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Stena Line to Reduce Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead Service
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Stena Line are to reduce its HSS fast-ferry between Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Holyhead next month, according to RTE.ie The decision by the company for pulling the HSS Stena Explorer from service was because of the high operating costs and…
First Heysham-Max Newbuild Launched for Seatruck Ferries
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The first of four freight-only ferries for Irish Sea operator Seatruck Ferries was launched last week according to The Motorship. Measuring 18,920 gross tonnes the Seatruck Progrees built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) in Germany is due for delivery in November…
Ferry Runs Aground off Doolin for Three Hours
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The capsized Rolex Fastnet Race entrant Rambler 100 was not the only vessel that got into difficulties yesterday as an Aran Islands ferry became stranded off Doolin Pier, according to a report in today's Irish Times. Rose of Aran, a…
Sponsorships of Ice-Sea Giants
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A two-year title sponsorship deal has been signed by Irish Sea ferry operator, Stena Line and the ice-hockey team the Belfast Giants, writes Jehan Ashmore. Next month the team are to play in a special pre-season game against the Nottingham…
New Vessel on the Horizon for Celtic Link Ferries
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Celtic Link Ferries have named their new vessel Celtic Horizon, a 27,552 tonnes ro-pax ferry which is to enter the Rosslare-Cherbourg port route in October, writes Jehan Ashmore. A competition to name the vessel (see photo) drew a wide response…
Former Irish Sea Freight-Ferries Reach Mediterranean and Black Sea Ports
Ferry
With less than a week in service on the Larne-Troon port route, the ro-ro freight ferry Norcape has replaced the European Mariner which is reportedly sold to Turkish ship-breakers, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Norcape (1979/14,087grt) entered service on 17 July…
Ferry With 'Tourist Office' Celebrates 100,000th Passenger
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Operators of the Cork-Swansea port route, Fastnet Line celebrated their 100,000th passenger late last month, after opening the service in March 2010, writes Jehan Ashmore. While down on its initially forecasted target, it should be noted that, between January to…
Celtic Link Ferries First Ferry Goes to the Breakers
Ferry
Diplomat, the original ferry that started operations for Celtic Link Ferries in 2005 has been sold to Indian ship-breakers after serving a spell on charter in the Caribbean, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since leaving the Rosslare-Cherbourg port route in late 2009,…
Stena Line to Resume ‘Express’ Service
Ferry
Holidaymakers now have the added option of  fast-ferry sailings on Stena Line's Rosslare-Fishguard port route which is to resume tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The high season service is operated by the fast-ferry Stena Lynx III which is marketed as the Stena…
Family Fun Day Cruise’s from Belfast
Ferry
With summertime in full-swing, Stena Line are running a 'Family Fun Day Cruise' on their Belfast-Stranraer port route on certain dates during July and August, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'cruise' onboard the ferry Stena Navigator (for virtual tour click HERE)…
Seasonal Scenes Set for Fishguard
Ferry
Fast-ferry Stena Lynx III departed Dun Laoghaire for Fishguard Harbour on a repositioning voyage today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 80m craft built in Hobart, Tasmania is due to dock at the Pembrokeshire port this afternoon in advance of seasonal sailings…
Countdown to Name New Celtic Link 'Ferry'
Ferry
Celtic Link Ferries are to introduce a new ship in October and the company are running a competition to name the vessel on the Rosslare-Cherbourg port route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The multi-million euro new vessel will offer a more extensive…
The Ferry Fortnight to "Seas the Opportunity"
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This weekend sees the start of the National Ferry Fortnight (14-28 May) an initiative to heighten consumer awareness of the extensive ferry network operating to and from the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ferry fortnight which is now in its…
Seasonal Services Set Sail ‘Four’ France
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Seasonal sailings on Irish Ferries Rosslare-Roscoff port route start tomorrow, this brings an increase in the number of services to France from three to four, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 16-hour route is served by the 31,000 tonnes cruiseferry Oscar Wilde which…
National Ferry Fortnight: 'Seas the Opportunity'
Ferry
Ferry companies operating throughout Britain and Ireland are gearing-up for the third annual National Ferry Fortnight which is to run between 14-28 May, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fortnight is to highlight the advantages of sea, rather than air travel and…
Celtic Link Ferries Look Forward to New Ferry
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Celtic Link Ferries are to introduce a replacement ferry on their Rosslare-Cherbourg port route later this year, writes Jehan Ashmore.The current ship serving the route to France is a modern 26,500 tonnes ro-pax ferry Norman Voyager which entered service for…

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