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Underway in the Pool of London, Thames river-bus Meteor Clipper with RMS St. Helena alongside HMS Belfast. The Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena as reported on Afloat in June made an historic first ever visit to the UK capital. She was due to be decommissioned from routine South Africa-St. Helena route this summer, following construction of the South Atlantic island’s first airport. The airport however has not opened due to aviation safety concerns which has led to extension of RMS service.
#CityRiverFerry – Last night’s Late Late Show’s competition for a holiday in the UK capital is where visitors can take in the sights of the famous River Thames, which is to benefit with new larger passenger craft in summer 2017,…
Busy scene at Belfast Harbour where ferry operator Stena from today ramp-up additional freight capacity for Christmas
#ExtraCapacity - Additional freight capacity by Stena Line on the Belfast-Liverpool service began today, in support of the retail sector in preparation for the key pre-Christmas trading period. Stena Line is adding an extra two sailings per week, from Friday,…
Delays to the Galway City Bypass have led to proposals from instating a new car ferry service on Lough Corrib or building a bridge
#CorribFerry? Delays with the Galway City Bypass writes The Connacht Tribune has turned the spotlight on an alternative project to relieve traffic that was mooted almost 40 years ago. It would involve a bridge over Lough Corrib that would effectively…
Seaspeed Challenger berthed Barry, south Wales, during the 1970's trade car business for Ford imports through Dublin and Cork. Post Brexit, could there be a revival but trading by Nissan and in the reverse direction out of the southern city?
#Almost360 – Seatruck Ferries launch of new Dublin-Bristol route last month is almost full circle, as a similar trade car service began more than 40 years ago, albeit instead using a south Wales port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ro-ro Clipper…
CalMac carferry, Caledonian Isles and the stunning backdrop of Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran with yachts (on left) at anchorage. It is at this mooring is where the Westery Merlin 27, a cruiser is featured in yesterday's Afloat's Boat Sales Blogger by W.M. Nixon
#CalMacContract - The £900m ferry contract to operate Scottish west coast services awarded to CalMac Ferries Ltd by Transport Scotland earlier this year, has been in force for almost a week. The contract that began last Saturday, 1 October is…
The pair of half-sister car ferries that operate Ireland's longest river crossing
#Schedule -Ireland’s longest river crossing by car ferry, operated by Shannon Ferries, have introduced a winter schedule timetable, writes Jehan Ashmore. A winter sailing frequency on their 20 minute crossing of the estuary along the Wild Atlantic Way, between counties…
Freight and passenger ferries at Belfast, where Stena routes to England reported significant growth over past five years
#TrafficGrowth - Two Irish Sea routes linking Belfast to English ports of Liverpool and Heysham operated by Stena Line have shown significant growth following their acquisition from DFDS five years ago.  Since the £40m purchase in 2011, Stena Line’s carryings…
A new car ferry, MV Strangford II (28 vehicles/260 passengers) is to enter service this autumn, joining the 2001 built Portaferry II seen underway in the 'Narrows'
#NewbuildFerry - A new £6m double ended carferry for Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland as previously reported is due to enter service this autumn, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has established a project for the delivery of two…
The 105 trailer ‘Clipper Point’ will replace the smaller ‘Clipper Ranger’
Irish Sea freight ferry firm is to add capacity onto its busy Heysham Dublin daily service. The 105 trailer ‘Clipper Point’ will replace the smaller ‘Clipper Ranger’ adding annual capacity of over 25,000 extra spaces. The vessel switch will take…
Seatruck's Clipper Ranger is another ship on the Dublin route. So far during 2016 Seatruck freight volumes have grown at roughly three times the market level. according to the company
Irish Sea freight ferry specialist Seatruck Ferries has added a fourth vessel to the Liverpool Dublin service. The ‘Clipper Ranger’ will commence operations on the week commencing 10 October, enhancing the busy midweek period with 4 departures each way per day. The…
Today is the final day to vote for a southern Scottish ferry serving on the Forth of CLyde to be produced in Lego!
#VoteLegoFerry - A Scottish teenager, Luke Ball from Kilmarnock, has a dream to see his design of an iconic Calmac ferry produced in Lego. Luke who turned 16 on Wednesday, writes Largs & Millport Weekly, has spent the last 18…
ICG have extended the charter of fastferry Westpac Express
#ExtendedCharter - Irish Continental Group has announced today, following their statement issued on 2 June this year, the charter to Sealift LLC of the High Speed Craft "Westpac Express" for a further fixed period of 12 months to October 2017. Sealift…
Afloat has identified Seatruck's ro-ro freighter, Clipper Ranger that was deployed this month to begin a new Dublin-Bristol route
#AwardResults - Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea's only operator dedicated to unaccompanied ro-ro freight, was last night piped by the post in a category at the Lloyds List Global Awards, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Company of the Year’ award went…
Rare moment in Irish shipbuilding as the new carferry Spirit of Rathlin is lowered into the River Avoca yesterday
#FerryLaunched – A newbuild and that of a car ferry, which is rare in Irish shipbuilding, was launched at Arklow, Co. Wicklow yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 6 vehicle / 140 passenger ferry, Spirit of Rathlin was launched from Arklow…
Deputy CEO Niclas Mårtensson has been appointed CEO by Stena Line
#NewStenaCEO - A new CEO has been appointed by Stena Line, the Swedish owned company which is one of Europe’s largest ferry operators with 35 ferries and 22 routes in northern Europe. Deputy CEO Niclas Mårtensson assumed the position with his…
At 40 years old the Canna, the current car ferry serving Rathlin Island from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim and passenger-only route partner, Rathlin Express
#NewBuild - Arklow Marine Services are to launch a new car ferry which is to serve Rathlin Island off the Antrim coast, writes Jehan Ashmore. Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure (DFI) awarded the contract for the 6 vehicle /140 passenger…

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