In pictures: DUBLIN SWIFT leaves Belfast for Dublin following 3-month long refit.

Summary: DUBLIN SWIFT (the former WESTPAC EXPRESS) left Belfast yesterday afternoon (13/04/18) for Dublin.  This follows the completion of a 3-month long refit and conversion to civilian use at Harland & Wolff.  
Dublin Swift leaves Harland & Wolff's ship repair quay following completion of her conversion to civilian use, 13/04/18. Copyright © Scott Mackey
Dublin Swift leaves Harland & Wolff's ship repair quay behind following completion of her conversion to civilian use, 13/04/18. Copyright © Scott Mackey

DUBLIN SWIFT (the former WESTPAC EXPRESS) left Belfast yesterday afternoon (13/04/18) for Dublin.  This follows the completion of a 3-month long refit and conversion of the former military vessel to civilian use at Harland & Wolff.  NIFS understand that after berthing trials, sea trials, and crew training/familiarisation she will enter service between Dublin and Holyhead before the end of the month.  DUBLIN SWIFT will replace the existing smaller fast-craft JONATHAN SWIFT which will be sold to Balearia for further service as CECILIA PAYNE.

Dublin Swift leaves Harland & Wolff's ship repair quay following completion of her conversion to civilian use, 13/04/18. Copyright © Scott Mackey
DUBLIN SWIFT leaves Harland & Wolff’s ship repair quay following completion of her conversion to civilian use, 13/04/18. Copyright © Scott Mackey

 

STENA PRECISION loads for a slightly delayed freight sailing to Birkenhead having just been passed by Irish Ferries DUBLIN SWIFT. Copyright © Scott Mackey
STENA PRECISION loads for a slightly delayed freight sailing to Birkenhead having just been passed by Irish Ferries DUBLIN SWIFT. Copyright © Scott Mackey

 

Dublin Swift is seen leaving Belfast on Friday 13th April, following completion of her 3-month long refit at Harland and Wolff. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
DUBLIN SWIFT is seen leaving Belfast on Friday 13th April, following completion of her 3-month long refit at Harland and Wolff.  STENA PRECISION is seen in the background preparing for another freight sailing to Birkenhead.  Copyright © Steven Tarbox

 

Irish Ferries' Austal AutoExpress catamaran DUBLIN SWIFT passes Beflast's Victoria Terminal 3 container terminal as she leaves Belfast for Dublin. This followed the conclusion of a comprehensive 3-month long refit and conversion project at Belfast's Harland & Wolff Shipyard
Irish Ferries’ Austal AutoExpress catamaran DUBLIN SWIFT passes Beflast’s Victoria Terminal 3 container terminal as she leaves Belfast for Dublin. This followed the conclusion of a comprehensive 3-month long refit and conversion project at Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

 

Irish Ferries Dublin Swift leaving Belfast 13/04/18. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
Irish Ferries’ DUBLIN SWIFT leaving Belfast 13/04/18. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

 

DUBLIN SWIFT passes STENA SUPERFAST VIII as she leaves Belfast for Dublin. This follows a 3 month long refit and conversion to make the former WESTPAC EXPRESS suitable for use as a civilian ferry between Dublin and Holyhead.
Irish Ferries’ DUBLIN SWIFT passes STENA SUPERFAST VIII as she leaves Belfast for Dublin. This follows a 3 month long refit and conversion to make the former WESTPAC EXPRESS suitable for use as a civilian ferry between Dublin and Holyhead. The Stena Line RoPax was just about to depart on her regular 15:30 crossing to Cairnryan.  Copyright © Steven Tarbox

Title image: Dublin Swift leaves Harland & Wolff’s ship repair quay following completion of her conversion to civilian use, 13/04/18. Copyright © Scott Mackey

 

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