By Dan Walsh
Irish Ferries has announced the addition of the RoRo passenger ferry Blue Star 1 to its Rosslare Europort to Pembroke Dock route and the ship chartered from the Attica Group is expected to commence sailings early this month.
Andrew Sheen, Irish Ferries Managing Director, said: “We are incredibly pleased to add a quality ship of the calibre of the versatile Blue Star 1 to the Irish Ferries fleet.
“This ship will be the fastest RoRo Passenger ship operating between Britain and Ireland and this will help ensure schedule integrity.
“The introduction of this ship underlines our commitment to the Rosslare to Pembroke route, the primary shipping corridor between Ireland and South Wales.
It also underlines our commitment to the significant contribution that this route makes in facilitating trade for both exporters and importers as well as facilitating essential passenger movements and future tourists as the country re-opens post COVID-19.”
Blue Star 1 was built in 2000 by the Van der Giessen de Noord shipyard in the Netherlands, the same shipyard that in 1997 built Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore, currently servicing the Rosslare to Pembroke Dock route.
The Blue Star 1 has the capacity to carry up to 1,500 passengers, 100 freight vehicles and up to 700 cars depending on freight volume.
The ship offers a host of quality facilities including 192 cabins for freight drivers /passengers, self-service restaurant, café/bar, Club Class lounge, onboard duty-free shop, children’s play area and spacious outdoor decks.