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The News Board / Re: Christmas sailings - foot passengers
« on: November 26, 2020, 05:23:06 pm »
Indeed hopefully that is the case...

Eurolines route 871 is still suspended; I'd imagine it will be some time next year before it is reinstated; at present the National Express network is rather skeletal and the Shearings Depot on the fringes of Warrington where passengers for Leeds/ Manchester/ Liverpool interchanged with the Dublin Eurolines is being repurposed as a lorry park.

As for taking the 20.40/ 20.55 sailings ex Dublin I think there are possibly a few reasons at play:

* Passengers tied up whether with work or commitments during the day who can't make an earlier sailing and want to get underway rather than wait for the next morning.

* Some passengers have a considerable distance to travel to reach Dublin...there are parts of the country from where (by public transport) one wouldn't make earlier sailings so the evening sailing works for them.

* Maybe too because there is a tradition of an evening sailing for decades (e.g. for years there was a 20.45 ex D?n Laoghaire)

That said the Eurolines offers the best overnight option ex Dublin.

The News Board / Christmas sailings - foot passengers
« on: November 22, 2020, 06:25:49 pm »
Irish Ferries have opened up the night sailings e.g. 20.55 ex Dublin to foot passenger bookings over the festive period commencing Friday 18th Dec.

Wonder will Stena Line follow...i.e. 20.40 & 02.15 ex Dublin

Pre-Coronavirus all Stena Line sailings and most IF sailings (including the 20.55 ex Dublin & 02.40 ex Holyhead) accepted footies but with significantly reduced traffic/ essential travel only the night sailings don't carry foot passengers at the moment.

Despite the restrictions in place either side of the Irish Sea there is likely to be some increase in traffic over the period.

The News Board / Passenger locator form - going online
« on: August 23, 2020, 10:22:45 pm »

The Passenger Locator Form will move to an online process next week, the Minister for Health has confirmed. It previously had to be filled out manually.

Stephen Donnelly said regulations underpinning the move to an online form will come into effect on Wednesday, 26 August.

It is an offence not to complete the form on arrival to this country, outlining where you will be residing for the following 14 days.

The form must be completed by all arrivals, whether coming from a Green List country or not. However, arrivals from Green List countries are not required to self-isolate.

Not filling out the form - or failing to provide accurate information - is punishable by a fine of up to ?2,500 or a maximum of six months' imprisonment.

Minister Donnelly said: "The public health advice remains that all non-essential travel overseas should be avoided, but we understand that some people need to travel for essential personal and family reasons.

"Today's change is aimed to facilitate this travel and make the completion of the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form easier for those who need to travel.

"Importantly we are rolling out an enhanced system of engagements with passengers, which will include issuing targeted public health advice by text message."

Mr Donnelly added: "Completion of this form helps our public health officials carry out follow-up checks on those arriving into the State.

"It also facilitates contact tracing efforts in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 on a flight or ship that has landed in Ireland."

If you are travelling on or before 25 August, you can still fill out the Passenger Locator Form manually. It will be online only from 26 August.

People travelling directly onwards to Northern Ireland will not have to complete all sections of the form.
One form should be completed for each passenger aged 16 or older. Children under the age of 16 can be included on a form completed by an accompanying adult.

Source - RT? News

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: August 09, 2020, 03:00:31 pm »
Good to hear of all the precautions and safety measures in place. My last trip was aboard Estrid in March before things deteriorated - at that point there was a growing awareness of social distancing plus sanitiser on counters.

If anyone is making the journey on foot it may be of help to note that Dublin Bus route 53 - the public bus which terminates outside Irish Ferries Terminal 1 - is operating as normal. There is no official stop at Terminal 2 Stena Line (the stop pole seen across the yard from T2 is from years ago and is not served despite being in Dublin Bus yellow) but it's just a 7/8 minute walk to/from Terminal 1 with paths the whole way. Route 53 doesn't specifically connect with any ferry but having used it many times over the years I've seen fellow passengers going for Stena/IF/Steam Packet sailings on it.

The fare is e1.55 with a Leapcard.

Discussion Board / Re: Investment at Rosslare Europort
« on: July 23, 2020, 05:08:52 pm »
New website up and running.

Good to see the rail connectivity being mentioned and the scenic nature of the line from Rosslare through Wexford and Wicklow to Dublin being accorded a plug.

Really needed is either a courtesy bus or subway to link station with terminal as the 7 to 8 minute walk is not enticing in inclement weather - fortunately the times I've walked it the worst of the weather stayed away.

The News Board / Re: P&O
« on: April 18, 2020, 12:46:47 pm »
Could Mostyn perhaps be a possibility given they previously availed of the port. (I know it's in Wales but not a million miles from the North West either)

Discussion Board / Storm Brendan 13th Jan 2020
« on: January 12, 2020, 04:43:15 pm »
As this storm approaches I thought it may be of interest to record how it will affect sailings

Dublin - Holyhead  (Stena Line) possible disruptions noted for sailings ex Holyhead

Dublin - Holyhead (Irish Ferries) currently showing tomorrow's sailings as "on time"

Rosslare - Fishguard (Stena Line - Stena Europe)

Early sailing - the scheduled 23.45 ex Fishguard will sail at 23.00
Tomorrow's 08.00 ex Rosslare & 13.10 ex Fishguard are cancelled
Tomorrow's 18.10 ex Rosslare is in doubt

Rosslare - Pembroke Dock (Irish Ferries)
02.45 ex Pembroke Dock operating
remaining three sailings for tomorrow and Tuesday's 02.45 cancelled

Discussion Board / Re: Christmas break vessel positions
« on: December 26, 2019, 09:10:08 pm »
There is a footnote on the sailing updates page in respect of tonight's 20.40 hrs.  Dublin - Holyhead sailing

Please note this sailing will NOT take foot passengers.

Not sure if this restriction also applied to today's 14.00 Holyhead to Dublin

over in the Isle of Man sailings resumed this evening with Ben my Chree taking the 19.40hrs from Douglas to Heysham

Discussion Board / Christmas break vessel positions
« on: December 26, 2019, 02:42:07 pm »
I thought it may be of interest to record where ships are/were over Christmas

Three Stena Line vessels at Holyhead Adventurer, Superfast X and, just offshore, Estrid.

Service is resuming with the 14.00 Stena Adventurer sailing to Dublin today, St. Stephen's Day. Superfast X resumes with the 08.55 tomorrow.

Stena Europe at Fishguard since operating the delayed 18.10 ex Rosslare on Christmas Eve. Resumes service with the 23.45 ex Fishguard tonight.

Isle of Inishmore at Rosslare (berth 1) and resuming with the 08.45 to Pembroke Dock tomorrow morning.

Stena Horizon at Rosslare (berth 3).

Ulysses at Dublin terminal 1 and resuming with the 08.05 sailing in the morning.
WB Yeats upriver at Alexandra Basin and resuming with the 14.30hrs.

The News Board / Re: Work at former HSS/(Dún Laoghaire) Berth, Holyhead?
« on: November 18, 2019, 07:20:06 pm »
It's at the HSS berth at Holyhead.

The News Board / Work at former Dún Laoghaire/HSS Berth, Holyhead?
« on: November 18, 2019, 07:13:04 pm »
Noticed in recent days whilst passing through the port at night that some work appears to be underway here with a mini crane et cetera to be seen...

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries 2020 Sailings
« on: November 18, 2019, 07:07:31 pm »
The 2020 sailing schedule for Dublin Swift is now available:

Ex Dublin at 08.20 and 14.40

Ex Holyhead at 11.30 and 17.35

Scheduled passage time of 2 hrs 15 mins

a more user-friendly timetable than this year's in my view - the 07.30 was too early.

Strangely the booking engine shows the first sailing on Thurs 2nd April 2020 departing at 07.30, with the 08.20 departure time commencing the following day...

The News Board / Re: Stena Estrid E Flexer
« on: January 20, 2019, 03:14:53 pm »
Looking at Estrid's family tree one ponders whether we could also see a Stena Ingvar and Stena Ingefast  :)

Discussion Board / Re: OscarWilde Mincruise
« on: November 18, 2018, 05:58:42 pm »

Discussion Board / Stena Europe essential maintenance
« on: November 18, 2018, 05:46:29 pm »
Tonight's sailings at 18.10 ex Rosslare & 23.45 ex Fishguard are cancelled as are tomorrow's (Monday 19th Nov 2018) sailings at 08.00 ex Rosslare and 13.10 ex Fishguard. Ferrycheck cites "essential maintenance" - can anyone elaborate on the issue(s)? Thanks.

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