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Title: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: admin on March 26, 2021, 09:10:55 am
ICG have announced in a trading update (https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/uk/icg2/rns1/regulatory-story.aspx) this morning that the Isle of Inishmore is to launch a new Dover - Calais route for Irish Ferries.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: A83 on March 26, 2021, 03:17:57 pm
Wow! We didn't see that coming. If it was 5 days later I would have thought it was an April fool stunt. It begs a few questions notably given that IF have agreed to stay on in Pembroke Harbour what ship will replace IOI? Will it be Blue Star 1 or another vessel? Also what will the benefit be for Irish hauliers  over using a conventional service like Eurotunnel?
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: admin on March 26, 2021, 03:34:40 pm
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Wow! We didn't see that coming. If it was 5 days later I would have thought it was an April fool stunt. It begs a few questions notably given that IF have agreed to stay on in Pembroke Harbour what ship will replace IOI? Will it be Blue Star 1 or another vessel? Also what will the benefit be for Irish hauliers  over using a conventional service like Eurotunnel?

Blue Star 1 is due to take over on Rosslare Pembroke.

It looks like Irish Ferries are banking on the landbridge being the way forward, the way they worded a lot of the media release makes it look like it is an "all-inclusive" extension of the Irish Sea services.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ccs on March 26, 2021, 04:00:46 pm
Wow! We didn't see that coming. If it was 5 days later I would have thought it was an April fool stunt. It begs a few questions notably given that IF have agreed to stay on in Pembroke Harbour what ship will replace IOI? Will it be Blue Star 1 or another vessel? Also what will the benefit be for Irish hauliers  over using a conventional service like Eurotunnel?

Confirmed here https://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/news-listing/irish-ferries-introduces-a-newer-and-faster-ship-onto-the-rosslare-pembroke-route/ (https://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/news-listing/irish-ferries-introduces-a-newer-and-faster-ship-onto-the-rosslare-pembroke-route/)
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on March 27, 2021, 05:00:01 pm
As well as scrubbers she will have to have those "cow cathchers" installed on the bow and alterations to her stern.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: giftgrub on March 27, 2021, 09:05:21 pm
Normally remove stern doors/ ramp and add the cow catcher on the bow, allows shore ramp to go straight onto ferry, rather than ferry ramp to go onto shore side, speeds up docking/ undocking reducing turnaround times. No more three hours in port for Inishmore and the crew for loading/ unloading.

Stena Nordica got the treatment when it became Malo Seaways, images on this link

https://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/mv-malo-seaways-past-and-present/

Super fast X got the most subtle cow catcher when rebuilt for Seafrance

https://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/mv-a-nepita-past-and-present/

Stena Invicta, got a pretty ugly cow catcher

https://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/mv-stena-invicta-past-and-present/

As did Barfleur

https://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/barfleur-past-and-present/

2021 is definitely giving us a chance to see ferries in strange locations.



Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: alfie79 on March 27, 2021, 10:54:41 pm
how does addition of cow catchers quicken up un loading
doors open ramp still has to come down weather its ship or shore ramp
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: admin on March 28, 2021, 12:43:43 pm
how does addition of cow catchers quicken up un loading

In most ports, the ferries lower their ramp onto the linkspan, in Dover/Calais the ramp is lowered onto the ferry. I always thought it was just the design of the linkspans, and the docking procedure is different (I think it makes the mooring easier). It's fairly common in the States too for the ramp to be lowered onto the ferry too.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: Davy Jones on March 28, 2021, 02:23:55 pm
Presumably this means after Inishmore is modified, She will be totally dedicated to Dover/Calais as she will not be able to connect with any of the Irish Sea linkspans.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: admin on March 28, 2021, 02:55:48 pm
Presumably this means after Inishmore is modified, She will be totally dedicated to Dover/Calais as she will not be able to connect with any of the Irish Sea linkspans.

Probably! I can't remember where, but a ship came off Dover-Calais to another route, and until the cowcatcher was removed, a ramp had to be lifted into place every time she docked.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on March 29, 2021, 10:59:11 am
I wonder how the French unions will react to Irish Ferries and their outsourced non union underpaid yellow pack crews?
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: admin on March 29, 2021, 11:13:40 am
The Franch unions have ignored IF sailing into Roscoff and Cherbourg for years (apart from a few incidents when the Normandy was flagged out first).

It's actually an English union (https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-statement-on-irish-ferries/) that has raised it's concerns.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on March 30, 2021, 04:40:49 pm
I wonder was there any substance to the (strongly denied) rumours last year that ICG were in discussions to purchase two vessels from P&O? No smoke without fire!
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: dombaxter on March 30, 2021, 10:32:06 pm
Presumably this means after Inishmore is modified, She will be totally dedicated to Dover/Calais as she will not be able to connect with any of the Irish Sea linkspans.

Probably! I can't remember where, but a ship came off Dover-Calais to another route, and until the cowcatcher was removed, a ramp had to be lifted into place every time she docked.

In the early 1990's (1993 or 1994), Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire ferry 'Stena Cambria' covered on the Dover-Calais route.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on May 07, 2021, 04:27:57 pm
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.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on May 12, 2021, 01:30:15 pm
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.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: Jamie1608 on May 12, 2021, 02:30:17 pm
Is there any pictures of the isle of Inishmore with its cow catchers on?
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on May 13, 2021, 11:55:28 am
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.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: IFPete on May 13, 2021, 01:48:02 pm
Isle of Inishmore heading to Odense.

Perhaps for Scrubber installation.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: admin on May 16, 2021, 05:46:04 pm
Is there any pictures of the isle of Inishmore with its cow catchers on?
Fayard shipyard in Denmark just posted this, no cowcatchers yet
https://www.instagram.com/p/CO7Wbk_LVCC/?igshid=bxhp4p9j88l0
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on May 20, 2021, 10:57:15 am
Britain=France options now the new IF booking engine (no dates available yet).
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: A83 on May 20, 2021, 02:10:00 pm
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?

Somehow I reckon IF will have it's work cut out to make this new venture work, they are entering a crowded market, what do they have that is distinctive?
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: admin on May 20, 2021, 02:14:19 pm
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?

That's the idea behind it, how it will work remains to be seen.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on May 26, 2021, 10:24:56 am
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.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: IFPete on May 26, 2021, 07:09:46 pm
Pictures of Isle of Inishmore's Modifications in Odense have appeared.

Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: marsav68 on May 27, 2021, 04:23:39 pm
Pictures of Isle of Inishmore's Modifications in Odense have appeared.

Any links to them available? Thanks
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: giftgrub on May 28, 2021, 06:21:20 am
Images of the new look Inishmore posted on the Facebook by Poul Erik Olsen.

Rear ramp removed and new stern door arrangement fitted and hideous ?cow catcher? fitted to the bow. Does not appear to be getting scrubbers fitted, so one assumes it will run on low sulphur fuel instead.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on May 28, 2021, 12:51:14 pm
Not sure who actually took these photos I have seen them in a few places but thanks to them
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: A83 on June 14, 2021, 08:40:56 am
IOI commences Dover-Calais service on June 29th doing 5 round trips a day. Average cost for car plus 1 is 100 pounds or so for a one way trip. That sounds a but pricey to me but perhaps it's par for the course?
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: giftgrub on June 16, 2021, 08:09:34 pm
Inishmore has left the shipyard in Denmark, currently showing Gothenburg as destination (presumably for fuel), though could possibly cross paths with the Stena Jutlandica (a half sister from the same shipyard). Photo opportunities a plenty if that happens.

Next stop one assumes are Dover & Calais for ramp trials and tests, then probably Dunkerque shipyard if any tweaks are needed.

Interesting images posted on two websites



https://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/mv-isle-of-inishmore-past-and-present/

https://www.niferry.co.uk/photo-feature-isle-of-inishmore-in-denmark/




Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan 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.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: giftgrub on June 19, 2021, 06:24:37 am
Inishmore has arrived at Dover this morning
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: giftgrub on June 19, 2021, 09:05:07 am
Image of the Inishmore in Dover from the webcam

Spirit of France in front and Delft Seaways coming in.

https://www.skylinewebcams.com/fr/webcam/united-kingdom/england/dover/dover-beach-kent.html?fbclid=IwAR3nT73EUBWyJjsLzK79JHPuYBwTP2Hy9-bOUJWNJSYLj1stQT-UGfjt2u0
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan 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.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: giftgrub on June 19, 2021, 12:05:59 pm
thanks for posting

very interesting addition to starboard side at the bow, aside for the hideous cow catcher (Tug well positioned !) there is an addition to help with port fit.

some images are posted on the Twitter

https://twitter.com/Port_of_Dover/status/1406183302755651585

Also Dover Strait Shipping

https://www.facebook.com/doverstraitshipping/posts/1650333298498124
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: giftgrub on June 19, 2021, 12:13:08 pm
Arriving in Calais, posted on the facebook by Julien Carpentier
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: Shiplover62 on June 19, 2021, 02:57:56 pm
Isle of Inishmore at Calais today :)

You can join my facebook group Shipspotting Irish Ferries , you are welcome !
https://www.facebook.com/groups/507711226890382


Best Regard

Julien Carpentier
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: Steven on June 21, 2021, 10:27:19 pm
More here for those interested (courtesy of George Holland).  There's also a couple from Denmark showing the completed work.  They've done quite a tidy job!

According to Irish Ferries she is 'newly refurbished' and has an enlarged shop.  From the pics I have seen to date the refurbishment appears to mainly consist of new carpeting

https://www.niferry.co.uk/irish-ferries-isle-of-inishmore-undertakes-trials-at-dover-and-calais/
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on June 25, 2021, 11:07:17 am
Pride of Burgundy on her way back to Dover in response to the commencement of IF services on the route.
Title: Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
Post by: ferryfan on June 28, 2021, 12:44:58 pm
Ready for the off tomorrow on the new route.