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Another record-breaker for Irish Continental

[ January 2, 2018   //   ]

Irish Continental has ordered a second large cruise ferry for its Dublin-Holyhead route from Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft in Germany.

The €165.2 million vessel, scheduled for delivery before mid-2020, will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, says the company, with space for up to 330 freight units per sailing.

The new ship will offer a 50% increase in peak freight capacity compared to the existing MV Ulysses. Freight capacity will be provided over five decks and the ferry has a unique three tier freight bow loading design to speed turnaround times.

On 11 September 2017, the group announced an order for a €144million, 55,000tonnes cruise ferry from the same builder which, on delivery in July 2018 will, at the time of its introduction, be the largest vessel ever on the Irish Sea.