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Construction begins on £130m Irish Ferries superferry

Irish Ferries is celebrating the start of construction of the lagest ever and arguably the most luxurious cruise ferry with its keel laying ceremony in Flensberg, Germany.

Due to be delivered in July 2018, the new 55,000-ton vessel will be the biggest to sail on the Irish Sea, entering year-round service on the Dublin – Holyhead and Ireland – France routes. 

Irish Ferries keel laying

Led by Irish Ferries managing director, Andrew Sheen (centre right), the group included David Ledwidge (left), chief financial officer, Irish Continental Group Plc and Capt. Brian McKenna (right). With them is Rüdiger Fuchs (centre left), CEO of shipbuilders Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.

The £130m cruiseferry will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 440 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies, and almost 3km of car deck space.

Other facilities will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinema, shopping mall, choice of bars and lounges, exclusive areas for freight drivers, and dedicated facilities for pets.

In accordance with tradition on such occasions, Andrew Sheen presented the shipyard with a ceremonial coin, specially commissioned by Irish Ferries to mark the occasion, which was placed within the keel section to remain there throughout its construction in order to bring good luck and calm seas for the vessel.

Posted on 14th September 2017 at 09:17 am in Ferry Operators | Irish Ferries | Ferry News |

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