09 October 2017

Ferry Group Names Latest Addition to RoPax Freight and Passenger Fleet  

Lucky Competition Winner Gets Free Travel for Life

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Shipping News Feature IRELAND – Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of Irish literature will be familiar with the name of Irish Ferries latest vessel. The W B Yeats RoPax ferry emanates from the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) yard with 2,800 lane metres for freight plus an additional dedicated car deck for 300 cars. The name arose after a competition to choose a favourite and has left one Leitrim resident particularly happy.

Whilst many of the near 100,000 people who selected a title for the cruise ferry came up with the name of the famed 20th century poet, it was Lee Maxwell from Manorhamilton who was chosen as the recipient of the prize of free travel for life with Irish Ferries, having suggested one of the country’s favourite literary sons as the most suitable appellation.

In addition to the weight of public support that W. B. Yeats received, operational factors that influenced its choice included the importance of picking a name that would have a high degree of public recognition and appeal in those overseas markets into which the vessel will operate and from which Ireland draws a significant volume of its tourism and trade.

Ships’ registration, regulation and other operational and legal aspects also ranked amongst the factors that needed to be considered, as was the desire to choose a name that would sit comfortably alongside those other great literary figures whose names adorn other vessels in the Irish Ferries fleet such as Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. The company’s managing director, Andrew Sheen said:

“In choosing W. B. Yeats from the many whose works are revered by Irish people and students of literature the world over, we have selected one that will give the new vessel its own distinct identity and stir memories of a poet who is held in high esteem by so many, here and abroad. It is a name that will convey a sense of the magnificence and grandeur that passengers can expect when travelling on our new vessel, sailings of which are expected to commence on the Dublin – Holyhead and Ireland – France routes from mid-Summer next year.”

At 194.80 m length overall and 31.6 m beam and with 440 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies this is a vessel aimed firmly at the cruise market as well as her more mundane freight duties. She will have space for1,885 passengers and crew and include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, á la carte and self-service restaurants, a cinema, shopping mall, choice of bars and lounges, exclusive areas for freight drivers, and dedicated facilities for pets.

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