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The project involved the fitting of four 50kWp Solar PV panel arrays to the roofs of terminal buildings, garage and shore shop as above
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#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…
CalMac's M.V. Hebridean Isles seen berthed at Kennacraig, Kintyre, has following repairs on the Clyde returned to Islay services yesterday to join M.V. Finlaggan
#FerryReturns - Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed repairs to MV Hebridean Isles have been completed following a collision at Kennacraig, Kintyre last month. The 494 passenger /68 car/10 lorry capacity ferry had undergone repairs to the bow at…
CalMac to redeploy Arran route ferry, M.V. Isle of Arran (seen berthed at the island at Brodick) so to provide added capacity on Islay route while a ferry undergoes repairs in dry-dock. A second Isle of Arran serving ferry however will maintain services to and from Ardrossan.
#ArranRedeployed - Scottish ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne is to redeploy a vessel from the Isle of Arran route to Islay and moving another to 24 hour working to increase capacity on the route. The withdrawal of the Islay serving MV…
The raised bow-visor of CalMac ferry, Hebridean Isles, seen here in recent weeks berthed at Kennacraig Pier, Scotland, is currently in drydock undergoing repairs to the bow having collided with the pier last month. Services to Islay are been maintained by another carferry, Finlaggan and use of a chartered cargsoship, Red Princess, (vehicle-only) which normally carries round timber.
#Disruption - A Scottish ferry that serves the Southern Hebrides island of Islay had a collision with a pier on the mainland near the end of last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The incident involved CalMac’s Hebridean Isles at Kennacraig Pier,…
 Loch Ryan Port
Leading ferry company Stena Line’s appeal hearing that was originally scheduled for July at the Lands Tribunal for Scotland has now been delayed until late November. Stena Line has been involved in protracted discussions in relation to the rates assessment…
Work is underway in redeveloping Brodick ferry terminal on the Isle of Arran, on the Clyde, the most southerly of the Scottish Western Isles. In the background are the piles for a new pier with double ferry berths for a newbuild  due in 2018. In the foreground vehicles loading on board M.V. Isle of Arran, CalMac's first purpose built drive-through roll-on roll-off ferry built in 1984.
#Redevelopment - Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) the Scottish Government funded publically owned ferry network, which was awarded an EU tendering process to continue running Clyde and Western Isles services, is involved in redeveloping a ferryport, writes Jehan Ashmore. On one of…

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