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Making a delivery voyage to Rathin Island this morning is Spirit of Rathlin. The £2.8m newbuild can take up to six vehicles and 140 passengers on the crossing to Ballycastle on the mainland.
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#NewFerryArrives - Residents of Rathlin Island now have an exciting addition as a brand new car ferry arrived this morning which is to serve the North’s only inhabited island, writes Jehan Ashmore. After a 20 hour delivery voyage from boatbuilders…
Seatruck won '2017 Business of the Year' at The Mersey Maritime Awards (MMIA) that was held in the new Main Stand of Liverpool Football Club. The event attended by 400 people was hosted by BBC Breakfast T.V. presenter Louise Minchin.
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#MerseyAwards - At the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Seatruck Ferries were named as ‘2017 Business of the Year’ during a ceremony held in Anfield, the famous venue of Liverpool Football Club, writes Jehan Ashmore. The black tie gala dinner on…
Pont-Aven is to resume seasonal Ireland-France service next month on the Cork-Roscoff route. Afloat adds that the Pont-Aven is currently on English Channel service between St. Malo and Portsmouth from where above the cruise-ferry is underway off the landmark Spinnaker Tower.
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#Increase – An increase of 5% has been reported by operator Brittany Ferries in the number of passengers travelling to Ireland in 2016, compared to the previous year. The company begins its seasonal Ireland-France service next month operated by Pont-Aven.…
Port of Cork's ferry terminal in Ringaskiddy
Port of Cork
#BypassUK - The Port of Cork has ramped up talks with continental ferry companies writes Independent.ie about providing more direct freight routes between Ireland and mainland Europe due to Brexit, its chairman has said. John Mullins said fresh food exporters…
SEA FILM: Time of Their Lives, the latest film to star Joan Collins along with Pauline Collins. Scenes of the actresses were set on board a UK-France ferry for the film that is themed on love, adventure and true friendship.
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#SeaFilm - Time of Their Lives, the latest film to star Dame Joan Collins saw the actress sail on a UK-France ferry looking to find love, adventure and true friendship. In the film, Collins is joined by co-star Pauline Collins…
FERRIES IN ART: In this colour sketch by John Baird are the Rathlin Island ferries Rathlin Express and Canna (soon to be replaced) by a new Arklow built car ferry to serve the six mile crossing on the Sea of Moyle.
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#FerriesInArt – A beautiful art work depicting the current pair of Rathlin Island serving ferries will be a lovely keepsake for the operator as one of the vessels is soon to be replaced by a newbuild, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
On board the Belgium Navy's BNS Castor, British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose who laid a wreath at the location of where the ferry disaster took place off Zeebrugge in 1987
Naval Visits
#BelgiumNavy - A Belgium Navy ship is visiting Dublin Port, however the call to the capital follows a solemn occasion held on board to mark a ferry disaster that took place off Zeebrugge three decades ago. On Monday the BNS…
ICG container division EUCON and of the operator's lo-lo ships Elbetrader berthed at Dublin Ferryport Terminal.
Ports & Shipping
#ICGresults - Shipping operator Irish Continental Group (ICG) expected to report another strong year of growth writes The Irish Times when on Monday it releases full-year results (now available by clicking here) In the first 10 months of the year,…
The European Shipping Week is host to the Guinness World Record breaking model ferry Jubilee Seaways built by using LEGO bricks! The giant model was commissioned for Danish ferry operator, DFDS as part of their 150th anniversary events. In recent months the Lego ship visited London's Trafalgar Square.
Ports & Shipping
#LEGOferry - This week the European Shipping Week held its flagship conference in Brussels, where major European and global shipping delegates joined the officialdom of the EU and its Parliament with the presence of the world’s largest model ship built…
Ro-Ro freight-ferry Arrow (seen above in Douglas) that had been wintering in Larne, is now on sub-charter from the IOM Steam Packet for Stena's North Sea routes. This morning the Steam Packet's fastferry Manannan departed her winter lay-up in the Manx capital to undergo drydocking on Merseyside. She is to resume daily Douglas-Liverpool sailings at the end of this month. In April Manannan will begin serving seasonal Belfast and Dublin routes.
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#ArrowAway - Afloat has tracked down relief freight ro-ro Arrow which had been wintering in the Port of Larne but is currently operating UK-Dutch routes having been sub-chartered by the Isle of Man Steam Packet, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arrow is…
The first low-velocity tidal energy project in the world is of a commercial power plant array installed in Holyhead Deep off north-west Wales. Holyhead Deep is the name of a large depression in the seabed, located west of the the South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey where the ferryport of Holyhead is owned by Stena Line. They and Minesto are joint owners of the offshore energy project.
Power From the Sea
#HolyheadDeep -  Two Swedish-based companies have engaged in a joint project to invest in Wales’ transition to renewable energy. Minesto and Stena Line will build an assembly hall in the Port of Holyhead, which Minesto will utilise in their upcoming…
IOM Steam Packet's fast-ferry Manannan and chartered ro-ro freighter Arrow arriving in Douglas Harbour less than a year ago in September.
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#Larne - The Isle of Man Steam Packet is to undertake berthing trials in the Northern Irish port of Larne, writes IOM Today.  The fast craft Manannan is to used as the company assesses the suitability of alternative ports ’to…
Irish Ferries has cancelled Swift sailings till this evening as Storm Ewan brings strong gusts to the Irish Sea
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#StormEwan - Hot on the heels of last week’s Storm Doris, there is further ferry disruption today (Sunday 26 February) as Storm Ewan brings strong gusts to the East Coast. Irish Ferries has cancelled its 8.45am and 2.30pm sailings from…
iShip Index: Volumes in Republic of Ireland ports fell by 2% in Q4 2016 for the same period of 2015. This is largely explained by a 7% contraction in Bulk traffic which was in turn driven by a 10% fall in Dry-Bulk freight. A prime example is that carried by bulk-carrier Nonna Uia berthed in Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the Ports & Shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight.  In the latest iShip Index from the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has revealed shipping and port activity in the Republic of…
Ferries Isle of Inishmore and Stena Europe due to Storm Doris have yet to enter Rosslare Harbour following departures from Welsh ports in the early hours of this morning. The rival ferries are seen during calmer weather in the Wexford ferryport.
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#StormDoris – A pair of rival ferries have not been able to enter Rosslare Harbour from Wales since this morning due to Storm Doris. The gale to storm force conditions have battered coasts and caused high seas leading to ferry…
Storm Doris has caused some ferry cancellations and delays on the Irish Sea today
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#StormDoris – Travel disruption due to Storm Doris has led to one of the largest ferries on the Irish Sea unable to enter Dublin Port due to the adverse weather conditions. An attempt however by the 44,000 gross tonnage Stena…

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