The Cork-Swansea ferry route will be launched next spring. West Cork Tourism Co-Operative Society Limited has announced that it has purchased the cruise ferry the MV Julia for €7.8 million. It’s hoped the reinstating of the service will create 500 jobs and bring thousands of tourists to Kerry and Cork.
In late 2006 the Swansea-Cork ferry company announced it was ceasing operations on the route that used to deliver some 140 thousand tourists to the south west each year. The axing of the ferry cost the region millions in lost tourism revenue. At the beginning of this year West Cork Tourism began their campaign to raise the €2.6 million need to get the route back up and running which included fundraising in Kerry.
The MV Julia has 10 decks with capacity for 440 cars and 30 freight vehicles and can hold 1860 passengers. The group must now raise €2.5 million to cover additional running costs. The ship, which was built in 1982, will arrive in Cork in the coming weeks and will then begin service in March 2010.