Irish Ferries EPSILON was originally launched as CARTOUR EPSILON and is the final of a series of 24 diesel-powered Visentini RoPax vessels designed by NAOS design and launched between 1997 and 2011. She is the 13th vessel of the more efficient “flex-bow” generation and is engined by MAN as the final (to date) diesel-only powered Ro-Pax built by the yard. She was constructed for Italian operator Caronte and Tourist in 2011. EPSILON is the member of the series with the highest vehicle capacity (some 2,860 lane metres), but as a result of this has a lower passenger capacity than most members of the series as built. This is due to her passenger accommodation block being smaller than the other “flex-bow” vessels, resulting in a recess into the superstructure on the weather deck where the cabin deck overhangs.
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EPSILON was chartered by Irish Ferries parent company Irish Continental Group (ICG) from her Italian owners at the end of 2013. Following a refit in
In early January 2018 ICG announced that they had ordered a new vessel for the Dublin to Holyhead route which will replace the main vessel ULYSSES on the route when delivered. ULYSEES will then replace EPSILON on the Dublin to Holyhead schedule on a year-round basis. An earlier vessel named W.B. YEATS which was ordered during 2016 and was due to be delivered mid-2018 (but was delayed until December) will takeover the Dublin to Cherbourg route in Spring and Summer until the arrival of the new vessel when she will replace all of EPSILON‘s sailings to France. Both new vessels have been ordered from Germany’s Flensburger Shiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) shipyard.