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Scotline have taken time-charter of Dutch short-sea trader Lady Adriane. The distinctive orange painted hulled cargoship had called to Wicklow Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight. Scotline the short-sea timber products operator has taken a time-charter of Lady Ariane from a Dutch owner. The cargoship sailed from Varberg, Sweden…
Replica famine-emigrant barque Jeanie Johnston is to become the last ever ship to be dry docked in Dublin Port (seen there in 2014) which is to close marking an end of an era in Irish maritime heritage
Dublin Port
#DryDockClosure - The largest dry dock in the State and the last remaining working dry-dock (No. 2) in Dublin Port is to close marking an end of an era of our maritime heritage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 200m dry dock…
RAIL&SAIL: Port of Larne where the ferry terminal is integrated with the railway station that serves passengers on the service connecting Belfast. The funnel is of P&O Ferries ropax European Causeway named after the famous Antrim coast landmark the Giant’s Causeway. Also visible are the twin chimney stacks of the older electricity power station at Ballylumford located on far side of the ferryport.
Ferry
#RailSail – The Port of Larne has the only integrated railway and ferry terminal on the island of Ireland, unlike Irish Rail's operated Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. In more recent times the Rosslare Harbour railway platform was relocated away…
Alexandra Basin (east) where Weser Highway berthed on the first call to Dublin Port for a new vehicle-carrier service linking Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Dublin Port
#NewService - Should you have seen a red-painted high-sided box shaped ship off the Irish east coast in recent weeks, it was likely to have been a vehicle-carrier, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship been the 750 unit vehicle carrier Weser…
Unloading of wind turbines from BBC Orion berthed at Belview, Port of Waterford. Further such cargoes are scheduled throughout 2017.
Ports & Shipping
#WindTurbines- A first batch of tower sections for a wind turbine project arrived at Port of Waterford last week on board an Antigua and Bermuda flagged cargoship, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cargo was the first of nine tower sections of…
IRELAND-ICELAND: An Irish flagged bulk-carrier Arklow Mill departed the Shannon Estuary (pictured at Aughinish Alumina plant in recent years) has completed a voyage to Iceland this morning.
Shannon Estuary
#Ireland-Iceland – It is pleasing to pick up on an Irish flagged ship from previous years of reporting for Afloat, on this occasion a bulk-carrier that has completed an Ireland-Iceland voyage this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship Arklow Mill…
The new £6.2m Strangford Lough carferry, Strangford II on its first official journey to Portaferry. The 28 vehicle newbuild replaces reserve ferry Strangford, an ageing Cork (Rusbrooke) built ferry.
Ferry
#Old&New – Fresh from annual dry-docking is Isle of Inishmore of Irish Ferries, that recently resumed Rosslare-Pembroke duties, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 34,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry had undergone routine maintenance work at A&P Falmouth, Cornwall. This year marks 20 years…
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.
Ports & Shipping
#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.
Ports & Shipping
#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
Ports & Shipping
#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.
Ferry
#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
Ports & Shipping
#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.
Ports & Shipping
#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.
Ports & Shipping
#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.
Ports & Shipping
#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…

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