Looks like she is to be renamed Isle of Innisfree.
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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".
Meanwhile, I would be surprised if they would use Dun Laoghaire again for ferry services as STENA ceased all operations from this exit point some years ago when operations transferred to Dublin Port.Is the linkspan gone in Dun Laoghaire?
When travel restrictions eventually ease in the weeks/months ahead, perhaps there will be an major increase in demand on Ireland to UK routes. With Cork Airport set to shut down from September to November, perhaps a good time for more thinking outside the box as many people may want to travel following vaccination after such long lockdowns on non-essential international travel. Perhaps Port of Cork should explore new passenger ferry services ex-Cork to UK with Cork Airport not operating much commercial traffic and planning to close for runway extension next Autumn. With Duty Free Shopping now resumed it may make it viable for operators to consider running ferry services ex-Cork to a UK port in the coming months? Options may include either a Cork to Swansea, Cork to Pembroke Dock or Cork to Fishguard? Tourism interests in the South-West Cork & Kerry regions would certainly welcome any such move.I really doubt it anyone will be doing Cork - UK in the near future. Ignoring the pandemic, Brexit has had a massive impact on ROI - UK traffic (Stena are reducing Dublin - Holyhead to one ship at the weekend, and not finding cover for Europe - there is all the evidence you need).
back door onto RoI for tourists without the restrictions?
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?
Is there any pictures of the isle of Inishmore with its cow catchers on?Fayard shipyard in Denmark just posted this, no cowcatchers yet
Fourth DFDS vessel at start of April didn't appear. Seems to be working between Felixstowe and Netherlands. Noticed too that Armourique isn't stopping in Rosslare for BF anymore. Has the avoiding the land bridge trend been sated?Armourique calling at Rosslare was always a temporary operation. BF had the ship and deploying her made financial sense. She's currently covering for the Pont Aven (which remains laid-up in Le Havre) from Cork.