Ferry operator blames ‘inaccurate’ weather forecast for day trips to Holyhead in Storm Barra


A ferry operator claimed to have received an “inaccurate” weather forecast, which resulted in passengers being stranded at sea for a day.

The Stena Adventurer, operated by Stena Lines, and the Ulysses, operated by Irish Ferries, were unable to dock at Holyhead on Wednesday due to rough seas.

Wind speeds off the coast of Anglesey reached 55 knots (63 mph) as Storm Barra moved east across the UK yesterday.

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The Stena Adventure made only one docking attempt, which was successful after midnight this morning.

He had initially left Dublin at 2:45 a.m., about 9 p.m. earlier.



The scene at Holyhead Breakwater Tuesday morning

North Wales Live understands that the Ulysses made four docking attempts, having left at 8:55 p.m. on Tuesday.

Yesterday, its passengers took to social media to complain about being ‘seasick’, saying the ship should never have left Dublin.

Legal assistant Lilly King, 24, told the BBC it was a “really scary” situation.

She was on board with her grandmother, father and uncle, who together had to travel four hours to their home in Bedfordshire once the ship had docked.

“I don’t think the ship should have been cleared to sail in the first place,” she said.

“We are so seasick.”



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Stena Lines said its freight drivers and passengers received cabins and food for free.

But the company had only authorized navigation because of the weather forecasts it had received.

Storm Barra’s arrival was well publicized, but Stena insisted she received incorrect information.

A spokesperson said: “Safety is always our top priority and we only sail or attempt to dock when it is safe to do so.

“Unfortunately, yesterday the weather forecast given to us, and on which we based our schedules, turned out to be inaccurate.

“All passengers received a free cabin, as well as free food and drink. “

There was a ripple effect on sister ship Stena Estrid, which had to wait until the Stena Adventurer vacated her berth at Holyhead.

Irish Ferries subsequently canceled its two Thursday morning crossings between Dublin and due to “adverse weather conditions”.

Its 2:10 pm service from Holyhead on the Ulysses has since been delayed by up to three hours due to “the effects of Storm Barra”.

Stena Line also canceled its 9 a.m. service from Holyhead for similar reasons.

Affected passengers are transferred due to the 2:45 hour crossing, although this was also delayed by around 90 minutes.

Irish Ferries has refused to respond to complaints made by some of its passengers on the Ulysses.

A spokesperson said: “At this time, we are not making any comments and directing all inquiries regarding travel disruptions to the Irish Ferry Website. “

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