Stena Wales Ireland Stena Line ferry halted due to fuel costs

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on August 31, 2011

Ferry firm Stena Line will be suspending its service between Wales and EIRE from mid September until an unspecified date in 2012.

Rising fuel costs have been blamed for causing the two-hour HSS Explorer sailing between Wales Holyhead and Ireland’s Dun Laoghaire to be cancelled. A 30-day consultation between three unions representing the 88 staff working on the route will begin on Wednesday.

The firm says it it will continue to run the two traditional ferries already offered between the two ports all of the year round. It is reducing its Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire fast-service operations to a seasonal-only basis as it has been losing vast amounts of money for several years because of high fuel costs, in addition to the costs of maintenance increasing too.

The company says that there has been little freight traffic, with 73% of the route’s overall turnover in 2010 generated from May and September.

The fast service, operating one sailing a day, is going to be suspended as of 13 September. Michael McGrath, the area director of Stela Line’s Irish Sea department, explained that, despite attempts to reduce the operating costs that have plagued the firm for the past few years, it hasn’t been possible to return this particular route back to profitability.

The vast majority of the revenue generated from our craft service has been as result of car and coach guests travelling with us and is usually always received during peak summer trading periods, he added.

{ 2 comments }

Gerry McDermott August 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Im not Surprised at this Irish Ferries beat you hands down inparticular Customer Service. havent been on Stenaline since you let me down Several years ago.

Catherine Scallan August 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I’m very sad to hear the Ferry is not running from Holyhead to Dunlaoughaire, for the remainder of the year, it is my favourite crossing and I have used it many times. Sign of the times I guess!

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