Calais: the ex-Spirit of Britain, now Oscar Wilde, returns to the colors of Irish Ferries

Calais: the ex-Spirit of Britain, now Oscar Wilde, returns to the colors of Irish Ferries
Calais: the ex-Spirit of Britain, now Oscar Wilde, returns to the colors of Irish Ferries

After a technical stop in the port of Falmouth, the new Oscar Wilde from Irish Ferries entered the port of Calais on Tuesday June 18, for the first time with its new name and in the colors of the Irish company. The latter now charters it to the British shipping line P&O Ferries, on whose behalf the ship began its connections across the strait in 2011 under the name Spirit of Britain. Its sister ship, the Spirit of France, joined it the following year and continues to be operated on this route by P&O Ferries.

The Oscar Wilde crossing its sister the Spirit of France, still operated by P&O, on June 18.

The Oscar Wilde, ex-Spirit of Britain, returned to the port of Calais in the colors of Irish Ferries on June 18.

Built in Rauma, Finland, these two ships, 213 meters long, 31.4 meters wide and 49,000 tons, can reach a speed of 22 knots. They can transport up to 2000 passengers and a thousand light vehicles (or 180 trucks).

The ex-Spirit of Britain therefore took the name Oscar Wilde, which was given last year by Irish Ferries to another chartered vessel, the ex-Star, owned by the Estonian company Tallink. Assigned since May 2023 on the route between Holyhead, Dublin and Cherbourg, this ship has therefore changed its name and is now called James Joyce.

The new Oscar Wilde began its service between Calais and Dover on the evening of June 19 on behalf of Irish Ferries, replacing the old Isle of Innisfree (ex-Calais Seaways of DFDS purchased in 2021), which touched Calais on last time on the afternoon of June 19 and will leave on the Rosslare – Pembroke line.

The Isle of Innisfree arriving one last time in Calais on June 19.

The new Oscar Wilde and the Isle of Innisfree in Calais on June 19.

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