Irish Continental Group to sell Jonathan Swift ferry

Irish Continental Group to sell Jonathan Swift ferry
The vessel is to be delivered to Baleària by the end of April 2018 (Image: Irish Ferries)

Shipping and transport firm Irish Continental Group (IGC) is to sell its high-speed passenger ferry Jonathan Swift to Spanish operator Baleària Eurolínias Marítimas for €15.5 million (US$19.3 million).

The vessel is to be delivered to Baleària by the end of April 2018, where she is likely to start providing passenger services in the Mediterranean.

Jonathan Swift was commissioned by, and delivered to, ICG in 1999 and has provider passenger services on Irish Ferries’ Dublin-Holyhead route between Ireland and Wales. This vessel will be replaced by the 2001-built high-speed craft Westpac Express, which recently completely a 20-month charter with another operator. Westpac Express is currently being refurbished to bring her up to Irish Ferries’ passenger service standards.

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