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Irish freight hauliers heading to mainland Europe will have added capacity as Caroline Russ is to enter service operating three times weekly from UK east coast port of Killinghome to Europoort in the Netherlands
#FreightCapacity - Irish freight heading to and from mainland Europe via the UK landbridge will have additional freight capacity as Stena Line respond to demand on a North Sea route to the Netherlands. The operator on the Killingholme-Rotterdam (Europoort and…
Port of Heysham
#Dredging - The Isle of Man Steam Packet is running into problems at Heysham, its main port in England. The ferry company according to IOMToday is blaming a ‘failure of an agreed dredging programme’ for disruption to Douglas-Heysham services from…
Landfill targets reached at the north Wales ferryport
#Landfill - Stena Line according to Cruise News UK has announced it has achieved its zero landfill target at their Port of Holyhead in Wales. The company been working closely with Kevin Humphrey’s Waste Recycling Ltd to reach this landmark…
Final chapter: A tug tows a barge used to dismantle the former Stena HSS berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where the route to Holyhead closed in 2014. Also in attendance, Dublin Port's pilot cutter, Camac and multicat Rosbeg which has mooring anchor-handing capabilities
#FinalLink – The final chapter of Stena Line’s history with Dun Laoghaire Harbour was marked this morning when a barge used to dismantle the former HSS berth departed under tow, writes Jehan Ashmore. MTS Indus towed the barge SB-5018 that…
The barge used to break-up Stena HSS related berth infrastructure (see remnants of linkspan in blue) at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#LinkspanScrap -A tug arrived in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning to remove a barge involved in the process to dismantle infrastructure of the former Stena HSS berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. MTS Indus had sailed from Brixham in the UK to…
The project involved the fitting of four 50kWp Solar PV panel arrays to the roofs of terminal buildings, garage and shore shop as above
Coastal Notes
#SolarPort - As part of a drive to become the world’s greenest ferry operator, Stena Line has just delivered an innovative solar project at its Port of Holyhead in Wales.  The project involved the fitting of four 50kWp Solar PV…
The boat crashed into the pier with 148 people on board
News Update
A passenger boat with 148 people on board has crashed into a pier on the River Thames with its engine on fire.  Dramatic footage (below) showed the pleasure boat hit a wooden pier at Canary Wharf with smoke billowing from…
Seatruck launch Dublin-Bristol route (operated at the weekends) which will provide the UK port which is a hub for vehicle manufacturers a new gateway to the Irish market
#NewRoute - Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea’s dedicated unaccompanied freight operator, has begun a weekend service connecting Dublin and Bristol. The UK west coast port, Bristol is a major hub for car imports, and the connection allows car manufacturers to…
The 'Caley' funnel of Scottish publicly run operator, CalMac, will remain a familiar sight on Clyde and Hebridean Isles west coast services following granting of a new eight year (2016-2024) contract. The funnel is that of Caledonian Isles that serves Arran.
#NewEra - Scottish transport operator, CalMac has gone public for the first time with ambitious plans to transform west coast ferry services following formal granting of its new contract for the next eight years.  As reported on Afloat, CalMac was…
Stena Superfast VII swings off Belfast's Victoria Terminal 4 to begin a sailing to Cairnryan, Scotland
#FerryStrong - Ferry firm Stena Line writes the Belfast Telegraph, has during the month of July rounded off a "strong first six months" for the year. Car volumes rose by 3% between January and June. Orla Noonan, Stena Line's head…
Stena Line’s Route Manager Paul Grant (centre) hosted a visit by Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard (left) and Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.  The Ministers had the opportunity to see the impact of significant investment by Stena Line in their operations in Northern Ireland
#MinistersTour - Northern Ireland's Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir toured Stena Line’s port operations in Belfast Harbour. The Ministers on Monday had the opportunity to see the impact of significant investment by Stena Line operations…
Newbuild, Catriona, one of only three sea-going passenger and vehicle roll-on, roll-off ferries in the world has begun sea trials, she is to enter service for CalMac next summer
#Newbuild - Scottish operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) latest newbuild 'hybrid' ferry, MV Catriona, has begun advanced sea trials around the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae on the Firth of Clyde. The hybrid ferry launched in December 2015, is one of…
Doolin Pier Co. Clare
#TicketIssue - Later this week a High Court judge will decide if he should ban the sale of ferry-ride tickets from a new portable building office at Doolin Harbour, despite the fact they can be sold lawfully from a folding…
There has been an increase in roll-on roll-off freight-traffic between Ireland-UK
#RoRoUp - In the first 7 months of 2016, roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) traffic from Dublin Port to the UK reached 462,802 freight units up 7.1%. Traffic totals through Rosslare Harbour to the UK reached 59,421 units up 3.9%. The figures…
The car blocking the only path to the pier at Dunquin was removed at lunchtime
#FerryNews - Ferries from Dunquin to the Blasket Islands were cancelled this morning – not on account of the weather, but a motorist who managed to wedge their car on a tight bend on the pedestrian-only path to the pier.…
Underway in Dublin Bay, Seatruck Pace that operates for the Irish Sea operator that has been short-listed for an award at next month's Lloyd's List Global Awards
#AwardFinalist - Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea's only operator dedicated to ro-ro freight, have been selected as a finalist for 'Company of the Year' at next month’s 2016 Lloyd's List Global Awards, writes Jehan Ashmore. The freight company, part of…

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