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Pictured (L-R) Mr. Eamonn Rothwell – Chief Executive – Irish Continental Group plc; Mr. Rüdiger Fuchs – CEO – Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (FSG); Mr. Andrew Sheen – Managing Director – Irish Ferries and Mr. David Ledwidge – Chief Financial Officer – Irish Continental Group plc.
Ferry
#ICGnewbuild - Senior management of Irish Continental Group (ICG),parent company of Irish Ferries, visited the German shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG that is to build a new €144m cruiseferry. It is almost a year to when ICG announced the…
Commodore Clipper having completed daytime Portmouth-Guernsey (St. Peter Port) –Jersey (St. Helier) sailings, is seen in recent years berthed at the latter port. The ropax is loaded with white refrigerated containers used to transport the 'Jersey Royals' prior to departing on the final leg of the Channel Islands route network rotation. This involves an overnight passage on the English Channel but directly returning to Portsmouth.
Ferry
#Farm2Ferry – The flow of famous food from the Channel Islands to Portsmouth International Port, the UK’s second busiest ferryport, has taken root as the season for Jersey Royal potatoes began at the end of March. The seasonal export involves…
ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Brexit will have greater implications for UK than Europe, including Ireland says Professor Péter Balázs. ABOVE: The old railway station in Foynes and beyond berthed bulker Foxtrot registered in Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Shannon Estuary
#EUvisit - Professor Péter Balázs, a leading representative for the European Commission’s programme that funds major EU transport infrastructure projects has said that Shannon Foynes Port Company’s current investment programme is taking it in the right direction in a post-Brexit EU. The…
SAVE SHIP: A date of Monday 13 March was given to start dismantling Naomh Eanna, but has not yet happened. The historic Dublin built revited vessel is berthed in Grand Canal Dock Basin's disused Georgian graving dry-dock that are owned by NAMA. There are plans to redevelop this land, and this will require needing Naomh Eanna to be removed.
Historic Boats
#SaveShip! - Time is running out to save iconic Naomh Eanna, a former Aran Islands ferry and freight ship, writes Galway Independent. A voluntary group which hoped to return the ship to Galway into a maritime attraction at the Long…
The 44 car vessel will take just 15 minutes to traverse one of the most scenic stretches of water on the island of Ireland
Ferry
#NewService - A new car ferry service is ready to be rolled out on Carlingford Lough in June this year, according to operating company Scenic Carlingford Ferry. The ferry company writes The Dundalk Democrat made the announcement via their website: "The…
Save the date!... as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off!
Coastal Notes
#ChowderCookOff - Save the date as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off that brings 32 counties to Kinsale to compete for the title of All Ireland Chowder Champion! As reported on Afloat the small commercial port in…
A revised timetable of Stena's southern corridor route: Rosslare-Fishguard operated by Stena Europe is to be introduced from 22 May
Ferry
#Timetable - A revised timetable of Stena Line's Rosslare – Fishguard ferry service will see customers have a choice of three-day time sailings and one extended overnight crossing from 22nd May. Following the evaluation of extensive customer research and feedback,…
Capt. David (Duke) Snider from Canada in Cork
Ports & Shipping
The President of the Nautical Institute, the worldwide representative organisation for maritime professionals has told its Irish branch that reality must be separated from the myths about shipping using Polar waters writes Tom MacSweeney. Capt. David (Duke) Snider from Canada…
In this view taken from standing on the caisson of the entrance to Dublin's last drydock that closed in February is tallship Jeanie Johnston. The replica barque made history as the last vessel to use the shiprepair facility from where afterwards berthed at the Lead-In Jetty which is to demolished.
Dublin Port
#ABRnotices - As part Dublin Port's Alexandra Basin Regeneration ABR Project, the existing Lead in Jetty located outside Graving Dock Number 2 that closed in February, is to be demolished. Afloat adds tallship Jeanie Johnston made history as the last dry-docked…
MV Neptune Dynamis, which begins a weekly schedule calling at Rosslare Europort from this Saturday , 8th April
Ports & Shipping
#NewService - A new weekly shipping service to Rosslare Europort begins this Saturday 8th April which is to be operated by Greek based Neptune Lines. At 07.30hrs on Saturday, the MV Neptune Dynamis (built 2002) will arrive at the Europort,…
End of March marked the occasion of Arklow Vanguard's lunchtime launch yesterday at a Dutch yard. In attendence was the tug Cruno II.
Ports & Shipping
#LunchLaunch - The final day of March marked the launch of yet another newbuild as part of an ongoing modernisation programme of the Arklow Shipping fleet, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Vanguard (yard no. 726) was given a lunchtime launch under…
Dover-based freightferry European Seaway is underway ‘dressed overall’ in the Kent port. The first of a quartet of ‘Super-Freighters’ built in 1991 to serve Zeebrugge, is to cease current Calais crossings, albeit temporally so to provide refit cover on P&O’s Larne-Cairnryan route.
Ferry
#NorthChannel – In an unusual move, a Dover-based freight-ferry is to be deployed on P&O Ferries Larne-Cairnryan route for two months while a pair of ropax sisters are refitted on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. Sisters European Causeway and slightly longer…
Ireland's largest domestic coastal freighter, the 330 gross tonnage Bláth na Mara (during dry-docking but since completed) normally operates Galway-Aran Islands. Instead a replacement vessel is running services across Galway Bay.
Island News
#AranFreighters - Ireland’s Iargest domestic coastal cargoship that returned from hull works carried out in Co. Donegal earlier this month has yet to re-enter Galway-Aran Islands services, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 330 gross tonnage cargoship Bláth na Mara normally serves…
Superimposed area of infilled Foynes Jetty Extension project, one of two contracts awarded by SPFC to Abco Marine
Shannon Estuary
#JettyExtension - Two contracts have been awarded to ABCO Marine that will involve works to be carried out in Foynes Port and at Durnish.  The contracts were secured from the Shannon Foynes Port Company. Work at Foynes Port is for…
Presenting a sleek profile Neptune Aegli a vehicle-only carrier that began a charter with P&O this afternoon on the Dublin-Liverpool route.
Ferry
#Charter -A Maltese flagged Greek owned vehicle-carrier only vessel is on charter to an Irish Sea ferry operator while its ships take refit dry-docking turns in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The chartered-in Neptune Aegli can handle 1,800 cars or…
Afloat has identified the Thea II which featured in 'Rivers with Jeremy Paxman' when running on the Manchester Ship Canal, but as of this morning had completed an inaugural sailing for BG Freight Line's new Liverpool-Cork containership service.
Port of Cork
#PaxmansBoxboat– Thea II the containership that featured in ‘Rivers with Jeremy Paxman’ on Channel 4, has completed the first sailing for BG Freight Line’s new Liverpool-Cork service this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the penulimate episode of the River series…

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