New fast craft sea link for the Celtic countries

As the Isle of Man government were given the go ahead by Tynwald to secure the sealink to the United Kingdom via a purchase of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company a new fast craft sea link between the Celtic countries was also secured.

The Irish Times this week reported on the new ‘Dublin Swift’ HSS which  entered service last month and will link Dublin Port with Holyhead in Wales – a sailing of just two hours:

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/first-look-dublin-swift-the-new-fast-ferry-to-holyhead-1.3494521

The vessel which was formerly called ‘Westpac Express’ displaces 8,4o3 tonnes and was built in 2001. It has had some modification for the Irish route and will carry 820 passengers and 220 cars.

The HSS replaces the slightly smaller ‘Jonathan Swift ‘ which has been sold and will operate in the Mediterranean.

Image; HSS Dublin Swift

Bernard Moffatt

pp Celtic League

May 15th 2018

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