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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. 

Ballot boxes from the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall, England arrive after initial weather delays. Afloat adds the islands form part of the St. Ives constituency, the most southern on the UK mainland.
In the UK, ballot boxes for the final General Election constituency to announce its results are on their way to be counted after stormy conditions passed. In the constituency of St. Ives (Cornwall), adverse weather had meant boats and a…
Al Karama is now refitted with weapons, the vessel was formerly the Irish Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Aisling, having been originally sold to a Dutch firm.
A former patrol vessel of the Irish Naval Service, LÉ Aisling, was sold to one of the participants in the civil war in Libya last year in breach of a UN arms embargo, the UN Security Council has been told.…
Stena Line said talks over use of the old port (at Stranraer) should conclude "very soon". Afloat adds above Stena Superfast VIII in Loch Ryan where the ferry terminal at Cairnryan in 2011 replaced nearby Stranraer as the Scottish ferryport serving Belfast.
Ferry operator Stena Line has said it hopes to conclude negotiations "very soon" which could allow its old port at Stranraer to be used as a lorry park. As BBC news reports, the Scottish government revealed the plans in the…
LÉ Samuel Beckett departs Naval Base in Cork Harbour on patrol duties
A naval officer says it is high time that the State defends its critical national infrastructure by protecting the transatlantic cables that pass through Irish waters. As the Irish Examiner reports, Lieutenant Shane Mulcahy, attached to the Naval Operations Command…
New cranes totaling three built in China onboard a heavy-lift vessel alongside the Liverpool2 container terminal
Three ‘megamax’ quayside cranes from China destined for the Liverpool2 container terminal in UK have been delivered to the Irish Sea port. Thee cranes according to ITJ.com, are part the second phase of the terminal project to provide additional capacity…
Econowind's system tested on DFDS Lys-Line container and side-port loading vessel Lysbris Seaways. Afloat adds a sister, Lysvik Seaways is due to Belfast Harbour next week as part of its logistics network connecting Norway with the UK and mainland Europe. The pair transport containers, paper products and refuse-derived fuel among other things.
An interesting take on wind-power made by Econowind has now been installed on DFDS container/side-port loader vessel Lysbris Seaways following recent tests in the Netherlands. A metal sail in a box is a novel concept, but it could be a solution…
According to BBC Newsline, people living along the shores of Belfast Lough (above) say they're opposed to the development of a major oil importation facility close to their homes. The plan would see large tankers docking near Whitehead to pump off fuel. Those opposed to the plans say they don't fit with everything the public is being told about climate change and the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Afloat adds also above a cargoship inbound to Belfast Harbour while a ferry heads out of port.
Along the shores of Belfast Lough, people living in the area have said they cannot understand the logic for the expansion of an oil facility that would see large tankers offloading fuel several times a month. The £20m project, reports…
Harland and Wolff win first contract since takeover.
Shipyard Harland and Wolff has won its first contract since it was taken over by the London-listed group InfraStrata. The new parent company of the historic Belfast shipyard said that Harland and Wolff had secured a contract for the “dockings…
Newest Naval Service offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ George Bernard Shaw opens to the public this weekend (7th and 8th Dec) while alongside Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. Also above is an older version of the class, the OPV LÉ Niamh at sea along with a Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV).
Newest Naval Service vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw is to open to the public for guided tours this weekend (7th-8th December) at Rathmullan Pier in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal. Navy personnel of the latest offshore patrol vessel (OPV90) P60 class…
Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) has called for the reopening of the rail-link to the Port of Foynes, the main terminal on the Shannon Estuary where above AFLOAT adds a project cargo of wind turbine blades where discharged from the vessel earlier this year.
Since the announcement in October by Transport Minister, Shane Ross TD, of the €450m project to upgrade the N69 between Limerick and Foynes by 2026, pressure has been growing for funding to be provided for the currently mothballed rail line…
InfraStrata moved in to rescue the ship yard after its previous owner got into financial difficulty.
Harland & Wolff's new owner is to take possession of the historic Belfast shipyard today as it pays £3.3m to the administrators of the business. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Infrastrata plc plans to use the shipyard which built the Titanic…
Andy Jones, Chief Executive at the Port of Milford Haven, and Sam Leighton, Managing Director of Bombora Wave Power, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
At the Welsh Port of Milford Haven, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed this week with Bombora, to highlight their commitment to the marine energy industry in Pembrokeshire. Originating in Australia, Bombora opened offices in Pembroke Dock in 2017…
The discovery of migrants was made on Wednesday evening at Belview Port (above) near Waterford city.
A total of eight migrants discovered “hiding” on board a cargo ship at a port near Waterford city on Wednesday are likely to be sent back to France in the coming days. The discovery, reports The Irish Times, was made…
Ferry 'fiasco' as Scottish (SNP) ministers sued by their own company (Afloat adds, CalMac which operates Western Isles services: Hebridean & Clyde) over the Northern Isles (Orkney & Shetland) contract awarded to private operator Serco. Above AFLOAT's photo of a CalMac Firth of Clyde serving ferry, Caledonian Isles which runs between Ardrossan and the Isle of Arran.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) Government is facing the “fiasco” of being sued by its own ferry company, writes The Herald. Connectivity and Islands minister Paul Wheelhouse today confirmed that the state-owned ferry operator CalMac had raised legal proceedings over…
Scottish shipyard Ferguson Marine located at Inverclyde has been taken into public ownership. In this file photo, the first of a pair of ferries under construction, Glen Sannox is to operate for Scottish state-owned operator CalMac on the Isle of Arran service across the Firth of Clyde.
Shipyard Ferguson Marine has officially been taken into public ownership, the Scottish Government has announced. The move, reports STV News, came on Tuesday after administrators agreed the final terms of the transaction with Scottish Ministers. The yard will now be…
Cruiseships berthed in Dublin Port along Ocean Pier which separates Alexandra Basin and neighbouring Alexandra Basin (East)
Plans by Dublin Port Company is to develop the port stretches until 2040, reports Dublin Inquirer. Right now, officials are pondering one piece of that plan. They’re trying to decide whether to build specific berths for large cruise ships as…
Fastferry Manannan is to remain berthed in Douglas Harbour over the winter months while Ben-My-Chree maintains service. As for freight ro-ro Arrow (seen entering the Manx capital) is on charter though will be available to ensure freight transport is continued.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastferry, Manannan is to remain in Manx waters this winter. According to EnergyFM, the passenger /vehicle craft concluded the 2019 season earlier this month, maintaining a 100% technical reliability record during the whole summer,…
Berthed at the Port of Liverpool is an ACL containership of the generation G4 class
A new 15-year contract extension for container and roll-on/roll-off operations at the Port of Liverpool until the year 2035 has been agreed with Atlantic Container Line (ACL). According to the port's operator, Peel Ports Group, ACL is already the largest…
Newbuild leadship of Stena's E-Flexer class, Stena Estrid departs the AVIC Weihai Shipyard, Shandong in China, bound for its new home on the Irish Sea between Ireland and Britain. Manned by a much-reduced crew of 27, with no passengers on board, the ship will undertake a delivery voyage of well over 10,000 miles, taking just over one month and making a number of stops on the way, before finally arriving in Wales from where it will start service in January on the Holyhead to Dublin route. Also above AFLOAT adds is Brittany Ferries chartered-in E-Flexer tonnage (top-left) for UK-Spain service and a pair of Stena E-Flexers.
The newest ferry bound for Irish Sea service, Stena Estrid has departed the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China and is making its delivery voyage to Wales from where it is to operate on the Holyhead-Dublin route. Stena Estrid is the…
Unloading of containers from a EUCON lo-lo vessel, Elbetrader at the Port of Rotterdam.
Dublin based Irish Continental Group (ICG) has brought its sixth containership. The shipowner and ferry operator, reports Tradewinds, has acquired the 974teu CT Rotterdam (built 2009), for an undisclosed price. Afloat adds that the container vessel was preceeded by another…
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