By Dan Walsh
With the easing of lockdown restrictions, and a hope that international tourist travel will resume shortly, Stena Line is anticipating a busy summer. And after a 21-year absence, duty-free shopping onboard Stena Line’s ferries will now be available following Brexit.
Meanwhile, sailings between Rosslare Europort and Fishguard remain suspended as the Stena Europe‘s stay in dry dock is extended to Friday, June 4th.
Writing in The Western Telegraph reporter Becky Hotchin said the Irish Sea crossing was temporarily cancelled, initially until May 22nd, when Stena decided to send the vessel for repair at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, following a routine inspection of the ferry.
It was initially anticipated that the repairs would be completed by May 21st and the ferry back on the run by the 22nd. However, the company still has no Irish Sea crossings from Rosslare to Fishguard and it was confirmed that the Europe’s stay in dry dock has been extended.
“Stena Line is continuing to carry out works on the Stena Europe (Rosslare-Fishguard) while travel restrictions with the Republic of Ireland remain in place,” said a spokesperson for the company.
“An announcement from the Irish Government is expected imminently on Digital Green Certificates and International Travel and Stena Line plans to have the Stena Europe back in service on June 4th.
The Fishguard to Rosslare route was severely affected by Brexit and Covid-19 at the beginning of this year with freight crossings down by 70% and a reduction in services.