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After the launch of newbuild Arklow Castle yesterday in the Netherlands. The third 'C' class cargoship revives a name of a predecessor which notably operated a rare 'container' only service for ASL
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#CastleLaunch- Arklow Castle was launched in the Netherlands yesterday to form the third ‘C’ class newbuild of a 10-ship order from the Co. Wicklow based operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 5,054dwt cargoship Arklow Castle (yard No. 426) slid into the…
At the launch of BBC HD: Travis Peterson (VP Product Global Eagle Entertainment), Zina Neophytou (VP Out of Home BBC Worldwide) and Graham Douglas (Media & Communications Manager Carnival UK)
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#TVCruiseChannel - BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of a global entertainment channel, BBC HD, the company’s first channel produced exclusively for cruiseships and the wider maritime market. It will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) MTN TV network,…
File Photo: Stena Horizon which this afternoon docked in Rosslare. In the shadow of the ferry is alongside the 'bunker' tanker Mersey Spirit (see today's report). Also seen is the arrival of timber trader cargoship Ayress. The Irish Rail operated port has waived fees for cruiseships visiting from this year's season and up to 2019.
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#Dredging - In recent weeks at Rosslare Europort a dredging programme was conducted within the harbour to remove spoil offshore, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dredging operations were carried out by Sospan Dau and assistance from tug Trojan. The resultant spoil was…
Over the years Afloat has featured the hard-working 'bunker' (fuel) tanker Mersey Spirit which is a regular caller to Irish east coast ports where all types of vessels are served. Among them Holland America Line (HAL) cruiseship Rotterdam seen last summer on a visit to Dublin Port's Alexandra Basin. This part of the port is where the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment ABR project is to take place to accommodate some of the world's largest cruiseships as well as increasing sized general cargoships.
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#BusyBunkering – Short-sea coastal ‘bunker’ tanker, Mersey Spirit now in its 21st year, has in recent days kept busy serving several ships and has almost completed a full-circle itinerary by returning to her homeport of Liverpool today, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
At a council meeting on Monday night, councillors unanimously agreed “serious risks for the local authority” had been raised in a due diligence report commissioned by the council into the position of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
Ports & Shipping
#PortTransfer - County councillors writes The Irish Times from all the main parties of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown have expressed concern at potential financial liabilities involved in taking over responsibility for Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The debate on due diligience issues as Afloat…
A departing containership Nicolas Delmas of CMA-CGM swings off from the MTL Terminal at Dublin Port: According to Enterprise Ireland the UK’s share of Irish exports has fallen from 45% to 37% in the past decade, and this trend will likely be accelerated by Brexit.
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#ExportsToUK - In order to prepare for a hard Brexit, Enterprise Ireland is advising firms here amid growing signs the British government may opt to quit the single market in order to regain full control over immigration. The Irish Times…
Ardmore Seawolf a product/chemical tanker of 49,999dwt is one of the largest and newest of the 27-strong mixed fleet of Ardmore whose principle operating office is located in Cork City at Albert Quay.
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#Appointments – Ardmore Shipping Corporation which has its Principal Operating Office at Cork City’s Albert Quay has made several appointments last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Ardmore is engaged in the ownership and operation of a fleet of 27 product and…
Afloat last year reported on Atlantic Star the first of five G4 series of the World's largest new con-ro giant ships. The leadship entered service in March on a UK (Liverpool)-Europe-North America service for Atlantic Container Line.
Ports & Shipping
#Top25boxCo - According to Multimodal, the 14th edition of Dynamar annual Top 25 Container Liner Operators publication has been issued. It offers an exclusive insight into the world’s largest container shipping companies, their history, nature, characters, developments, strategies, relationships and…
The anchored tanker in Dublin Bay at the centre of cargoes 'issues' Iver Ability as previously reported on Afloat.ie is seen been passed by ropax ferry Epsilon yesterday mid-afternoon. The vessel on charter to Irish Ferries was underway from Dublin Port on the first sailing of the New Year bound for Cherbourg, France. With the fading light note the deck lights on board the ferry.
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#FrenchFerry - The first sailing in 2017 of Epsilon on the Ireland-France route of Dublin-Cherbourg operated by Irish Ferries took place yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Under overcast skies yet flat calm seas, Epsilon departed Dublin Bay in mid-afternoon where the…
At the keel-laying ceremony of the RSS Sir David Attenborough,after whom the ship is named, at Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead, Merseyside. In recent days Irish Ferries flagship, Ulysses berthed in the wet basin to await dry-docking for routine annual maintenance overhaul.
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#Shipbuilder - UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird saw profits and sales fall last year – but the shipyard on Merseyside which Afloat has noted is where Irish Ferries flagship Ulysses awaits drydocking, remains upbeat that it will win more new contracts.…
Save Our Seafront (SOS) the Dun Laoghaire Harbour group launches a High Court challenge to cruiseships plan
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#CruiseBerth - The Save-Our-Seafront Dun Laoghaire group was yesterday granted leave by the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanala’s decision to approve cruiseships docking in the local harbour. As The Irish Times reports, the group, which is an environmental…
Save our Seafront claims November’s decision by An Bord Pleanála restricted the size of ships (250m long) but left open the possibility of Dún Laoghaire Harbour being usurped by cruise liners. Afloat adds the above computer generated image is of a giant cruiseship of the 'Freedom' class (338m long) berthed within the harbour.
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#CruiseBerth - The Irish Times writes that a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve facilities for cruiseships in Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be sought in the High Court on Thursday. The campaign group Save our Seafront, which…
Maritime Priorities In Transport’s Statement Of Strategy 2016-2019
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#Maritime - ‘Safe and sustainable’ marine transport and ‘delivery of emergency management services’ have been made a high level goal in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Statement of Strategy 2016-2019, published this week. Identifying Ireland’s maritime sector as…
Santa by Sea – The RNLI assist Santa Claus this Christmas at Rosslare
Ports & Shipping
Santa arrived by sea into Rosslare Europort at the weekend. Rosslare-Europort, being the closest point from the southern part of Ireland to the UK and the European Mainland, is a hub of all the major RORO Passenger and Freight services…
Eugeen Van Mieghem  Steamers and Three Masted-Ships in the Dock, c.1912 Charcoal and pastel
Ports & Shipping
Audiences can experience the works of acclaimed Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem for the first time in Ireland next year, through an exhibition depicting the vibrant life of the Port of Antwerp at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (February…
UK BREXIT PORTS: British Ports Association (BPA) calls on UK government for 'Special Port Zones'. Above: Warrenpoint, Co. Down where Vanquish operates an Irish Sea-Bristol Channel container 'feeder' service connecting Dublin (R.O.I) Cardiff, Wales and Bristol, England. On left: Hebble Sand, a former Associated British Ports (ABP) dredger which otherwise is based in Drogheda Port.
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#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks. Particularly foggy conditions took place at the launch of Arklow's newest dry-cargo vessel, Arklow Valour in The Netherlands. This is the fourth Eco-Trader 5,150dwt…

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