ULYSSES return from emergency Dry Docking in Belfast delayed

Irish Ferries’ ULYSSES at anchor off Bangor 27/06/18. She is pictured waiting to enter Belfast Dry Dock two days later for the emergency replacement of a propeller shaft. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

Irish Ferries’ ULYSSES at anchor off Bangor 27/06/18. She is pictured waiting to enter Belfast Dry Dock two days later for the emergency replacement of a propeller shaft. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

As posted on the NI Ferry Site Facebook page earlier, Irish Ferries’ Dublin to Holyhead flagship ULYSSES‘ departure from dry-dock at Harland & Wolff Belfast has been delayed.  She had been expected to leave Belfast Dry Dock tomorrow, however this is no longer the case.  There is currently no indication of when she is leaving, however Irish Ferries have removed all of her sailings until Tuesday from their website.  ULYSSES originally arrived last week due to a problem with one of her propeller shafts.  She was originally expected to be back in service “mid-week”, so it appears her issues are much more serious than first thought.  Apart from the above timetable change there is no indication of when she will leave Belfast to return to her Dublin – Holyhead route, though there has been speculation on Facebook that she will be out of service much longer than currently indicated.

ULYSSES approaches Belfast Dry Dock for an emergency dry docking on 28/06/18 with STENA HIBERNIA in the background, while AZAMARA PURSUIT (in Belfast for refit) looks on from the Ship Repair Quay. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

At present Irish Ferries Dublin to Holyhead services are only being operated by EPSILON, which has much more limited passenger facilities than ULYSSES,  and the fast-craft DUBLIN SWIFT which was recently converted in Belfast.  EPSILON‘s weekend sailing between Dublin and Cherbourg has been cancelled for the second week in a row so that she can increase capacity on the Dublin to Holyhead route in absence of the Irish Ferries flagship.

DUBLIN SWIFT in Belfast Dry Dock (BDD), 28/03/18. Copyright © Gary Hall.
DUBLIN SWIFT in Belfast Dry Dock (BDD), 28/03/18.  Operating partner ULYSSES is currently occupying the same facility.  Copyright © Gary Hall.

 

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