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BLUE STAR 1 Soon Ready For Irish Sea

There were rumours that ropax ferry BLUE STAR 1 would soon exchange Greek for Irish Sea  waters, on charter to Irish Ferries. It has not been confirmed yet, but we believe these pictures say enough.

Thank you Christos Chatzaras for the great drone shots.

Rosslare Europort Welcomes DFDS New Route to Dunkirk

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As from 2 January 2021, DFDS join existing shipping operators Stena Line, Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries at Rosslare Europort, with a new six-times weekly service direct to Dunkirk (see the extra news of last week 48)

Rosslare Europort has recently secured planning permission for a major transformation of Rosslare Europort, as part of its €30m Port Masterplan.

Further substantial investment will also take place both at the port and the surrounding area.


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Irish Ferries Choose Hogia Ferry Systems

Irish Ferries have been looking to replace their current passenger and freight reservation systems and have signed an agreement with Hogia Ferry Systems to deliver their standard booking system BOOKIT.

The new system has a fully comprehensive API, which will allow Irish Ferries to integrate any hardware or third-party software.

Irish Ferries currently have two separate systems for their passenger and freight operations, which will now be replaced with one complete solution.

Irish Ferries Has A Robust Future After A Challenging Operational Year

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2018 was a challenging year operationally but one in which significant progress was made in the strategic development of the Group.

Schedule disruptions due to technical issues on ULUSSES and the late delivery of the W.B. YEATS lower the profit performance in 2018.

  • -1.5% Revenue €330.2m (€335.1m)
  • -15.6% EBITDA €68.4m (€81.0m)


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Irish Ferries Challenges Passenger Compensation Ruling

Irish Ferries has brought a High Court challenge over a finding that it must pay compensation to thousands of passengers affected by the cancellation of sailings between Ireland and France last summer.

The company says it had to cancel the services because a new ferry it had ordered, the WB Yeats, to operate the service between Dublin and Cherbourg was delayed for several months.

The challenge has been brought against the National Transport Authority’s decision in January that arising out of the cancellations the company breached EU regulations concerning the rights of passengers travelling by sea.

Irish Ferries Invests Four Million Euro In ULYSSES Upgrade

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The ferry ULYSSES returned to Dublin on 13 February, following an extensive dry dock investment at Cammell Laird shipyard in Merseyside.

The four-week upgrade was undertaken to complete refurbishment and maintenance work and will see the Ulysses return to service looking like new, having had new propellers, new rudder components, a full refurbishment of her stern thruster and other underwater works. Investment didn’t stop there, with engine overhauls and vehicle deck painting programmes.


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Irish Ferries Will Appeal The NTA’s Decision In The Courts

Irish Ferries expressed its disappointment with the issuing of notices by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in respect of the cancellations that arose following the delayed arrival of the new W.B. YEATS ferry.

  • Since the delay was due to unforeseen delays by the shipbuilder FSG, and was notified to passengers months ahead of planned sailings, Irish Ferries does not agree that the company infringed the relevant EU Regulation.
  • Irish Ferries believes it took every reasonable action to provide passengers with alternative travel options, from a no-quibble immediate refund to allow them to make alternative travel plans, as well as alternative sailings on the OSCAR WILDE out of Rosslare and Land bridge alternatives via the UK.
  • Ongoing discussions with the NTA on the interpretation of EU regulation has been a critical factor in concluding that Irish Ferries are unlikely to operate the OSCAR WILDE to France out of Rosslare in 2019. The NTA’s approach to the Regulation has contributed to making the route commercially unviable into the future.
  • Irish Ferries has, on numerous occasions, attempted to engage with the NTA by offering to enter into a mediation process without any preconditions. The NTA have not taken up this offer.

Irish Ferries will appeal the NTA’s decision in the courts (including, if needed, the European Court of Justice).


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  • Irish Ferries new cruise ferry W.B. YEATS has made its maiden sailing on Tuesday 22 January, on the route Dublin-Holyhead.
  • WILLEM DE VLAMINGH, the first of Rederij Doeksen’s two new ferries has been successfully launched in Vung Tau, Vietnam. The identical LNG-powered ro-pax catamarans will be introduced after summer.
  • HSC SAINT JOHN PAUL II is undergoing sea trials and is set to depart late January for her new home with Virtu Ferries in Malta. The 110m catamaran has been built by the Incat Tasmania shipyard.

MCIB Published The EPSILON Incident Report

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The Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) examined an incident involving the Irish Ferries ro-pax EPSILON, which happened in February 2016. The report has been published and can be downloaded via the link below.

What happened: after sailing from Cherbourg to Dublin the Italian-flagged vessel experienced adverse weather conditions (Force 10, waves 6-9m), causing cargo shifts, damage and injuries to people.

Some issues: Senior Master versus Duty Master, cargo securing, weather forecasting.

Conclusions in paragraph 5, and safety recommendations in paragraph 6.

Disruption To The Irish Ferries Vessel ULYSSES

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Irish Ferries’ ULYSSES, operating on the Dublin – Holyhead route, will be out of service longer than expected. The ferry reported technical difficulties with its Starboard Controllable Pitch Propeller on 24 June.

The vessel entered drydock in Belfast on 28 June. The investigation and repairs to the vessel were expected to take no longer than 5 days. However, the issue is more serious than originally anticipated, causing more delays.

Ro-pax EPSILON is being used as replacement vessel and fast ferry DUBLIN SWIFT operates additional evening sailings.