End of February ’19 News Roundup

ULYSSES in dry dock at Cammell Laird Birkenhead, 2019. Irish Ferries

A quick summary of some ferry news stories from February not yet reported on NI Ferry Site including some dry docking updates and news from the Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle services.

Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry starts summer season early

STRANGFORD conducting sea trials across Lough Foyle between Greencastle and Magilligan. The former Strangford Lough ferry will cover the service over the Early-May Bank Holiday period in the absence of the regular vessel, FRAXER MARINER. Copyright © Aerial Vision NI.

Following a brief return to service earlier in the month for the early May Bank Holiday, the ‘Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry’ is to return on the 11th of May for an extended summer season, though a full 7 days a week service will not run until the 25th of May.

Carlingford Lough ferry AISLING GABRIELLE in dry-dock.

Frazer Ferries AISLING GABRIELLE on trials at Greenore in advance of commencing the Scenic Carlingford Ferry service from the Louth port to Greencastle in County Down. Courtesy of the Carlingford Twitter / Facebook page.

Frazer Ferries AISLING GABRIELLE has arrived at the New Ross boatyard on the River Barrow for dry-docking and annual maintenance.  She has been temporarily replaced on the Scenic Carlingford Ferry service across Carlingford Lough by the smaller FRAZER MARINER.

AISLING GABRIELLE

Frazer Ferries AISLING GABRIELLE on trials at Greenore in advance of commencing the Scenic Carlingford Ferry service from the Louth port to Greencastle in County Down. Courtesy of the Carlingford Twitter / Facebook page.

Profile of the Carlingford Lough ferry AISLING GABRIELLE, previously Foyle Venture. Includes an overview of her history, technical data, and photographs.

All systems go on relaunched Lough Foyle Ferry service.

The relaunched ferry service between Magilligan and Greencastle (Co. Donegal) carried its first passengers yesterday evening (Monday). The resumption of the troubled service had been delayed due to an issue with a high-pressure fuel line onboard the new vessel FRAZER MARINER (ex Berne-Farge).  Limerick based Frazer Ferries are again the operator of the service, which has been branded as “Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry” in a similar fashion to their “Scenic Carlingford Ferry”. It was announced yesterday evening that the vessel was now in service and carrying passengers across the lough for the first time since the previous vessel Foyle Venture (now FRAZER AISLING-GABRIELLE) left the service last year.  Today was the first full day of operation for the service which is expected to run 7 days a week from 9am to 8pm until mid-September.  For more information including fares please visit the website at: http://loughfoyleferry.com. There is still no official start date … Read more