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Title: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
Post by: ferryfan on March 21, 2021, 04:19:46 pm
well it's official now first pictures
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Post by: ferryfan on March 21, 2021, 04:35:31 pm
other pic
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Post by: admin on March 21, 2021, 04:47:40 pm
Some more via voyager ShipSpotting (https://www.facebook.com/voyagerShipSpotting/)
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Post by: pdnr777 on March 21, 2021, 05:18:29 pm
What ferry is this replacing??? Or is it an additional ferry to serve additional frequency on existing routes?
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Post by: admin on March 21, 2021, 06:49:52 pm
What ferry is this replacing??? Or is it an additional ferry to serve additional frequency on existing routes?

No official word yet, but the general assumption is Ireland - France.
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Post by: Niall on March 21, 2021, 08:40:20 pm
What ferry is this replacing??? Or is it an additional ferry to serve additional frequency on existing routes?

Probaby Mega Express 4 and used for additional sailings on the cherbourg run
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Post by: ferryfan on March 21, 2021, 10:45:36 pm
Maybe Blue Star 1 will be used as 2nd Holyhead ship with Epsilon and WB operating sailings to France on alternate days. Epsilon has over 2,800 lane metres while Blue Star 1 has 1,700 lane metres.
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Post by: hhvferry on March 22, 2021, 10:54:06 pm
Funnel turning green:
https://www.shipfriends.gr/forum/gallery/image/87061-blue-star-1-funnel/
(https://www.shipfriends.gr/forum/galleryuploads/monthly_2021_03/large.250564013_BlueStar1Funnel22-03-21.JPG.4165bca5cbf87ffaa8f86240f735fa5b.JPG)
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Post by: A83 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.
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Post by: IFPete on March 23, 2021, 08:39:57 pm
Maybe Dublin - Cherbourg at weekends with Epsilon Midweek.

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Post by: admin on March 24, 2021, 04:01:37 pm
More of her funnel - looks like a very bright shade of green compared to normal.
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Post by: Chef on March 24, 2021, 04:08:28 pm
Looks good , maybe get the rest of the fleet in the same livery .
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Post by: alfie79 on March 24, 2021, 04:17:48 pm
the flag on the funnel is the wrong way round
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Post by: marsav68 on March 24, 2021, 04:47:52 pm
the flag on the funnel is the wrong way round
Great spot  ;D Just port side? Starboard is correct?
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Post by: Chef on March 25, 2021, 07:03:43 am
the flag on the funnel is the wrong way round
How come , it appears to be running the same way on both sides as it should !
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Post by: marsav68 on March 25, 2021, 08:33:32 am
the flag on the funnel is the wrong way round
How come , it appears to be running the same way on both sides as it should !
Flag always appears to slope up from left to right. On one side of Bluestar 1 it is sloping down from left to right. See comparisons in attached.

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Post by: admin on March 25, 2021, 09:02:17 am
How come , it appears to be running the same way on both sides as it should !

A logo like that should always appear the same no matter what the direction of travel, so the flag should slope up from left to right.
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Post by: Chef on March 25, 2021, 09:44:03 am
How come , it appears to be running the same way on both sides as it should !

A logo like that should always appear the same no matter what the direction of travel, so the flag should slope up from left to right.
So on Blue Star it is showing as a flag would look from both sides, and on the rest of the fleet it's showing as a logo should , correct !
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Post by: 12345teacher on March 25, 2021, 12:32:17 pm
https://youtu.be/IklkKchzI44     INTERESTING VIDEO OF blue star 1
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Post by: Wilty on March 25, 2021, 01:01:55 pm
https://youtu.be/IklkKchzI44     INTERESTING VIDEO OF blue star 1

If this was the lifeboats going back on today, looks like the have painted out the funnel logo that everyone has commented on.
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Post by: admin on March 25, 2021, 02:32:59 pm
If this was the lifeboats going back on today, looks like the have painted out the funnel logo that everyone has commented on.

Someone was out late last night with a bucket of green paint! She's dressed too from mast to funnel, so looks like she is being handed over soon.
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Post by: hhvferry on March 25, 2021, 03:10:52 pm
How come , it appears to be running the same way on both sides as it should !

A logo like that should always appear the same no matter what the direction of travel, so the flag should slope up from left to right.
So on Blue Star it is showing as a flag would look from both sides, and on the rest of the fleet it's showing as a logo should , correct !
Either the person painting has a great understanding of how these things should work or they just painted it wrong.

Either way it's always nice to see logos reversed on the funnel markings on one side so both sides reflect forward movement or both point forward. As well as BR/Sealink, P&O and Brittany Ferries used to do this and it was a nice quirky feature of their liveries.
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Post by: giftgrub on March 25, 2021, 08:31:41 pm
Found this video of Blue Star 1 being built, always interesting

https://youtu.be/QyW1V5OmKVk

No prizes, but what links Blue Star 1 and several other vessels on the Irish Sea ?
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Post by: Futureskipper on March 25, 2021, 09:40:01 pm
Will the Blue Star 1 be renamed for irish ferries' use?
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Post by: SEA on March 26, 2021, 08:16:19 am
https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/irish-ferries-to-operate-new-service-on-the-dover-calais-route-1.4520765
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Post by: Meet the dockers on March 26, 2021, 08:53:59 am
Re Dover Calais, is it April 1st today?
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Post by: ccs on March 26, 2021, 09:08:17 am
Blue Star 1 to replace Inishmore on Rosslare Pembroke route

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2021/0326/1206241-irish-ferries-new-route/ (https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2021/0326/1206241-irish-ferries-new-route/)
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Post by: CH1 on March 26, 2021, 09:09:19 am
I guess that this new service will start effectively with Irish Ferries buying or chartering ex-Calais Seaways, which is due to cease service with DFDS in June 2021.
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Post by: ccs on March 26, 2021, 09:35:27 am


No prizes, but what links Blue Star 1 and several other vessels on the Irish Sea ?

Built in the same shipyard?
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Post by: Chef on March 26, 2021, 10:17:41 am
I guess that this new service will start effectively with Irish Ferries buying or chartering ex-Calais Seaways, which is due to cease service with DFDS in June 2021.
It's basically a land bridge with Inishmore operating the connection between Dover and Calais .
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Post by: ferryfan on March 26, 2021, 10:50:03 am
Didn't see that one coming!
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Post by: ferryfan on March 26, 2021, 11:01:58 am
The big attraction for hauliers is the Common Transit Convention which "allows for the simplified and swift movement of goods from EU member state to another via a non-EU member". I imagine it means less red tape and easier customs regulations.
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Post by: ferryfan on March 26, 2021, 11:19:36 am
Now showing on timetable for the 20:45 ex Rosslare on the 6th April. Timetable also showing Swift resuming on the 25th May?
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Post by: hhvferry on March 26, 2021, 02:46:40 pm
I guess that this new service will start effectively with Irish Ferries buying or chartering ex-Calais Seaways, which is due to cease service with DFDS in June 2021.
I can't see why DFDS would sell or charter her  to Irish Ferries to use against them.
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Post by: giftgrub on March 26, 2021, 07:21:24 pm


No prizes, but what links Blue Star 1 and several other vessels on the Irish Sea ?

Built in the same shipyard?

Correct current and former Irish Sea vessels

Koningin Beatrix now SNAV Adriatico
Isle of Innisfree now Kaitaki
Isle of Inishmore
Ben my Chree
Norbay
Norbank

Title: Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
Post by: giftgrub on March 26, 2021, 07:28:55 pm
I guess that this new service will start effectively with Irish Ferries buying or chartering ex-Calais Seaways, which is due to cease service with DFDS in June 2021.
I can't see why DFDS would sell or charter her  to Irish Ferries to use against them.

Also will DFDS and P&O welcome Irish Ferries with open arms !, P&O have two ferries they can reactivate bringing them to six, and DFDS can keep Calais Seaways and have an additional vessel (bring them to seven) with sailings at the multi time offering.

Obviously no idea what's the end game, but don't see how this improves the landbridge offer at all, there has not been a shortage of space in Dover for Irish trucks as far as we are aware.

Genuinely had to check the calendar when I saw this news this morning and thought it was elaborate April fools PR stuff.

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Post by: admin on March 26, 2021, 08:38:47 pm
Also will DFDS and P&O welcome Irish Ferries with open arms !, P&O have two ferries they can reactivate bringing them to six, and DFDS can keep Calais Seaways and have an additional vessel (bring them to seven) with sailings at the multi time offering.

Obviously no idea what's the end game, but don't see how this improves the landbridge offer at all, there has not been a shortage of space in Dover for Irish trucks as far as we are aware.

Genuinely had to check the calendar when I saw this news this morning and thought it was elaborate April fools PR stuff.

I've been trying to figure this one out all day, what if they are right, what if it is an extension to the land-bridge, which they continually claim is the most efficient way to get to the content.

If they opened up from Dover, it would mean they could offer hauliers the cheapest and fastest crossings to France in one booking. They have obviously done their research here, there is a cost to chartering a ferry to cover Rosslare, then the cost of establishing a new service, so there is a thought out plan behind it.
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Post by: alfie79 on March 26, 2021, 09:58:53 pm
I've been trying to figure this one out all day, what if they are right, what if it is an extension to the land-bridge, which they continually claim is the most efficient way to get to the content.

If they opened up from Dover, it would mean they could offer hauliers the cheapest and fastest crossings to France in one booking. They have obviously done their research here, there is a cost to chartering a ferry to cover Rosslare, then the cost of establishing a new service, so there is a thought out plan behind it.

I have being doing the same and i agree with you their party line was the landbridge was the efficient way to get to mainline europe,
ever since ICG took over B&I  landbridge with P&O was the main driving, french run was always the bridemaids
only recently with the new build WB Yeats did they seem to show interest in the french which was surprising because they always went for  second hand ships
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Title: Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
Post by: Futureskipper on March 29, 2021, 08:16:06 am
Just seen these photo of Blue Star 1 on linkedin
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Post by: The insider on March 30, 2021, 12:35:13 am
Who cares about the flag logo on the funnel...to be honest they shouldnt be allow call themselves Irish or have a shamrock any where near them
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Post by: Chef on March 30, 2021, 07:34:56 am
Who cares about the flag logo on the funnel...to be honest they shouldnt be allow call themselves Irish or have a shamrock any where near them
Well they are an Irish registered company so what else would they call themselves , the ships just happen to be registered in a fellow EU country just like Arklow shipping who  have the prefix " Arklow" on all their ships with nineteen of the ships registered in Holland  flying the Dutch flag . There is also the chartered vessels in Irish Ferries livery , Epsilon Italian flag and now Blue Star 1 flying the Greek flag , all fellow EU countries .
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Post by: The insider on March 30, 2021, 04:08:05 pm
How many Irish crew on their ships ...??..dont forget Irish Ferries almost killed off the last of the Irish seafares in favour of cheap labour ...pure corparate greed ..ruthless company in my opinion ...an island nation with practicly no merchant navy
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Post by: Chef on March 30, 2021, 06:41:08 pm
How many Irish crew on their ships ...??..dont forget Irish Ferries almost killed off the last of the Irish seafares in favour of cheap labour ...pure corparate greed ..ruthless company in my opinion ...an island nation with practicly no merchant navy
Well if that's the case then the Irish fishing fleet are as guilty , most of their crews are from Eastern Europe and North African, why is that ! something to do with Irish people don't want to do that type of work anymore plain and simple.
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Post by: admin on March 30, 2021, 06:52:19 pm
Mod note: Can we keep discussion on topic please? This discussion of the crewing is of no relevance to the charter of Blue Star 1.
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Post by: The insider on March 30, 2021, 07:21:40 pm
I have been working at sea since 1990 i know what im talking about thats all i have to say about that.....p.s 13 years with Irish Ferries 
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Post by: ferryfan on March 30, 2021, 10:30:41 pm
Blue Star 1 expected to set sail tomorrow.
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Post by: hhvferry on March 31, 2021, 12:03:13 am
Her funnel has been repainted a darker green than the original version; they've also fixed the wrong way round logo:

https://www.shipfriends.gr/forum/gallery/image/87129-blue-star-1-funnel/

https://www.shipfriends.gr/forum/gallery/image/87128-blue-star-1/

https://www.shipfriends.gr/forum/gallery/image/87186-blue-star-1-funnel/
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Post by: giftgrub on March 31, 2021, 08:27:48 pm
Blue Star 1 has left Piraeus this evening , due into Rosslare on Monday at 01.00.

More information and images here

https://www.niferry.co.uk/new-irish-ferries-pembroke-ship-leaves-greece-for-rosslare/?fbclid=IwAR16v8TbDo2-FaPJnaMMrHnZdqXcInWbyWkLI5v-4AWadevon2KYSo_HN6Q


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Post by: 12345teacher on April 01, 2021, 11:15:31 am
https://youtu.be/FQ2IwyQnCXw      blue star 1 departing for rosslare...
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Post by: 12345teacher on April 01, 2021, 11:23:55 am
https://youtu.be/uYYfgt_V6fM   another interesting view of blue star 1 departing piraeus greece for rosslare....31/03/21
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Post by: ferryfan on April 01, 2021, 11:42:10 am
She's looking good I will have to take a trip down to Rosslare (when allowed) and make a crossing on her.
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Post by: 12345teacher on April 03, 2021, 10:37:15 am
https://youtu.be/UiViaCbPH-8     another view of blue star 1 departing piraeus.....31/03/21
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Post by: giftgrub on April 05, 2021, 10:28:07 am
Blue Star 1 has arrived in Rosslare Harbour this morning.

Photo posted by The Coffee Dock @ Rosslare Europort (on their Facebook page)
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Post by: Shiplover62 on April 05, 2021, 07:40:04 pm
More photo on Shipspotting Irish Ferries facebook group :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/507711226890382
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Post by: ferryfan on April 05, 2021, 10:21:07 pm
She's had a spin over to Pembroke and is nearly back at Rosslare (berthing trials I would guess)
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Post by: Niall on April 06, 2021, 12:33:49 pm
IOI's final sailing is the 1445 ex Pembroke with BS1 picking up the 2045 ex Rosslare this evening. IOI will probably head to Gdansk tomorrow.
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Post by: ferryfan on April 06, 2021, 12:40:50 pm
IOI's final sailing is the 1445 ex Pembroke with BS1 picking up the 2045 ex Rosslare this evening. IOI will probably head to Gdansk tomorrow.

I think she is off to the Damen yard in Brest expected there Wednesday.
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Post by: ferryfan on April 06, 2021, 12:42:29 pm
Alongside Estrid in Rosslare and two approaching Pembroke dock yesterday
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Post by: Niall on April 06, 2021, 12:58:07 pm
IOI's final sailing is the 1445 ex Pembroke with BS1 picking up the 2045 ex Rosslare this evening. IOI will probably head to Gdansk tomorrow.

I think she is off to the Damen yard in Brest expected there Wednesday.

Ah I see thanks for the update. What time is she leaving Rosslare?
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Post by: ferryfan on April 06, 2021, 04:38:03 pm
Not sure what time she is leaving Rosslare she will have probably have to de-stock bars, restaurants and shops before heading off but I expect it will be sometime tonight.
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Post by: admin on April 06, 2021, 06:17:21 pm
She was originally due in Brest today (https://brest.maville.com/actu/actudet_--brest.-paquebots-et-ferry-chez-damen-shiprepair-_6-4569652_actu.Htm), but it is dependant on Blue Star 1 passing her Marine Survey Office inspection.
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Post by: marsav68 on April 06, 2021, 08:39:58 pm
Had to make an essential journey to Rosslare area today so got a picture.
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Post by: ferryfan on April 06, 2021, 10:31:46 pm
She was originally due in Brest today (https://brest.maville.com/actu/actudet_--brest.-paquebots-et-ferry-chez-damen-shiprepair-_6-4569652_actu.Htm), but it is dependant on Blue Star 1 passing her Marine Survey Office inspection.
No tomorrow was the date they have their dates wrong as they have Wednesday down as the 6th April!
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Post by: ferryfan on April 06, 2021, 10:36:36 pm
The changing of the guard (photo credit the coffee dock @Rosslare)
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Post by: admin on April 07, 2021, 12:37:29 pm
Isle of Inishmore is just making her way into the drydock in Brest.
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Post by: UlsterPrince on April 12, 2021, 01:18:24 pm
Can any members advise on a good location near to the terminal at Pembroke Dock to get photos of BLUE STAR 1 arriving from Rosslare.
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Post by: A83 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.

http://www.pembrokeweather.org.uk/webcam.asp
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Post by: 12345teacher on April 13, 2021, 11:20:53 am
you might be able to find location where this video was taken from of blue star 1 arriving in pembroke dock...https://youtu.be/rVrtVjoQMUQ
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Post by: alfie79 on April 13, 2021, 06:52:29 pm
Not sure exactly where it is located but the webcam in the Dock gives a good view of the berth.

http://www.pembrokeweather.org.uk/webcam.asp
its on the last dolphin mooring in pembroke dock