There are still rumours of a rosslare service for 2020,
As she is still on IF books until the last installment you never know what could happen,
She has been sold and the profit will go into this years financial results (as per the regulatory announcement). The “hire purchase” arrangement is an accounting exercise by ICG - how many vessels have they sold outright? OSCAR WILDE is as likely to return as KAITAKI which was also sold on in the same way. It’s not like MSC are short of a few quid and couldn’t afford an outright purchase - the cruise division alone is said to make around $4000 a minute!! At this stage any “rumours” of Oscar operating any service from Rosslare are purely wishful thinking!
I twill be interesting to see where she ends up. As far as I know MSC does not operate any ferries, They operate Cruise ships and Container ships.
They own two ferry companies!!!
Has left drydock in H&W, now alongside ship repair key beside drydock.
No IF branding removed yet.
Will probably be removed at a yard of MSC/GNV’s choice, along with any interior refurbishment they intend to undertake in the same way as happened with CECILIA PAYNE
With regard to refit cover, the most obvious solution would be to use Inishmore to cover ULYSSES and EPSILON and Yeats, with the latter to cover Epsilon’s France sailings. Inishmore could possibly be covered with a slot charter on Stena Europe (which will have improved freight capability) - is it a coincidence that all Irish Ferries vessels had extended periods in dry dock this year meaning they’ll probably only need quick routine checks next time? They might even be able to get away with in water surveys!