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Freight and passenger ferries at Belfast, where Stena routes to England reported significant growth over past five years
#TrafficGrowth - Two Irish Sea routes linking Belfast to English ports of Liverpool and Heysham operated by Stena Line have shown significant growth following their acquisition from DFDS five years ago.  Since the £40m purchase in 2011, Stena Line’s carryings…
A new car ferry, MV Strangford II (28 vehicles/260 passengers) is to enter service this autumn, joining the 2001 built Portaferry II seen underway in the 'Narrows'
#NewbuildFerry - A new £6m double ended carferry for Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland as previously reported is due to enter service this autumn, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has established a project for the delivery of two…
The 105 trailer ‘Clipper Point’ will replace the smaller ‘Clipper Ranger’
Irish Sea freight ferry firm is to add capacity onto its busy Heysham Dublin daily service. The 105 trailer ‘Clipper Point’ will replace the smaller ‘Clipper Ranger’ adding annual capacity of over 25,000 extra spaces. The vessel switch will take…
Seatruck's Clipper Ranger is another ship on the Dublin route. So far during 2016 Seatruck freight volumes have grown at roughly three times the market level. according to the company
Irish Sea freight ferry specialist Seatruck Ferries has added a fourth vessel to the Liverpool Dublin service. The ‘Clipper Ranger’ will commence operations on the week commencing 10 October, enhancing the busy midweek period with 4 departures each way per day. The…
Today is the final day to vote for a southern Scottish ferry serving on the Forth of CLyde to be produced in Lego!
#VoteLegoFerry - A Scottish teenager, Luke Ball from Kilmarnock, has a dream to see his design of an iconic Calmac ferry produced in Lego. Luke who turned 16 on Wednesday, writes Largs & Millport Weekly, has spent the last 18…
ICG have extended the charter of fastferry Westpac Express
#ExtendedCharter - Irish Continental Group has announced today, following their statement issued on 2 June this year, the charter to Sealift LLC of the High Speed Craft "Westpac Express" for a further fixed period of 12 months to October 2017. Sealift…
Afloat has identified Seatruck's ro-ro freighter, Clipper Ranger that was deployed this month to begin a new Dublin-Bristol route
#AwardResults - Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea's only operator dedicated to unaccompanied ro-ro freight, was last night piped by the post in a category at the Lloyds List Global Awards, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Company of the Year’ award went…
Rare moment in Irish shipbuilding as the new carferry Spirit of Rathlin is lowered into the River Avoca yesterday
#FerryLaunched – A newbuild and that of a car ferry, which is rare in Irish shipbuilding, was launched at Arklow, Co. Wicklow yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 6 vehicle / 140 passenger ferry, Spirit of Rathlin was launched from Arklow…
Deputy CEO Niclas Mårtensson has been appointed CEO by Stena Line
#NewStenaCEO - A new CEO has been appointed by Stena Line, the Swedish owned company which is one of Europe’s largest ferry operators with 35 ferries and 22 routes in northern Europe. Deputy CEO Niclas Mårtensson assumed the position with his…
At 40 years old the Canna, the current car ferry serving Rathlin Island from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim and passenger-only route partner, Rathlin Express
#NewBuild - Arklow Marine Services are to launch a new car ferry which is to serve Rathlin Island off the Antrim coast, writes Jehan Ashmore. Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure (DFI) awarded the contract for the 6 vehicle /140 passenger…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
News Update
#DunLaoghaire - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company chief executive Gerry Dunne has lodged High Court proceedings against his employer, according to Sunday Business Post business correspondent Jack Horgan-Jones in yesterday’s edition of the paper. Dunne, who was appointed CEO in 2009,…
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…

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