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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: Today at 09:07:52 AM »
WB is in dry-dock at the Damen Shipyard in Dunkirk. According to Dunkirk port she is then scheduled to leave on Friday with Rotterdam as her destination?

The Dunkerque port website shows her next destination as Cherbourg which is what is expected? I thought she was to work a sailing from there to Dublin at the weekend?

WBY has left Dunkirk and approaching Cherbourg.  I thought it was doing a run? But nothing bookable on Irish Ferries and not showing on the sailing updates.

Discussion Board / Re: Rosslare to Le Havre shipping route to open soon?
« on: October 08, 2019, 09:33:29 AM »
Sounds a lot like an election candidate trying to boost their profile to me!

And there is an upcoming by-election for Wexford, so expect to hear many more soundbites on Rosslare! 

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 04, 2019, 10:02:31 AM »
Stena Europe: Due to storm Lorenzo the 08:00 hrs sailing this morning to Fishguard has been cancelled. Stena Line regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Irish Ferries Enthusiasts / Re: Brexit
« on: October 03, 2019, 05:41:34 PM »
Hi all,

I have tried to pull together some notes on the impact of Brexit on ferry travel between Northern Ireland/UK and Ireland/Europe, which are here. If anyone can think of any other information that would be useful in there, please let me know!


Kieran, came across this earlier, you probably have most of it covered.

Also something around spending limits in the event of a no deal?

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:02:10 AM »
Stena Nordica has taken over the 08.00 departure from Rosslare this morning, Europe has stayed in Rosslare. Possibly some gremlins following the refit.

Took a strange track last night leaving Rosslare.

The News Board / Re: FSG Shipyard
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:37:49 PM »
Just noticed the following on the FSG site from 30/08/2019:

Flensbug, 30.9.19; The Global investment company Tennor Holding B.V. confirms it has now become the sole owner of the German shipyard FSG.

This follows the successful acquisition of all remaining shares in FSG from the former owners, Siem Europe Sarl.

In February of this year, Tennor (formerly Sapinda Holding) became the principal shareholder in the business, established in the North German state of Schleswig-Holstein in 1872.

Siem Europe first became a shareholder in FSG in September 2014 and over the past five years has been the main purchaser of vessels produced at the yard, which has included the construction of 8 large Roll on/Roll off freighters.

Siem Europe will continue to work closely with Tennor alongside other FSG customers and suppliers to ensure the long term growth and prosperity of the business.

Also here: is says:

Furthermore, the construction of next RoRo ship, Hull No. 781 has not stopped on the contrary, the keel laying ceremony took place on 27.5.19 and is progressing to schedule on the slipway with launching scheduled for 29.10.2019.

So hull 777 to start in November?

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: September 12, 2019, 08:03:17 AM »
Stena Europe now passing Cartagena and about to enter the Alboran Sea.
Now anchored in Gibraltar with a tanker alongside. 

Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: September 11, 2019, 02:26:33 PM »

was live music still there?and at night time were the full lights still on in the bar.

There was still equipment there, but we were told that the music had finished for the season.
They did turn the lights down in the bar later in the evening.

on a sperate note i seen a video on youtube taken of the GNV Allergra(EX Oscar wilde) in july of this year and bar her funnel and hull colours being changed ,nothing else has, everything is in the same name and guise as when she was with Irish Ferries ,the bars and restaurants are the exact same even the pictures of oscar wilde and his quotes are still up.
i would have thought at the very least GNV would put their branding and give her their idenity.

ah this one!

Good memories.

Interestingly, the customs man in Dublin told us the port rumour is that WBY will be moving back to Rosslare to free up space for cargo in Dublin post Brexit?

Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: September 10, 2019, 04:56:32 PM »
Just off WBY this morning from Cherbourg to Dublin. I have to say I wasn't looking forward to the journey. After reading so many negative comments and speaking to friends who had traveled, my expectations were not high. The reality was not too bad, but still not brilliant.

A Monday afternoon sailing in September was not the busiest so I have to take some of that into account.

Boarding was quick and efficient. Started at 16:00 and i'd say everyone was on by 16:40 and pushed off on time at 17:00.

Accommodation: We had booked a 2 berth outside cabin. What we got was a 4 berth. Not sure if they actually do true 2 berths or not. But cabin was very comfortable, good air con and spotlessly clean. 2 well positioned poser sockets. good quality tv signal as well.

Food & Drink. This was disappointing. They are advertising the live WOK station which on the Oscar was excellent, but was gruffly told by staff no not available today. I had a chicken curry which was tasteless. My friend had ribs which were also tasteless. Later in the evening we did have pizzas which were excellent. 11.50 or 14 with a pint of Heineken. Beer in the bar was expensive at 5.75 for a pint of Coors. i just had a 'kids' breakfast which was only 6 with coffee. It was good, but draining the scrambled eggs a bit before dumping on the plate would help! :-)


The ship interior has held up really well to the first season. To be fair everything was spotless and still looked new. Out on decks there are already signs of a number of repairs. e.g Cables going into the rail lights are not all a mix of colours as if some have been replaces. A number of metal patchings around and also some pipes with like a wapping around them.

The bar was comfortable, although with the majority of seats bolted down it can be a little uncomfortable. On a busy sailing I can see there being a general issue. People were eating meals and then just staying in the seats as there is limited places to sit.

My biggest disappointment was the staff. I always found the staff on Oscar excellent and friendly. The majority of staff on WBY were gruff and in some cases actually ignorant.

There appeared to be some confusion over arrival times into Dublin. The tickets said 10:15, the sign in reception said 10:45 and the website said 11:00! But it was 11:00 when we docked.

We had traveled over on the Pont Avon. It was great, the only draw back being the 2 bed inside cabin. There wasn't actually room for 2 people to stand up in the room! But good food, friendly staff and reasonable beer prices.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:43:20 AM »
direction istanbul for stena europe
Appears to be anchored off Istanbul now.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:57:41 AM »
Hull 780 - Leevsten - seems to have started sea trials this morning.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:15:28 AM »
Hull 780 - Leevsten - appears to be taking on fuel this morning and a lot of progress on 781 the last week.

Painting continuing on Honfleur

The News Board / Re: HSC Dublin Swift
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:04:08 PM »
The parts must have arrived for the unserviceable engine.

Think it is still having an issue, still only hitting 26Kn on this afternoon sailing. Possible they decided to just protect her this morning and take everyone on the Ulysses

The News Board / Re: HSC Dublin Swift
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:03:38 AM »
Morning Swift sailing cancelled today. And everything running behind schedule yesterday.

"Irish Ferries regrets to advise that due to operational reasons, the 07:30hrs Swift Fast Craft sailing is now CANCELLED. Customers can be accommodated on the 0805hrs Ulysses Cruise Ferry from Dublin."

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