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Irish Ferries to add second ship to Dover-Calais

[ November 5, 2021   //   ]

Irish Ferries is to add a second ship to its Dover-Calais service in December, launched in June with Isle of Inishmore with up to 10 sailings a day. The second vessel, the Isle of Innisfree, will offer freight capacity of 83 trucks, along with 1,140 passengers.

Managing director, Andrew Sheen, said the second ship would double frequency with a departure every 2½ hours rather than the current five hours between sailings.

He added: “The ship underlines our commitment to this route and facilitates trade for both exporters and importers as well as ensuring capacity for essential passenger movements and greater choice for tourism.”

The 1992-built Isle of Innisfree was built in the Boelwerf shipyard in Belgium and originally delivered as Prins Filip, and spent most of her life on the short shipping straits between England and France.