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Ferry Firm P&O Plan Dog Friendly Lounges on Larne-Cairnryan Route

21st September 2022
Pets on board: P&O plan dedicated dog lounges for their Larne-Cairnryan route on the North Channel. The news comes as Stena Line bans dogs from all passenger areas on their Belfast-Cairnryan ferries sailing between NI and Scotland.
Pets on board: P&O plan dedicated dog lounges for their Larne-Cairnryan route on the North Channel. The news comes as Stena Line bans dogs from all passenger areas on their Belfast-Cairnryan ferries sailing between NI and Scotland. Credit: P&O Ferries/facebook

Operator P&O Ferries are planning to introduce dedicated dog lounges to their fleet, including ferries on their Larne-Cairnryan route.

The work to meet the needs of travellers with pets between Northern Ireland and Scotland, will be carried out as each of the present vessels is refitted. No completion date for work has been set as yet.

The dog lounges on P&O's Irish Sea ferries are expected to mirror the company's current Pet Lounge on their Dover to Calais route with indoor booths, TV, charging points and plugs, plus a dedicated steward and an enclosed exercise area. Travellers can upgrade to the P&O Pet Lounge for £12 each way.

DogsLive understands the P&O plan is in response to the increasing number of family dogs in the UK and Ireland and the move to a more dog-friendly society - but it will take time to put in place.

The news comes as Stena Line confirmed they are barring dogs from all passenger areas of their ferries from November 1. Instead all pets booked onto their ships must be stowed in a vehicle or booked into one of 12 metal kennels situated on the car deck.

Stena has apologised to customers and agreed to carry out a review to examine ways of improving existing onboard kennelling facilities. No date has been set for the review.

The change in Stena's regulations has come as a hammer blow to many dog owners, many of whom received phone calls from Stena staff to say their dogs were no longer welcome in passenger areas.

Much more reading reports Belfast Live on the carriage of dogs across the North Channel route.

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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.

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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.

Across the Celtic Sea, the ferry scene coverage is also about those overnight direct ferry routes from Ireland connecting the north-western French ports in Brittany and Normandy.

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!

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