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Jehan Ashmore

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

Among the finalists in the first ever Maritime UK Awards to be held during the Southampton Boat Show will be the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferry port. AFLOAT adds above is a DFDS ferry serving Calais/Dunkerque and cruiseship of Hapag Lloyd, Europa. Noting beyond the Strait of Dover is the coastline of France.
Recently announced were the finalists for the inaugural Maritime UK Awards which will be held next month during the Southampton Boat Show. According to the British Ports Association (BPA) the winners will be announced in front of 400 of the…
Detention of a fishing vessel took place off Dublin coastline by the LÉ George Bernard Shaw
The Irish Defence Forces, reports, have detained a fishing vessel off the coast of Dublin (yesterday) for allegedly breaching fishing regulations. The vessel was stopped 20 nautical miles northeast of Howth in Co Dublin by the Naval Service Vessel…
Pacific Princess complete with 'Princess' motif adorning both bow and funnel is seen during a previous call to Dublin Port - from where the small cruiseship had sailed overnight from Welsh waters following high winds that prevented a visit yesterday to Pembrokeshire.
High winds played there part in determining cruiseship destinations among visiting vessels that were scheduled to call to Irish and Welsh ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. Most recently to become subject to the conditions involved Princess Cruises smallest ship, the 670…
PORT OPERATIONS TOWER: On a recent tour of the Port of Dover AFLOAT adds is pictured the UK Government's Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, Home Secretary, Priti Patel and the Chancellor, Michael Gove. The three cabinet ministers talked of the importance of keeping traffic moving freely across borders in addition to meeting representatives from the haulage, freight and port industries so to discuss plans to ensure the UK is ready to leave the EU on 31 October.
The UK and Europe's busiest ferryport the Port of Dover has recently appointed a chief operations officer.  On an annual basis the English Channel port according to the Port of Dover handles 18,000 vessels in a 24/7 operation enabling to…
Freight trucks at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford which in addition to linking UK ports serve directly to mainland Europe (i.e. AFLOAT adds above Stena Horizon sails to Cherbourg, France). Industry groups warn delays at English Channel ports could hit the transport of fresh food and time-sensitive produce.
Increasing pressure, writes The Irish Times, is building on the Government to advance plans for alternative shipping routes bypassing Britain to avoid severe delays at English Channel ports stemming from a possible no-deal Brexit. Potential risks to the key “landbridge”…
Scottish Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay, at the now newly nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard located at Port Glasgow on the Clyde. AFLOAT adds in the background is MV Glen Sannox, the first of a pair of CalMac ferries which have incurred a huge over-run on a contract with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) ferries.
Additional jobs,The Scotsman writes, could be created at newly nationalised Ferguson Marine in order to complete the two vessels which nearly sank the shipyard, Scotland's economy secretary Derek Mackay has announced. Speaking after the first meeting of the Programme Review…
The shipyard of Harland & Wolff
Two "credible" bids, reports Belfast Telegraph, have now been received for the stricken shipyard Harland & Wolff, it's been claimed. DUP leader Arlene Foster and the party's East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson made the claim following a meeting with business…
Scattery Island, Co Clare, is one of many islands holding events for heritage week.
As part of Heritage Week (17-25 August) the programme includes a selection of lovely islands and a wide range of activities to entice you. From waltzing on Scattery Island, Co Clare or learning about boatbuilding on Bere Island there are…
Employees of Harland and Wolff during their protest at the gates of the shipyard in Belfast
The administrators for Harland & Wolff have extended the temporary unpaid lay-off of workers in what a trade union said was a "light at the end of the tunnel" for the stricken shipyard. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, business advisers…
The All Ireland Whale Watch Day takes place next Saturday 24th August between 2:00-5:00pm, at headlands around the coastline. So join in and so doing, you are supporting Whale and Dolphin conservation in Ireland.
Minke and humpback whales arriving and other species of whales and dolphins along the Irish coast is a good omen for this years All Island Whale Watch day. Organiser of the event, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) invite…
Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine is to be nationalised by the Scottish Government if no buyer is secured within four weeks. Above: Afloat adds is a file photo of newbuild Glen Sannox, first of a pair of much delayed dual-fuel ferries for CalMac. This ferry is destined for the Firth of Clyde service linking Ardrossan and Isle of Arran.
On the Clyde the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow has been nationalised by the Scottish government. Ministers reports BBC News, will now operate the yard under a management agreement with administrators, which will see the Scottish government buy the facility…
Lieutenant Commanders Nessa Maloney (LE Ciara), Grace Fanning, (LE Riosin) and Clare Murphy (LE Niamh).
Only just 6.5% of personnel account for women in the Naval Service but for the first time in its history, three of its ships - a third of the fleet - are being captained by female Lieutenant Commanders. As the…
Positive talks took place over the future of the famous Belfast shipyard
"Positive discussions" have been held regarding the sale of Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff, according to the administrators. The business, BBC News reports, entered administration earlier this month, with accountancy firm BDO overseeing the process. The move places 120 jobs…
A containership berthed at Dublin Port
Planning approval has been secured by Dublin Port for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage, reports, of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more…
Newbuild leadship tanker Thun Lidkoping is one of five 18,650dwt chemical product tankers, which AFLOAT tracked arriving to Dublin Port from Milford Haven, south Wales this morning. A sister, Thun London (above) was recently delivered to the same Swedish based shipping group who are regular callers to the Irish capital port.
A brand new Chinese built Dutch flagged tanker ordered by a Swedish lake based shipping group arrived into Dublin Port from Wales this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The L-class leadship Thun Lidkoping is the first of five 18,650 deadweight chemical…
Large guns must be stripped down for maintenance every three months. Above AFLOAT adds is LÉ Samuel Beckett which as above last week carried out primary armament gunnery drills involving its bow-mounted Oto Melara 76mm gun.
According to The Irish Times, the Naval Service is operating with about a third of the required number of personnel needed to safely maintain its weapons. There are currently only three armourers, also known as armament artificers, in the Naval…
The Harland & Wolff shipyard
A trade union, writes Belfast Telegraph, the GMB has said it's in talks with the administrators of Harland & Wolff about extending the temporary lay-off of staff beyond Friday, it has emerged. GMB and the Unite union last week reached…
The Scottish government has said it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership. The facility AFLOAT adds is the last commercial civilian shipyard left on the Clyde where a pair of newbuild dual-fuel ferries according to the government are to be completed for CalMac's west coast services including the Isle of Arran.
In a decision by the Scottish government it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has announced. As BBC News reports, the minister said this was to avert the yard's closure with…
No indication where new vessel will be built according to Manx Radio which would replace the current IOM Steam-Packet flagship Ben-My-Chree seen above swinging off the berth in Douglas Harbour
Operator Isle of Man Steam Packet says it's looking for a Senior Master to help oversee a planned new company vessel. As Manx Radio reports, the current flagship, Ben-my-Chree was launched in 1998. It's envisaged the ropax ferry may become…
Papers detail efforts by officials to prepare Minister Paul Keogh for media questions. In an announcement last June LÉ Eithne and LÉ Orla (above) were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages which caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel.
At the Department of Defence, reports The Irish Times, they were unhappy with how the military responded to media queries about two Naval Service ships being taken out of service, internal documents show. An announcement last June that the LÉ…
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