Irish Ferries EPSILON approaches Belfast Harbour on her way to Harland & Wolff for her 2018 dry docking. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

Irish Ferries chartered RoPax EPSILON arrived in Belfast yesterday morning, entering Harland and Wolff's Belfast Dry Dock (BDD) at approximately 08:30.  It is understood she will be at the facility for around 10 days for survey and maintenance work.  EPSILON had originally been expected to arrive on Monday, then Tuesday evening as revealed by NIFS at the end of last week, but technical problems with ULYSSES and an apparent delay in the completion of the dry docking of OSCAR WILDE appear to have led to EPSILON's own dry docking being postponed until Wednesday.  Her schedule is being covered by OSCAR WILDE during her absence.

Update 16/02/18 @ 12:30 EPSILON is currently scheduled to leave Belfast at 04:30 tomorrow morning.

Irish Ferries EPSILON approaches Belfast Harbour on her way to Harland & Wolff for her 2018 dry docking. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
Irish Ferries EPSILON approaches Belfast Harbour on her way to Harland & Wolff for her 2018 dry docking. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.


EPSILON was completed in 2011 by Cantiere Navale Visentini and is from the same series of RoPax ferries as STENA MERSEY and STENA LAGAN.  She normally operates between Dublin and Holyhead on weekdays, and between Dublin and Cherbourg at weekends.

Irish Ferries EPSILON approaches Belfast Harbour on her way to Harland & Wolff for her 2018 dry docking. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
Irish Ferries EPSILON approaches Belfast Harbour on her way to Harland & Wolff for her 2018 dry docking. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

Technical Data

 

EPSILON

IMO Number

9539054

Design

NAOS Ship and Boat Design S.R.L, Trieste, Italy

Building Yard

Cantiere Navale di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy

Hull Number

228

Keel Laid05/06/2008
Year Completed

11/04/2011

Classification

RINA C ro-ro Passenger ship

Unrestricted Navigation; AUT-UMS Ice Class -1C-

Owner

Levantina Transporti Srl
(Giovanni Visentini)

Operator

Irish Ferries

Route

Dublin - Holyhead

Dublin - Cherbourg (on weekends)

In service (original)03/05/11
(Caronte & Tourist)
In service (Irish Ferries)18/01/14
Call sign

ICRB

Previous names and operators (oldest first)

Cartour Epsilon (Caronte & Tourist)

Length overall (Between Perpendiculars)

186.5m (177.4m)

Breadth molded

25.6m

Draught

6.85m

Gross Tonnage

26,375

Machinery
  • 2 x MAN B&W 9L 48/60B – 10,800 kW each @ 500 rpm
  • 3 x Diesel generators, plus 2 shaft generators
  • 2 x KaMeWa 4.8m diameter CPP type propellers
  • 2 x 1300kW bow thrusters
  • 2 x Fin stabilisers
Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%)

21,600/16,200kW

Operational speed (Max)

20kts (24kts)

Capacity (max)

500 passengers

  • 70 cabins with a total of 276 berths including 2 disabled cabins
  • 50 reclining seats
Vehicle decks
  • 2,860 total lane metres with a max clearance of 4.87m
  • 100 reefer points
  • Access is via a stern door opening onto deck 3.  A series of ramps allows access to the other decks.
Onboard Facilities in use

 

  • Boylan’s Brasserie
  • Cafe Lafayette
  • Onboard shop
  • Reclining seat lounge
  • Selection of 2 and 4 berth cabins (Chargeable extra)
Flag

 

Italy (Bari)

Notes

In common with other Visentini RoPax vessels, deck 5 is the only passenger deck accessible by lift.  The main passenger facilities such as the restaurant and cafe are housed on this deck, as are the disabled cabins.


Title image: Irish Ferries EPSILON approaches Belfast Harbour on her way to Harland & Wolff for her 2018 dry docking. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

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