Monday 23 October 2017

Dun Laoghaire’s fast ferry to anchor for winter months

Stena Line’s HSS fast craft Dún Laoghaire-Holyhead service is to be reduced to a seasonal operation from next month.

The company said the decision was taken because of the high cost of operating the Stena Explorer.

It has, according to Stena Line, "traded at a financial loss for several years."

It said that much of the turnover on the route was generated between May and September.

Stena Line said the fast craft service would operate until mid September and would then be suspended until next Spring.

The company will continue to operate its year round services between Dublin Port and Holyhead.

Area Director for Stena Line's business on the Irish Sea Michael McGrath said:

"We regret that this decision will have an impact amongst our ship's personnel and our port operations staff in Dun Laoghaire, but this is a decision that has to be taken for the benefit of the overall business. We simply cannot continue to sustain these levels of financial losses.

"We will now embark on a period of consultation with our staff and their union representatives to discuss the implications of the proposed changes with them."

It is believed around 53 staff will be affected by the decision.

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