Irish Ferries lays keel on new ferry (Image: Irish Ferries)
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft has laid the keel for Irish Ferries’ €144 million cruise ferry at its yard in Germany.
In a nod to maritime tradition, a commemorative coined commissioned by Irish Ferries was welded in the keel section where it will remain until the end of construction to bring good luck to the vessel.
Scheduled for delivery in July 2018, the 50,000gt ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, as well as up to 300 cars and 165 freight vehicles. Passenger facilities will be spread over four decks with 435 cabins, which will include deluxe and standard class accommodation, and suites with private external balconies. Other venues will include bars, à la carte and self-service restaurants, an exclusive lounge for premium Club Class passengers, cinemas, retail outlets and pet facilities. Freight drivers will have their own dedicated facilities.
Powered by four main engines, the newbuild will operate at a speed of 22.5 knots and feature an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) and a ballast water system. This will reduce fuel consumption and costs, while ensuring the ferry complies with environmental regulations.
Irish Ferries has launched a public competition to choose the name of the vessel, which will sail year-round service on the Dublin – Holyhead and Ireland – France routes.