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Gas Prices Slow Down Ferry to Ireland

July 8, 2008
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Stena Line HSS ferry at Dun Laoghaire harbour

corey says…Just like in the US, the talk in Ireland is about the rising price of fuel, food and transported products.

In an effort to avoid another fuel surcharge, the Stena Line highspeed ferry between Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin, and Holyhead in north Wales, has decided to slow down their fleet. The change in speed will add 16 minutes to the trip, but save the company loads in fuel costs.

A spokesman for Stena Line recently said on Irish radio that he felt passengers wouldn’t mind the extra time since his company provided the most comfortable passage across the Irish Sea (sorry, this isn’t an exact quote). When I heard him say this, I knew he meant, “You’ve got an extra 15 minutes, how about one more trip to the ship’s bar.” 🙂

I must admit…16 minutes is a small price to pay to save a few euros and do the environment some good.

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