Oscar Wilde is still Irish Ferries until the last installment is paid.
WB Yeats was Built to replace Epsilon and provide freight and passenger capacity on both Dublin - Cherbourg and Dublin Holyhead.
It was never intended to operate it out of rosslare unless due to drydock cover or weather.
Its too big for Rosslare - Rosscolf which also has a summer market.
yes but Irish Ferries are finished with Roscoff now and if they take the OW back she will have to be fitted with scrubbers i would imagine and the when the newbuild eventually arrives there will not be space on dublin-holyhead run with ulysses and new build on the run
so the WB will be on the french run permantly
dont get me wrong would love to see OW bk but it wont be.
and why would GNV give her up if they are paying in installments cant seem all of a sudden stop paying installments
From a financial perspective its hard to see ICG spending five or six million euro on scrubbers for a vessel with a book value of less than €15m. Thats even considering a successful and working retrofit is possible! For example, P&O removed the scrubbers from PRIDE OF KENT because they were more trouble than they were worth - and that's a newer vessel than Oscar! Brittany Ferries aren't bothering with BRETAGNE either - they are very much thinking of replacing her instead as it makes much more sense to invest the money towards a new vessel to last perhaps 30+ years.
TBH I still don't think some people get that the design and layout of W.B. YEATS was a conscious
choice. She was never meant to be a like for like replacement for OSCAR WILDE
. Rather she's more of a compromise between 'Oscar' and EPSILON - a Ro-Pax with a lot of cabin accommodation and a selection of passenger areas. Thats what Irish Ferries wanted in order to secure the future of a service that has been hit hard by low cost airlines. Trailers don't care about onboard entertainment either lets remember. It's easy to install fancy passenger facilities, but it's much harder to make money out of them (despite some eye watering prices at times). The main competition is the Stena operation out of Rosslare which uses a Visentini Ro-Pax. Likewise with many of the Brittany Ferries sailings out of Cork. Even if there is a drop in passenger traffic its quite possible that this vessel will be more profitable than Oscar, maybe not so much as EPSILON though with her barebones approach to passenger accommodation. The next ship (if/when it is built) will be more of the same but with more freight capacity. At the end of the day that's what business is about - making a profit.