Fastnet Line operated a ferry service carrying cars, freight and
passengers between Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland and Swansea,
Wales on MS
1.1 End of service
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From 1987 to 2006, the
Swansea Cork ferry was operated by
Ferries Limited, an Irish-based company. The service ceased operating
after the 2006 season. After disposing of their most recent vessel
(the MV Superferry) and failing to find a suitable replacement,
Swansea Cork Ferries
Swansea Cork Ferries Limited announced that they would not be
operating the service during the 2007 summer season. In fact, there
was no service during the whole of 2008 or 2009.
A two-year campaign, started in April 2008 by concerned local
businesses and individuals in the south-west of Ireland and South
Wales, resulted in the forming of a co-operative which raised funds to
enable the purchase of a new vessel and set up Fastnet Line.
Swansea to Cork branding
After a long process of negotiation, including approval by the Finnish
courts, it was announced in mid-September 2009 that the ship to run
the new service, MS Julia, had been purchased for Fastnet Line. She
was built in 1982 and had previously served routes in Scandinavia.
MS Julia left Finland en route for Cork on 17 September 2009, calling
at the Port of
Swansea for berthing trials along the way. She wintered
Port of Cork
Port of Cork before leaving in January 2010, for dry-docking,
safety certification, and for some minor modifications in compliance
with safety regulations at both Cork and Swansea.
Fastnet Line services started from
Swansea on 10 March 2010, and from
Cork on 11 March 2010, with three weekly services in each direction
from September to June, and four between July and August. On 24
March 2011 a dissertation on the impact of the period of closure on
tourism was published.
End of service
The company suddenly cancelled sailings on 1 November 2011, and
entered into examinership, an Irish process supplying protection
against bankruptcy akin to the US
Chapter 11 procedure. In January
2012 its business plan was to become a seasonal ferry service from
April 2012. The company was seeking sponsorship, with the vessel to be
named by the sponsor and used as "Britain's largest Billboard".
Details of the situation were posted and updated on the company
The following month the company said it would cease operations, with
the loss of 78 jobs, as it had failed to fund a €1.6 million rescue
package. It hoped the service would be resurrected. On 2 February
2012 (incorrectly headed 2 February 2011) the company said on its Web
Swansea ferry service loses fight for survival".
^ "Swansea-Cork ferry is suspended". BBC News. 2007-01-09. Retrieved
^ a b "New £7m ship for ferry crossing". BBC News. 2009-09-14.
^ "Revived Swansea-Cork ferry service sets sail". BBC News.
2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
Fastnet Line -
Swansea to Cork Service
^ The Impact from the Loss and Reinstatement of the Cork-
Service on Tourism in West Cork, by Eoin Moynihan, 24 March 2011
^ Roche, Barry; Carolan, Mary (3 February 2012). "Owners of ferry vow
to revive service to Wales". The Irish Times.
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