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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…
On the Ireland-Britain routes alone, there was a decline in passenger numbers of 5% to 2.2 million recorded last year.
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#FerryFigures – According to the 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report launched today, there was a decline of 2.6% in ferry passenger numbers in 2016. The figure relates to those travelling between the island of Ireland, Britain…
'Heyshamax' ro-ro freighter sisters, Stena Performance and Precision berthed in Belfast
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#FreightGrowth - In the first three months of 2017, Stena Line has carried over 31,000 freight units on the Belfast-Heysham service making it one of the most successful starts to the year since it acquired the business back in 2011.…
Pictured (L-R) Mr. Eamonn Rothwell – Chief Executive – Irish Continental Group plc; Mr. Rüdiger Fuchs – CEO – Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (FSG); Mr. Andrew Sheen – Managing Director – Irish Ferries and Mr. David Ledwidge – Chief Financial Officer – Irish Continental Group plc.
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#ICGnewbuild - Senior management of Irish Continental Group (ICG),parent company of Irish Ferries, visited the German shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG that is to build a new €144m cruiseferry. It is almost a year to when ICG announced the…
The ceremonial axe has a fluted ivory shaft, gold terminal inscribed "ULSTER" / launched at / BIRKENHEAD / 27th June 1896
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A 15 carat gold and ivory launching axe for the Irish ferry S.S. Ulster, is under the hammer on Wednesday at Bonham's Marine Auction in London. The ceremonial axe has a fluted ivory shaft, gold terminal inscribed "ULSTER" / launched at…
Commodore Clipper having completed daytime Portmouth-Guernsey (St. Peter Port) –Jersey (St. Helier) sailings, is seen in recent years berthed at the latter port. The ropax is loaded with white refrigerated containers used to transport the 'Jersey Royals' prior to departing on the final leg of the Channel Islands route network rotation. This involves an overnight passage on the English Channel but directly returning to Portsmouth.
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#Farm2Ferry – The flow of famous food from the Channel Islands to Portsmouth International Port, the UK’s second busiest ferryport, has taken root as the season for Jersey Royal potatoes began at the end of March. The seasonal export involves…
The 44 car vessel will take just 15 minutes to traverse one of the most scenic stretches of water on the island of Ireland
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#NewService - A new car ferry service is ready to be rolled out on Carlingford Lough in June this year, according to operating company Scenic Carlingford Ferry. The ferry company writes The Dundalk Democrat made the announcement via their website: "The…
A revised timetable of Stena's southern corridor route: Rosslare-Fishguard operated by Stena Europe is to be introduced from 22 May
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#Timetable - A revised timetable of Stena Line's Rosslare – Fishguard ferry service will see customers have a choice of three-day time sailings and one extended overnight crossing from 22nd May. Following the evaluation of extensive customer research and feedback,…
MV Neptune Dynamis, which begins a weekly schedule calling at Rosslare Europort from this Saturday , 8th April
Ports & Shipping
#NewService - A new weekly shipping service to Rosslare Europort begins this Saturday 8th April which is to be operated by Greek based Neptune Lines. At 07.30hrs on Saturday, the MV Neptune Dynamis (built 2002) will arrive at the Europort,…
Ferry Oscar Wilde berthed at Rosslare Europort
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#PeopleHidden - A truck with some 14 people writes Independent.ie were found hidden having arrived by ferry at Rosslare Harbour on Sunday afternoon. Garda Immigration Officers discovered the 12 men and two women during a routine search after the ship…
Dover-based freightferry European Seaway is underway ‘dressed overall’ in the Kent port. The first of a quartet of ‘Super-Freighters’ built in 1991 to serve Zeebrugge, is to cease current Calais crossings, albeit temporally so to provide refit cover on P&O’s Larne-Cairnryan route.
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#NorthChannel – In an unusual move, a Dover-based freight-ferry is to be deployed on P&O Ferries Larne-Cairnryan route for two months while a pair of ropax sisters are refitted on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. Sisters European Causeway and slightly longer…
ONCE-ONLY VISIT: On this date 25 years ago took place the one and only visit to Cork Harbour of Duc de Normandie, a Brittany Ferries ship. Such a scenario is particularly rare in Irish ferry terms.
Cork Harbour
#FrenchDucVisit – On this date a quarter of a century ago, a Brittany Ferries ship made a once-only visit to Cork, a unique event in Irish ferry terms which was personally observed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1500 passenger/350 vehicle ferry…

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