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Inis Mór Ferry Operator Makes Deal To Halve Passenger Levy & Resume Winter Service
#AranIslands - The deadlock over Inis Mór’s winter ferry service appears to be over, after the ferry operator agreed to continue absorbing the costs of the council-imposed passenger levy. According to Galway Bay FM, Island Ferries Teo’s proposal to reduce…
Dublin Port: Gateway to Ireland and the core Irish Sea route of Holyhead-Dublin in which added capacity have been introduced as thousands of extra passengers are expected over the festive season.
#FerryFestive – In this week of Christmas Day, ferries on the Irish Sea are as expected to transport thousands of extra passengers as they prepare to embark making travel plans, writes Jehan Ashmore. For information on sailings dates and schedules…
F.B.D. Tintarn (as above) was joined by Foyle Venture yesterday albeit for 'berthing trials' on the Waterford Estuary service of Passage East-Ballyhack
#BerthingTrials – A pair of car ferries were on the Waterford Estuary link of Passage East-Ballyhack yesterday but only one vessel was actually operating in service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Foyle Venture (44 vehicle/300 passenger) was carrying out 'berthing trials' for…
Strangford Lough's new £6m carferry cannot disembark vehicles at high tide. The 28 vehicle vessel custom built for the Strangford-Portaferry link which is a distance of half a mile across the 'Narrows'
#Strangford - Strangford Lough's new £6m carferry as previously reported on Afloat remains tied up in County Down because problems with the ramps mean vehicles are unable to drive off it. The ramps on the vessel reports BBC News which…
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.
#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.
#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
News Update
#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, 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.
#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 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
#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
#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
#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 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
#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.
#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…

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