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#FerryConnection - By coincidence Irish Ferries new French route's ferry Cartour Epsilon shares Dublin Port's main ferry terminal with a rival ferry that also operated on the same route more than a decade ago, writes Jehan Ashmore.
That ferry is Stena Line's ro-pax Stena Nordica, which previously served P&O Ferries as their European Ambassador for two seasons in 2002 and 2003 on the Dublin-Cherbourg route in which Irish Ferries only re-opened in January.
With yesterday's announcement of Stena Line acquiring Celtic Link Ferries operations between Rosslare and Cherbourg, the Normandy port is the common denominator in these French connections to Wexford and the Irish capital. Incidently, prior to Celtic Link operating the route P&O had also ran this link to France.
Stena Nordica currently operates the Dublin-Holyhead route in tandem with Stena Adventurer. During her career with P&O for whom she was built in 2000, the European Ambassador was launched firstly on the Dublin-Liverpool route. The ro-pax was later switched to a second UK route port, by using a then newly constructed Welsh port of Mostyn on the Dee Estuary that shares the border with England.
European Ambassador would operate the Welsh route during the week and at weekends make a round-trip on the French service. On occasions she would make en-route calls to Rosslare. Likewise, Cartour Epsilon, which as previously reported also called to the Wexford port albeit on initial sailings last month for a contract to import trade vehicles.
The use of European Ambassador as single-ship serving two routes is similar to Irish Ferries 'Epsilon' running weekday sailings to Holyhead and at weekends to Cherbourg.
Unlike Stena Line's two-ship serviced Dublin-Holyhead route, Irish Ferries operate three vessels, flagship Ulysses, Epsilon and fast-ferry Jonathan Swift.
#StenaBuyCeltic- Stena Line has acquired the Irish-owned Celtic Link Ferries service which operates the Rosslare-Cherbourg route.
Celtic Link currently provides a three times weekly service between Ireland and France with the MV Celtic Horizon, which can accommodate 1 000 passengers, 200 cars and 120 freight units.
Ian Davies, Stena Line's Route Manager (Irish Sea South) said: "The acquisition of the Rosslare-Cherbourg route is a key strategic investment for Stena Line and one which will help stimulate and strengthen new and existing opportunities for trade and tourism between Ireland, France and beyond. With confidence in the Irish economy strengthening, we see positive long term growth in tourist and freight traffic from the Continent as a real opportunity to help strengthen this economic growth further. The Celtic Horizon will continue to operate a year- round service and we look forward to introducing the Stena Line experience to the vessel for our customers to enjoy."
Michael McGrath, Stena Line's Chief Operating Officer commented: "This exciting investment represents an important milestone for Stena Line as for the first time in our history we will be able to offer a direct ferry link between the Republic of Ireland and the Continent. We believe we can bring significant added value to the route with our wealth of industry experience and award winning customer service standards which we are confident will help to stimulate increased traffic volumes in the future."
The all year round service currently operates three weekly sailings from Rosslare at 21.30 on Tuesday and Thursday with a Saturday sailing at 16.00. From Cherbourg the schedule is 21.00 on Wednesday and Friday with a Sunday sailing at 16.00 with a journey time of approx 17 hrs.
Final details are currently being concluded around the acquisition and Stena Line hopes to be in a position to take over the running of the service with effect from Monday 31st March 2014.
#FerryRefit- Stena Adventurer, one of two Stena Line ferries operating the Dublin Port-Holyhead route has completed an extensive refurbishment which includes increased passenger capacity.
The refit, which sees enhanced and additional passenger facilities, has enabled the Stena Adventurer to increase capacity from 1200 to 1500 passengers. The boost to capacity is welcome news for customers travelling during peak sailings, especially during this busy Christmas and into the New Year season.
Stena Shopping is bigger and better than before with more wall space giving passengers even more products and great value deals to choose from with up to 40% savings compared to the high street.
The Stena Plus lounge also has additional capacity with more seating for extra comfort, while deck 7 has been transformed to offer a brand new area for passengers to eat, drink and relax with a Metropolitan Bar & Grill restaurant, a new comfortable seating area, movie lounge and children's play area.
Extra features will also be added to deck seven and eight later this month with a Hologram Guide and an Interactive Wayfinder on each deck which will enable help customers to navigate their way around the ship and find out more about meal deals and special offers.
Ian Davies, Route Manager Irish Sea South said: "We are delighted that the extensive refit on the Stena Adventurer has been completed and we can now offer our customers an even greater travel experience than before. The additional capacity also allows us to help more customers get the sailings they want.
"The new and improved passenger areas offer customers more places to relax onboard and with a larger shop there are even more bargains to choose from. What's more, we now offer a greater choice of dining options for passengers to enjoy really good, great value meals.
#HSSreturns – The festive season will bring thousands of people driving home for Christmas with the return of the HSS Stena Explorer on the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire service for 12 days.
The fastcraft's Christmas service on the Stena Line route will run between 20-23 December, 27-30 December and in the New Year between 2-5 January. The additional sailings will provide people travelling to Britain and Ireland to visit family and friends, enjoy a short break or take advantage of New Year sales.
The 2 hour 20 minute service will operate to a single round-trip schedule on the selected dates listed above with departures from Holyhead at 10.30am and sailings from Dun Laoghaire at 1.30pm.
Fastcraft facilities include a children's play area and entertainment, free Wi-Fi and festive movies and wonderful dining options. The onboard shop has offers of up to 40% savings compared to high street prices on a wide range of cosmetics, jewellery, spirits and fragrances.
Stena Line's Head of PR and Communications, Diane Poole said: "We are delighted to be bringing back the Stena HSS Explorer over the Christmas period. We always experience extra demand at this time of year, so the additional capacity will be of great help to customers. The HSS also brings with it its own unique brand of style and comfort plus the additional option of Dun Laoghaire port.
"Everyone deserves a break this Christmas and taking the ferry is the perfect way to travel as people can look forward to a stress free experience, arriving at their final destination relaxed and ready for the celebrations ahead.
High demand for Christmas sailings is expected and customers are advised to book early for the best fares and to secure preferred sailings.
#FerriesDryDock - Stena Europe which stood in to cover Dublin-Holyhead route sailings by Stena Nordica, is currently in dry-dock at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The dry-docking of the Stena Europe had already been scheduled and as previously reported is not related to the recent false alarm of a fire during a Dublin-bound sailing last week.
Likewise Stena Nordica had also dry-docked at Cammell Laird, where the ro-pax spent the last two days of November. She has since resumed her roster on the central corridor route which is also served by Stena Adventurer.
Notably, RFA Fort Rosalie (A385), the London registered Royal Fleet Auxiliary fuel replenishment tanker is also berthed at the shipbuilding and repair facility on the Wirral Peninsula.
#FirstFerryAward – Stena Line became the first ferry operator to be voted in a new ferry category at the annual Blue Insurances Travel Media Awards.
The prestigious awards ceremony held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin last week drew more than 170 guests and VIPS from the travel trade and media throughout Ireland. The annual awards were created to acknowledge outstanding performance in the travel and tourism industry.
Now in their third year, the awards comprised 21 categories which were voted for by a wide cross section of media in the Republic of Ireland and independently audited by the Department of Tourism at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Diane Poole OBE, Stena Line Head of PR and Comms UK and Ireland, accepted the award on behalf of the company commenting: "We are delighted to have been voted Best Ferry Company and it's particularly gratifying that these awards are voted for by the Irish journalists as they play a vital role in informing listeners, viewers and readers about the travel and tourism industry.
To receive the recognition of the media in this important market is a tremendous accolade for Stena Line and one which underscores the hard work which has gone into developing the Irish market in recent years. Engaging with the media on a regular and consistent basis has been at the forefront of our activities in recent years and this award pays testimony to the importance of ensuring the media are built into our business development strategy."
Diane concluded: "The ferry industry provides us with the opportunity to engage with an array of journalists across print, broadcast and online media and I am delighted that the Stena Line approach to these highly influential professionals has been recognised with this prestigious accolade."
#ChristmasShopping – Special €10 day-trip Christmas shopping sailings from Stena Line are available up to18 December on the Dublin Port-Holyhead and Rosslare-Fishguard routes.
The special rate will apply to daily trips for foot passengers departing Dublin Port at 8.20am and returning from Holyhead on the 1.50pm sailing. Those travelling from Rosslare Harbour, the sailing departs 9.00am and returns from Fishguard on the 2.40pm sailing.
Onboard shops have Christmas offers on designer fragrances, electronics, wine and confectionery. For further details including £5 voucher to spend in the onboard shop visit: www.stenaline.ie/shoppingdaytrip
#FerryReturns – A ferry on the Stena Line Holyhead-Dublin Port had to return to Anglesey after reports of a fire on board.
Emergency services were called after smoke was spotted coming from a refrigeration unit on the car deck of the Holyhead to Dublin Stena Europe ferry. No fire was found and the Stena Europe was able to leave for Dublin. For more BBC North Wales reports.
Afloat.ie adds that the Stena Europe has docked in Dublin Port this afternoon having completed the delayed sailing from Wales.
Stena Europe normally operates the Rosslare-Fishguard route and yesterday the ferry made a repositioning voyage to Dublin Port.
The veteran ferry built in 1981 is covering Dublin-Holyhead sailings otherwise operated by Stena Nordica which went off service for dry-docking. The route's second ferry, Stena Adventurer maintains running on schedule.
Stena Europe is due to have an annual refit in Cammell Laird, Birkenhead. Currently there are no sailings between Rosslare-Fishguard until her return on 9 December. An interim replacement service from Rosslare is running instead to Pembroke Dock and this route is operated by Irish Ferries.
#BelfastCairnryan – Today Stena Line marks the second anniversary in opening the Belfast-Cairnryan route.
The £200m investment in new port facilities and a pair of Superfast sisters have proven to be very popular with tourist and freight customers.
The introduction of Stena Superfast VII and VIII from Scandinavia has significantly raised the standard of ferry services between Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Since the start of the new service in 2011 Stena Line has achieved some impressive performance statistics including carrying 2.2m passengers, almost 500,000 cars and over 300,000 freight units.
Paul Grant, Stena Line's Route Manager for Irish Sea North said: "When we opened up the new Belfast-Cairnryan we were confident that the new route would prove popular with our freight and travel customers. The combination of a high quality service and good value fares has proven to be successful.
#BrittanyBaltic – Stena Line are to introduce a larger ro-pax vessel on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route next week with Stena Baltica II, the Brittany Ferries former freight-ferry Cotentin (2007/19,909gt), writes Jehan Ashmore.
The 2,188 lane metre ro-pax Stena Baltica II which as Cotentin ran French-UK-Iberian routes replaces Stena Alegra on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route. The vehicle stern-only loading 'Alegra' of 1,950 lane metres had only began operating in July. She originally entered service as Dawn Merchant in 1999 for Merchant Ferries Dublin-Liverpool service.
Cotentin was built by Aker Finnyards, Helsinki and her return to the Baltic Sea sees the 210 -passenger ro-pax launch the Sweden-Poland route to meet the growing demand for increased freight deck capacity. The 163m long vessel with accommodation for 120 freight-drivers has the ability to load both bow and aft, so-called double tier loading and drive-through on both decks.
Tony Michaelsen, Route Manager Karlskrona-Gdynia said: "We are pleased to have a long-term solution in place that enables us to meet the growing needs of our customers, providing increased flexibility and a greater loading capacity. We have huge demand for capacity on the route and require a third vessel to be able to take care of all the cargo.
Freight volumes between Sweden and Poland have continued to grow. Up to October 2013, freight volumes have increased by 18%, car volumes by 7% and passenger volumes by 9% compared with the same period in 2012.
Michaelsen added, "We expect this trend to continue in the coming years as economic development in Poland and Eastern Europe remains very strong".
Stena Baltica takes over the 'Allegra's schedule by operating three departures a week from Karlskrona and Gdynia. She starts sailings on 24 November with a departure from the Polish port and will operate alongside Stena Vision and Stena Spirit which run regular schedules.
The previous Stena Baltica operated on the same service when the Rosslare-Fishguard ferry Koningin Beatrix was transferred in 2002 to Scandinavia. Her direct replacement Stena Europe currently maintains the St. Georges Channel route. The original 'Baltica' served alongside Stena Nordica which now runs between Dublin Port and Holyhead.