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Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
With the company sailing eight boats a day till now on the Irish Sea route with its flagship Ulysses vessel and the high speed Jonathan Swift, this news comes will definitely help people travelling in the route.
The ship is scheduled to start from the end of this year. It is the bareboat chartered MV Epsilon, built in 2011 in Italy The advanced 24 knot vessel will provide two additional departures a day in each direction, resulting in an increase in the company’s schedule to a maximum of twelve sailings between Dublin and Holyhead each day.
At the moment, the company operates eight sailings a day on the Irish Sea route with its flagship Ulysses vessel and the high speed Jonathan Swift.
The MV Epsilon has capacity of 2,860 lane metres (approximately 170 trucks) and for 500 passengers.
The company said the vessel will also provide opportunities for improved annual dry-dock cover within the fleet, along with scope for increased capacity on other Irish Ferries routes.
The company said the resumption in growth in the freight market between Ireland and the UK has provided the opportunity to introduce additional shipping capacity to accommodate the consequent increase in RoRo traffic between both ports.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, described the announcement as good news for tourism to Ireland for 2014. He said that ss an island, the importance of convenient, direct access cannot be overstated –it is absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
We already work very closely with Irish Ferries and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of their services from Holyhead.
The new sailings will help boost car touring holidays from GB; visitors who bring their car here on holidays tend to stay longer, spend more and are more likely to visit more than one region. And prospects for car touring holidays in 2014 are really good, with the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, as well as the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route – providing additional reasons for overseas holidaymakers to visit.