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The News Board / Belfast - Holyhead route
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:03:33 am »
Thought I was seeing things when I read this or perhaps that it was April 1st. But it appears Stena is going to run the Estrid to Belfast at weekends until the 18th July.

 Now what would be the logic of this move?

The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: June 14, 2021, 08:40:56 am »
IOI commences Dover-Calais service on June 29th doing 5 round trips a day. Average cost for car plus 1 is 100 pounds or so for a one way trip. That sounds a but pricey to me but perhaps it's par for the course?

I wonder will IF offer a land bridge product where one can book straight through from Ireland to Calais with IF? I suppose crucially will it be cheaper than the current landbridge offers?

Somehow I reckon IF will have it's work cut out to make this new venture work, they are entering a crowded market, what do they have that is distinctive?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: April 29, 2021, 04:57:23 pm »
Dublin Swift is back on the IF booking engine from May 25th.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: April 12, 2021, 07:31:13 pm »
Not sure exactly where it is located but the webcam in the Dock gives a good view of the berth.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:23:03 am »
Mega Express 4 has left our shores. She is currently off Cornwall heading for Genoa. Such are the strictures of lockdown I never got to see her or travel on her but she seems to have done a pretty good job.

The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:17:57 pm »
Wow! We didn't see that coming. If it was 5 days later I would have thought it was an April fool stunt. It begs a few questions notably given that IF have agreed to stay on in Pembroke Harbour what ship will replace IOI? Will it be Blue Star 1 or another vessel? Also what will the benefit be for Irish hauliers  over using a conventional service like Eurotunnel?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: March 23, 2021, 08:49:14 am »
Could it be that Blue Star 1 will pair with WBY to offer a daily service from Dublin to Cherbourg? The thinking behind this is that in the time of Covid it is not lane meters of vehicle accommodation that matters but cabins because each truck driver [and maybe some holidaymakers later in the summer] requires his/ her own cabin and Blue Star 1 has a good number of cabins.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:12:27 am »
Ulysses scheduled to be back in service tomorrow. Taking the 8.05 from Dublin.

Which ship goes next for refit?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: February 11, 2021, 08:16:09 am »
Mega Express 4 going onto the berth in Holyhead now.

The Merrion Lounge / Stena going electric
« on: February 06, 2021, 09:48:30 am »
Interesting report on NI Ferry site that Stena are intending to build an all electric ferry to enter service in 2030. The ship will have a range of 50 nautical miles and will be deployed in the Baltic. Incidentally the distance between Dublin and Holyhead is 58 nautical miles.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: January 25, 2021, 03:06:31 pm »
IF normally do their refits in the post Christmas period. What plans do they have for 2021 refits? I recall Isle of Inishmore was supposed to be fitted with scrubbers last year and this was postponed. Will it happen this year? Will they retain a 2 ships service on the Holyhead -Dublin run and  how will they manage the demand for freight direct to France if all four ships have to take a couple of weeks off service?

The News Board / Re: what will change in next 3 months
« on: January 12, 2021, 08:44:36 am »
These are very relevant questions to which I have no great insight however it looks like there will be some reduction in Ireland-UK traffic and therefore less ships heading across the Irish Sea. Some of those unused ships may be suitable for the long sea crossing to France but I suspect not all.

In the short term it will be all about freight but as societies open up [and the UK may be ahead of Ireland] passengers demand will rise. Also as we head into Q2/Q3 duty free may become a factor, will booze cruises to Holyhead return? One other point what about the IF fast service? Has that gone for good?

One thing is certain the times are a changing.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: January 07, 2021, 02:09:14 pm »
Further information from NI ferries site.

WBY is taking the Dublin-Cherbourg route in order to increase the number of cabins available to freight drivers and therefore increase the number of trucks that can go direct. She is running this route for around 3 weeks prior to returning to Dublin-Holyhead to allow Ulysses to depart for her annual dry docking. No word on when / if Isle of Inishmore is to go for her refit.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: January 05, 2021, 09:31:04 am »
Epsilon and WB Yeats swapping round tomorrow. Yeats heads to Cherbourg Wednesday evening and Epsilon to Holyhead in the afternoon according to IF sailing updates but not according to the booking engine.

Any idea what is going on and when the refits are scheduled?

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