Irish Continental Group (ICG)


The Irish Continental Group (ICG) is an Irish shipping and transport group operating ferry services via its Irish Ferries subsidiary and container freight services via its Eucon Shipping and Transport subsidiary on routes between Ireland, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.

The Irish Continental Group also operates container terminals in the ports of Dublin (Ireland) and Belfast (Northern Ireland) and is also in the ship chartering business.

The Irish Continental Line was formed via a joint venture between Lion Ferry, Irish Shipping and Fearnley & Eger in 1972 in order to provide a direct ferry link from Ireland to Continental Europe.

Irish Shipping went into liquidation in 1984 and Irish Continental Line was sold off in a management buyout and emerged as the Irish Continental Group.

In 1992 the Irish Continental Group acquired The British and Irish Steam Packet Company (trading as the B&I Line) from the Irish Government. Following its acquisition the routes of B&I and ICG were rebranded as Irish Ferries.

Irish Continental Group (ICG) Archive

© Brian Fisher

MV Saint Colum I – Past and Present

MV Express P Ex Express Poseidon, Poseidon Express 2, Dimitrios Express, Kadia Express, Dimitrios Express, Saint Colum I, Saint Patrick (I) Saint […]

MV Saint Killian (II) - Past and Present

MV Saint Killian (II) – Past and Present

MV Egnatia, ex Egnatia III, Medina Star, Saint Killian II, Saint Killian, Stena Scandinavica (I) – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Titovo Brodogradiliste, Kraljevica, Yugoslavia (Yard No 400) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for Stena AB, Gothenburg

© John Hendy

MV Leinster (1981) – Past and Present

MV Madeleine, ex Isle of Inishturk, Isle of Inishmore, Leinster – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1981 at Verolme Cork Dockyards Ltd, Cork, Ireland (Yard No 979) Passenger and Vehicle/RoRo ferry for the B&I Steam Packet Co, Dublin, Ireland

© Simonwp

MV Thomas Wehr – Past and Present

MV Lider Samsun, ex Taurine, Anglian Way, Thomas Wehr, Horn Link, Fuldatal, Santa Maria, Mana, Thomas Wehr, Dana Germania, Tor Neerlandia, Thomas Wehr, Wacro Express, Thomas Wehr – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1977 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. (Yard No. 388) as a RoRo Cargo ship

MV Isle of Innisfree (1995) - Past and Present

MV Isle of Innisfree (1995) – Past and Present

MV Kaitaki, ex Challenger, Stena Challenger, Pride of Cherbourg, Isle of Innisfree – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1995 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Holland (Yard No 963) as RoPax ferry for Irish Ferries, Dublin

© Trevor Kidd

MV Norcape – Past and Present

MV Norcape, ex Tipperary, Puma – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Tamano, Japan. (Yard No 1164) as a RoRo cargo ship

© Aubrey Dale

MV Bison – Past and Present

MV Ant I, ex Stena Pioneer, European Pioneer, Bison – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 755) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

© Simonwp

MV Norrona – Past and Present

MV Logos Hope, ex Norrona, Gustav Vasa – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Werft Nobiskrug Rendsburg Germany (Yard No 678) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for Lion Ferry Ab, Halmstad

© Malcolm Cranfield

MV Viking III – Past and Present

MV Red Star I, ex Gabriel Scott, Sagafjord, Sandefjord, Fenno Star, Scandinavia, Terje Vigen, Viking III – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Orenstein-Koppel and Lubecker Mach A/G, Lubeck, Germany, (Yard No 618) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

© Pieter Inpyn

MV Niels Klim – Past and Present

MV Stena Nautica, ex Lion King II, Lion King, Isle of Innisfree, Niels Klim – Steel motor vessel, built by Nakskov Skibsværft A/S, Denmark (233) for DSB (Danish State Railways) in 1986 (Yard No 234) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

MV Dundalk - Past and Present

MV Dundalk – Past and Present

MV Theseus, ex St Cybi, Stena Sailer, Dundalk – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1974 by Verolme Cork Dockyards Ltd, Cork, Ireland (Yard No. 874), for Allied Irish Bank Ltd, (British & Irish Steam Packet Co.) Dublin, Ireland as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

© Patrick Hill

MV Breizh-Izel – Past and Present

MV Duchess M, ex Balbeck, Duchess M, Breizh-Izel, Iniochos Express, Rata Hills, Wanaka – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Taikoo Dockyard & Eng. Co, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (Yard no 598) for Union Steamship, Wellington, New Zealand as a passenger and vehicle ferry.