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October 2003
Port in Focus
Dublin is the main ferry port in Ireland.    It is served by five operators with over 10 vessels.   This article provides an introduction to the port and its ferries.
Battle of the giants
Two conventional passenger ferries serve Dublin from the UK.   Above left: the impressive Ulysses from Irish Ferries arrives from Holyhead.   Above right: Stena's response to Irish Ferries is this new bruiser, Stena Adventurer, seen inbound also from Holyhead.
As elsewhere, there has been a rise in fast ferries calling in or around Dublin.   Above left: Hoverspeed's Superseacat II leaves Dublin for Liverpool.   Above right: Jonathan Swift from Irish Ferries arrives en route from Holyhead.   Above: Stena operate an HSS from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead.   Their Stena Explorer is seen at the Irish port with mountains of Wicklow in the background.
Dublin is served by four different freight routes operated by two companies.   Above top: Norbank from P&O arrives at Dublin from Liverpool.   Above middle: The funnelly-challenged Saga Moon from Norse Merchant Ferries arrives from Heysham.   Above lower: Lindarosa from Norse Merchant  Ferries arrives from Birkenhead.   Main: P&O's European Ambassador at berth before leaving for Mostyn.
All photos taken in August 2003.   Click to enlarge.
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