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HISTORIC CALL: Newbuild Spirit of Rathlin, a six vehicle car-ferry carried out berthing-loading trials in Greystones Harbour yesterday.
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#HistoricCall – The first ever car-ferry to visit Greystones Harbour, Co. Wicklow made history when the Spirit of Rathlin carried out berthing vehicle-loading trials yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Rathlin, a £2.8m ferry which was only launched last Autumn…
Claimed to be the world’s most fuel efficient RoPax vessels are a quartet of newbuilds for Stena Line who plan to introduce them on Belfast routes. Afloat adds that the current pair of ferries on the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route are only 'stern-loading' vessels unlike the newbuilds.
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#NewbuildsBelfast - A newbuild contract announced last year by Stena for a quartet of ropax ferry vessels with a delivery schedule during 2019 and 2020 are planned for Irish Sea service. The vessels are being built at the AVIC Shipyard…
Hospital ship, Africa Mercy of NGO humanitarian agency Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. 75% of the world’s population live within 150km of a port city where the ship assists the world's poorest. Afloat adds that the former Scandinavian train-ferry, Dronning Ingrid, featured in a BBC TV documentary that followed medics from Northern Ireland as volunteers on board.
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#MercyShips- Mercy Ships a NGO humanitarian agency and Stena Line, the world’s largest privately owned ferry company, have decided to enter a long-term partnership. The goal is to raise general awareness about the charity, promote volunteering and charitable giving both…
Scotline have taken time-charter of Dutch short-sea trader Lady Adriane. The distinctive orange painted hulled cargoship had called to Wicklow Port.
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#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight. Scotline the short-sea timber products operator has taken a time-charter of Lady Ariane from a Dutch owner. The cargoship sailed from Varberg, Sweden…
RAIL&SAIL: Port of Larne where the ferry terminal is integrated with the railway station that serves passengers on the service connecting Belfast. The funnel is of P&O Ferries ropax European Causeway named after the famous Antrim coast landmark the Giant’s Causeway. Also visible are the twin chimney stacks of the older electricity power station at Ballylumford located on far side of the ferryport.
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#RailSail – The Port of Larne has the only integrated railway and ferry terminal on the island of Ireland, unlike Irish Rail's operated Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. In more recent times the Rosslare Harbour railway platform was relocated away…
The new £6.2m Strangford Lough carferry, Strangford II on its first official journey to Portaferry. The 28 vehicle newbuild replaces reserve ferry Strangford, an ageing Cork (Rusbrooke) built ferry.
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#Old&New – Fresh from annual dry-docking is Isle of Inishmore of Irish Ferries, that recently resumed Rosslare-Pembroke duties, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 34,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry had undergone routine maintenance work at A&P Falmouth, Cornwall. This year marks 20 years…
UNIQUE PORT: Irish Rail operates Rosslare Europort from where is seen Welsh routes rivals ferries: Isle of Inishmore of Irish Ferries and berthed nearby Stena Europe at the outer pier. Both companies also have continental connections to France.
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#Rail&Sail – Rosslare Europort is a unique Irish port as the Co. Wexford harbour is operated by state-owned Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) which today celebrates its 30th anniversary, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish Rail was established on 2 February 1987 and…
Minister of Transport, Shane Ross at the Doolin Ferry Co. stand at the Holiday World Show, Dublin. The Clare based company is to introduce a 200-passenger ferry and operate the fastest ever crossing time on an Aran Islands route from April.
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#FastestCrossing – A newly acquired passenger-only ferry is to offer the fastest ever crossing time to the Aran Islands, when Doolin Ferry introduce a highspeed craft just one month after the seasonal service resumes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Speaking to Afloat…
Trucks using the Port of Dover's internal roads network which handled record freight volumes in 2016, showing the continuing importance of efficient UK-European trade flows: The port handles up to £119bn of trade or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods.
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#DoverRecord – Record freight for Belfast Harbour user Stena Line on routes to Scotland and England for the year 2016 has also been achieved by other ferry operators based in the Port of Dover, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dover, Europe’s busiest…
Record freight volumes for Stena Line's Belfast Harbour routes to Scotland (Cairnryan) and England (Heysham and Liverpool). Above: Stena Superfast VIII berthed at Belfast having sailed from Scotland.
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#RecordFreight - It has been a record year for Stena Line freight traffic volumes on the operator's Belfast Harbour routes in 2016. For the first time in its history, the ferry company has carried over 500,000 freight units through the…
Irish Ferries has won in the ITAA's Best Ferry Company award. Their flagship Ulysses is seen berthed at Dublin Port's Terminal 1 while an inbound cruiseship Delphin arrives.
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#TravelAwards – At the Irish Travel Industry Awards held recently in Dublin, the winners in the Ferry and Cruise categories were presented in the historic surroundings of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel…
Stena Europe recently returned to Rosslare-Fishguard duties is the operators first ferry on the Irish Sea to receive the new corporate strapline during a refit at H&W, Belfast
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#ShipStrapline - Stena Europe may be the oldest ferry in the operator’s Irish Sea fleet of seven ships, but the 1981 built vessel has emerged fresh from dry-docking as the first to sport a new livery strapline, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
In 1964, the Secretary of State for Scotland ordered a trio of nuclear ships to be built for senior UK Government officials and members of the Royal Family. Among the ships was Columba (currently cruiseship Hebridean Princess seen above in Dublin). They were chartered to Macbrayne Ltd where they operated as ordinary car ferries but they had extraordinary features making it possible for them to act as 'floating nuclear bunkers'.
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#FerryNuclear - In the event of a nuclear war between the West and Soviet Union, The Herald writes senior British Government officials would have survived on ships specially built by Caledonian MacBrayne as 'floating nuclear bunkers'. Afloat adds that among…
P&O Ferries European Causeway off the Scottish coast heading for Cairnryan
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#FreightVolumes - Operator P&O Ferries has announced that it handled the highest volume of freight in five years on its Larne-Cairnryan service in 2016. The ferry and logistics company's route on the North Channel linking Northern Ireland and Scotland handled…
Departing Arklow the newbuild Spirit of Rathlin, a 6 vehicle /140 passenger capacity ferry is to enter Rathlin Island ferry service once a new £1m harbour works project is completed to accommodate the new 28m vessel.
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#FerryCompleted - Spirit of Rathlin the new £2.8m car and passenger ferry is to be operated under a new ten year contract awarded to Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild built by Arklow Marine Services undertook sea…
For almost two decades the high-speed craft HSC Jonathan Swift (underway in Dublin Bay) has loyaly served the Dublin-Holyhead since 1999. The fastferry annually clocks up an impressive 162,000kms.
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#Overhauls- Ulysses flagship of Irish Ferries departed today fresh from annual overhaul having dry-docked at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. From Birkenhead the 50,000 gross tonnage Ulysses the 1,875 passenger/ 1,342 car capacity giant proceeded in the…

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