- Will replace Epsilon on Dublin-Cherbourg & Dublin-Holyhead €144m
- Capacity for 165 freight vehicles & 300 cars on dedicated car deck
- 1,885 passengers & 435 cabins
- To be built by FSG in Flensburg
Irish Ferries has ordered a new €144m cruise ferry due for delivery in May 2018.
It is scheduled to operate on routes currently served by the Epsilon, Dublin to Holyhead midweek, and Dublin to Cherbourg on weekends, .
The 50,000-tonne cruise ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, with 435 cabins. Maximum capacity wil be 1,216 cars or 165 trucks with 3,500 lanemetres, with 2,800 lane metres dedicated to freight (165 freight vehicles) and a separate car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars. Maximum speed with be 22.5 knots compared with 24 knots for the Epsilon.
This compares with 500 passengers and 2,860 lanemetres for the Epsilon, 2,000 passengers and 4,101 lanemetres on the Ulysses and 1,440 passengers and 1,220 lanemetres for the Oscar Wilde.
The cruise ferry meet Ice Class emmissions standards which will allow it to oeprate thorughout EU waters.
Passenger facilities will be spread over four decks and will include 435 cabins to include suites with their own private external balconies, deluxe and standard class accommodation.
Bars and restaurants will include both á la carte and self-service options, specified areas for premium Club Class passengers, with a private access lounge direct from the vehicle decks.
Entertainment options and cinemas, dedicated facilities for freight drivers, as well as retail outlets and onboard facilities for pets, will ensure that all our passengers will be comfortable and engaged throughout their journey.
The ferry is to be built by German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft in Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein. Previous FSG-built ships include Four RoRo2200 freight ferries for Seatruck Ferries. And MV Loch Seaforth, a ro-ro ship delivered in 2014 to Caledonian MacBrayne.
Eamonn Rothwell, CEO of ICG, said the order; underpins the confidence the Group has in both the freight and passenger tourism markets between Ireland, Britain and France. The construction of a cruise ferry of this size will offer a premium experience for all our customers, in line with our commitment to deliver the best in service, in reliability and flexibility across all our routes. We also expect to be well positioned to accommodate the changing expectations of our customers, and to benefit from significant operational and financial benefits following the delivery in 2018.
Epsilon’s Dublin to Cherbourg service currently departs at 3.30pm every Saturday from Dublin to Cherbourg arriving into Cherbourg next morning (11.30), returning to Dublin on Sunday (17.00) and arriving morning (11.00). The sailing currently takes 19 hours which may be shorter than that taken by the new ship. Accommodation standards on the Epsilon are not as high as the Oscar Wilde, which may be part of the reason that the new ship is being commissioned
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