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Master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary and Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South. They are pictured on the bridge of Stena Europe that operates the new Rosslare – Fishguard route timetable that began this week
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#NewTimetable - The launch of the new timetable on Stena Line’s Rosslare – Fishguard route has begun this week. The revised timetable now gives customers the chance to avail of three day sailings and one extended overnight crossing. The operator…
Seatruck Ferries 'Clipper Point' arrives into Dublin Port
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Seamus Leheny will join Seatruck Ferries as its new Commercial General Manager. Leheny leaves his current role as Policy and Membership Manager for the Freight Transport Association in Northern Ireland. Prior to working for the FTA he worked for both TR and Hamilton…
Frazer Aisling Gabrielle, a 44 car capacity ferry that called to Wicklow Port last night following work carried at New Ross boat yard. The recently renamed ferry departed from the port's East Pier this morning and is bound for Greenore on Carlingford Lough.
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#FerryWickow - A newly renamed car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle called to Wicklow Port prior to the opening of the new Scenic Carlingford Ferry that is scheduled to begin operations early next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 44 car capacity…
The 'Kaitaki' Afloat adds was the former Isle of Innisfree, ICG's first custom built tonnage that served Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead route from 1995, however the 1,650 passenger/600 car ferry became surplus to operational requirements following delivery of the giant cruiseferry Ulysses in 2001.  The 'Innisfree' from 2002 was chartered initially to operators in Europe before heading to New Zealand waters and most recently to buyers KiwiRail. They operate the 22,000 tonnes vessel on the 'InterIslander' route across the Cook Strait.
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#FerrySell - Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, revealed today it has agreed to sell the €45 million sale of a passenger ferry to a New Zealand company, KiwiRail, as the Irish group reported that its revenues…
Combi-trailers discharging in Dublin Port. In a recently published shipping analysis report on Irish freight (ro-ro and lo-lo), the combined vessel capacity in April 2017 stood at an annual equivalent of 4.2 million units (trailers and FEU). This was an increase of 3.9% compared to the capacity serving the market in December 2014.
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#CapacityReport - The 2017 edition of the Irish Freight RoRo and LoLo Capacity Analysis and Report reveals that the combined amount of freight RoRo and LoLo vessel capacity employed serving the Irish market in April 2017 stands at an annual…
Cast Your Vote: An artist's impression of the new ferry to serve the Scottish island of Arran on the Forth of Clyde.
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#VoteFerryName - A public vote is underway to name the first of a pair of Scottish newbuilds for operator Caledonian MacBrayne. The 102m dual-fuel ferries are to serve Arran on the Forth of Clyde and south-west Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Michel Barnier addressing Dail Eireann, Ireland's parliament at the Houses of the Oireachtas
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#HardAPort- Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator says he wants to avoid a "hard border" between the UK and Ireland, reports the Daily Post. Fears have been raised that Holyhead port on Anglesey, north Wales could suffer if…
The refit work carried out of Stena Line fleet operating out of Belfast took place at Harland & Wolff shipyard for over 4-months. Among the seven ships serviced, Stena Superfast VIII operates on the Belfast- Cairnryan service.
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#StenaRefit - Refit of all seven ships of Stena Line's Irish Sea north ferry fleet totalling £5m has recently been completed. The work carried out at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast took over a 4-month period. This involved…
The oldest large car ferry of the CalMac fleet, Isle of Arran on a summer crossing mid-way from Brodick, Arran on the Firth of Clyde bound for Ardrossan. The scene was taken from on board Caledonian Isles that also operates the route year-round.
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#Aran&Arran – A passenger freightship that served the Aran Islands notably from Galway and a present day car ferry running to Arran, Scotland have similarities, writes Jehan Ashmore. The custom-built Oileáin Árann (see photo) completed in 1991 at James Miller…
FERRY APPEALING: Peel Castle on St. Patrick's Isle off the Isle of Man
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#FerryFortnight - The annual National Ferry Fortnight in the UK launches today, 6 May and continues to the 20 May. Now in its ninth year, National Ferry Fortnight is run by Discover Ferries, the industry body for the ferry industry that…
Minister for Transport Shane Ross and local independent T.D. Michael Healy Rae recently travelled on board the ageing God Met Ons III (1963/95gt) to meet the board of directors of Valentia Island Ferries to discuss possible funding of a new ferry. Subject to Government funding, VIF are notably seeking an Irish yard to build the 18 car/95 passenger ferry.
Island News
#NewFerry - The future of the Valentia Island ferry in Co Kerry remains in doubt as God Met Ons III dating to 1963, easily the country’s oldest domestic ferry, will no longer meets marine safety requirements, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Former Aran Islands passenger-freight ferry Oileáin Árann currently has a career in Icelandic coastal waters serving a pair of islands. The livery is also an advert for the nation's famous wooly jumpers!
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#ÁrannSæfari - The return of Ireland's largest domestic freighter, Bláth na Mara, this week on the Galway-Aran Islands routes recalls memories of a predecessor that remains in service albeit in Icelandic waters, writes Jehan Ashmore. The predecessor is not to…
Making a maiden call to Larne this morning, European Seaway is to provide relief ship cover during refit of ropax sisters on the route to Cairnryan. Above the Super-Freighter class vessel is seen in the Port of Dover from where the 1991 built ship normally operates to Calais.
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#ReliefFerry - European Seaway, one of five Dover-Calais ships serving P&O Ferries premier short-sea route arrived to Larne for the first time this morning so to provide refit cover, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 22,988 gross tonnage ‘Super-Freighter’ class freight-ferry had…
CalMac during 2016 carried more than 5m passengers, their busiest in two decades. Passenger totals increased by 9.27% while car traffic rose by almost 16%. Among such activity is captured in this scene of vehicles loading on board Isle of Arran in Campbeltown prior to the 2 hours 30 minute crossing to Ardrossan.
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#KintyreService – Operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) during 2016 carried more than 5m passengers, began crossings mid-week on the seasonal Ardrossan-Campbeltown route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Calmac the largest UK ferry operator achieved the 5m figure which was their busiest in more…
Kintyre Express that operates the KE IV is seen berthed in Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre. The sign is a reflection of the political times facing Scotland and the rest of the UK.
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#ScottishService - Ballyscastle, Co. Antrim not only has a ferry route to Rathlin Island but also to Scotland where the UK Prime Minister today is making a first campaign ahead of June's snap general election, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operator, Kintyre…
Current Rathlin Island serving carferry, Canna operates the service. The Rathlin Ferry Co are to introduce the newbuild Spirit of Rathlin on completion of crew training and certification from the MCA.
Island News
#Old&Newferry – Ferry services to Rathlin Island are operating though the new carferry Spirit of Rathin built in Arklow, remains undergoing essential crew training and certification from the Maritime Coastguard Agency, writes Jehan Ashmore. The £2.8 newbuild car ferry built…

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