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SOLENT WATERS: View from wheelhouse of short-sea trader Vedette. In recent years a fleetmate Velox stood-in for an Irish flagged cargoship (for ship's identity, read below) that went off UK-Channel Islands service for drydocking in Dublin.
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#TradingCowes – A pair of short-sea traders based at Cowes, Isle of Wight have called to two Irish east coast ports that are some 30 nautical miles apart, writes Jehan Ashmore. Vedette is docked in Dublin Port while at Wicklow…
SEA-DOG: Husky, a tug workboat made a short coastal passage from Howth Harbour to her homeport of Wickow Port this morning. She is seen last weekend on the Vartry and at a routine berth on the North Quay. Astern are boats of the fishing fleet of the east coast harbour.
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#Towage – Alpha Marine’s tug-workboat Husky headed to her homeport of Wicklow Port this morning having been at Howth Boatyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The robust looking Belfast registered 8 tonnes bollard pull tug had used the boat-haul or ‘Synchrolift’ facility…
DLRCoCo councillors unanimously agreed “serious risks for the local authority” had been raised in the due diligence report on Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company at a meeting last month
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#PortTransfer - The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DRCoCo) executive will undertake a full risk assessment into the transfer of ownership of Dun Laoghaire Harbour to the local authority, it has emerged. The assessment process will aim to identify the best…
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…
‘Connecting Ships, Ports & People’ On World Maritime Day
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#WorldMaritimeDay - ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’ is the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day on Thursday 28 September. Discussing the place of the International Maritime Organization (IOM) in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, IOM secretary-general Kitack Lim…
The latest newbuild for Arklow Shipping’s Dutch management company, Arklow Vanguard (aft section) is seen this week at a shipyard in north-eastern Netherlands. A predecessor, Arklow Valour of the ‘V’ class cargoships became the first newbuild of 2017 for ASL and is currently moored at the Port of London along with a fleetmate, Arklow Cadet completed last year.
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#ArklowThames - This week Afloat reported on stories from the Strait of Dover and it is on the other side of the Kent coast that a new ship, part of the Arklow Shipping fleet was until yesterday at anchorage, writes…
This amidships profile view shows the 89m long Lady Ariane underway with packaged deck cargo on the hatch covers. Note the telescopic wheelhouse (and masts!) to permit the vessel to navigate on waterways that have low-lying bridges.
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#Scotline – Scotline the short-sea timber products operator recently took a time-charter of Lady Ariane which berthed in Wicklow Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The box shaped singledecker had sailed from the Swedish port of Varberg. The Scandinavian port that…
Logs (round timber) stacked high on Packet Pier where Bounder was been loaded with scrap metal at Wicklow Port. On completion of work the 88m long cargoship was bound for Liverpool. In close proximity to the ship is the inbound trawler Angela Madeline after a day's fishing.
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#ShipSnapshot – Lady Adriane berthed at Wicklow Port this morning in the wake of another short-sea trader, the 89m Bounder which at the weekend was loaded with scrap metal, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was a busy scene as trucks shuttled…
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.
Island News
#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…
Iver Ability – a 'reaction' onboard the Asphalt/Bitumen Tanker led to its long term anchorage on Dublin Bay from August 2016 to January 2017
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Iver Ability, the red hulled ship, anchored in Dublin Bay since August, left its six–month mooring yesterday, bound for the Dutch Port of Delfzijl. The long term anchorage of the ship followed a 'reaction' onboard the Asphalt/Bitumen tanker during her…
Storms in Scotland delayed loading of distillery tanks on board Scot Explorer as above. The project cargo was bound for Jameson's Old Distillery, Midleton, Co. Cork
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ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight. The Department of Transport has launched its new Seafarers website resource for all seafarers, fishers, recreational craft users and others looking to obtain…
Warrenpoint Port on the shores of Carlingford Lough, have revealed record volumes for the year 2016
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#Warrenpoint - Trade figures for Warrenpoint Harbour Authority released today reveal record volumes in tonnage of goods imported and exported through the Co. Down port for the year 2016. The port recorded 3.48 million tonnes of cargo – a 7.4%…
The third and final sister of a trio of 'W' class bulkers, Arklow Wind berthed at Ocean Pier, Alexandra Basin, Dublin. Asides the funnel's plume of black smoke, note the wash generated from the propeller and raised cargo-hold hatch cover. At the stern is mounted the free-fall lifeboat above the anchor port.
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#FinalWbulker - Arklow Castle (5,054dwt) this month became the third ‘C’ class cargoship launched, the same number had been built for older ‘W’ class bulkers, in which only one remains in service, writes Jehan Ashmore. This third and final sister…
Storm force conditions in Buckie, Scotland delayed in the loading of whiskey distillery tanks on board Scot Explorer. The 55m single-hold cargoship was bound for Jameson's Old Distillery plant in Midleton, Co. Cork
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#WhiskeyPlant - A cargoship in Scotland was delayed in loading distillery tanks bound for an Irish whiskey plant due to recent storms hitting the UK coast, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 81m short-sea trader Scot Explorer (1996/2,521dwt) was stuck in Buckie…
Largest vessel to dock at Drogheda Port, cargsoship Botnia seen assisted by tug Mourne Pride and tender workboat Boyne Protector.
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#LargestShip - The largest ever cargoship to dock at Drogheda Port berthed at the Co. Louth's downriver terminal at Tom Roes Point. The MV Botnia arrived on 20 January from Klaipeda in Lithuania. The vessel having taken a seven day…

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