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Storm Damage Revealed as Irish Ferries Ship Epsilon Docks in Dublin Port

10th February 2016
Damage onboard the Irish Ferries Ship Epsilon

Irish Ferries ship Epsilon sustained extensive damage to her cargo – estimated by an Afloat source at thousands of Euro – having sailed from Cherbourg Sunday at 17:30 into the teeth of Storm Imogen. The 2011 Italian–built ship hit winds of a constant 60–knots with gusts of 105–knots at times. One observer said it was most likely the 'worst ever' crossing from France and suggested it was 'lucky the ship was not lost'.

Heavy seas and winds blowing up to Force 11 meant the Epsilon, sailing from Cherbourg to Dublin, had to divert into safer waters. The ship was forced to take shelter at sea in waters off the north Devon coast.

The sailing, due to arrive in Dublin at 11am on Monday morning, arrived Tuesday lunchtime.

Epsilon is the most recent addition to the Irish Ferries fleet and offers an economy class service on both the Dublin Port to Holyhead and Dublin Port to Cherbourg routes.

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8 comments

  • Comment Link dennis Friday, 12 February 2016 18:32 posted by dennis

    Our very good friends will John and violet cotter had there moterhome destroyed during stormy weather on this ferry had a terrifying trip

  • Comment Link dennis Friday, 12 February 2016 18:32 posted by dennis

    Our very good friends will John and violet cotter had there moterhome destroyed during stormy weather on this ferry had a terrifying trip

  • Comment Link Simon Pietro Friday, 12 February 2016 15:00 posted by Simon Pietro

    only a crazy would have sailed in that storm !!

  • Comment Link Thomas Andrews Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:11 posted by Thomas Andrews

    Amazes me how Irish Ferries seem to put to sea regardless of the very well forecast conditions. We the public trust our lives with the captains of these vessels in the knowledge that they must know more than us. Very lucky lives were not lost on this one

  • Comment Link Patrick Melarkey Thursday, 11 February 2016 08:51 posted by Patrick Melarkey

    Jesus Christ that must have been some hell of a storm! Glad I wasn't on board... If I had been my knees would be so sore from praying ! Come to think about it , how is the damage gonna be paid for , the insurance companies will sure as hell be saying it was caused by an act of God !

  • Comment Link Ciaran monks Thursday, 11 February 2016 05:58 posted by Ciaran monks

    Who will pay for the damage to the cars and trucks, is it the responsibility of the ferry company or do you have to go through your own insurance

  • Comment Link Nick Pearce Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:58 posted by Nick Pearce

    Hope its a bit quieter in April.

  • Comment Link SimonFl Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:20 posted by SimonFl

    Why the heck did it sail on, the stena flavia sister ship departed Cherbourg at the same time heading back to Ireland yet took the safer option and sheltered near torbay

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