Truck and Track Summer 2023 Summer 2023 Truck and Track 81 PORTS Irish Ferries is pleased to announce the addition of a new cruise ferry to its fleet. The ship, originally called the STAR, was built in 2007 in Finland for Tallink Grupp. The ship will be renamed as the OSCAR WILDE. The OSCAR WILDE will be the largest and fastest passenger cruise ferry on the Irish Sea with an impressive capacity of over 2,080 passengers, 134 cabins, and ample space with over 2,380 lane meters for cars, coaches, and freight vehicles. With the largest duty-free shopping space for any cruise ferry on the Irish Sea of more than 17,000 square feet, it will be an ideal shopping destination for those travelling between Ireland and Britain. The ship interiors have a classic, modern feel and boasts Freight Drivers facilities, Club Class lounge, a self-service restaurant, an à la carte restaurant, a bar, gaming facilities, pet facilities and family-friendly features such as a children’s play area. One of the most exciting features of the OSCAR WILDE is its available speed. With a possible top speed of 27.5 knots, it is the fastest cruise ferry with the largest passenger capacity on the Irish Sea. This will enable Irish Ferries to offer tourism passengers and freight an efficient service, getting them to their destination reliably and comfortably. Commenting on the new addition, Irish Ferries Managing Director, Andrew Sheen, said, “We are delighted to announce the addition of the OSCAR WILDE to our fleet. This new ship will be a fantastic addition to our service, offering customers the very best in terms of comfort, speed, and amenities. “Along with usual advantages of ferry travel in terms of no luggage restrictions or security queues, we are confident that the OSCAR WILDE will become a firm favourite with our passengers and freight drivers, and we look forward to welcoming them on board.” The OSCAR WILDE will initially enter service on the Rosslare / Pembroke route in early June, replacing the chartered BLUE STAR 1 for the busy summer period. Irish Ferries is now taking bookings on for the new ship with fares starting from just £206 for a return journey with a car plus 1 adult. With its impressive size, speed, and range of facilities, it is set to become the ultimate choice for those travelling between Ireland and the UK on the southern corridor between Wales and Ireland. Irish Ferries introduces new Cruise Ferry on Irish Sea route TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest ports group, has launched a sustainability-themed ‘Ready for Tomorrow’ school competition, to encourage pupils living in the coastal communities surrounding its ports to make their schools more sustainable. Drawing inspiration from ABP’s own Net Zero sustainability strategy ‘Ready for Tomorrow’, the competition will be open to pupils aged 8 – 10 years in participating schools. To help generate ideas, pupils are encouraged to watch ABP’s ‘The Voyage’ video and read an age-appropriate strategy summary, which aims to convey its key focus areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, biodiversity and waste and water management in a more accessible way. Spread across ABP’s regions, participating schools are situated in coastal communities in the Humber, Solent, East Anglia, South West England, Scotland and Wales. Winners and runners up will be selected in each of these locations and will receive prizes including book vouchers and school donations. Winners will also be invited to attend ABP’s Annual Review afternoon tea reception at the Houses of Parliament in London. Henrik L. Pedersen, ABP’s CEO, commented: “At ABP we are committed to both supporting local communities and improving sustainability. We hope that this competition will encourage pupils to learn more about how ports are becoming more sustainable and apply these lessons to their own schools. “We look forward to seeing the creative ideas of the next generation so that together we can build a more sustainable future for everyone.” The winners will be announced at the end of June 2023. Sustainability school competition launched by Britain’s largest ports operator