FERRY capacity between Ireland and the UK is set to jump with Irish Ferries' decision to add a new ship on its Dublin-Holyhead service.
New ship Epsilon, a 186-metre car ferry, will join the company's fleet in mid-December to carry a mixture of cars, passengers and freight cargo.
It will allow the company to transport up to 2,000 more passengers a day.
A spokesperson for Irish Ferries would not say whether the company intended to lower fares with the launch of the new ship, but said that it would help the company become "more competitive".
It will travel twice a day in both directions, bringing the total number of daily trips by Irish Ferries between the two ports to 12. The company currently only offers eight daily sailings using flagship Ulysses and high- speed craft Jonathan Swift.
Epsilon will have room for 500 passengers – closer in size to the Swift than Ulysses.