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Reopened Swansea-Cork ferry service's new delays

The Julia
The relaunched service was to have sailed again on St David's Day

The operators of the reopening Swansea-Cork ferry service have again cancelled the planned inaugural sailings.

The ferry which stopped in 2006 was due to have sailed again on Monday, but that was cancelled last weekend.

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

In a new statement, it said delays in completing all surveys aboard the ferry meant sailings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were also not taking place.

The ferry service linking Wales and Ireland is restarting after a planned 2009 restart was abandoned.

The company said the first commercial sailing of the ferry MV Julia on the Swansea to Cork route will now be early next week.

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A Fastnet Line spokesperson said they wanted "to thank customers for their understanding at this time and look forward to the early commencement of this service which will be so important to the economic future of the communities and businesses on either side of the Irish Sea".

The operator said passengers who were booked to travel on the cancelled sailings this weekend would be offered the option to book alternative sailings or a full refund.

Affected passengers 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.

The spokesperson added: "We wish to clarify that the delay is not connected to the works carried out at Harris Pye dockyard and wish to record our appreciation of the support we have received there and in Wales to date."

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