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.
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.
NAOS Ship and Boat Design S.R.L, Trieste, Italy
Cantiere Navale di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy
RINA C ro-ro Passenger ship
Unrestricted Navigation; AUT-UMS Ice Class -1C-
Levantina Transporti Srl
Dublin - Holyhead
Dublin - Cherbourg (on weekends)
|In service (original)||03/05/11|
(Caronte & Tourist)
|In service (Irish Ferries)||18/01/14|
|Previous names and operators (oldest first)|
Cartour Epsilon (Caronte & Tourist)
|Length overall (Between Perpendiculars)|
|Power(Max/Pme @ 75%)|
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|Onboard Facilities in use|
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