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Fastnet Line
Fastnet Line
operated a ferry service carrying cars, freight and passengers between Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland and Swansea, Wales
Wales
on MS Julia.

Contents

1 History

1.1 End of service

2 References 3 External links

History[edit] From 1987 to 2006, the Swansea
Swansea
Cork ferry was operated by Swansea
Swansea
Cork 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.[1] 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
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.[2] She was built in 1982 and had previously served routes in Scandinavia.[2] MS Julia
MS Julia
left Finland en route for Cork on 17 September 2009, calling at the Port of Swansea
Swansea
for berthing trials along the way. She wintered in the 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
Fastnet Line
services started from Swansea
Swansea
on 10 March 2010, and from Cork on 11 March 2010,[3] with three weekly services in each direction from September to June, and four between July and August.[4] On 24 March 2011 a dissertation on the impact of the period of closure on tourism was published.[5] End of service[edit] 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
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 website. 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.[6] On 2 February 2012 (incorrectly headed 2 February 2011) the company said on its Web site: " Swansea
Swansea
ferry service loses fight for survival". References[edit]

^ "Swansea-Cork ferry is suspended". BBC News. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2010-06-13.  ^ a b "New £7m ship for ferry crossing". BBC News. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2010-06-13.  ^ "Revived Swansea-Cork ferry service sets sail". BBC News. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-06-13.  ^ Fastnet Line
Fastnet Line
- Swansea
Swansea
to Cork Service ^ The Impact from the Loss and Reinstatement of the Cork- Swansea
Swansea
Ferry 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. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fastnet Line.

Fastnet Line
Fastnet Line
official website MS Julia
MS Julia
official website Campaign website

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