The conversion and refurbishment of Irish Ferries' DUBLIN SWIFT at Harland & Wolff continues, with the Austal AutoExpress Catamaran currently scheduled to leave Belfast Dry Dock this coming Tuesday. NIFS understand she will then make the short journey to return to the Ship Repair Quay (SRQ) for further work to continue. As can be seen in these pictures taken yesterday by Gary Hall, DUBLIN SWIFT has been repainted with the application of her new livery almost complete. Since her arrival in Belfast on the 14th of January a comprehensive refurbishment has taken place onboard the former US Military craft, both above and below deck.
DUBLIN SWIFT is expected to replace the current fast-craft JONATHAN SWIFT during April on the busy Dublin to Holyhead route, where she will offer an alternative for passengers to the conventional vessels ULYSSES and EPSILON. The sale of JONATHAN SWIFT to Spanish operator Balearia has already been agreed, and it is expected that she will be renamed CECILIA PAYNE for service from Denia to Ibiza then Palma.
Austal Ships, Australia
|Class||DNV GL 100 A5 HSC-Passenger B Ro-Ro Type OC3|
|Owner||Irish Continental Group (ICG)|
|Previous Operator||Seaward Services (on behalf of the US Military)|
|Gross tonnage (as built)||8403|
|Service speed (with ride control)||35 knots|
|Fuel consumption||5.3t/h at 90% MCR|
|Passengers (as built)||970 (seating for 900)|
|Passengers (for Irish ferries)||900|
|Vehicle capacity (as built)|
|Vehicle access||Bow and stern loading ramps.|