Irish Ferries operates a year round passenger car ferry and Roll-on Roll-off freight service operator at Dublin Port as part of the Irish owned shipping and transport group ICG (Irish Continental Group) plc.
Irish Ferries' investment programme of half a billion Euro in the past decade across all of its routes has helped secure its position as Dublin's Port's premier multi-purpose ferry operator.
A major part of this investment has been spent on the construction of a new modern fleet of ferry vessels. Significant amounts have also been invested in the development of its service through Dublin including freight handling equipment and state-of-the-art technology.
Irish Ferries' biggest commitment to Dublin Port so far was demonstrated with the building and introduction of Ulysses - the World's Largest Car Ferry, which services the Dublin/Holyhead route. The vessel was introduced in 2001.
To Date this cruise ferry has achieved unsurpassed levels of passenger satisfaction and in addition boasts a 100% weather reliability record, not haing lost a single departure due to adverse weather conditions.
'Ulysses' currently operates two round trips a day between Dublin Port and Holyhead in North Wales. With over four kilometres of vehicle lane parking space on board, its enormous car decks have enough space to carry 1,342 cars or 240 articulated trucks per sailing & double the car parking capacity of Dublin's St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. It also carries a complement of 2000 passengers and crew.
The €100 million Ulysses was the fouth in a line of new vessels specifically built by Irish Ferries for its Dublin to Holyhead route following the Isle of Innisfree (1995), the Isle of Inishmore (1997) and the high speed catamaran Dublin Swift (1999), also serving through Dublin Port.
In 2008 Irish Ferries added another vessel to their fleet with the introduction of the cruise ferry 'Oscar Wilde' to their Ireland - France services.
On the Dublin-Holyhead route Irish Ferries offer up to 8 sailings per day. This amounts to an estimated 1 million passengers and nearly 400,000 vehicles being transported by Irish Ferries through the port annually.
Low Fares - Uncompromising Value
Irish Ferries actively promotes low fares travel, while at the same time offering a very service-focused on-board experience. Satisfaction from customers with this approach is clearly demonstrated by regularly winning awards and accolades from consumer groups, travel and commercial organisations, inluding the recent Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport 'Passenger Transport Award' and the 'Overall Logistics and Transport Excellence Award' 2010.
More information on services, ships and great value can be found at www.irishferries.com
Ferryport Terminal 1 N53 20 45/W6 11 39
Ferryport Terminal No. 1 is a multi-user terminal containing the port's main passenger terminal building serviced by a two-tier ramp and a single tier link span.
Length of Berth 213m
Depth at L.A.T. 11m standard
Ramp No. 5
Length of Shore Ramp 43m
Width of Shore Ramp 10.8m
Maximum Vehicle Load 40 tonnes
Length of Shore Ramp 40m
Width of Shore Ramp 20m
Maximum Vehicle Load 180 tonnes
Length of Berth 190m
Depth at L.A.T. 8m standard
Length of Ramp 45m
Width of Ramp 20m
Maximum Vehicle Load 180 tonnes