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Fastnet cancels initial Swansea-Cork ferry sailings

The Julia
The relaunched service was to have its first voyage on St David's Day

The inaugural sailing of the reopened Swansea-Cork ferry on Monday, St David's Day, has been cancelled.

Operator Fastnet said "certification by the regulatory authorities" of certain "necessary works" was needed.

The service stopped in 2006 and this 1 March was to have been the launch date for the new ferry after a planned 2009 restart was abandoned.

Swansea council said Fastnet would say more next week, with next Friday being looked at as an alternative.

The inaugural voyage of the reinstated Swansea-Cork ferry was to be a sailing from Cork at 2300 GMT on St David's Day, to arrive in Swansea at 0700 GMT on 2 March.

Sailings planned for next Monday, Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled.

'Cancelled sailings'

A Fastnet Line spokesperson said: "We regret to advise that Fastnet Line's MV Julia sailings scheduled for Monday 1, Wednesday 3, and Thursday 4 March have been cancelled."

The firm said passengers booked on the cancelled sailings would be offered alternative dates of their choice or a full refund of their fare.

Passengers hit by the delay will be offered a 50% discount on their next booking.

The Julia, which can carry more than 1,800 passengers and 400 cars, was previously sailing in the Baltic Sea.

After being bought by a co-operative for £6.9m in 2009, it was taken to Swansea Docks for work.

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