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Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA(Read 12719 times)
Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #45 on: December 11, 2020, 03:53:42 pm
The Kerry and Visby will be two of the ships on the route the Stena RoRo owned  Kerry was chartered by DFDS in November, MS Visby is owned by destination Gotland and between the island of Visby and Swedish mainland.
sources shippax and https://lemarin.ouest-france.fr/
edited!
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Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #46 on: December 16, 2020, 01:57:04 pm
The third ferry has been confirmed as the Optima Seaways another Visentini built in 1999.
full press statement here https://www.dfds-news.com/featured/ferries-in-place-for-dfds-new-ireland-france-freight-route/



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #47 on: December 21, 2020, 10:05:40 am
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/covid-19-government-wants-direct-ferry-services-to-the-continent-brought-forward-1.4442729

There must be large numbers of continental drivers now stuck in the UK who might consider a reroute through Ireland. Not to mention the Irish drivers who were just passing through and now need a direct route.
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Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #48 on: December 23, 2020, 01:52:23 pm
Irish Ferries have announced the addition of the container vessel the mv Music (imo 9328053) to their Eucon fleet starting sailings on 1st January 2021. She will be operating a Dublin -Rotterdam service.



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #49 on: December 24, 2020, 04:35:21 pm
First of DFDS ferries - Kerry is on the way to Dunkerque from Klaipeda, Visby still alongside in Visby but should be leaving soon, Optima Seaways is either in drydock or alongside drydock in Klaipeda. (Hard to see on map)



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #50 on: December 25, 2020, 04:53:02 pm
Visby has departed on the way to Dunkerque next stop Skagen, presumably for Bunkers



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #51 on: December 26, 2020, 11:27:15 am
Optima Seaways has finally departed Klaipeda on the way to Dunkerque, Visby is bunkering off Skagen and Kerry is in the North Sea.



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #52 on: December 28, 2020, 08:59:57 pm
Kerry and Optima Seaways have completed berthing trials in Dunkerque and are headed for Rosslare for berthing trials, Kerry due tomorrow morning and Optima Seaways on Wednesday morning, Visby has arrived in Dunkerque this evening and is expected into Rosslare for berthing trials before the weekend.

Obviously being Visentini vessels and the fact that Kerry sailed from Rosslare for BF there should be no issues with the first two, for the Visby it will be for shipspotters the first time a modern Destination Gotland vessel has been in this part of Europe and the first time since 1990 a ferry called Visby has arrived in Rosslare (the previous Visby being Sealinks Felicity)




Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #53 on: December 30, 2020, 01:22:07 pm
https://www.dfds-news.com/featured/ireland-france-route-ready/?fbclid=IwAR0ltnBmqItmEGTb6Ubih5KO8mIpbkQPGC9-0o-RYKAWHzn_0wxPfXysizE

The three ships have arrived in Dunkerque for berth tests and supplies. First departure will be from Rosslare on 2 January.

DFDS? new route between Ireland and France is getting ready for its first departure. In just a few days, on 2 January at 14:00 (Ire time), a fully booked Optima Seaways will set sail towards Dunkerque ? only to be followed by an equally fully booked Kerry departing at 23:00 ex Rosslare on the same day, whilst Visby will depart from Dunkerque towards Rosslare at 23:00 CET.  Its all happening on Saturday.

Kerry arrived in Dunkerque on 27 December and both Visby and Optima Seaways on 28  December for berth tests and the obligatory EU-inspection, that is to ensure that the ships comply with EU regulation before they are allowed to start operating.

Optima Seaways and Kerry are currently en-route to Rosslare in preparation and standby.

In addition to this, the ships were busy taking on stores, with catering supplies for a DFDS branded service and other supplies needed.

Route Director Aidan Coffey has invited Irish TV and newsmagazines for Optima?s departure on Saturday and French and European TV and media for the arrival in Dunkerque on Sunday 3 January.

Due to Covid restrictions, in both Ireland and France, the launch will be a press only event.

Aidan is supported by the busy teams at Rosslare, Dunkerque and the Cork booking office in preparation for a successful launch.

The pictures show the ships after arrival in Dunkerque for inspection and provisions, some sent by Torben Carlsen CEO, who received the pictures of Visby from French photographer  Julien Carpentier, and some were sent to us by Aidan Coffey with the assistance of colleagues in Dunkerque. In the background you can also see DFDS? Dover-Dunkerque vessels in the port that has developed Dunkerque, into a true DFDS hub.

Image below of Optima Seways, Kerry off shore and Stena Foreteller behind Optima this morning in Rosslare.

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Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #54 on: December 30, 2020, 03:46:56 pm
Is there enough standing room, port vehicles, staff etc at Rosslare to cover all this extra capacity? From what I have read they are more than doubling throughput virtually overnight.



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #55 on: December 31, 2020, 10:38:04 am
Posted on Facebook by Kim Victor this morning

https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/7637835?fbclid=IwAR0AejQ0Lz-L8cOOFdgaNP2z2ItlRy6EgJ0QDQ149q_RSCY4FjgIiEMQ2TU

Sister ship to Visby, Drotten is to be chartered from Destination Gotland by DFDS for February and March, could be used to replace Optima Seaways on Rosslare route as it?s only been confirmed for January.



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #56 on: December 31, 2020, 10:45:06 am
Is there enough standing room, port vehicles, staff etc at Rosslare to cover all this extra capacity? From what I have read they are more than doubling throughput virtually overnight.

Plenty of room and staff, when everything goes to plan, will be a learning process for all involved but they are more than capable as arrivals are staggered and departures fit in with existing schedules.

Road into the harbour at the top of the hill is breaking up badly, so next job will getting new tarmacadam laid during the quiet time.



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #57 on: January 07, 2021, 09:57:59 pm
Freight traffic on the Dublin Holyhead route has collapsed by between 60-70% since brexit according to Ian Davies of Stean Ports and both ferry firms are suffering. full interview with BBC Wales here
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-55565166



Re: Direct Ferries to the Continent must be sailing by January - IRHA Reply #58 on: January 07, 2021, 10:56:08 pm
Freight traffic has also collapsed on the Fishgaurd and Pembroke routes