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[Photo Feature] Isle of Inishmore in Denmark

Irish Ferries’ ISLE OF INISHMORE arrived at Fayard shipyard, Odense (Denmark), on the morning of May 15. The ship sailed there from dry-docking in Brest where she had been much longer than the initially expected 20 days undergoing maintenance. The visit to Fayard is to prepare ISLE OF INISHMORE for service on the Dover – Calais route.

Irish Ferries' ISLE OF INISHMORE at Fayard Shipyard, 31.05.21. Image: © Peter Therkildsen.
Irish Ferries’ ISLE OF INISHMORE at Fayard Shipyard, 31.05.21. The process of adding the “cow-catcher” framework was well underway by the time this image was taken. Image: © Peter Therkildsen.

In their latest trading update, Irish Ferries stated a “summer” start date for their new Calais route rather than June as they previously said. According to the online booking engine, however, services will begin on June 29.

Access Modifications

At the time of writing, ISLE OF INISHMORE remains at Fayard. Both her bow and stern access have been modified in Denmark, and her large stern ramp has been totally removed.

A stern view of ISLE OF INISHMORE taken on May 26, 2021, showing the new steelwork added in place of her stern ramp to prepare her for Dover - Calais service. Image © Poul Erik Olsen.
A stern view of ISLE OF INISHMORE taken on May 26, 2021, showing the new steelwork added in place of her stern ramp to prepare her for Dover – Calais service. Image © Poul Erik Olsen.

It has been replaced with sliding doors and a large amount of steelwork in order to allow a good fit at Dover.

An image taken on June 8, 2021, showing ISLE OF INISHMORE's new sliding stern doors. Image: © Poul Erik Olsen
An image taken on June 8, 2021, showing ISLE OF INISHMORE‘s new sliding stern doors. Image: © Poul Erik Olsen

At the bow end, ISLE OF INISHMORE has gained a “cow-catcher” for berthing at Calais. This steel framework gives the shore-to-ship ramp at the French port somewhere to rest so the ship can discharge and load at the port.

On this view of ISLE OF INISHMORE taken on May 26, 2021, the new "cow-catcher" being added to the bow of the ship can be seen. Image © Poul Erik Olsen.
On this view of ISLE OF INISHMORE taken on May 26, 2021, the new “cow-catcher” being added to the bow of the ship can be seen. Image © Poul Erik Olsen.

Presently, ISLE OF INISHMORE is expected to inaugurate Irish Ferries Dover – Calais service on June 29.

This photo, from June 8 2021, shows that modifications to ISLE OF INISHMORE's bow access well underway with a lip added above the "cow-catcher" for the upper ramp at Calais to land on. Image: © Poul Erik Olsen
This photo, from June 8 2021, shows that modifications to ISLE OF INISHMORE‘s bow access well underway with a lip added above the “cow-catcher” for the upper ramp at Calais to land on. Image: © Poul Erik Olsen

Initially she will be the only ship on the route, but the company have stated an intention to add further tonnage at a later date.

ISLE OF INISHMORE at Fayard, Odense, 26 May 2021. Image © Poul Erik Olsen.
ISLE OF INISHMORE at Fayard, Odense, 26 May 2021. Image © Poul Erik Olsen.
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