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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. 

Limerick Docks plan of a floating data centre in Ted Russell Dock, where AFLOAT adds among vessels are two Arklow Shipping short-sea traders.
#Shannon - A €35m revolutionary floating data centre in Limerick Docks is being planned in a move which could create 124 jobs. As The Limerick Leader writes the city has beaten a number of locations across Europe to the investment,…
A new linkspan installed at Heysham Port forms part of a £10m project which won an award at the port owners, Peel Ports Group in the UK. Occupying the linkspans are RoRo freight only vessels from Seatruck and Stena Line.
#ferry -The Irish Sea port of Heysham on the UK west coast has won the Project of the Year Award. The Award which was announced at the Peel Ports Group annual conference, reflected the work managed by the port teams…
Night time scene over Dublin Port in August from the Garda Air Support Unit patrol. AFLOAT adds the cruiseships were using the port's main berths for the largest of visitors that can only be accommodated at Ocean Pier.
#CruiseLiners - It was at Cruise Europe's AGM in St Petersburg during April, when chairman Captain Michael McCarthy outlined how it would be in the interests of CE as an organisation to retain an 'Observer and Contributor Status' to the…
The bridge of the Irish Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne accredited as the first ship in the history of the navy to achieve ”paperless navigation”.
#NavalService - The Irish Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne has recently been accredited as the first in the fleet to achieve "paperless navigation” writes Jehan Ashmore The 1984 custom-built P30 class Helicopter Patrol Vessel (HPV), Afloat adds notably the last…
Connemara's maiden arrival (earlier this year) by going astern to berth in Santander, Spain where AFLOAT adds freight trucks and cars used the ropax's stern only vehicle ramp to disembark in the Cantabrian port.
#ferry - The Ireland-Spain ferry route from Cork is to be expanded to a year-round service, the Evening Echo writes, to give hauliers for export and import options due to fears over Brexit. Building on the launch of its new…
Leadship of the E-Class, Thun Eos (No. 443) belongs to a new series of (LNG) powered oil/chemical tankers developed for Swedish operator Erik Thun AB. The vessel launched earlier this year is to be followed by a sister (next Saturday) with christening of Thun Evolve at Ferus Smit's Dutch yard, though through its second shipyard in Leer, Germany, is where Arklow Wave (No. 447) was launched, see Ports & Shipping (3rd Sept).
#DublinPort - A Swedish tanker operator that is a regular client of Dublin Port, through for example Thun Gratitude, which had anchored in the bay, having typically loaded in Milford Haven, Wales, departed the Irish capital yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
MV Glen Sannox prior to the launch (just over a year ago) at the Scottish shipyard in Port Glasgow on the Clyde by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
#ferry- In a row between a Scottish shipyard and operator over claims that "significant design changes" to CalMac's delayed new Arran ferry today (Friday, 7 Dec.) has escalated to legal action, reports The Scotsman.  Port Glasgow shipbuilders Ferguson Marine Engineering…
A picket by Defence Force members outside the offices of elected representatives in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
#NavalService - The Echo.ie writes of appalling pay and conditions endured by those in the Defence Forces saw retired members picketing politicians’ constituency offices across the country. In Clondalkin Village last Saturday, former Defence Forces members picketed to remind local…
Afloat adds above is the IOM Steam-Packet's Ben-My-Chree which in addition to operating the island's main year-round service Douglas-Heysham, also provides winter sailings on the link to Birkenhead (Liverpool).
#Ferry - In response to an Isle of Man services survey of ferry operations this was the largest the department has seen. That's according to the Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer, reports Manx Radio The results of the survey are set…
Tugs Husky and MTS Indus which towed the barge Selina laden with boulders from the UK, is to be used as rock armour to protect the new jetty in Scotsman's Bay as part of the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths project at neighbouring Newtownsmith. The public amenity is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2020.
#DublinBay - Works on the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths project at Newtownsmith reached a significant milestone given the arrival this morning by sea of the first load of rock armour to protect a newly built jetty, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain who hails from the coastal town of Bray, Co. Wicklow, will be providing post-dinner entertainment in the UK, at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Logistics Awards in London next week
#Ports&Shipping - One of the best-known faces on Irish and British TV, comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain will be among guest speakers in the UK, at the Freight Transport Association's Logistics Awards next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Scot Carrier with tugs fore and aft prior to taking to the seas for first trials. The newbuild, the largest to join the ScotLine fleet that regularly call to Irish ports.
#Ports&Shipping- Specialist forest carrier operator, ScotLine which operates regular services to Irish ports, last week saw their latest newbuild take to the seas for first trails, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since Scot Carrier's christening launch ceremony in September, the 4,800dwt short-sea…
Detention of fishing vessel by LÉ Samuel Beckett took place off Mizen Head, Co. Cork
#NavalService- A fishing vessel has been detained by the Irish Naval Service off the coast of Mizen Head, Co. Cork in relation to “an alleged breach of fishing regulations”. The vessel writes Independent.ie was detained by the Naval Service offshore…
Customers of Stena Line and staff raised an impressive €20,000 for the charity organisation Mercy Ships during their 'Round Up for Charity' campaign. The funds will enable Mercy Ship to help 133 people to get their sight back on board the hospital ship Africa Mercy.
#ferry - During a month-long, fleet-wide donation campaign, Round Up for Charity, Stena Line and its customers raised an impressive €20,000 for the charity organisation Mercy Ships. The funds will enable Mercy Ship to help 133 people to get their…
MV Cielo di Monaco
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Examiner writes that the Marine Survey Office was not justified in issuing a detention order for a ship damaged while it was berthing in Greenore port, Co Louth, the High Court has ruled. The Circuit Court…
On the Irish Sea the UK shipyard on Merseyside, Cammell Laird has been shortlisted as part of a syndicate of British firms to compete against international bids to secure a contract to build three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the country's Ministry of Defence.
#Ports&Shipping- A UK shipyard based on Merseyside, Cammell Laird is delighted to have been shortlisted, as part of a syndicate of British firms, to compete to build three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the country's Ministry of Defence. Defence…
Epsilon docked in Cherbourg, France, from where the chartered in ropax for Irish Ferries began the sailing bound for Dublin, but during Storm Imogen in February 2016.
#ferry - Commanders who took a decision of an Irish Ferries ship to “run ahead of” a Status Orange storm writes The Journal.ie led to multiple injuries and extensive damage to freight cargo, a report has found. Ten passengers and…
Azura in Tallinn, Estonia on June 12, 2016.
#Cruiseliners - A captain of a cruise ship found to be burning fuel with excessive sulphur levels has been fined €100,000 (£88,500) in a Marseille court, the first such ruling in France. The prosecution writes The Guardian was intended to…
Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey, marks a Bicentenary this year since construction began in 1818 by the Ballast Board (now Dublin Port Company) and to celebrate a series of talks will be held in the Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Sadly the harbour hewn out of local granite suffered structural damage, not from the recent ravages of Storm Diana, but mostly attributed to Storm Emma in March. The area is unsafe for public use and access according to DPC which issued on Thursday an updated Notice to Mariners No. 31 (see below). Fortunately, repair works began last month involving lifting of tonnes of displaced granite blocks onto the main pier breakwater where works will continue to January 2019. Afloat highlights the area has been cordoned off on this breakwater, battered the most given the exposure of Dublin Bay.
#Bullock200 - The scenic south Dublin Bay harbour at Bulloch, Dalkey, is where construction on the stone-cut structure began in the winter 1818/19 and to celebrate the 200th anniversary a series of talks as Afloat previously highlighted will continue to…
On schedule as Stena Line reach an important milestone in its major new fleet investment programme with steel cutting of a third E-Flexer ship to be deployed on its Irish Sea routes. They are all planned to enter service during 2020 and 2021, now under construction at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China where first of the new vessels (pictured) is to commence operation on Dublin-Holyhead route in early 2020. The remaining pair will serve Belfast-Liverpool in 2020 and 2021. The trio of E-Flexers will be bigger than today’s Irish Sea standard RoPax vessels, at 215m long with 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and a freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters.
#Ferry - Ferry operator Stena Line has reached an important milestone in its major new fleet investment programme with steel-cutting of a third E-Flexer RoPax ship to be deployed on its Irish Sea routes. This means that all three of…
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