Marine in Mobile, Alabama to a configuration similar to Sea Star’s other vessels.

The names of the ships were carefully selected to reflect the heritage and pride of Puerto Rico. SS El Yunque is named after the Puerto Rican rain forest the only rain forest in the United States National Forest System. SS El Faro is named after the many Puerto Rican lighthouses and represents Sea Star Line’s vision, guidance, and commitment to the trade between the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Since their deployment with Sea Star Line in the Puerto Rico trade in November 1998, these ships have maintained a 98.5% ON-TIME arrival record (i.e., within two hours of schedule) at San Juan.

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