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Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
is a maritime transport company that operates passenger and freight services on routes between Ireland, Britain and Continental Europe, including Dublin
Port–Holyhead; Rosslare Europort to Pembroke as well as Dublin
Port- Cherbourg
and Rosslare to Cherbourg
and Roscoff
in France The company is a division of the Irish Continental Group
Irish Continental Group
(ICG) which trades on the Irish Stock Exchange
Irish Stock Exchange
and the London Stock Exchange. ICG also owns the Eucon container line which operates vessels on routes operating between Ireland
and the continent. Irish Ferries' flagship, MV Ulysses, is currently the largest ROPAX ferry operating on the Irish Sea and when launched in 2001 was the world's largest car ferry in terms of car-carrying capacity. Other ships in the fleet include MS Isle of Inishmore, MS Oscar Wilde and the fast ferry HSC Jonathan Swift (a.k.a. Dublin
Swift as she is currently promoted). The company also charters in a ro-pax vessel, MS Epsilon. The company used to charter MV Kaitaki which was sold to Interisland Line
Interisland Line
and Pride of Bilbao, but sold her to St. Peter Line
St. Peter Line
in 2013, who renamed her Princess Anastasia. Irish Ferries is currently constructing a new ro-pax cruise ferry MV W.B. Yeats, due to enter service in Summer 2018.


1 History

1.1 Investment

2 Awards 3 Fleet

3.1 Former ships

4 References

4.1 Bibliography

5 External links

History[edit] Irish Continental Line was formed in 1973 as a joint venture between Irish Shipping, Fearnley & Eger and Swedish company Lion Ferry. It originally operated on the Rosslare– Le Havre
Le Havre
route with the 547 berth, 210 car ferry Saint Patrick.[1] When Irish Shipping
Irish Shipping
went into liquidation in 1984, Irish Continental Line was sold off in a management buyout and emerged as Irish Continental Group. In 1992, ICG took over the British and Irish Steam Packet Company Limited, a nationalised company which traded under the name B + I Line and operated ferry services between Dublin
and Holyhead
and between Rosslare and Pembroke Dock. Investment[edit] As part of its offer to buy B&I Line, management at ICG undertook to invest in replacing what was an ageing fleet. Over the following decade, a programme of fleet renewal was undertaken involving investment of €500 million to create what was described as the most modern ferry fleet in western Europe (1). New vessels were built such as Ulysses, Isle of Innisfree (now on charter in New Zealand as Kaitaki), Isle of Inishmore and a fast ferry Jonathan Swift, all for service on its Ireland–UK routes. As a result, the company put itself in a position to attract increased passenger and freight business, influenced by the modern facilities and improved reliability of each vessel and the extra capacity that was available on board. On 31 May 2016, ICG announced that it had entered into an agreement with the German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft
to build a cruise ferry MV W.B. Yeats at a contract price of €144 million. The new cruise ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, with 435 cabins and with capacity for 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars.[2] Awards[edit] In 2001, the newly completed vessel Ulysses was awarded the title 'Most Significant Newbuild – Ferry' by Lloyds List Cruise & Ferry.[3] Fleet[edit] In 2005, Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
began to re-register its fleet under flags of convenience[4][5], enabling the company to save approximately €11.5 million[6] by replacing crew with agency staff. As of February 2018, all vessels owned by Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
or Irish Continental Group
Irish Continental Group
are registered in either the Bahamas or Cyprus

Ship Built Entered Service Route Crossing Times Gross Tonnage Notes Flag

Ulysses 2001 2001 Dublin
Port–Holyhead 3 hours 15 minutes 50,938 GT The largest ro-pax ferry currently (2017) operating on the Irish Sea, carrying up to 1,875 passengers and 1,342 cars. Cyprus

Isle of Inishmore 1997 1997 Rosslare Europort
Rosslare Europort
- Pembroke Dock 4 hours 34,031 GT Carrying up to 2,200 passengers and 855 cars. Cyprus

Jonathan Swift 1999 1999 Dublin
Port - Holyhead 1 hour 49 minutes 5,989 GT Carrying up to 800 passengers and 200 cars, and with an average speed of 39 knots. Cyprus

Oscar Wilde 1987 2007 Rosslare - Cherbourg/Roscoff 16–17 hours 31,914 GT Carrying up to 1,458 passengers, 580 cars and with 1,376 beds. Bahamas

Westpac Express 2001 2018 Dublin
Port - Holyhead 1 hour 49 minutes 2,111 GT 1May be specified in gross tonnage (GT) or gross register tons (GRT). Cyprus

Epsilon 2011 2014 Dublin-Holyhead Dublin
Port–Cherbourg 3 hrs 25 minutes 19 hours 26,375 GT Chartered from Cartour S.r.l. Operating Dublin
- Holyhead
(mid-week) & Dublin
- Cherbourg
(week-ends). Italy

Former ships[edit]

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Ship Years in service Gross Register Tonnage Status as of 2008

Saint Patrick 1972–1982 7,819 GRT [7] In 1982 renamed the St. Colum 1 and transferred to Belfast Car Ferries.[8] Scrapped as EXPRESS P at Alang, India
in August 2005

Saint Killian Saint Killian II 1978–1981 1982–1997 7,125 GRT 10,256 GRT Scrapped in Alang, 2007

Saint Patrick II 1982–1997 7,984 GRT Since 2002 sailing as MS C.T.M.A. Vacancier
MS C.T.M.A. Vacancier
for Coopérative de transport maritime et aérien

Isle of Inishmore Isle of Inishturk 1995–1996 1996–1997 6,807 GRT Since 1997 sailing as Madeleine for Coopérative de transport maritime et aérien.

Normandy 1998–2007 17,043 GRT sold to Equinox Offshore Accommodation and[when?] chartered to the Morocco-based Ferrimaroc. Scrapped in Alang, 2012.

Pride of Bilbao 1993–2010 2010 37,799 GRT Sailed under charter to P&O Ferries. Sold to St. Peter Line
St. Peter Line
in 2014.

Kaitaki Isle of Innisfree 1995-1997 22,365 GT Sold to Interisland Line
Interisland Line
in 2017.

Thomas Wehr 1992 7,628 GRT


^ "Irish Ferries". Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
Enthusiasts Group. Retrieved 2012-11-16.  ^ O'Brien, Ciara (1 June 2016). " Irish Continental Group
Irish Continental Group
to spend €144m building cruise ferry". Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 4 October 2017.  ^ ‘ Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
– An Ambitious Voyage’ by Miles Cowsill and Justin Merrigan ^ "Flying the flag of greed". The Irish Times. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 19 February 2018.  ^ " Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
flies flag of convenience". Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein. 15 July 2005. Retrieved 19 February 2018.  ^ " Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
dispute finally resolved after bitter stand-off". EurWORK. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 19 February 2018.  ^ http://maritime-connector.com/ship/express-p-7302885 ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 


Cowsill, Miles; Merrigan, Justin (2013). Irish Ferries: An Ambitious Voyage. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 9781906608606. 

External links[edit]

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Ferries of the Irish Sea

Current ships

Irish Ferries

MS Epsilon MS Isle of Inishmore HSC Jonathan Swift MS Oscar Wilde MS Ulysses

Seatruck Ferries

MS Clipper Pennant MS Clipper Point MS Clipper Ranger MS Seatruck Pace MS Seatruck Panorama

P&O Ferries

MS European Causeway MS European Endeavour MS European Highlander MS Norbank MS Norbay

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

MS Ben-My-Chree HSC Manannan

Stena Line

MS Stena Adventurer MS Stena Europe MS Stena Horizon MS Stena Lagan MS Stena Mersey MS Stena Superfast VII MS Stena Superfast VIII MS Stena Superfast X

Ferry ports

Belfast Harbour Cairnryan Harbour Douglas Harbour Dublin
Port Fishguard Harbour Heysham Port Port of Holyhead Larne Harbour Port of Liverpool Pembroke Dock Rossl