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  1. But as @Chef pointed out, as of today you can bypass New Ross.. btw, I'd say Nolan Transport are pleased. Their head office is in Co Wexford, same county as Rosslare, and the last time I was in Santander they had 5 HGVs on the dock waiting to board..
  2. all the fun has gone out of this thread - the future of Cork-Santander is now known..
  3. Cork to Roscoff continues according to this article: https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Major-Cork-ferry-route-cancelled-4055dc59-d23f-404a-bc04-3cc3ab6f0f0b-ds
  4. Methinks Shar^k isn't dreaming of visiting Rosslare! Brest? Maybe. Seriously, the chances of BF abandoning Roscoff-Cork are slim. And Santander-Cork is probably safe until there is clarity on the post-2020 UK-EU trading relationship. BF is an obvious contender to fill the gap on Rosslare-France left by IF. But I don't think that it will be at the expense of Cork services, at least not this year.
  5. Not exactly. IR operate Rosslare. But Rosslare is owned by "The Fishguard & Rosslare Railways & Harbours Company". It was originally a joint venture, back in 1899, between the respective railway companies that operated into Fishguard and Rosslare. The "Irish shares" came to be vested in Irish Rail. The "UK shares" came to be vested in British Rail and are now owned by either Stena or the UK's government, I'm not sure which. So Irish Rail operate the port, but they don't own it in it's entirety, which makes investment and development problematic.
  6. If the incident described above really did take place then Stena and/or Stena Europe's captain would have been obliged to notify Ireland's MCIB. Failure to notify would leave them open to prosecution. There's no mention of the above incident on mcib.ie. I doubt it took place, or if it did, it's far less serious than described above. Also, I can't see a linkspan surviving being hit by a 25,000 ton ship travelling at 7 knots.
  7. The frontal system has now passed Dublin. Winds are WSW force 4. And Estrid looks like she is on approach to enter Dublin Port..
  8. Wow, AIS reports that it is going from Holyhead to Belfast but it's well north of Belfast. Looks like it was afraid to make a turn to port for Belfast and just kept going.
  9. You would think. Yeats looked as though she was going for Benlech Bay but then turned back as if for Holyhead. Estrid has made it to Dublin Bay and it look's like she can't dock either.
  10. Was just about to comment on Estrid's progress. Jonno beat me to it. She was two hours late leaving Holyhead but looks like she'll do the crossing in 3 hours. Yeats looks as though it couldn't dock in Holyhead and is now going around in circles. Stena's Foreteller got two thirds of the way across before turning to starboard, presumably to run with the following sea. She's now done a 180 so she's heading into the waves.
  11. Indeed. Tomorrow will be a rough one on the Irish Sea. Met Eireann is forecasting a southerly force 8-9, occasionally force 10 for the area. Having said that, Irish Ferries, Stena, P&O and Seatruck all appear to be sailing, although some are warning of possible disruption. The wind direction will be on the beam for Holyhead - Dublin, maybe a little bit less so for Liverpool - Dublin, but still, crossings will be uncomfortable.
  12. It's hard to know. I agree with nodwad that the vehicle forecasts suggest that Vigo-Cork-Plymouth is a non runner. And how could there be enough business to support two Cork-Spain routes? Thing is though, customer preference is changing rapidly. Fears of climate change, and flight shaming, are moving some folk back towards land based travel. So ferries could be in for a big upturn in utilisation.
  13. If I rightly recall, there might have been some speculation earlier in the year about the re-introduction of duty-free allowances. So, it's now been confirmed, in the above link, that a no-deal Brexit means that duty-free will be available to sea and air travelers on routes between the UK and Ireland.
  14. Looks like a daily ferry service is being planned from Rosyth to Groningen (the Netherlands) Article link is here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-49438191 .
  15. The nerd in me finds this a fascinating topic too. So here's another thought for folks from northern England and Scotland. What about, wait for it, drumroll, taking Seatruck's overnight service from Heysham to Dublin? Arrive in Dublin at about 1000 and then take the 1600 W.B. Yeats from Dublin to Cherbourg.
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