The motor vessel “Westward Ho” – which operates regular ferry services to the island of Flatholm from Cardiff Bay – has now begun a regular ferry service to Flatholm from Penarth Pier .
The first passengers were successfully embarked at the pier today – and will be returning from their visit to Flatholm when Westward Ho returns to the pier at 18:30 this evening
Operating regular trips to Flatholm direct from Penarth Pier is an easier and quicker than having to lock-in through the Cardiff Bay Barrage and can provide a much quicker turn-around time for the vessel.
The flat-bottomed “Westward Ho” is a purpose-built, bow loading, Island Class passenger vessel and is certified by the Maritime Coastguard Authority MCA to carry up to 100 passengers. She is based in Weston Super Mare and can be beached like a tank-landing craft on Flatholm providing easy safe access to the island.
Penarth’s other regular excursion vessel MV Balmoral is not due to return to Penarth until Friday July 29th when she will sail from Penarth to Watchet in Somerset and back .
Balmoral now has some serious competition to contend with from a rival which will provide a much more regular service from Penarth Pier than Balmoral has been able to schedule.
The Westward Ho sailing schedule is on http://tinyurl.com/jro88ef