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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. 

The IOM Steam Packet has acquired ro-ro freight ferry MV Arrow for €9 million. Afloat captured the 84-trailer unit ferry heading into a blustery Douglas Bay having departed the Manx capital.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet has bought a cargoship (ro-ro freight ferry), which it had previously been using under a longstanding charter agreement, for €9 million. According to Isle fo Man Today, when the MV Arrow’s current owner said…
Newbuilds: Yet more delays to two CalMac ferries that could see them completed up to another three months late and cost three times over budget have been revealed by builder Ferguson Marine.
Shipyard chief executive David Tydeman told MSPs in a letter on Wednesday that the two ferries, which are five years late, would cost up to £209.6 million to complete compared to the previous estimate of up to £122m. According to…
At the midway stage in 2022, unitised traffic volumes performed strongly
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has published its Q2, 2022 Unitised Traffic Report with an executive summary below. In addition to consult the full report, see attachment. Executive Summary At the midway stage in 2022, unitised traffic volumes - made up…
There is live streaming to the European ShortSea Network conference tomorrow (29 September) and Port & Shipping Tech 2022, for details to access see links below.
The European ShortSea Network (ESN) Conference as part of Naples Shipping Week will start tomorrow, 29 September. The Conference is organized by RAM Spa – SPC ITALY in the framework of the 2022 ESN held during the Italian Presidency. The…
Swedish based ferry operator, Stena Line celebrates its 60th anniversary today. Above the Port of Gothenburg with Afloat adds ferries Stena Scandinavia (larger version of Irish Sea serving Stena Adventurer) and Stena Danica.
Ferry company Stena Line celebrates its 60th anniversary today having established itself as a trusted link between people, places and societies. Sten A. Olsson, the founder of Stena Line, began operating a shipping service from his hometown Gothenburg in Sweden…
Today, strike returned at the Port of Felixstowe, where about 1,900 people took action at the UKs biggest container port for eight days last month. Above, AFLOAT's file photo of the 14,000TEU capacity Toledo Triumph berthed at the Suffolk port in south-east England where the North Sea port has 'feeder' and global container services.
According to BBC News, further strike action has begun at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port. Workers at the Port of Felixstowe are walking out between 27 September and 5 October, as Afloat reported after the union Unite rejected an…
Ian Davies, Head of UK Port Authorities and Stena Line Ports highlights the return of cruise liners this year in added an expansion of Holyhead next year to enable cruiseships to berth directly again in port and enable passengers to disemabark at a deep-water jetty.
Eagle-eyed ship-spotters in Wales are used to seeing ferries coming in and out of Holyhead Port on and a daily basis, but this year they may have noticed more activity that usual. This is because the north Wales port has…
IOM Ship Registry secures four ship deal with fellow Manx based ship owner MX Bulk whose newbuild Maye Manx (registered in Douglas) was recently delivered. Credit: IOMshipregistry
The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) is expanding its fleet after securing a new deal with fellow Douglas based ship owner MX Bulk. The agreement will see the IOMSR flag four new 63,878 MT bulk carriers presently being built…
Warrenpoint Port congratulate the Seatruck team on their acquisition by CLnD. The Seatruck brand will be retained by CLnD and the team will continue to be led by Alistair Eagles.
Operator Seatruck Ferries announced last week that, subject to regulatory approval from the Irish competition authorities, it is to be acquired from Clipper Group by CLdN. CLdN, headquartered in Luxembourg is one of Europe’s leading multimodal logistics providers with three…
New marine research ship to be named in a ceremony held in Dingle
RV Tom Crean, Ireland’s newest marine research vessel named after the Kerry explorer will be officially commissioned in Dingle next month, reports RadioKerry. At almost 53-metres RV Tom Crean will be used (by the Marine Institute) for ocean surveys, fishery,…
Freeport Bid: The Port of Milford Haven (above) in Pembrokeshire which is the UK’s largest energy Port, is among the south-west Wales ports involved in the bidding consortium.
In south-west Wales a freeport bid consortium consisting of Associated British Ports, Neath Port Talbot Council, Pembrokeshire County Council and the Port of Milford Haven has been launched to explore the case for a green freeport in the region. Both…
The 'GhostShip' Alta made world headlines when it suddenly landed on Irish shores after 2 years of drifting around the Atlantic Ocean. Next February will mark 3 years since the cargoship was washed up on the east Cork coastline near Ballycotton.
The ghost ship MV Alta made famous, after been washed ashore close by of Ballycotton, Co.Cork, during a storm in February 2020, may not last another winter on the rocks, going by the latest images of the shipwreck. Corkman Charlie Wilkins,…
The Isle of Man Steam Packet's newbuild will be longer than the current ferry, the Ben-my-Chree. This will necessitate the project which is expected to be completed before winter 2023.
Douglas Harbour is to undergo major works that are needed to protect the new Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry, the infrastructure minister has said. Chris Thomas said the project would reduce the risk of damage to the Manxman and…
The dredger Hebble Sand (above before re-floating) however no repairs have yet taken place, and there is no date for removal as yet.
Since the dramatic rescue in Drogheda Port with the re-floating of the dredger Hebble Sand from sinking in the River Boyne recently, no repairs have been carried out, and there is no indication when the vessel will be moved. Local…
It is understood the injured naval boarding party members were in a RHIB (Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat) which had been dispatched from LÉ William Butler Yeats on Tuesday night to inspect the fishing boat which was off the Co Cork coast.
Naval Service crew members are understood to have received medical treatment after getting into difficulties while trying to board a fishing trawler. The Irish Examiner understands the injured boarding party of five members were in a RHIB (Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat)…
A shortlist of ports has been made for the the ESPO Award on Social Integration of Ports.
The projects of the ports of Ceuta, Barcelona, Tallinn and the cooperation project of the ports of Ancona, Ravenna, Venice, Trieste, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik have been shortlisted for the 14th ESPO Award on Social Integration of Ports. The…
A young osprey (also called a sea hawk), was tagged in the Scottish Borders took an unusual route south to Spain having hitched a ride on cargoships.
Information has emerged as to how a young osprey tagged in the Scottish Borders hitched a ride on two ships during his first attempt at migration. Conservationist Sacha Dench is part of a team tracking the bird to learn more…
Foyle Port is located at the Lisahally terminal downriver of Derry
It has been announced that Foyle Port will be the lead sponsor of a major cross-border conference which An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD will address later this month. As the Derry Journal reports, The Centre for Cross Border Studies’ Annual…
Port of Cork welcomes an International maritime Pilots conference
The Port of Cork is playing host for the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organisations (ISPO) annual Conference which began today. The two-day Conference held in the Dean Hotel, near Horgan's Quay, is also in partnership with the International Association…
Pets on board: P&O plan dedicated dog lounges for their Larne-Cairnryan route on the North Channel. The news comes as Stena Line bans dogs from all passenger areas on their Belfast-Cairnryan ferries sailing between NI and Scotland.
Operator P&O Ferries are planning to introduce dedicated dog lounges to their fleet, including ferries on their Larne-Cairnryan route. The work to meet the needs of travellers with pets between Northern Ireland and Scotland, will be carried out as each…
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