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The News Board / Engine room fire on Superfast VIII
« on: July 13, 2021, 09:20:33 am »
There was a small engine room fire on Superfast VIII on her way into Belfast last night. RNLI lifeboats from Bangor, Donaghadee and Larn responded, as well as coast guard units. Looks like the crew brought it under control quickly, with no injuries and all passenger disembarked safely.
Stena Line: Fire onboard Cairnryan to Belfast ferry
From BBC News

Coastguard and lifeboat teams were tasked to a fire onboard a Stena Line ferry sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast.

A small blaze broke out in the engine room of the Superfast VIII on Monday at about 21:00 BST.

Stena Line says the fire has now been extinguished.

The vessel was due to arrive in Belfast at about 21:45 local time. It arrived with the assistance of the coastguard and tugs at 22:16.

Passengers safely disembarked the ferry and there are no reports of any injuries.

Lifeboats from Bangor, Donaghadee and Larne were tasked to deal with the incident.

Coastguard rescue teams from Bangor, Portaferry, Larne and Portmuck also attended.

Passengers onboard had been advised to congregate in designated areas after an emergency was declared, when the ferry was in Belfast Lough.

Speaking to BBC News NI, passenger Chris Clotworthy said he was travelling home to Northern Ireland from Glasgow, where he had been for his daughter's graduation.

He said at about 21:00 BST some code words were relayed over the intercom to the crew members onboard.

"Obviously, all sorts of things went through one's mind," he said.

"The boat did a complete 180 degree turn and looked to be heading back to Scotland, this was when it was level with Blackhead (in County Antrim). It then did another complete 180 and stopped."

Mr Clotworthy said the atmosphere onboard was "relatively calm".

The News Board / Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: March 26, 2021, 09:10:55 am »
ICG have announced in a trading update this morning that the Isle of Inishmore is to launch a new Dover - Calais route for Irish Ferries.

The Merrion Lounge / Amorique brocken spectre
« on: March 16, 2021, 04:50:41 pm »
Something interesting from a Rescue 117 drill with the Amorique this morning, the heli's shadow created a brocken  spectre (fancy name for a shadow in the rainbow caused by sea spray)

Irish Ferries Enthusiasts / Email notifications
« on: February 14, 2021, 07:13:02 pm »
Hi all,

Over the last while there have been issues with email notifications (both for new registrations, and notifications on threads). I've changed to an external provider to send these, and looks like they are working again. If you wish to make life a bit easier for me, adding "[email protected]" to your address book will ensure mails get through.


Irish Ferries Enthusiasts / Registrations
« on: January 11, 2021, 09:45:58 pm »
Hi all,

Saw it flagged elsewhere that there was an issue registering on the forum, this was caused by an outdated plugin. Hopefully new registrations will be processed now.


Irish Ferries Enthusiasts / Twitter
« on: January 02, 2021, 07:19:52 pm »
Hi all,

I've added a plugin that will allow us to embed tweets in threads. If you want to include a tweet, just click the share tweet, and copy link, then paste the URL into your post (no need for shortcode).

Any problems or questions, let me know!

PS, we are on Twitter! I mainly use it to share news stories for the main site

The Merrion Lounge / Ferry Christmas decorations
« on: December 03, 2020, 11:18:57 am »
Seatrucks Social Media Manager put a "ferry" on top of their Christmas tree, gave me a laugh.

The News Board / Aran Island Ferries largest vessel en route to Galway
« on: September 20, 2020, 07:26:37 pm »
The largest domestic ferry to sail in Ireland, the 40-metre 'Saoirse na Farraige', has begun her delivery voyage.

The ship, constructed by Cheoy Lee Shipyards in Hong Kong, was loaded aboard the heavy lift ship 'Svenja' last week.

The vessel, which has a capacity of 400 passengers, will operate from Rossaveel, Co Galway to all three Aran Islands, taking 45-minutes to reach Inis Mor, 50 minutes to Inis Meain and 55 minutes to Inis Oirr, the company says.

The new ship will join Aran Island Ferries existing fleet, including Branrion Na Farruge, Ceol na Farraige, Draiocht na Farraige and Glor na Farraige.

The Government is setting aside €15m to ensure the continued operation of five ferry routes from Dublin and Rosslare for a minimum of three months.

The move follows a request for help from ferry companies who have seen numbers collapsing on their Irish routes since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Routes to be protected under "public service obligation" designation are Rosslare-Cherbourg, Rosslare-Bilbao, Rosslare-Pembroke, Rosslare-Fishguard and Dublin-Cherbourg.

The ferry companies involved are Irish Ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries.

According to Minister Paul Kehoe, the move was "essential" to keep the routes viable.

"This emergency measure is extremely welcome given the huge collapse in tourism that is affecting the entire industry," he said.

"It is also vital to ensure the protection of supply chains," he added.

Discussion Board / Seatruck Ferries model
« on: August 23, 2019, 10:26:25 pm »
Hello All,

I've been a member on here a while and enjoy reading the discussions. What I've noticed is that there's very little discussion of Seatruck Ferries.

Though predominantly a freight service and not carrying foot passengers, they do offer a limited availability for Car / Motorhome drivers at very reasonable prices. I've travelled with them a few times and cannot speak highly enough of them.

As an enthusiast its a great experience travelling by Seatruck. They have friendly laid back crews who don't mind you 'mooching' around the ferry taking photos etc. On a crossing in 2017 I even got a guided tour of the Bridge and Engine room (one email to Heysham head office a week before and they arranged it for me!!). Give them a go!

Anyway after a recent voyage on Seatruck Progress I was so inspired a spent 6 months building a Model of her. Thought you'd like to see it (attached).

Hope you like it

Seatrucker (Peter)

Discussion Board / RTE Archives
« on: February 18, 2019, 08:47:15 pm »
Came across this today, Holyhead to Dublin aboard the Leinster - 1984

The Merrion Lounge / Liebherr assembly at Cork Dockyard
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:51:24 pm »
This has appeared in the news the last few days, over the last few months, Liebherr (who build container cranes in Killarney) have assembled 3, 85 metre high cranes in Cork Dockyard, they are to be loaded onto the heavy-lift ship Albatross, before being sent to Puerto Rico.

More details (and photo from)

Discussion Board / RTÉ Archives
« on: September 22, 2016, 04:59:54 pm »
Nice piece from RTÉ's archives on the changes in shipping on the Irish Sea from 1969, when car ferries and containers were a new idea....

The News Board / Irish Ferries order €144 new cruse ferry
« on: May 31, 2016, 09:40:39 am »
ICG have placed an order with German Yard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG for a 1,885 passengers and crew, 435 cabins, 2,800 lane meter cruse ferry, due to be delivered in May 2018. Full spec here.

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