But how long will a fourth ship remain on the schedule?
P&O Ferries chartered Ro-Ro MISIDA is expected to begin service between Dublin and Liverpool in the early hours of tomorrow morning. The Godby Shipping-owned vessel has arrived in Dublin ahead of taking up her new route. MISIDA‘s schedule has her leaving Dublin at 03:00 Tuesday to Saturday, and Liverpool at 16:00 Monday to Friday. The ‘new’ ship is in addition to the regular vessels NORBAY, NORBANK, and CLIPPER PENNANT – at least initially.
Charter to a different operator
It has been confirmed that MISIDA is to join Sea Cargo later this year. The company has agreed charters with Godby Shipping for the ship and her sister MISANA. MISANA will join Sea Cargo in August, while MISIDA will follow in October. The ships will allow the company to upgrade its existing services with additional frequency and capacity, as well as add new connections to Poland and Sweden. It is understood that both ships are to be long-term chartered to the Norway-based company.
With MISIDA joining Sea Cargo in October, P&O Ferries will need to charter or purchase another ship in order to maintain its new schedule. This offers up to four daily crossings in each direction between Dublin and Liverpool.