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Ben-My-Chree is the Isle of Man's only main year-round ferry that operates the Douglas-Heysham route. In regards to Irish services the ropax this month returns to Douglas-Dublin services on selected dates over the festive season.
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#FerryFuture - Nationalisation or acquisition of the Isle of Man Steam Packet, franchising of ferry services to a private operator and keeping or extending the user agreement are among options being reviewed as part of a proposed new sea services…
Clipper Point added freight capacity on the Dublin-Heysham route in October. Overall Seatruck's freight levels through the UK port saw a 30% rise with further growth expected following opening of a relief road.
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#FreightRise - Freight levels at Seatruck have grown by a third with further gains expected in the coming months as the Port of Heysham now has a new £125m Bay Gateway relief road. The operator headquartered at the port according to…
Irish Ferries' Isle of Inishmore sails the Rosslare-Pembroke route
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#Ferry - The body of a woman was recovered from the water in South Wales yesterday (Friday 2 December) after a major search operation for a person missing from a Pembroke-to-Rosslare ferry, as the Western Telegraph reports. Irish Ferries’ Isle…
Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, now faces a winter without its ferry link to the Galway mainland
Island News
#AranIslands - Ferry services to the mainland from the largest of the Aran Islands will be suspended till March from tomorrow following a last-ditch effort to extend winter sailings. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Inis Mór residents were guaranteed their…
Leinster seaboard scene off the coast of the eastern province as the stout looking carferry Spirit of Rathlin carries out sea trials.
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#SeaTrials – Off the Leinster seaboard an Arklow built car ferry contracted by Northern Ireland’s Department of Infrastructure continues to carry out sea trials today, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat.ie the Spirit of Rathlin, a 6 vehicle…
Stormy seas has led to the Stena Europe having to take shelter in Cardigan Bay, Wales before another attempt is made to dock at Fishguard around 12 noon today
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#StrandedFerry - A Stena Line ferry reports RTE News will make another attempt to dock at the Port of Fishguard, Wales at around midday today - weather permitting. The ferry, with 87 passengers and 59 crew on board, departed Rosslare…
Inis Mór is the largest of the Aran Islands
Island News
#AranIslands - Inis Mór residents have a guaranteed ferry service for two more weeks pending talks over the operator’s planned withdrawal from the island till spring. Island Ferries Teo confirmed to Galway Bay FM that services from the Galway mainland…
Carlingford Lough as seen from Greencastle, Co Down
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#FerryNews - A legal challenge against a new car ferry route across Carlingford Lough has been rejected, according to the News Letter. The route across the narrowest part of the lough between Greencastle in Co Down and Greenore in Co…
Image of the new 1,885 passenger /165 freight vehicle cruiseferry on order to German yard FSG which is on schedule for delivery in May 2018
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#IrishFerries - Irish Ferries a division of owners Irish Continental Group (ICG) reported a 1.6pc rise in revenues in the year so far, and said it has a low level of exposure to sterling.As the Independent.ie writes the company behind…
BrexitPorts: The Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones says what are currently random inspections will probably become a permanent feature, but warns full passport control would bring Holyhead ferryport on Anglesey to a standstill
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#BrexitPorts - The Welsh First Minister has said customs checkpoints at Holyhead, the north Wales ferryport on Anglesea will have to be set up ahead of Britain leaving the EU. The Daily Post writes that while there are currently ad…
The Dun Laoghaire waterfront building was closed as a ferry terminal in 2015
Dublin Bay
#DLHarbour - The Irish Times is reporting that the former ferry terminal at St Michael’s Pier in Dun Laoghaire is available to rent. A 10-year lease at €215 per square metre is being quoted by letting agent Lisney for the…
A month ago today, Strangford 2 arrived to Strangford Lough. The newbuild is one of two car-ferries destined for Northern Ireland services.
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#NewBuilds – A pair of newbuild ferries for Northern Ireland waters, one destined for an island route, the other an estuary link, are both undergoing trails prior to entering service, writes Jehan Ashmore. A month ago today, Strangford 2 arrived…
Heysham Port which has a new road link the Bay Gateway connecting the M6 that opened on Monday. In another development, a new link-span and fourth berth at the Lancashire port is to be completed in late 2017
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#PortLinks - Irish Sea and Isle of Man ro-ro operators using Heysham Port, in north-west England, now have a new link road, the Bay Gateway connecting the M6, bypassing congestion in Lancaster, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Bay Gateway opened on…
Kilronan Harbour on Inismor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Ireland's offshore islands are a huge part of our national culture, history and maritime tradition
Island Nation
I have a great respect for those who live on our offshore islands…They are a huge part of our national culture, history and maritime tradition. To maintain island life they deserve support from all those who interact with them, both…
CalMac's Arran ferry, Caledonian Isles entering Ardrossan on the Scottish mainland which could be relocated to Troon as proposed by port owner ABP Ports. In the background, Arran, seen between the lighthouse and the ferry which takes 55 minutes on the Firth of Clyde route.
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#PortRelocation? - A large UK ports operator proposes to donate community funding to the Isle of Arran, if the island’s lifeline ferry service on the Firth of Clyde relocates to one of its owned ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ports…
Nine of the 11-strong Stena Line Irish Sea fleet are to undergo a £7m annual refit contract at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
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#AnnualRefits - The bulk of Stena Line's Irish Sea fleet are to undergo a £7m annual refit and maintenance programme contract at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard. Each year Stena Line carries out a series of passenger facility upgrade works…

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