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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…
Talks Over Return Of Blackrock Tower Liferaft
Galway Harbour
#Galway - Irish Water Safety in engaged in talks with Galway City Council over the possibility of reinstating the liferaft at BlackrockDiving Tower. Councillors last year rejected proposals to replace the amenity after a poor health and safety assessment in…
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…
Dublin Port’s volumes have increased by 25% in just four years
Dublin Port
Dublin Port’s Masterplan 2012-2040, a framework to guide the future development and operation of Dublin Port, makes provision for periodic reviews.  This ensures that the Masterplan reflects changing circumstances such as developments in policies governing planning, national transport, the environment…
Yachts racing off Dun Laoghaire by John Ryan. The maritime painting hangs in the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
Irish Marine Artist Pete Hogan will give a personal history of marine painting in Ireland with an emphasis, he says, on 'yots'.  The Round the world sailor, artist and author will speak at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on the…
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.
Ferry
#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…
Record freight volumes for Stena Line's Belfast Harbour routes to Scotland (Cairnryan) and England (Heysham and Liverpool). Above: Stena Superfast VIII berthed at Belfast having sailed from Scotland.
Ferry
#RecordFreight - It has been a record year for Stena Line freight traffic volumes on the operator's Belfast Harbour routes in 2016. For the first time in its history, the ferry company has carried over 500,000 freight units through the…
Irish Ferries has won in the ITAA's Best Ferry Company award. Their flagship Ulysses is seen berthed at Dublin Port's Terminal 1 while an inbound cruiseship Delphin arrives.
Ferry
#TravelAwards – At the Irish Travel Industry Awards held recently in Dublin, the winners in the Ferry and Cruise categories were presented in the historic surroundings of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel…
Iver Ability – a 'reaction' onboard the Asphalt/Bitumen Tanker led to its long term anchorage on Dublin Bay from August 2016 to January 2017
Ports & Shipping
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
Ports & Shipping
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…
The current warehouse site near Cork City Marina is zoned for mixed use and will be of interest to both commercial and residential developers
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - More than three acres of Cork docklands are coming to market, as the Irish Examiner reports. The lands comprise a warehouse property between Monahan Road and Centre Park road east of the city centre, in an area already…
Warrenpoint Port on the shores of Carlingford Lough, have revealed record volumes for the year 2016
Ports & Shipping
#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.
Ports & Shipping
#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
Ports & Shipping
#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…

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