Sailing Update

  • Ferry NewsDFDS fleet-mates VISBY and DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS seen together at Dunkerque on the morning of December 29, 2020. Copyright © Mike Louagie.

    [Updated] Weather Causes Serious Disruption to Direct Ireland to France Ferries

    Weather conditions have led to a number of ferry services to and from Ireland being cancelled over the next few days.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsKERRY seen on the occasion of her first arrival at the Spanish port of Bilbao. Brittany Ferries.

    [PR] Brittany Ferries confirms immediate changes to ferry schedules

    Brittany Ferries has outlined a series of changes to its schedules, in response to the on-going Coronavirus crisis.

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesStena Superfast VIII. Taken in the North Channel from Stena Superfast VII. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/niferrysite.

    Sailing/weather information, 16th October 2017

    As has been widely reported in the media, what is left of  Hurricane Ophelia is expected to hit the UK and Ireland on Monday 16th October ’17.  A severe weather warning has already been issued, with the NI Weather and Flood Advisory Service issuing Red and Amber weather warnings and the Met Office an Amber weather warning.  As this is expected to be one of the worst storms in recent years, with the coast of Ireland and Northern Ireland expected to be the most badly hit area with winds of up to 80mph predicted, it is likely that there will be disruption to ferry and airline travel as well as potential problems with road and rail links.  If you are…

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesEUROPEAN SEAWAY approaches Larne on her first full day of service, Saturday 6th May 2017. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    Sailing update: Problems continue for P&O.

    Yesterday’s issues with P&O‘s Larne to Cairnryan service appear to yet be resolved, with both EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER and EUROPEAN SEAWAY still running behind schedule.  As yet it is still unclear what has caused the delays, which started with EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER sailing from Cairnryan some 6 hours late last night.  This follows Stena Line having used the P&O owned port for a time yesterday to berth their Superfast sisters.  This is understood to have been due to a problem with the ramp at their own Loch Ryan Port. At the time of writing (15:35) it looks extremely unlikely that todays 16:30 departures will be on-time, with both vessels mid-channel (running around an hour late), despite P&O’s own twitter feed reporting the sailings are on-time. Screenshot of…

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesEuropean Seaway on the berth at Cairnryan, May 2017. © Steven Tarbox.

    Sailing updates: P&O and Stena Line North Channel services.

    In what has been a much more eventful than normal day for North Channel ferries, P&O are now running with delays.  The 20:00 sailings from both Larne and Cairnryan have yet to depart at the time of writing (23:05), with what appears to be some sort of technical failure with one of the vessels.  This is despite EUROPEAN SEAWAY having been loaded at Larne for hours.  P&O’s service disruption follows Stena Line’s earlier technical problems which now appear to have been resolved (see below). Following the cancellation of the 19:30 departures from both Belfast and Loch Ryan Port (Cairnryan), Stena Line advise that their services are back on schedule with the 23:00 departures (the 23:30 ex LRP is leaving at 23:00…

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesStena Superfast VIII on the berth at Belfast

    Sailing update: Stena Line currently experiencing delays on Cairnryan services.

    Stena Line are currently experiencing delays on all services to and from Loch Ryan Port (Cairnryan) due to a technical problem at the Scottish port.   For the first time, it appears that Stena Line have managed to berth the Superfast’s at P&O’s Cairnryan facility, though NIFS understand that loading and unloading is only taking place via the lower vehicle deck due to restrictions at the P&O port. Please use Stena Line’s ferrycheck service for the latest information by phoning 08705755755 or visiting stenaline.co.uk/ferrycheck. UPDATE:  Following the cancellation of the 19:30 departures from both ports, Stena advise that their services are back on schedule with the 23:00 departures (23:30 ex LRP is leaving at 23:00 with delayed traffic from the earlier sailing).  As…

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  • Ferry NewsStena Superfast VIII. Taken in the North Channel from Stena Superfast VII. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/niferrysite.

    Sailing update: Storm Desmond sailing delays and cancellations.

    Ferries cancelled or delayed due to adverse weather on services from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Early Saturday morning update (3am): in addition to the delays and cancellations below, Stena Superfast X‘s 02:30 departure from Dublin and 08:55 from Holyhead, and Stena Europe’s 09:00 from Rosslare have been cancelled due to weather conditions. Irish Ferries 01:15 from Dublin to Holyhead has been delayed, having left Dublin just a few minutes ago, whilst all sailings from Rosslare to Pembroke on Saturday are either cancelled or in doubt.  Ulysses scheduled departure from Holyhead at 02:40 has been missed, and she is still on the berth at the Welsh port.  P&O’s Norbay looks to be running behind schedule between Liverpool and Dublin. Below…

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesStena Superfast VIII, laid over at Belfast's Stormont Wharf for planned maintenance, on Saturday 17th October 2015. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

    Sailing update: Reduced Stena Cairnryan service this weekend.

    Stena Superfast VIII off-service for essential maintenance. NIFS understand that Stena Superfast VIII will be off service this coming Saturday 5th Dec from 14:00 until Sunday 6th December’s 11:30 sailing for essential maintenance.  The online booking engine has already been updated. The following sailings will be cancelled: Ex Belfast Sat: 15:30, 19:30 Ex Cairnryan (Loch Ryan Port) Sat: 15:30,  23:00. Sundays 05:00 has been retimed to 04:15. As always, if you intend to travel, please call Stena Ferry Check on +44 (0) 8705 755 755 for the latest information. Image: Stena Superfast VIII, laid over at Belfast’s Stormont Wharf for planned maintenance, on Saturday 17th October 2015.  Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesStena Superfast VIII, laid over at Belfast's Stormont Wharf for planned maintenance, on Saturday 17th October 2015. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

    Sailing update: Stena Line, Saturday 14th November

    According to Stena’s online booking engine, Stena Superfast VIII will miss 2 round trips this coming Saturday, 14th November. We understand that this is due to planned maintenance. The cancelled sailings are the 15:30 and 23:00 from Belfast, and the 19:30 and 05:00 (on the 15th) from Loch Ryan Port/Cairnryan. As always, if you intend to travel, please call Stena Ferry Check on +44 (0) 8705 755 755 for the latest information. Image: Stena Superfast VIII, laid over at Belfast’s Stormont Wharf for planned maintenance, on Saturday 17th October 2015.  Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesStena Superfast VIII in Belfast Lough during the Tall Ships 2015. Copyright © Ross McDonald.

    Sailing update: Stena Superfast planned maintenance.

    As reported last week, Stena Superfast VIII is undergoing planned maintenance in Belfast this weekend. As a result, Stena Line are operating a reduced sailing schedule to Loch Ryan Port/Cairnryan today. Stena Superfast VIII tied up at Stormont Wharf last night, with the planned layover spot at D1 occupied by the damaged 315m long LNG tanker, Al Oraiq, which is awaiting repairs at Harland and Wolff. Al Oraiq was damaged in a collision off Zeebrugge with the Dutch registered freighter, Flinterstar, which sank. Stena plan to resume normal service tomorrow morning. Title Image: Stena Superfast VIII in Belfast Lough during the Tall Ships 2015.  Copyright © Ross McDonald.

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesStena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII passing in Belfast Lough. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Sailing update: Stena’s Superfasts to undergo routine maintenance in October.

    Reduced Belfast to Scotland timetable in operation over 2 weekends in October. Following swiftly on from Stena Mersey‘s routine dry-docking this week, news has reached NIFS that it is planned that Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII will each be taken out of service for a short period during the weekends of October 9th to 11th (SSF 7), and the 16th – 18th (SSF 8).  As a result, a reduced timetable will be in operation, with it planned that the freight only ship Stena Hibernia will operate limited additional freight sailings on these weekends to Cairnryan/LRP.  It is understood that this routine maintenance will be conducted alongside at Belfast, and will not require dry-docking of the ships. Title image: Stena…

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesStena Mersey approaching Belfast © Steven Tarbox/NI Ferry Site

    Stena Birkenhead sailings re-timed

    Stena have advised (via FerryCheck) that all sailings to and from Birkenhead (Liverpool), have been retimed.  I have copied the text from FerryCheck below.  For the latest please contact Stena directly or visit the FerryCheck site here Please be advised that due to operational reasons your 10:30hrs sailing from Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) will now be departing at 09:30hrs, Check-in will open at 07:45hrs and CLOSE AT 08:45HRS PROMPT. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. Please be advised that due to operational reasons your 22:30hrs sailing from Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) will now be departing at 21:30hrs, Check-in will open at 19:45hrs and CLOSE AT 20:45HRS PROMPT. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. Passengers who arrive…

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