Ex Westpac Express now largest high speed ferry on Irish Sea; Prudential Capital and Crowley complete $100 million private placement

VIDEO: Ex Westpac Express now largest high speed ferry on Irish Sea
April 27, 2018 — The former Westpac Express, an Austal high speed cat delivered in 2001 and chartered by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift until January 2018, has now entered service with Irish Ferries as the Dublin Swift, following an extensive refurbishment at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast. The 100.9 m Dublin Swift replaces a smaller Austal cat, the Jonathan Swift, delivered in 1999, on the Dublin Holyhead route and is now the largest fast ferry crossing the Irish Sea.


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