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Car Ferry Calls to Wicklow Port Prior to Opening of New Carlingford Lough Service

19th May 2017
Frazer Aisling Gabrielle, a 44 car capacity ferry that called to Wicklow Port last night following work carried at New Ross boat yard. The recently renamed ferry departed from the port's East Pier this morning and is bound for Greenore on Carlingford Lough. Frazer Aisling Gabrielle, a 44 car capacity ferry that called to Wicklow Port last night following work carried at New Ross boat yard. The recently renamed ferry departed from the port's East Pier this morning and is bound for Greenore on Carlingford Lough. Photo: JEHAN ASHMORE

#FerryWickow - A newly renamed car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle called to Wicklow Port prior to the opening of the new Scenic Carlingford Ferry that is scheduled to begin operations early next month, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 44 car capacity Frazer Aisling Gabrielle had arrived to Wicklow yesterday evening after a passage of around 10 hours from Waterford Estuary. The car ferry having received work at New Ross Boat Yard in preparation for the new service linking Greenore, Co. Louth and Greencastle in Co. Down.

The work carried out at the inland yard downriver from the Port of New Ross involved a new livery applied to the ferry formerly named Foyle Venture. Under that guise this ferry has previously called to Wicklow Port.  As such the presence of the car ferry was less of a surprise in Wicklow unlike newbuild Spirit of Rathlin that made a unique call to Greystones in February of this year.

Frazer Ailsing Gabrielle which can accommodate 300 passengers had berthed at Wicklow's East Pier from where a crew rest took place overnight.  An inshore fishing boat, Bernice set off from the North Quay this morning to transfer a pilot on board the carferry. Following that the vessel departed in classy calm seas for the final leg of the voyage bound for Greenore. 

The ferry project on Carlingford Lough cost €9.75 million (£8.5 million) was entirely privately financed and developed by the Frazer Ferries Group. They acquired last year the Passage East Ferry Company that operates on the Waterford Estuary route served by F.B.D. Tintern.

The former Lough Foyle ferry however provided relief duties to allow the smaller car ferry that plies between Passage East and Ballyhack to undergo annual maintenance at the facility in New Ross. 

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