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The ferryport of Rosslare Europort is to mark another historic maritime milestone this afternoon as a new 'freight' ro-ro route linking Ireland and continental mainland Europe operated by DFDS is to start thus bypassing a post-Brexit UK, writes Jehan Ashmore.

At 1400hrs, the DFDS owned ropax Optima Seaways is to depart loaded with its first cargo of freight trucks and drivers (with individual Covid19 safe cabins) on the near 24-hour route beyond the English Channel to the French port of Dunkirk (Dunkerque) on the North Sea.

Optima Seaways (see recent report) built by Visentini in 1999 and with a capacity for up to 120 trucks and trailer plus drivers, is scheduled to arrive at the mainland Europe port tomorrow, Sunday at 1400hrs, that been Central European Time (CET).

For Irish industry the direct sea route offers a vital alternative to the UK landbridge and customs checks, as Dunkirk represents a key strategic location for hauliers as the French port is a mere 10kms from the Belgium border. In addition neighbouring Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. Also truckers can use the motorway network to easily access Paris and to Switzerland and beyond into central Europe.

Operating the DFDS route based on a 6 days a week sailing schedule will involve a further pair of chartered ferries to maintain freight demand. These vessels are Destination Gotland's fast-ropax Visby and Stena Ro Ro's Kerry which is currently at anchor off the Wexford port. The 2001 built Kerry (of same Visentini series), is also to berth in Rosslare Europort today to load for the second outward bound sailing to Belgium set for 2300hrs tonight. The crossing time to the port is to be completed on Sunday night at 2300.

As for the first inbound sailing of Dunkirk-Rosslare-Europort, this will see the deployment of the chartered ropax Visby which Afloat has also tracked based in the Belgium port for several days having made a repositioning voyage from the Baltic Sea.

It should be noted that the most notable difference between the trio of ferries is that the 'Visentini' ropax pair have the Italian shipyard's standard 'stern-loading' only access, whereas the larger Chinese built Visby of 2003 has full drive-through stern and bow door operations.

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#ferry - Minister for Transport has been accused of not doing enough to get a replacement for the Irish Ferries service linking Rosslare with Cherbourg.

The company according to the Irish Examiner, announced just before Christmas that it was unlikely to operate the route in 2019.

Verona Murphy from the Irish Road Hauliers Association says the response so far from Minister Shane Ross has been poor.

"Shane Ross should be actively looking for somebody to come into Rosslare and usurp the route that will provide what's needed for the exports of Ireland, to keep that foreign-direct investment that we've garnered and keep Irish people in jobs so that the economy will not suffer worse," she said.

"That route is primary. It's our shortest distance to mainland Europe."

Afloat adds the newspaper's photo is of the Normandy, which was replaced by Oscar Wilde in 2007.

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#ferry - In Wexford, an independent local councillor claims that there is “a lot of smoke and mirrors” around the decision by Irish Ferries to halt its service from Rosslare.

As Breaking News reports, Cllr Ger Carthy says that the decision is “ill-advised” and he asked where was the market research to back up the company’s claim that customers would prefer to sail from Dublin Port.

He told RTE’s Morning Ireland that bookings from Rosslare were full, he also rejected the suggestion that the higher rates being charged by Rosslare port in comparison to Dublin Port had been a factor in the decision.

“The rates were not mentioned in any of the press releases. I don’t believe that’s the case.”

In mid-December Irish Ferries announced that it was “unlikely” to continue to operate a service between Rosslare and France in 2019.

A company statement said: “We continue to keep this situation under review. Our new WB Yeats ship will operate from Dublin to Cherbourg.”

More on the story here. 

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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