HULL OF HUGE NEW FERRY EN­TERS WA­TER

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

THE hull of the new Ir­ish Fer­ries cruise ferry for the Holy­head to Dublin route has en­tered the wa­ter.

W. B. Yeats was launched at the ship­yard of Flens­burger Schiff­bau– Ge­sellschaft in Flens­burg, Ger­many, where the ves­sel is be­ing built.

Once de­liv­ered in July, Ir­ish Fer­ries said it will be the “largest and most lux­u­ri­ous ferry” ever to sail on the Ir­ish Sea.

The €150 mil­lion, 54,985 gross tonne cruise ferry will en­ter year-round ser­vice on Ire­land-France and Dublin-Holy­head routes.

Re­main­ing con­struc­tion work on the hull will now be com­pleted and the ves­sel fit­ted with all of the tech­ni­cal, op­er­a­tional, dé­cor, fur­nish­ings and pas­sen­ger ameni­ties re­quired on­board.

It will then un­dergo sea trials, crew train­ing and dock­ing pro­ce­dures at the Ir­ish, UK and French ports into which it will op­er­ate.

W. B. Yeats will have space for 1,885 pas­sen­gers and crew, 435 cab­ins, in­clud­ing lux­ury suites with their own pri­vate bal­conies, and in the re­gion of two miles of car deck space.

Ir­ish Fer­ries man­ag­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Sheen said: “The launch of our new cruise ferry W. B. Yeats – and the ex­pec­ta­tion of our sec­ond new cruise ferry yet to come – her­alds in a new era in ferry travel be­tween Ire­land, the UK and con­ti­nen­tal Europe, bring­ing with it new stan­dards in terms of pas­sen­ger and freight ca­pac­ity, com­fort and re­li­a­bil­ity.”

Ir­ish Fer­ries’ par­ent com­pany, Ir­ish Con­ti­nen­tal Group, have also or­dered an even larger cruise ferry for de­liv­ery in 2020. In­tended for ser­vice on the Dublin-Holy­head route, this €165.2m ves­sel will be the largest cruise ferry in the world for ve­hi­cle ca­pac­ity.

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