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Kintyre Express that operates the KE IV is seen berthed in Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre. The sign is a reflection of the political times facing Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Ferry
#ScottishService - Ballyscastle, Co. Antrim not only has a ferry route to Rathlin Island but also to Scotland where the UK Prime Minister today is making a first campaign ahead of June's snap general election, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operator, Kintyre…
The €126 million port extension is for a four-phase development that involves reclaiming 27 hectares of bay area,
Galway Harbour
#PortDelay - The delay in issuing a decision on the Port of Galway's multi million euro harbour extension looks set to continue, with An Bord Pleanála stating this week that they have no timeline on a possible decision date, writes…
The christening ceremony of Silver Muse took place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The ultra-luxurious cruiseship is to depart Villefranche, France this day next week on a pre-inaugural 'Venetian Society Cruise'
Cruise Liners
#MonacoCeremony - Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Silversea Cruises christening ceremony of their new flagship Silver Muse in the principality, before a pre-inaugural cruise to Greece begins next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Afloat had identified Silver…
Cargoship handling at Limerick Port and Foynes (above) reported record year on year growth of 11% tonnage levels for 2016
Shannon Estuary
#RecordGrowth - Limerick and Foynes both key ports of Shannon Foynes Port Company have reaffirmed the company’s strong performance and contribution to the regional economy in 2016 with growth of 11.4% in year on year tonnages. For the second successive…
Cementing relationshps: Ireland-UK trader, Cemgulf in Dublin Port exports low-carbon cement to Runcorn. Up to the early 1990's Guinness was imported to the Manchester Ship Canal using their own stout-tankers.
Dublin Port
#Cementships - A cement cargoship due to dock in Dublin Port today from Runcorn on the Manchester Ship Canal is where until the early 1990’s Guinness imported to the UK using their own stout tankers, writes Jehan Ashmore. That trade…
The exercise will centre on a major spillage of crude oil having occurred from an oil exploration platform located approximately 220km off the south west coast of Ireland and oil coming ashore at Spanish Point in County Clare
Shannon Estuary
A training exercise testing the response capabilities of Shannon Foynes Port Company, local authorities and other organisations who operate in the vicinity of the Shannon Estuary will take place at Spanish Point, County Clare, on Wednesday and Thursday of next…
On the Ireland-Britain routes alone, there was a decline in passenger numbers of 5% to 2.2 million recorded last year.
Ferry
#FerryFigures – According to the 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report launched today, there was a decline of 2.6% in ferry passenger numbers in 2016. The figure relates to those travelling between the island of Ireland, Britain…
The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%, with growth driven predominantly by unitised trade, Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) and Lift-on/Lift-off (LoLo) traffic, (for example above Nicolas Delmas in Dublin Port). Both RoRo and LoLo modes grew by 7% in 2016.
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeReport - The 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry was launched today.  The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%,…
The Belview Terminal, which in the majority handles lo-lo traffic is the main terminal for the Port of Waterford
Ports & Shipping
#Results2016 - The Port of Waterford Company recently announced that the port handled 1.4m tonnes of goods in 2016. The figure is very much in line with 2013 and 2014 but somewhat back on the 2015 numbers. Bulk tonnages handled…
'Heyshamax' ro-ro freighter sisters, Stena Performance and Precision berthed in Belfast
Ferry
#FreightGrowth - In the first three months of 2017, Stena Line has carried over 31,000 freight units on the Belfast-Heysham service making it one of the most successful starts to the year since it acquired the business back in 2011.…
The second sister built, Arklow Cape which likewise of Arklow Clan was launched without christening ceremony, but this will happen at a later stage.
Ports & Shipping
#DoubleEvents - On the same day ICG’s new Irish Ferries cruiseferry had a first steel-plate cutting ceremony held in a German yard, this was in marked contrast to Arklow Shipping having yet another ship launched in neighbouring Netherlands, writes Jehan…
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…

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