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The News Board / Re: Stena Estrid E Flexer
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:58:47 AM »

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: January 19, 2019, 10:49:09 PM »
With the Stena Europe due to go for its life extending refit soon,  I came across this great video on the YouTube today with all the talk this week about E-Flexers and WBY take a few minutes to look at one of the older Ferries still operating heading into Fishguard.

Discussion Board / Re: Investment at Rosslare Europort
« on: January 18, 2019, 10:07:26 PM »
Some more here

The announcement by Irish Ferries that it would not run a French ferry service from Rosslare this summer came as a big shock for local people in the Wexford port.

Not least for Glen Carr, the General manager of Rosslare Europort, which is run by CIE.

He said the loss of the Irish Ferries service equates to around 10% of the port’s income. 

So far, Irish Ferries has not said anything further than their original statement in December in which it said it was unlikely that the service would operate this year but it "will continue to keep this situation under review".

The company said that a majority of its customers have a clear preference for the more central location and easy access of Dublin.

It said the new WB Yeats ferry will operate from Dublin to Cherbourg, with 20% greater passenger capacity up to four days per week.

Local business owners in the village of Rosslare Harbour are concerned as they rely on port traffic for a boost to the seasonal economy.

Families heading off to France tend to do a last minute stop at the SuperValu shop, which sits right at the entrance to the port. 

Owner Alan Murphy said they organise their deli counter rosters and stock around the French service - knowing that coach tours and families like to pick up a "chicken fillet roll" or tea bags and sausages as they head off and he is concerned about the knock-on effect to his bottom line this summer. 

One customer who won’t be popping in this summer is Karen Cormack.

Karen and her family went on holiday to France in 2017, with Irish Ferries to Roscoff and stayed within an hour's drive from the north French port.

They liked where they stayed so she put a deposit down last October in order to book it again for this summer. She waited, like a lot of Irish families, for Irish Ferries to open up its bookings, but instead, the announcement it wouldn’t be sailing to Roscoff from Rosslare came.

Karen didn’t want to go to Cherbourg as it would be a further five hour drive to accommodation so she’s decided to book with Brittany Ferries who do travel into Roscoff, but from Cork.

Despite living in Dublin, she said the drive to Cork is worth it, weighing up the hour versus five hour drive the other side. 

Back in Rosslare Harbour village, which used to be home to a few different hotels, it is now B&B's and guest houses that mainly provide accommodation for tourists.

Margaret Hartigan is the owner of Clifford House B&B. She's been here for 40 years and she says in all that time, there has been an Irish Ferries French service, two in fact for a time. Now she's worried about missing the European trade - the tourists who come and stay and use this part of the sunny southeast as a base while they explore the region. 

Standing outside her house on the cliff top above the beach with a panoramic view of the Europort terminal building and berths, Margaret tells me she hopes another company will be persuaded to come and take up the Irish Ferries Rosslare-France service. 

That's something Glen Carr is hoping for too. He said CIE is actively talking to other shipping lines in the hope they can get the business back to Rosslare Europort.

The News Board / Re: Stena Estrid E Flexer
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:00:36 PM »
Stena Estrid Will be on Dublin- Holyhead early next year replacing Superfast X, more than likely next February.

The News Board / Re: new stena ships
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:37:28 AM »
Steam Estrid launch on now

Interesting name.

The News Board / Re: new stena ships
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:20:23 PM »
Reminder 7.30 am CET which is 6.30 am Ireland sees the live launch of E-Flexer 1 in China

To see the build of E-Flexer check link below.

Would assume they will post videos on site after launch.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:27:24 PM »
There has been a reluctance to switch Inishmore to Dublin this year, most notably during Summer when Ulysses was off service for a month, Inishmore stayed in Rosslare.

While we all thought WB would have slotted into service as cover for Ulysses (especially given drydock delayed a week) this has not happened yet, for whatever reason, given the original plan was for WB to enter service days after arriving in a Ireland last Summer, the extended delays, lack of sea time, no press tour, pour communication would seem to indicate possible issues.

Who would have thought Oscar Wilde would have been used so much on Dublin route this year. Also France sailings have been cancelled while Stena Nordica Sold out over next few crossings out of Rosslare.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:31:01 PM »
It is strange given the delays, if there are certain issues would be smart fleet planning to put it in service as cover for Inishmore first when it goes to refit, have any teething issues outside of the glare of Dublin - Holyhead,  delays on Rosslare Pembroke unlikely to get as much attention.

Given the investment it is sad to see it sitting idle in all the images so far, it will be great to finally see it carrying passengers.

Discussion Board / Re: Investment at Rosslare Europort
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:50:51 PM »
More news

There are concerns that one of the country’s main ports is not prepared for Brexit, despite Government plans for a €45 million improvement scheme.

Rosslare Europort provides ferry links between Ireland and the Welsh ports of Fishguard and Pembroke.

Plans have been announced by the Office of Public Works for a new customs facility at the port, as well as upgraded revenue, agriculture and immigration controls.

Glen Carr, General Manager of the CIE-operated port, said that given up to 70% of goods transported through Rosslare are agricultural and food produce, it is essential that a border inspection post is built.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Carr said it has been envisioned that this would take between two and a half and three years to build.

He added that the design phase for the facility has been completed with the OPW, and the planning phase is set to begin.

"I think the congestion is going to be our biggest fear. There isn’t enough room to accommodate the vehicles coming in"

The News Board / Re: new stena ships
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:29:57 PM »
E-Flexer 1 is painted and ready for float out on Wednesday

Will be on link below.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:40:56 PM »
Surely Stena Europe has the new larger Stena Line hull logo? Was she not painted with it about 2009/2010? One would presume this is proportional to the dimensions of the ship and anything larger would look ridiculous!

Just a wish to make it slightly bigger, always thought slightly undersized,

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:39:55 PM »
Why would Stena Europe even go to turkey for a refit when there are shipyards way closer, Poland or Sweden, Denmark for example??

Is there any source on this or is it just a rumour??

A lot of rumors from several sources about going that far for a refit, nothing official from Stena on the subject.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: January 13, 2019, 01:43:51 PM »
Met now, forgot about that, never go into it, yes could do with refurb.

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