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SEA

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Dublin Swift is back on the run today and Her schedule is all over the place .The Journey is taking on average 2 hours and 45 minutes

jgf

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Looking at the IF booking engine now, it shows Oscar Wilde doing Dublin - Cherbourg all sailings from 2nd  to 11th Oct, after that, the following weeks  Epsilon is doing the Saturday sailing with OW doing Tues + Thurs.

Oscar going on to Holyhead for the weekend.

Oscar is carrying foot passengers only on 08.30am sailing from Holyhead. Disappointing that it is not doing so on the 14.30ex Dublin.

The insider

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Ulysses cancelled  divers down in holyhead same old problem again maybe

giftgrub

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Ulysses cancelled  divers down in holyhead same old problem again maybe

According to the social media aka The Facebook it is Rudder Damage which happened during the storm, can only think they must have touched something.

I think the IF management now know how Queen Elizabeth felt when she had her Annus horribilis, maybe the ferry gods have not looked kindly on their decision to basically abandon Rosslare \France from next month !

Apparently at the moment swift has an engine gone, Ulysses broken rudder (rumors), WB Yeats has major electrical issues and delayed again, earlier this month Epsilon had a broken lifeboat davit and of course in the Summer Ulysses damaged propellor shaft.

This could be a coincidence but would hope the maintenance budget is increased for 2019 and they starts spending money on the fleet rather than sweating the assets as much.

ferryfan

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Hard to make out what's going on exactly other than to describe it as a right ole f*** up!. Epsilon may have swapped rota with Ulysses, Adventurer very late leaving Dublin this morning (after 10.30 b4 she moved) and of course Swift is taking 2 hours 45 minutes to cross.
On the southern corridor sailings are also still out of sync with Inishmore due to arrive in Rosslare at about lunchtime.
Ulysses has left the berth at Holyhead I think just to allow Epsilon to berth.
KARMA for ICG

SEA

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Ulysses left Holyhead doing 13 knots . Sea Trials
Last Edit: September 20, 2018, 04:35:19 PM by SEA

giftgrub

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Ulysses seems to back in service, has left Holyhead heading for Dublin at 21+ knots with Superfast X right behind.

Whatever caused the cancellations must be fixed.

IFPete

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Having seen the pictures of Ulysses entry into Holyhead this week I am not surprised for the Captain being ultra causious taking her back to sea. She appears to be running normally dispite the difficult wind and sea conditions.

With referance to Dublin Swift i understand there is work planned to install a mezanine car deck in the centre lanes this winter to expand her car capacity. If they also replace the stern ramp this would improve her turnaround in Holyhead.

This combined with suitable attention to her engines and waterjets should put her in a good place for the future.

I understand there were teething problems with her interior due to lack of storage space near her kitchen for supplies

Hopefully they can solve this during her winter break.
Last Edit: September 22, 2018, 03:24:13 PM by IFPete

ferryfan

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Oscar Wilde arriving in Dublin this morning ready to take up her Dublin- Cherbourg runs.

ferryfan

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Epsilon being berthed at Cruise 18 from Saturday morning for some works to be carried out over the weekend. Transfer letter also showing Swift heading to Dry Dock on Tuesday.

ferryfan

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Epsilon being berthed at Cruise 18 from Saturday morning for some works to be carried out over the weekend. Transfer letter also showing Swift heading to Dry Dock on Tuesday.

Correction Swift couldn't even make dry dock on time due to leave on Friday depending on wind

LongTimeReader

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The Big U is cancelled owing to Storm Callum for 24 hours from 20:55 sailing this evening.

It seems like a complete overreaction to cancel for so long when the Orange warning is over in Dublin at 9am tomorrow.

Chef

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The Big U is cancelled owing to Storm Callum for 24 hours from 20:55 sailing this evening.

It seems like a complete overreaction to cancel for so long when the Orange warning is over in Dublin at 9am tomorrow.
Or maybe because the ship is getting  on in  it's age  and not worth risking it .

LongTimeReader

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Feels a bit like that - Stena haven't cancelled any sailings yet.

ferryfan

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The Big U is cancelled owing to Storm Callum for 24 hours from 20:55 sailing this evening.

It seems like a complete overreaction to cancel for so long when the Orange warning is over in Dublin at 9am tomorrow.
Ulysses cancelled until 20:55 Friday night Epsilon next sailing scheduled 14:30 Friday Inishmore 20:45 ex Rosslare Friday and OW crossing scheduled from Dublin to Cherbourg on Friday is cancelled with passengers transferring to te Epsilon crossing on Saturday. OW's scheduled Dub-HH on Saturday is "in doubt"