Irish Ferries has introduced the fast ferry Dublin Swift into service between Dublin and Holyhead, the 101m craft becoming the largest high speed craft in service in the British Isles.
As the Westpac Express the craft was bought by Irish Ferries’ parent company ICG in April 2016, for EUR 13.25 million while on charter to the US Military Sealift Command. In that role she exclusively met the transportation and logistics needs of the US Marine Corps’ Third Marine Expeditionary Corp, based in Okinawa, as a Theatre Support Vessel.
Entering service on 27 April, the Dublin Swift took over on the central corridor route across the Irish Sea from the smaller Jonathan Swift, which has been sold to Spain’s Baleària. As the Cecilia Payne she left Dublin for her new home on 28 April.
Before entering service, the newcomer underwent a four-month upgrade programme at Harland & Wolff in Belfast. With a capacity for 820 passengers and 220 cars, onboard facilities include a dedicated TV Snug, cafeteria, self-service restaurant, Club Class lounge and games area.