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Oscar Wilde

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I was told that the bunker barge which refuels the Inishmore is presently in drydock, and was told by Irish Ferries staff in Pembroke that currently the Inishmore is refuelling using a road tanker truck.

BUT I only thought of it after, Pembroke Dock dosent have a pier to dock the IOI, so how would the road tanker have access to the ships hull?

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Drive onto the ship and do it from the car deck.

loch garman

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I saw the Inver trucks there myself last week while passing through Pembroke dock.

they refuel by driving inside the ship. Inver do the same in Rosslare for the Oscar wilde 8)

hhvferry

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Any update on the reports of IF purchasing some EX Superfast's from the Med or maybe a new build/builds?
This could be a case of a self-fulfilling rumour but some of the more reliable Greek sources have indicated that Irish Ferries have indeed looked over the Superfast XI and XII.

Proven as the Superfast class have been in various roles (and very nice as the XI and XII are) I'd suggest that the Olympic Champion and Hellenic Spirit belonging to the other partner in the Superfast-ANEK joint venture would be better purchases - they have rather better passenger accommodation and their owners are probably even more ready for a distressed sale at a reasonable price.
Last Edit: March 22, 2015, 03:59:04 PM by hhvferry

IFPete

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Olympic Champion and Hellenic Spirit appear to be good quality night ferries.

The interior of both is of very high quality.

IFPete

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Superfast XI and Superfast XII, each have a capacity of 1,550 passengers and garage decks for 130 large trucks and at the same time 100 private vehicles. They have four 12-cylinder Wärtsilä engines that produce a total output of 48,000 kw and speed in excess of 30 knots. Superfast XI and Superfast XII have an overall length of 199.9 m., width of 25.0 m, draft of 6.4 m and maximum height at deck 10 of 28.8 m.
 
Equipped with the latest navigation and communication technology, the two new cruise-class ferries of Attica Enterprises offer 5-star comfort to their passengers and amenities to include a la carte and buffet Restaurants, Bars, a panoramic Lounge, Casino, Video Games Room, Card Room, Shops and Boutiques, Conference Rooms and Business Centre, Childrens Playroom, Swimming Pool, Satellite Television and Internet facilities.

Collision-course

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Any update on the reports of IF purchasing some EX Superfast's from the Med or maybe a new build/builds?
This could be a case of a self-fulfilling rumour but some of the more reliable Greek sources have indicated that Irish Ferries have indeed looked over the Superfast XI and XII.

Proven as the Superfast class have been in various roles (and very nice as the XI and XII are) I'd suggest that the Olympic Champion and Hellenic Spirit belonging to the other partner in the Superfast-ANEK joint venture would be better purchases - they have rather better passenger accommodation and their owners are probably even more ready for a distressed sale at a reasonable price.

When I heard this story first I had a feeling it was Superfast XI and XII they were referring to , they would be an interesting investment if the price is right , one could sail straight onto the Rosslare - France routes with just a change of logo's , the other would only require minor changes to take up the Epsilon's duties.
I agree these would be ideal medium term solutions while the company works on new tonnage at a later date.

ferryfan

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It would be fantastic to get either of those ships to the Irish sea. However I don't think either of them are available or even suitable, both ships are stern loading only (twin doors) and on one level and this would make them unsuitable for any link-span available at any Irish port or indeed at any relevant UK ports and would require a huge amount of modifications to make them suitable. I also don't see the point of replacing any of the current fleet with vessels which are already over ten years old.

hhvferry

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It would be fantastic to get either of those ships to the Irish sea. However I don't think either of them are available or even suitable, both ships are stern loading only (twin doors) and on one level and this would make them unsuitable for any link-span available at any Irish port or indeed at any relevant UK ports and would require a huge amount of modifications to make them suitable. I also don't see the point of replacing any of the current fleet with vessels which are already over ten years old.
They're definitely available. Even relatively stable ones Greek shipowners like Attica would bite someone's hand off if they made a decent offer for their ships.

They are designed for very easy conversion to twin level bow and stern loading if required - Superfasts I to X had bow doors but, VII to X apart, this was never used in Superfast service so on the final pair the areas were made ready for future conversion but the doors etc not actually installed. The deck layout and deck machinery are already positioned to facilitate it though, similar to the Stena Killingholme freighters.

Collision-course

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Well Irish Ferries has access to considerable investment capital and is in need of at least 2 ships , Oscar Wilde is 30 years old and is not economic to continue to run it on high grade diesel , Epsilon on the other hand was always intended to be a short term solution until they get their own ship onto that schedule , if the price is right the Superfasts make sense as the type is already proven on the Irish Sea and identical sisters make maintenance planning easier and cheaper , the Superfasts would also do well on the charter market when Irish Ferries begins to commission new tonnage.

IFPete

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If Irish Ferries were to purchase these ferries a bow door installation similar to Superfast X and minor modifications to the stern with addition of a club class lounge would be enough to make this ferries ideal for operation for both short and long journeys.

I travelled on a full swift on Friday. There has been some improvements made to her with extra seating, new floors and carpets and little touches based on crew feedback.

Swift fills its own market nice and its now better than ever.
Last Edit: April 05, 2015, 03:20:38 PM by IFPete

Fast Ferry Fan

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This could be a case of a self-fulfilling rumour but some of the more reliable Greek sources have indicated that Irish Ferries have indeed looked over the Superfast XI and XII.

Call a ship "Superfast" (even if its not) and suddenly everyone wants one...

Good to hear the Swift's been given a face-lift, it always felt a bit drabber than the HSS.
Last Edit: April 06, 2015, 10:53:22 PM by Fast Ferry Fan

LiverpoolIrishLiam

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If Irish Ferries were to purchase these ferries a bow door installation similar to Superfast X and minor modifications to the stern with addition of a club class lounge would be enough to make this ferries ideal for operation for both short and long journeys.

I travelled on a full swift on Friday. There has been some improvements made to her with extra seating, new floors and carpets and little touches based on crew feedback.

Swift fills its own market nice and its now better than ever.


Any pictures of the improvements made to the Dublin Swift?

IFPete

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no pictures this time. The Ferry was full with just enough seating for every passenger.

Complete replacement of all carpets and floors in lounge areas. Fresh paint throughout.

Addition of podium for milk sugar etc opposite costa Bar with bin at base all in costa logo and colours behind cinema. This was specifically designed for Swift.

Shelf like table behind cinema so people can stand have a coffee and watch what is on screen.

Addition of extra lounge seating infront of staircase and more effient use of open spaces in lounges.

Reorganisation of shop to allow more visibility of perfume shelves by crew which has reduced theft significantly. Additional clothing products on sale.

Exit swing gates from shop have been removed after a senior citizen fell over them.

Car Decks and outside paint work like new.
Last Edit: April 11, 2015, 03:21:09 PM by IFPete

Fast Ferry Fan

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Addition of podium for milk sugar etc opposite costa Bar with bin at base all in costa logo and colours behind cinema. This was specifically designed for Swift.

Shelf like table behind cinema so people can stand have a coffee and watch what is on screen.

I don't ever recall seeing a cinema on the Swift?

This investment suggests it's going to be around a while yet...
Last Edit: April 11, 2015, 09:29:18 PM by Fast Ferry Fan