November 25, 2021

Irish Continental Group plc will acquire CIUDAD DE MAHON from Trasmed GLE in January 2022.

The vessel will serve the Dover – Calais route operated by Irish Ferries after dry docking and branding changes.

The vessel was built in 2000 as NORTHERN MERCHANT and had Dover as her port of registry at that time.

Passenger capacity 589. Freight unit carrying capacity 91.

Irish Ferries commenced services on the Dover – Calais route on 29 June 2021.

The plan was to have a three-ship operation, with up to 30 sailings per day on the route with sailings in each direction approximately every 90 minutes.


  • ISLE OF INNISFREE (ex CALAIS SEAWAYS) was delivered to the Group on 3 November 2021. She is currently undergoing drydocking and is expected to commence services on the route during December.
  • CIUDAD DE MAHON is expected to commence services in Q1,

The introduction of the two extra vessels represents a total investment of €35.5m