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Indeed , I cant think of any ships comming out of service that would suit the route , still , lets hope they're successfull at re-opening the route (I'm sick of the drive to Rosslare)

Kieran

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The following is in today's Examiner:

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EU allows State to fund 30% of ferry service
By Sean O'Riordan, Friday, September 26, 2008 Irish Examiner

THE Government can fund up to 30% of the cost of operating a new Swansea-Cork ferry service EU officials have confirmed.

THE Government can fund up to 30% of the cost of operating a new Swansea-Cork ferry service EU officials have confirmed.

According to Fine Gael MEP Colm Burke, about 30% of the likely costs could be met through central government funding.

He claims European Commission legislation would allow the Government to provide significant financial support for re-opening the link to Britain with Ireland's south-west.

Tourist accommodation and services providers in Cork and Kerry said the loss of the ferry over the past two years is running into tens of millions. Mr Burke said he had approached European Commission officials seeking information on whether the Irish Government would be allowed to back a new ferry operation.

"The commission, in their response, outlined that the Government can fund up to 30% of the cost of operating this route for a period of three years.

"The ball is now in the Government's court to supply the strategic funds to restart this route which is of immense importance to the south-west region," Mr Burke said.

The Port of Cork is in discussion with potential operators to reopen the route which closed in 2006. It is estimated the loss of the ferry link has cost the south-west economy a staggering €38 million annually.

The Port of Cork and British Associated Ports — which controls Swansea port — have agreed to offer incentives to any company willing to restart the service.

Michael McCarthy, Port of Cork marketing manager, said any financial support from the Government would be most welcome.

"We are currently working with a number of interested parties on the project. A business case study has shown potential in terms of a ferry carrying passengers and cargo. We have identified this as a profitable
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"Providing funding to get it off the ground would represent a vital cog in the route's long-term viability," Mr McCarthy said.

Port of Cork officials are actively engaged in developing specific proposals for improving maritime links between Ireland, France and Spain through the Western Europe Sea Transport & Motorways of the Sea (WEST-MOS project).

Mr Burke said these potential routes can be funded as part of the Motorways of the Sea which is a stated priority under the EU's Trans-European Networks Programme.

It would offer enormous potential for reducing costs, CO2 emissions and congestion on land motorways for consumers, hauliers and public authorities alike.

"In 2007 the Port of Cork had a record throughput of 10.7 million tonnes, proving that it is the premier port on the south coast of Ireland," the Ireland South MEP said.

"It's obvious that investment costs for Motorways of the Seas would amount to only a fraction of what new terrestrial motorways would cost.

"It is time that the Irish Government took this issue seriously and supported investment in maritime links between Cork and Swansea and Cork to Spain," Mr Burke said.

There is also rumours that Brittany Ferries are interested in relaunching Cork-St. Malo services using the Pont L'Abbe (which is expected to go for a 3 month refit in Poland this year) and also using her on Cork-Swansea...

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The plan for the Pont L'abbe would be very usefull to get the route running again , nearly the same timetable the old Celtic Pride used to operate in the late 80's early 90's

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I'm just itching to see Swansea ferry port open again, I don't like seeing it COMPLETLY dead (Don't know much about the Pont L Abbe but I take it (from pictures) she's not much bigger than the superferry which is a shame.  I always thought the Normandy would have been a good vessel for the route, although when I saw her in her last days in Rosslare she did look near to retirement-full of rust and on her last sea legs.  Lets watch this space i suppose.   8-)

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Kieran

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Hello and welcome!

One of the biggest problems facing any operator of the route is Swansea's restrictions (145M berth, and draft restrictions)... It will be interesting to see what happens with the route.

Also, I have advertised this on the main site, but forgot to mention it on the forum. There is a campaign underway to restart the service http://www.bringbacktheswanseacorkferry.com/

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Thanks kieran!

I didn't realise the exact restrictions so thats interesting.  Of course Swansea Bay has tidal problems aswell. Hopefully the ferry service will return and I'll be able to go and see the ferry from time to time as it's only a 50 minute drive from where I live.  

I really like the website.  Great pictures :)



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No news on this for a while now , I suppose no news is not good news at this stage

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It has gone very quiet on the Swansea - Cork front, nothing has been said about the service since the end of October...

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Not encouraging :(

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Some encouraging news in today's Examiner

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Restoration of ferry link ‘has never been closer’
Sean O’Riordan

THE Port of Cork says the reinstatement of the Swansea-Cork ferry service is just a step away.

A bank has agreed to fund 60% of the start-up costs; a number of other investors are on board; an operator has been found and four ships on the market have been identified as suitable for the service.

Port of Cork commercial manager Captain Michael McCarthy said the reinstatement of the ferry link “had never been closer” since it ceased
operating in 2006.

Since then it is estimated that tourism revenue of €70 million has been lost to the south-west region.

The ferry link was established in 1987 and was responsible for bringing 2,850,000 passengers and 700,000 cars into Cork.

The cost of re-establishing the route is estimated at €12m and it’s believed more than €10m has already been guaranteed.

Capt McCarthy said the port authorities were doing everything in their power to ensure the service gets up and running.

“Over the last six weeks we have visited seven countries and identified four suitable vessels. We’re satisfied that we have a robust business plan and the operation is commercially viable,” Capt McCarthy said.

He said “the last pieces of the jigsaw were beginning to come together” and a relatively small amount of further investment is needed to get the ferry operational for March 2009.

Recent surveys of British holiday-makers have shown they are reverting more to taking their cars on family holidays, rather than expensive airline travel to sunspots.

That makes traditional style holidays in Cork and Kerry far more attractive.

“The reinstatement of the ferry service would be a significant boost for tourism and freight business,” Capt McCarthy said.

A large number of hauliers have backed the move due to fuel savings and the reduction in the number of hours drivers are at the wheel.

Both the port authorities in Swansea and Cork will offer the incentives to aid start-up operations for the ferry.

The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Noel Harrington, said he was very hopeful that the remaining investment could be found.

“I am appealing to people living in Cork and Kerry to look at investing in  this. I’m fully confident it is a viable proposition and it is essential for  the region that it’s reinstated,” Mr Harrington said.

Local authorities in the region have pledged, along with Fáilte Ireland, to put significant money aside to market a new ferry service.

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Some good news at last 8-)

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There is said to be a lot of under the radar work going on to re-establish the Swansea - Cork service with good news about the 2009 season apparently just days away , however with the way things have gone already I wont be holding my breath just yet.

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Was in the news again yesterday. Nothing new...

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Cork ferry could return by spring
Tuesday, January 06, 2009, 07:59 This is South Wales

THE Swansea-Cork ferry route could be re-established by March. Campaign organisers say they hope to secure funds for the scheme before the end of the month. John Hosford, spokesman for the bring back the Swansea Cork Ferry campaign,  said: "Commercial confidentiality prevents us from divulging too much detail but vessels have been identified for the route and we have a number of interested operators.
"It's just a case of getting the investment together which will hopefully be in place before the month is out. "If everything goes according to plan, the route could be up and running again as early as the spring by March or April." Pressure has been building on both sides of the Irish Sea for a return of the ferry since it was axed in January 2007. It has been estimated that the ferry route was worth around £65 million a year to Wales in 2006. Some 2,762 people have signed an online petition so far at www.bringbacktheswanseacorkferry.com Mr Hosford, who runs businesses in Cork, said the new route would breathe life back into the tourism industry on both sides of the water.
"Tourism in the region has been badly hit since the ferry crossing ceased operating," he said.
"Losses have been estimated at 100,000 Euros per day. "You can have the best facilities in the world at your disposal, but without providing proper access, it's pointless. "The beauty of travelling on the ferry is that people can bring more things with them such as golf clubs or fishing equipment, without being mindful of the weighing scales - you can even put a camper van in the locker! "Bus and lorry drivers can also get their required rest time on board. "A lot of the people who have signed the petition said they would use it at least five times a year. "We are confident it will be up and running again soon bringing a boost to the tourist industry."

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THE Swansea-Cork ferry route could be re-established by March !!!!!

Great !
But which might be that ship !?!?

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THE Swansea-Cork ferry route could be re-established by March !!!!!

Great !
But which might be that ship !?!?

That is a question I can't get an answer to!