Jonathan Swift (operated commercially as Dublin Swift) is the only high speed craft operated by Irish Ferries. Jonathan Swift serves the Dublin – Holyhead route. Her names comes from an Irish writer born in 1667 and dead in 1745, which is known for having written Gulliver's Travels.
|HSC Jonathan Swift (1999 onwards)|
|Maiden Voyage||July 1999|
|Shipyard||Austal Shipyard, Australia|
|Routes||Dublin (IRL) - Holyhead (UK)|
|Port of Registry||Limassol (CY)|
|Engines||4 engines Caterpillars 3618 - 12 cylinders|
|Maximum Speed||50.00 knots - 40.00 knots (service)|
|Fuel Consumption||5.3 tons of Gazoil per hour|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Car Deck||200 cars /or/ 125 cars + 10 coaches|
In the late 90s, Irish Ferries wanted to replenish its fleet, and therefore decided to introduce a High Speed catamaran between Dublin et Holyhead, to propose an alternative service to the conventional ferries.
The ship was commissioned to Austal for a cost of IR£29 millions. Launched in 1999, she was introduced in July 1999 as Jonathan Swift. However, her introduction have been delayed due to a strike set up by Irish Ferries' officers, that were demonstrating against the operation of this ship with a limited crew compared to the company’s other ships. Irish Ferries hence threat to sell the ship if a solution to the conflict was not found.
Jonathan Swift has spent most of her career on the Dublin – Holyhead service, on which she is still operated today. With a commercial speed of 40 knots, she completes the crossing in 1h49.