In Pictures: Irish Ferries W.B YEATS returns from sea trials

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.

Irish Ferries new Ireland – France flagship W.B. YEATS returned from sea trials off the coast of Denmark earlier today.

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.
Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.

The open sea trials took place off the Danish Island of Bornholm, while further trials took place in and around Flensburg Firth which straddles the border between Germany and Denmark.  

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.
Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.

In these pictures by Frank Jensen we see W.B. YEATS arriving back at the yard of her builder, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), this morning.  

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.
Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.

As previously reported on NIFS she left the yard after dark on the 29th October for the trials.  

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.
Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.

At present it is not clear when W.B. YEATS will be handed over to Irish Ferries or enter service.  ULYSSES and OSCAR WILDE are still currently scheduled to cover the Dublin to Holyhead route over Christmas. EPSILON is scheduled as the sole vessel to France during the festive period, operating between Dublin and Cherbourg. 

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.
Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Copyright © Frank Jensen.


Should W.B. YEATS arrive in time before Christmas, it is likely she will displace OSCAR WILDE on the Holyhead service as this was the route she was scheduled to be on during winter prior to her well publicised delivery delays.  

Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Tirrenia's MARIA GRAXIA ONORATO is seen moored at the outfitting pier Copyright © Frank Jensen.
Irish Ferries new German-built RoPax W. B. YEATS returns to FSG on 07.11.18 following sea trials off the Danish Coast. Tirrenia’s MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO is seen moored at the outfitting pier Copyright © Frank Jensen.

Prior to delivery any changes to the vessel to be made as a result of the data gathered during the sea trials will need to be made.  NIFS also notes that some further painting is still required with some visible rust streaking apparent and an as-yet unpainted section on the port side of the superstructure the vessel.  Irish Ferries has yet to publish its sailing schedule to France for 2019, though it is expected this will confirm W.B. YEATS will sail to France from March 2019.

With special thanks to Frank Jensen for providing the photo’s for this feature.

NI Ferry Site E-Mail alert serviceNever want to miss a post from NI Ferry Site?  Our FREE email subscription service will send you an email the moment there is a new post on the site.  All you need to do is submit your email address at the link below, and we’ll add you to the list!

Subscribe to NI Ferry Site

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content is protected !!