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01-10-2019, 15:46   #1
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Cork to Vigo ferry starting in 2020

Good news. Now two Spanish routes.

https://twitter.com/corkbeo/status/1...045255168?s=19
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01-10-2019, 18:20   #2
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Ya, two Spanish routes compeating againest each other.
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Ya, two Spanish routes compeating againest each other.
But will they be competing against each other though. To drive from Santander to Vigo is 575km, a 5.5 hour drive. Also Vigo is close to the Portugal border. Competition is good anyway. I think the operator is connected to Grimaldi Lines. Time will tell.
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EU funding to ports of regional significance will soften the competition aspect. They've been trying to access this funding for quite some time. It may not last all that long, however.
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In the event of a no deal it may be funded more heavily by Europe as part of brexit mitigation measures to ensure free flow of goods and people.
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Ya, two Spanish routes competing against each other.
Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition: it keeps them on their toes. Better than the unhealthy "competition" on the Rosslare–Pembroke Dock/Fishguard route.
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Vigo is a great spot , lots of tradition of ancient irish trade there, they see their ancestors as celts and love the paddies. There’s always a handful of irish sailing boats tied up, it’s a straight run from cork avoiding the bay of bisquay, Vigo inlet is sort of as big as cork harbor and worth exploring, particularly combarro, with its village and some pubs built into caves .
Exploring Galicia from vigo is like going to a Spain you’ve never experienced, nothing like the costas, best food, wine and cool weather with green landscapes.
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Where do I book? Never been to Spain or Portugal. Should be able to nab both if you go on this.

Should increase the longevity of your car as well if you bring it on this ferry. A belt of the Spanish heat will keep electrical gremlins caused by dampness away for years to come
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Re: "Cork to Vigo ferry starting in 2020"

As next Saturday is 1st February, I was wondering if there has been any official confirmation regarding this proposed service since initial reports published last year?

All seems very unlikely given lack of information from reliable sources.
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New Cork-Spain ferry route close to final green light


The "Brexit Buster" ferry route will link Cork with Plymouth in the UK and Vigo in Spain

https://i2-prod.corkbeo.ie/incoming/...f-Corkjpeg.jpg
The delegation from Cork and their Spanish counterparts in Vigo this week.

A new year-round ferry route linking Cork with Vigo in northern Spain - via Plymouth - has taken a big step towards launching this Spring or early Summer.

A delegation of Port of Cork officials travelled to Vigo this week to meet with port officials and ferry operators to finalise arrangements for the new service, which would replace the Cork-Santander service which stops operating at the end of this month.

The loss of the Brittany Ferries operated Cork-Santander route had been met with dismay in Cork, from local businesses, exporters and holiday-makers.

However this new ferry service - as first reported by CorkBeo in October - should provide a much needed transport and trade route in the post-Brexit environment, travelling between Cork, Plymouth and Spain.

The planned joint venture involving one of Europe's biggest ferry operators along with shipping companies in Spain will operate a three-times a week, year round service between Spain, the UK and Ireland.

It would serve tourism as well as being a so-called "Brexit Buster" that provides a new link between Ireland and the continent for imports and exports.

As major new port facilities come online in Cork Harbour, this new route would underline just how important the port of Cork could become in a post-Brexit environment.

Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Brendan Keating was among those to travel to Vigo this week to meet with their Spanish counterparts and discuss the proposed line which is seen as a priority for our two historic port cities.

The Port Authority of Vigo had sent a delegation to Cork before Christmas to discuss the new route, even as Brittany Ferries was making plans to end the Cork-Santander route and instead operate their Spanish link from Rosslare.

A statement from Port of Vigo said the visit by the Cork delegation had been a success and the new Cork-Plymouth-Vigo route was "highly sought after by the fishing and transport logistics sectors - potential customers have exceeded initial forecasts".

Article published on CorkBeo.ie 12 February 2020
https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-ne...route-17735299

https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-ne...route-17652516

Other sources:
https://www.apvigo.es/es/paginas/not...s-de-cork.html

https://www.apvigo.es/

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How long will the ferry take? I'm booked for the Rosslare-Bilbao ferry and that's 30 hours. If the ferry has to go to Plymouth and then Vigo it'll be a long time on a ferry.
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How long will the ferry take? I'm booked for the Rosslare-Bilbao ferry and that's 30 hours. If the ferry has to go to Plymouth and then Vigo it'll be a long time on a ferry.
I've read somewhere in the region of up to 28 hours so not more than the Rosslare-Bilbao route if that's 30 hours duration.

I gather that the proposed Cork/Plymouth/Vigo service will have some similarities with the soon to end Cork Santander and about to open Rosslare Bilbao routes in that they are all primarily aimed at transporting freight for export & import while also accommodating vehicles & passengers to a certain degree. It's success will rely on year-round freight I would imagine.

Further details on what is proposed although; not confirmed via below link.

https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-ne...route-17652516

Courtesy: CorkBeo.ie
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Any word if these will be vehicle only like Cork-Santander or will there be space for foot passengers and cyclists?

It just mentions this, which doesn't sound too clear.

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The year round "Ro-pax" (roll-on/roll-off freight and passenger) service would serve tourism as well as being a so-called "Brexit Buster" that provides a new link between Ireland and the continent for imports and exports.

The passenger side will see tickets on sale for €350 to take a car and two passengers over and back on a trip that will take up to 28 hours between Spain and Ireland.
Then it mentions the Camino, but people are not going to drive on a ferry to then walk the Camino in Spain?

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Vigo is also a great access point to the Camino Way, the hugely popular pilgrimage route along the coast of North Western Spain, as well as the popular tourist regions of northern Spain and Portugal.

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Any word if these will be vehicle only like Cork-Santander or will there be space for foot passengers and cyclists?

It just mentions this, which doesn't sound too clear.

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[I]"The year round "Ro-pax" (roll-on/roll-off freight and passenger) service would serve tourism as well as being a so-called "Brexit Buster" that provides a new link between Ireland and the continent for imports and exports. The passenger side will see tickets on sale for €350 to take a car and two passengers over and back on a trip that will take up to 28 hours between Spain and Ireland."[I]

Then it mentions the Camino, but people are not going to drive on a ferry to then walk the Camino in Spain?

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"Vigo is also a great access point to the Camino Way, the hugely popular pilgrimage route along the coast of North Western Spain, as well as the popular tourist regions of northern Spain and Portugal."
Unlikely that it will permit Foot Passengers/Cyclists as it only referred to a car & passengers with the rate price of €350 (Car & 2 passengers return trip) in relation to the passenger aspect although; nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet.
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I've read somewhere in the region of up to 28 hours so not more than the Rosslare-Bilbao route if that's 30 hours duration.

I gather that the proposed Cork/Plymouth/Vigo service will have some similarities with the soon to end Cork Santander and about to open Rosslare Bilbao routes in that they are all primarily aimed at transporting freight for export & import while also accommodating vehicles & passengers to a certain degree. It's success will rely on year-round freight I would imagine.

Further details on what is proposed although; not confirmed via below link.

https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-ne...route-17652516

Courtesy: CorkBeo.ie
Cork to Vigo would be about 30 hours, but it's also going to have to stop in Plymouth so that's several extra hours sailing with a few more for unloading/loading. I can't see how a ferry going to Plymouth and then either Cork or Vigo can take the same time as a direct from Cork-Santander or Rosslare-Bilbao.
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