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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…
Plan of the proposed Liverpool ferry berth at Princes Half Tide Dock which would replace existing Isle of Man ferry terminal at Liverpool Landing Stage. This berth is located almost opposite of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the famous Waterfront dubbed the Three Graces
#LiverpoolTerminal - The Isle of Government, Tynwald has voted to acquire a site in Liverpool for a new ferry terminal writes IOM Today. The Manx Government are also to continue talks with the island's sole operator, the Isle of Man…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour made a loss of €6.3m for the year 2015, following the withdrawal of the Stena HSS operated fast-ferry to Wales. Tomorrow the port will welcome the fourth of eight cruiseships calls this season when Celebrity Silhouette anchors offshore as seen above on her first visit last year.
#ProfitsSink - Dun Laoghaire Harbour will welcome tomorrow a mid-season cruise caller, this will be against the backdrop of losses by the port company last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Celebrity Silhouette of 122,400 gross tonnage, and a combined passenger and…
The imposing mountainous Isle of Arran and highest peak of Goat Fell (874m/2,866ft) dominates the skyline as CalMac ferry, Caledonian Isles (Eileanan Chaledonia) heads for Brodick, the main town of the island on the Forth of Clyde, south-west Scotland.
#ScottishIsles – Caledonian MacBrayne’s (CalMac) ferry route to the Isle of Arran, dubbed Scotland in miniature, and to the Mull of Kintyre, provides a ‘gateway’ particularly for Irish visitors, given the proximity of the south-west region, writes Jehan Ashmore. Among…
UNESCO awarded Liverpool's historic waterfront as a World Heritage status in 2004, and has now said it wants a moratorium on work near the location of the historic buildings dubbed as the Three Graces
#UNESCOban? - According to ManxRadio, a ban may be placed on the development of the new Isle of Man Steam Packet site? in Liverpool. The Manx Government’s proposed ferry terminal in Liverpool could be under threat after a heritage body…
Magilligan in the distance and ferry, Foyle Venture off Greencastle, Co. Donegal where tomorrow (Sunday, 17 July) takes place the Clipper Family Funday (3-5pm) before the race begins at 6pm.
#NorthernLoughs – Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal is unique on the island of Ireland given that two coastal 'car' ferry routes run from both sides of the peninsula, one of which is also a cross-border link, writes Jehan Ashmore. On the…
The UK's decision to leave the EU following the referendum, may see the return of  'tax-free' shopping on Irish Sea crossings between Holyhead and Dublin
#DutyFreeReturns? - The UK's decision to leave the EU may see a return of tax-free shopping on Irish Sea crossings between Holyhead, Wales and Ireland reports Daily Post. Irish day-trippers were a regular sight on the streets of Holyhead during the…
Former Cork-Swansea ferry Julia of the Fastnet Line since closed, has entered service in recent days on a new service for Moby Lines between Nice-Bastia in Corsica. She is seen in this initial montage of a new livery scheme which has since been revised following dry-docking in Livorno. Photo: Norsk skipsfarts forum
#NiceNewService - Former Fastnet Line’s Cork-Swansea ferry which was due to enter Mediterranean service later this month, has since our previous report begun sailings on a new France-Corsica service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,850 passenger/325 car/30 truck Julia which had…
Brexit Impact: Reports in the maritime press about Stena considering re-flagging its vessels from the British flag? Above: Stena Superfast VIII one of a pair of ferries serving Belfast-Cairnryan between Northern Ireland and Scotland, in which the majority of both electorates decided to vote 'remain' in the EU Referendum.
#BrexitImpact - Ferry operator, Stena Line has said it will have to assess how Brexit could impact the UK. The Swedish company, which sails between Holyhead and Dublin, employs hundreds of workers in North Wales. A Stena Line spokesman said: "As…
Former Cork-Swansea ferry Julia of the Fastnet Line since closed, is to enter a Nice-Bastia (Corsica) service next month for Moby Lines. She is seen in this initial montage of a new livery scheme which has since been revised following dry-docking in Livorno.
#FerrytoMed – Former Cork-Swansea ferry Julia of the Fastnet Line that closed in 2011, is to enter service in July on a Mediterranean service between France and Corsica, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on, the Julia (1982/22,161gt) which…
The journey between the Isle of Man and Holyhead (above) would take the fast-craft Manannan around two hours
#TrailBerthing - The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has announced its fast craft Manannan will conduct a berthing trial at Holyhead in north Wales. The trial according to BBC News, will not affect passenger services and is to be…
Douglas the capital of the Isle of Man, where the IOM Steam Packet's user agreement is no longer fit for purpose said the island's infrastructure minister
#UserAgreement - Manx infrastructure minister says the Isle of Man Steam Packet's user agreement is no longer fit for purpose - and will not be extended without major change. Manx Radio reports that Phil Gawne faced a three-part question in…
Across the ferry operator's fleet of 34 ships in Europe, 24 of which serve within the SECA area, the total emission of sulphur has been reduced by 53%
#CO2reduced - Strategic efforts to reduce its environmental footprint at Stena Line is well on course according to a recent company report. Last year the ferry operator cut emissions of sulphur by 53%. Stena AB’s Sustainability Report for 2015, which was…
A facebook petition has been formed to campaign to restore the Fleetwood-Douglas (Isle of Man) ferry service. The Isle of Man Steam Packet used to operate the service and pictured above is their former fastcraft Snaefell.
#RouteCampaign - A campaign has been launched writes IOM Today to revive an Irish Sea ferry link between Fleetwood, Lancashire and the Isle of Man.  Fleetwood Weekly News has reported that a petition has been set up by Manx businessman…
BREXIT Debate... locations such as the Port of Holyhead are more so at the heart of the debate given their primary role as gateways for trade to and from Ireland
#BREXITholyhead? - The United Kingdom's referendum on membership of the European Union is rapidly approaching, writes BBC News, but what does it mean for those places that find themselves at the centre of the debate - whether they want to…
ICG's recently acquired high-speed craft (HSC) Westpac Express has been onward delivered to Sealift LLC who has in turn chartered the fastferry to the US Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC)
#FerrytoUSnavy - Irish Continental Group (ICG) which acquired a fastferry for $13.25 million last month has taken delivery this week of the HSC (high-speed craft) Westpac Express from BALI Westpac 2006, LLC, writes Jehan Ashmore. The HSC has been onward delivered…

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