Irish Ferries ULYSSES‘ return to service has been delayed even further than originally expected. The ship, which has been in Poland since January, had been expected to make a delayed return to service this week. However, ULYSSES remains at the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk and is now off the Irish Ferries timetable until March 16. The delay has also prevented ISLE OF INISHMORE going to Poland as planned. Like ULYSSES, she was to be fitted with scrubbers in Poland. This has now been postponed at least twice.
With ULYSSES still off service, W.B. YEATS has continued as the main ship on the Dublin to Holyhead ship. She had been expected to release ISLE OF INISHMORE but will be required to return to her usual Dublin – Cherbourg run next month for the summer season. It is not yet clear what, if any, ship will release ‘Inishmore’.
In the meantime, having arrived at Belfast last week, DUBLIN SWIFT has entered Belfast Dry Dock at Harland & Wolff. The catamaran fast-ferry is undergoing annual maintenance ahead of her return to service next month. At present she is expected to leave Belfast this coming Friday night, March 6th. This is subject to change, however.