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Ferries to Ireland are axed.



THE Liverpool to Dublin high-speed ferry service has been axed with the loss of 150 jobs.

Staff on the Irish Sea Irish Sea, arm of the Atlantic Ocean, c.40,000 sq mi (103,600 sq km), 130 mi (209 km) long and up to c.140 mi (230 km) wide, lying between Ireland and Great Britain. It is connected with the Atlantic by the North Channel and (on the south) by St. George's Channel.  Express were told the service was losing pounds 100,000 a week mainly because of rising fuel costs.

They were given the news yesterday when the ship was in Bidston Dock Bidston Dock, was a dock at Birkenhead, Wirral Peninsula, England. Opened in 1933, the dock was built on most of what remained of the tidal inlet of Wallasey Pool, to the west of the Great Float. , Birkenhead.

On Monday it was announced the service was being reduced to five sailings a week.

But today Gary Hinks, director of Irish Sea Express, said: "The cost of fuel has doubled in the past year and the business just couldn't keep up.

"This is a long-term decision and it is not likely that we will be able to salvage salvage, in maritime law, the compensation that the owner must pay for having his vessel or cargo saved from peril, such as shipwreck, fire, or capture by an enemy. Salvage is awarded only when the party making the rescue was under no legal obligation to do so.  anything from the firm."

NorseMerchant Ferries continue to operate sailings from Birkenhead to Belfast and Dublin
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2005
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