Passenger numbers up as Irish Ferries looks forward to new ship on Irish Sea

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Irish Ferries carried more passengers and cars in the first half of the year compared to the same time in 2016, parent company Irish Continental Group has reported.

Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive of Irish Ferries

 

Irish Ferries saw a 1.7pc increase in ferry passenger numbers in the six months to June 30 over the same period last year. Meanwhile, the number of cars rose by 2.3pc to 174,500 on its 2,500-plus sailings in the period, despite sterling weakness and Brexit worries.

Total ICG revenue for the period was up 3.7pc to €156.1m, and €93.7m for Irish Ferries alone. ICG has a new ship on order and the state-of-the-art, €144m passenger vessel will operate on the Dublin-Holyhead route on weekdays and be used for weekend sailings from Dublin to Cherbourg.

The new ship is being built in Germany and will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, have 435 cabins and space for 165 freight vehicles as well as 300 cars.

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