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German yard to build new ferry for Irish Sea crossing

Friday, 05 Jan 2018

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft & Co KG has entered into an agreement with Irish Continental Group plc to build a EUR 165 million cruise ferry for operation on the Irish Sea between Holyhead in north Wales and Dublin in Ireland.

Side elevation of the proposed new cruise ferry

The vessel, which will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, will accommodate 1,800 passengers and have 5,610 lane metres available for freight, equivalent to 330 freight units per voyage. The new ship will provide a 50% increase in capacity as compared with the existing ferry, Ulysses.
Due for delivery during the first half of 2020, the ferry will incorporate both emissions scrubber and ballast water technologies which will meet all present and known future regulations. It will have four main engines with a power output of 3.36 MW.