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Bad Weather Disrupts Ferry Sailings

18th April 2013
Bad Weather Disrupts Ferry Sailings

#FerrySailings - The recent bad weather across the Irish Sea and beyond has led to cancellations on some ferry services. For the latest ferry sailing information for today Thursday 18 April, consult the list of operators below.


* Due to adverse weather forecasts for the Irish Sea, the following Jonathan Swift Fast Craft ferry sailings for Thursday 18th April have either been cancelled or are in doubt:

Dublin - Holyhead 0845hrs and 1430hrs
Holyhead - Dublin 1150hrs and 1715hrs

All passengers can be accommodated on the Ulysses cruise ferry.

* All other Irish Ferries sailings are expected to sail to schedule.

* For further information please contact Irish Ferries on 0818300400 or 016075519.


* All Stena Line sailings are expected to depart on time.

* For more information on Stena Line sailings call 003531 204 77 99 when travelling to Britain or 0044 (0) 8705 755 755 when travelling to Ireland or Scotland.


For information contact Celtic Link ferries on the following 00353 (53) 9162688


* From Sunday 14th April, additional motorist sailings will operate on the Dublin – Liverpool route at 0900hrs ex Dublin and 0930hrs ex Liverpool.

* There are a number of amendments on the Dublin – Liverpool route during until late May.

* During this period, motorist sailings on the route will operate as follows :-

Ex Dublin 2130 hrs 7 nights a week.
Ex Dublin 0915 hrs Tues – Sat.

Ex Liverpool 2100 hrs 7 nights a week.
Ex Liverpool 0930 hrs Tues – Sat.

The 1500 ex Dublin (Mon – Fri), 1600 Sun and
0300 ex Liverpool (Mon – Sat) will operate at this time as FREIGHT ONLY sailings.

For further info Tel (01) 4073434 or

For further updates click the AA's Roadwatch Ferry Information link by clicking HERE


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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Ferry & Car Ferry News The ferry industry on the Irish Sea, is just like any other sector of the shipping industry, in that it is made up of a myriad of ship operators, owners, managers, charterers all contributing to providing a network of routes carried out by a variety of ships designed for different albeit similar purposes.

All this ferry activity involves conventional ferry tonnage, 'ro-pax', where the vessel's primary design is to carry more freight capacity rather than passengers. This is in some cases though, is in complete variance to the fast ferry craft where they carry many more passengers and charging a premium.

In reporting the ferry scene, we examine the constantly changing trends of this sector, as rival ferry operators are competing in an intensive environment, battling out for market share following the fallout of the economic crisis. All this has consequences some immediately felt, while at times, the effects can be drawn out over time, leading to the expense of others, through reduced competition or takeover or even face complete removal from the marketplace, as witnessed in recent years.

Arising from these challenging times, there are of course winners and losers, as exemplified in the trend to run high-speed ferry craft only during the peak-season summer months and on shorter distance routes. In addition, where fastcraft had once dominated the ferry scene, during the heady days from the mid-90's onwards, they have been replaced by recent newcomers in the form of the 'fast ferry' and with increased levels of luxury, yet seeming to form as a cost-effective alternative.

Irish Sea Ferry Routes

Irrespective of the type of vessel deployed on Irish Sea routes (between 2-9 hours), it is the ferry companies that keep the wheels of industry moving as freight vehicles literally (roll-on and roll-off) ships coupled with motoring tourists and the humble 'foot' passenger transported 363 days a year.

As such the exclusive freight-only operators provide important trading routes between Ireland and the UK, where the freight haulage customer is 'king' to generating year-round revenue to the ferry operator. However, custom built tonnage entering service in recent years has exceeded the level of capacity of the Irish Sea in certain quarters of the freight market.

A prime example of the necessity for trade in which we consumers often expect daily, though arguably question how it reached our shores, is the delivery of just in time perishable products to fill our supermarket shelves.

A visual manifestation of this is the arrival every morning and evening into our main ports, where a combination of ferries, ro-pax vessels and fast-craft all descend at the same time. In essence this a marine version to our road-based rush hour traffic going in and out along the commuter belts.

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Due to the seasonality of these routes to Europe, the ferry scene may be in the majority running between February to November, however by no means does this lessen operator competition.

Noting there have been plans over the years to run a direct Irish –Iberian ferry service, which would open up existing and develop new freight markets. Should a direct service open, it would bring new opportunities also for holidaymakers, where Spain is the most visited country in the EU visited by Irish holidaymakers ... heading for the sun!