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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: June 24, 2021, 11:57:39 am »
Europe sailings are cancelled until at least the 30/06 according to today's timetable

The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: June 19, 2021, 12:02:55 pm »
Isle of Inishmore at Dover this morning, photos property of @Port_of_Dover, good view of the cow-catcher.

The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: June 17, 2021, 01:36:48 pm »
IOI en route to Dover eta 16:00 tomorrow 18/06/21 I expect that berthing trials will be carried out on both sides of the channel, the first scheduled service due on 29/06 with the 0920 ex Dover.

The News Board / Re: Belfast - Holyhead route
« on: June 15, 2021, 11:13:12 am »
here's the press release from Stena---

"Leading ferry company Stena Line has confirmed details that it will be operating a new temporary weekend service between Holyhead and Belfast, starting on Fri 25th June.  The extra capacity on the new route from Holyhead will be available until Sunday 18 July.
Stena Estrid, one of Stena Line?s newest ships will provide the service which will accommodate a mix of freight and leisure traffic, with an estimated crossing time of approximately 8 hours.
Stena Line is currently experiencing very high demand on its Belfast routes to Cairnryan and Liverpool so the addition of the temporary service will provide much needed additional capacity to and from Northern Ireland.  Furthermore, with present travel restrictions between Britain and Ireland in place, this new route will provide an additional travel option for people who might be considering ferry travel for the first time or who wish to visit Britain, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Lead in fares on the new service start at ?130 for a car and driver with sailings departing Holyhead at 23:30hrs (Friday and Saturday nights) and departing Belfast at 09:30hrs (Saturday and Sunday mornings).
Paul Grant, Stena Line Trade Director (Irish Sea) said: ?We are delighted to be able to announce details of our new temporary service between Holyhead and Belfast.  The much-anticipated summer rebound for travel is beginning and we are hugely encouraged by current  booking trends.  The current travel restrictions between Britain and Ireland have created a lot of pent-up travel demand so hopefully the addition of this new route will help provide another option for people visiting friends, relatives or taking a break as well as being an attractive option for our freight customers.?

Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, with the biggest fleet offering the widest choice of routes including, combined passenger and freight services from Belfast to Cairnryan and Liverpool, Dublin to Holyhead, and Rosslare to Fishguard as well as a freight only route from Belfast to Heysham, a total of up to 238 weekly sailing options between Britain and Ireland. Stena Line also offers a direct service from Rosslare to Cherbourg with 12 crossings per week.


Notes to Editors

For further information please contact:

Simon Palmer, Comms Manager, Stena Line +353(0)868858789 [email protected]

Lawrence Duffy, Director, Duffy Rafferty +44(0)7785 728410 [email protected]

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: June 04, 2021, 10:30:58 am »
Dublin Swift on her way to Belfast eta 1400 this is the first time she as moved in over a year.

Not sure who actually took these photos I have seen them in a few places but thanks to them

P&O and DFDS have entered into "a mutual space partnership" which will allow freight drivers arriving at the ports of Dover and Calais to board the next available ferry regardless of which operator they have booked with. A spokesperson for DFDS said Irish Ferries will not be invited to join the partnership.

Discussion Board / Re: Ferry routes from Ireland in the 70s
« on: May 24, 2021, 04:54:00 pm »
Smyril lines and DFDS operates services from the UK to Iceland and Norway at present but I cannot imagine there were ever any services from Ireland to those destinations.

Britain=France options now the new IF booking engine (no dates available yet).

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: May 19, 2021, 10:24:38 am »
Stena Estrid and Stena Horizon are set to resume their normal routes from next week as they are expecting travel restrictions to be removed soon and also I would guess they are expecting a big response to their "duty free booze cruises"which they are currently offering to UK passengers from as little as ?10 day return.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: May 17, 2021, 04:33:31 pm »
Just came across video of the life extension work carried out on Stena Europe in 2019 a good watch.

Is there any pictures of the isle of Inishmore with its cow catchers on?
I don't think they have been fitted perhaps she is on her way somewhere else for more work, service not due to start until mid June, she has taken on bunkers at sea this morning.

IOI left dry dock this morning and is currently heading north from Brest showing a destination of Falls Head Anchorage which is (i think) at the mouth of the River Thames north of Margate.

Isle of Inishmore at Damen, picture from Madden Marine (fitted out Swift and WB) who have completed a refurbishment of the interior. A few other pictures on Marine Traffic.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: May 07, 2021, 01:40:30 pm »
Swift sailing not showing on booking engine now until 11th June. Epsilon disappears from bookings from 21st May on all routes. Is Epsilon heading for English Channel?

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