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Irish Ferries which is owned by ICG, said its half year revenues rose by 8.3% to €141.6m. Above is the chartered-in blue hull ferry Blue Star 1 which operates the Rosslare-Pembroke route.
Higher revenues for the six months to the end of June have been reported by the Irish Continental Group, but a drop in earnings before interest and tax as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to create an "exceptionally challenging" trading environment…
High-Speed Craft returns: Irish Ferries HSC Dublin Swift's summer sailings finally reopened on the Dublin-Holyhead route, following easing of travel restrictions on both sides of the Irish Sea. The fast-ferry operates two round trips daily on the Ireland-UK link and as above vehicles embark on board the catamaran craft when berthed at the north Wales port.
Irish Ferries high-speed craft Dublin Swift finally returned to service on the Dublin-Holyhead route with holidaymakers travelling during this summer's key peak-season month, writes Jehan Ashmore. With the easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions introduced last month, Irish Ferries this week resumed…
The new Irish Ferries kiosks at the Port of Dover, where the company launched today cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore on the premier route to Calais. Briggs Marine is providing full landside port and terminal operations services at the UK's biggest ferryport linking mainland Europe.
Scotland based Briggs Marine, a provider of marine and environmental services, has secured a contract with Irish Ferries at the Port of Dover. The contract is to provide full landside port and terminal operations services at the ferry port for its…
NEW MARKET ROUTE: Irish Ferries newly launched Dover-Calais route, with up to 10 sailings a day serviced by the refurbished cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore as above AFLOAT adds seen in advance of today's morning inaugural sailing between Britain and France, the link marking a significant first for the company. Also above Dover Harbour Board tug DHB Doughty is 'dressed  overall' on the occasion of the newcomer's arrival earlier this month at the Kent port in south-east England.
Dublin based operator, Irish Ferries saw its cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore this morning set sail on an inaugural sailing from the Port of Dover to Calais in direct competition with P&O Ferries and DFDS.  As Afloat previously reported, tickets went on…
The White Cliffs of Dover: Tickets now on sale as Irish Ferries will operate a Dover-Calais ferry service next week (Tuesday, 29 June). AFLOAT adds Isle of Inishmore relocated from Rosslare-Pembroke duties in April went for dry-docking in Brest, France followed by modifications works in Odense, Denmark. Among shipyard works, see the bow's 'cow-catcher' to enable combatibility at ro-ro berths at the UK's busiest ferryport (above) and the French port where the ferry also arrived on Saturday to carry out berthing trials. Note also at the bow, ICG /Irish Ferries houseflag (and on Irish Sea fleetmates) also operate UK 'land-bridge' routes connecting mainland Europe, will provide customers an inclusive through service.
Irish Ferries' move into the competitive Dover-Calais route is where the operator now has tickets on sale, reports KentOnline, in addition pictures released to give a first glimpse as to what to expect. The new service launches next Tuesday, June…
Chief executive of the Port of Dover, Doug Bannister says he is 'delighted to welcome Irish Ferries' and it would 'complement the resilient services currently provided'. Above AFLOAT' file photo Isle of Inishmore which is to start a new 'freight' service on the premier Dover-Calais route next month. The cruiseferry is seen with trucks on the linkspan at Rosslare Europort, from where a replacement ferry Blue Star 1 currently operates to Pembroke in south Wales.
UK and French unions claim the firm, Irish Ferries, which already operates Ireland-UK and Ireland-France routes, is aggressively low-cost and will seriously damage existing services and result in a lowering of standards. Cross-Channel (Strait of Dover) ferry firms are hoping…
ICG's passenger division, Irish Ferries carried 15,900 cars in the months from January to May - a decrease of 62.5% on the previous year. Above Afloat's photo of a van on the linkspan leading to the cruiseferry W.B. Yeats when berthed at Dublin Port.
Irish Continental Group, owner of Irish Ferries said its group revenue for the first four months of 2021 came to €89.3m, an increase of 0.4% compared with last year and a 12.7% decrease on 2019. As RTE News reports, the…
Paul Grant Stena Line's Trade Director for the Irish Sea
Irish Ferries and Stena Line, the two key players in Ireland’s ferry industry, are today calling for the reopening of the Common Travel Area (CTA) at the earliest opportunity. They also welcome comments made last week by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar,…
Blue Star 1 in previous ‘superfast’ livery while servicing routes in the Greek islands
Irish Ferries has announced the addition of the RoRo passenger ferry Blue Star 1 to its Rosslare–Pembroke Dock route. The ship is being chartered from the Attica Group and delivery is expected in early April. Blue Star 1 was built…
A newer and faster passenger ro-ro ferry from Greece, Blue Star 1 is to enter Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route. The chartered ferry from the Mediterranean, is to replace Ireland-Wales route's Isle of Inishmore which opens a new service for ICG, notably on the Dover-Calais service. As for the 'blue' hulled livery for Blue Star 1, this is existing, though for the charter, the Irish Ferries name and funnel colours, Afloat adds in reality have already been applied at Piraeus yard. The last and only time a 'blue' hull appeared for Irish Ferries was their former 'Rosslare'-based France routes cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde.
With Irish Ferries to launch a first ever service on a UK-France route next month, the company also announced the addition of a passenger ro-ro ferry Blue Star 1 to its Rosslare to Pembroke Dock route. The ship (to replace…
In a significant first for Irish Ferries, a subsidiary of Irish Continental Group (ICG), which is to launch a new service on the Dover – Calais route. The Strait of Dover service is planned to start in June 2021, with the transfer of the Isle of Inishmore to the UK-France route. ICG add further capacity will be added in the coming months. Replacing 'Inishmore' on the Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route will be another Mediterranean ferry (see: Ferry News 11th Feb) with the latest charter of ro-ro ferry Blue Star 1 from Greek based Attica Group, (Afloat adds operator of Superfast Ferries) for more on 'Superfast' sisters, see same story from last month.
A first for Irish Ferries, as the subsidiary of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG) has announced a new service on the Dover – Calais route. The service is planned to start in June 2021, with the transfer of Isle of…
Irish Ferries' car carryings during 2020 were down by 65.8% to 137,100 cars. Above Ulysses on Dublin Bay, AFLOAT adds during its delivery voyage /maiden arrival to Dublin Port on 4th March 2001. This month also marks its 20th year operating on the core Irish Sea route of Dublin-Holyhead. The custom Finnish built cruiseferry, has recently returned to service following a routine overhaul dry-docking at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside. Taking its place was W.B.Yeats which has since resumed Dublin-Cherbourg duties.
Irish Ferries, owned by the Irish Continental Group, has reported lower revenues and earnings for 2020 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions on its passenger business. Irish Continental Group said its revenues for the year fell by 22.5% to €277.1m from…
The W.B Yeats cruise-ferry. Irish Ferries contends that a decision by the National Transport Authority requiring it to pay compensation to many of the 20,000-plus passengers who had to change their travel plans is invalid.
Operator, Irish Ferries has suffered a setback in its legal challenge to avoid paying compensation to thousands of passengers whose trips were cancelled on sailings between Ireland and France in the summer of 2018. The ferry company contends that a…
Irish Ferries throws a lifeline as it signed a 10 year contract to continue using the south Wales ferryport of Pembroke Dock which links Rosslare Harbour. AFLOAT also adds is the operator's Isle of Inishmore, off the jetty of the Pembrokewhire port. In neighbouring Fishguard Harbour (owned by Stena) which also competes with their route also linking with the Wexford port.
Ferryport of Pembroke Dock is where fears that the south Wales port could become a casualty of Brexit have proved unfounded, with Irish Ferries signing a 10-year deal with the Port of Milford Haven. The company has signed the deal…
ICG, operator of Irish Ferries,has chartered in a Mediteranean based ferry, Mega Express Four (ex Superfast II) to cover sailings on the Dublin-Holyhead route while Ulysses heads for dry-docking. Above the distinctive yellow hulled ferry seen is seen in sunnier climes as AFLOAT took, when approaching Nice following a crossing from Corsica. At that stage, 2010, the ferry was only four years in service for the Corsican operator that also has services among them to Sardinia.
Irish Continental Group has chartered a ship from Corsica Ferries, to provide routine annual overhaul cover over the winter season for their division Irish Ferries, writes Jehan Ashmore. Mega Express Four during its Mediterranean Sea career had been normally on…
Irish Ferries added freight capacity this weekend noting new competition from Stena Line on the Dublin-Cherbourg. The Irish ferry operator introduced Epsilon as the 'second-ship' joining cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. Both the 'Visentini' ro-pax Epsilon and 'E-Flexer' ro pax Stena Estrid addresses demand more directly from the Irish capital to mainland Europe following the recent rapid rise of new route/services based through the south-east port of Rosslare Europort. The Epsilon returned to Dublin Port (today at noon) and in the file scene is likwise of the current grey skies!
Irish Ferries have further responded to demands from hauliers and new competition from Stena by boosting freight capacity with a second ferry added onto the Dublin-Cherbourg service this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat ascertained this development having observed the chartered…

About Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries, owned by the Irish Continental Group, is a a major ferry operator in Ireland, providing daily and weekly links to and from Ireland for tourism and freight travelling between Ireland and the UK and Ireland and the continent. Irish Ferries has a fleet of six ships, three of which service the busy Dublin to Holyhead route.

The ICG Chairman is John B McGuckian and the CEO is Eamon Rothwell.

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