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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. 

BG Diamond on its maiden call to the Port of Cork having berthed at Tivoli Container Terminal more than a year ago. AFLOAT adds the Chinese built containership operated by BG Freight Line is a subsidiary of the UK based Peel Ports Group, see today's related story under Ports & Shipping.
#waterfrontproperty - EchoLive reports of updated design plans in Cork for the redevelopment of the Tivoli docklands that were discussed at a recent meeting in City Hall. At the Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), officials outlined the proposed development that would…
On Deck 10, the main passenger deck of W.B. Yeats is above the Lady Gregory Restaurant where mirrors provide an ambiance and extra light reflected from the port side windows.
#ferries - The newest cruise ferry serving in Irish waters, W.B. Yeats has received the ‘Ferry of the Year 2019’ award at the annual Ferry Shipping Summit. The cruise ferry operated by Irish Ferries was recognised for its “striking exterior…
MSC's containership MSC Messina berthed at Liverpool2 the newest lo-lo terminal on the Irish Sea is a major investment by Peel Ports. AFLOAT adds among the group's portfolio, they operate Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) a container facility in Dublin Port located in Ringsend. Also above Afloat has identified P&O Ferries Norbank/Norbay transiting in Gladstone Lock. The ropax pair along with fleetmate European Endeavour operate to Dublin using Terminal 3 located almost opposite of the MTL terminal.
#ports - A German stakeholder of a major UK ports group is considering selling its part of the business. As the UK newspaper The Times reports, Deutsche Bank is considering selling part of its stake in Peel Ports Group, Britain’s second-biggest port…
A fresh new look for Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven as seen off Cobh during a departure from Ringaskiddy on the Cork-Roscoff route. The resumption of the service comes in a season that no longer includes rivals Irish Ferries Rosslare based routes to France, though Stena Line continue to operate to Cherbourg.
#ferries - It's a busy time for Brittany Ferries as the Easter Holiday is well underway with passengers travelling on the Cork-Roscoff seasonal service, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Good Friday the flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven departed from France to arrive in…
Jedi, the highly competitive J109
#dublinbay - An illustrated lecture: “Man Overboard Recovery-Volvo Round Ireland 2018" is to be presented next week in Dublin by John White and Kenneth Rumball. This final lecture in the present series, organised by Friends of Glenua is to be…
The 2,850-guest Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin to become the first cruise ship to be based at the port.
#cruiseliners - Cruise passenger numbers from Ireland and the UK hit a record two million last year, figures from the Cruise Lines International Association show. As the Irish Times reports the association bundles together Irish and UK numbers as most…
Red Kestrel made a 'maiden' arrival this morning to Solent waters in the UK having sailed from Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird. The 265 freight lane metre newbuild ro-ro freight ferry is to operate on the Southampton-East Cowes (Isle of Wight) route.
#ferries - In the UK the newest addition to the fleet of an Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel's freight ferry Red Kestrel has arrived this morning to berth at its new home in Southampton. The new freight-only Ro-Ro (roll…
Fastcraft Manannan has returned to Dublin Port this morning to resume seasonal service on the route to Douglas. The Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft is seen earlier this month in the port to conduct berthing trials at the Stena Line (Terminal 2) linkspan which is adjacent to the ferry's routine berth at Terminal 1.
#ferrries - The Manx Parliament is to receive proposals ahead of the summer recess. The future finances of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company reports Manx Radio are expected to be considered by the parliament (Tynwald) ahead of the…
Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV) LÉ Orla is one of a pair of Peacock class in the Irish Naval Service and is seen berthed yesterday in Kinsale Harbour. Vehicles of the Irish Coast Guard are parked on Customs Quay which AFLOAT adds is the sole commercial quay in the south-west Co. Cork harbour.
#coastalnotes - Communities along the coast reports Independent.ie have been warned that local intelligence is critical if Ireland is to win the battle against drug-smuggling gangs. Gardaí, Customs and Excise, and the Naval Service urged people suspicious of any activities…
A rare call of a tanker to Dun Laoghaire Harbour came in the form of Thun Gemini. Take another look at the stern and note the splash!... following an exercise held alongside Carlisle Pier as the ship's free-fall lifeboat was launched. The 7,500 tons dwt 'G' class tanker - is a popular class within the Thun Tanker fleet which has resulted in 12 such ships built since 2000.
#irishports - A most unusual caller to Dun Laoghaire Harbour took place recently with the arrival of a tanker marking a rare event that has not occurred in three decades, writes Jehan Ashmore. Early on Sunday afternoon the 4,107 gross…
The veteran ferry of the Irish Sea, the 1981 built Stena Europe of the Rosslare-Fishguard route is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit in Turkey as AFLOAT previously reported. The Gemak Shipyard in Tuzla is located outside Europe on the Asian side the of the nation. A replacement ferry on the St. Georges Channel route is Stena Nordica which can carry hazardous cargo capacity that requires an 'open deck' (otherwise not normally available) on this service.
#ferries - The Rosslare-Fishguard ferry Stena Europe is off service and is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit at a shipyard located outside Europe. Last month Afloat monitored the Ireland-Wales ferry having left familiar waters when off Spain and…
Dublin Port says fewer cruise ships would use the port from 2021. Above AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Silhouette departing the capital. In the foreground is the Irish flagged ketch Rinn Voyager (built locally in Ringsend) berthed at the Poolbeg Y&BC's marina pontoon. Also in this scene is a skiff from the Stella Maris Rowing Club of Ringsend.
#cruiseliners - RTE news reports of efforts to be made to reduce any effect fewer cruise ships entering Dublin Port from 2021 will have on Dublin, it's retailers and ancillary businesses. That's according to a spokesperson from Department of Transport…
Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony today of Stena Edda, the second vessel of its next generation E-Flexer series. The name Stena Edda follows the Scandinavian heritage decided for the five new vessels that are being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.  Stena Edda is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020. This is the second of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021
#ferries -  Operator Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony of the second vessel in its next generation E-Flexer series. The second vessel will be named Stena Edda* and follows…
File photo of the French Navy's High-Sea Patrol / Patrouilleur de haute-mer (PHM) Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff (F 789) a corvette which called to Dublin Port in recent years at Sir John Rogersons Quay. A sister, PHM Premier maître l'Her (F 792) is currently on a visit to the port but berthed downriver in the main port located beyond the Tom Clarke (East-Link) bridge.
#navalvisitors - Navies from three EU member states have become the first foreign naval visitors of the year to call to Dublin Port having taken up berths since mid-week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Over the previous two days, French, British and…
The Francop (882TEU) to operate W.E.C. Lines new UK-Iberian service connecting two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain.
#ports&shipping - According to the Port of Liverpool, Dutch company West European Container Lines (W.E.C.) is beginning a new service connecting the UK port with two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain. The new weekly service will…
Shipbuilding returns on Merseyside: Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, built the ro-ro freight-ferry Red Kestral which this month carried out sea trials. AFLOAT adds the 265 freight deck lane metre capacity vessel is seen while off Liverpool's more modern cityscape where previously shipping related activity dominated these quays.
#ferries - In the UK at the Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird which has completed building its 1393rd vessel, the previously reported £10m freight-ferry Red Kestrel for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel. The Red Kestrel, a new ro-ro freight-only…
MacAndrews whose origins date to 1770 had operated the containership Ranger (circa 800TEU) docked in Dublin Port at the DSG terminal before the merger took place on 1 April with CMA-CGM's subsidiary Containerships which also operate out of Belfast and Cork on intra-European multi-modal transport services.  The 803 TEU containership was next bound for Setúbal, Portugal.
#ports&shipping - In what was considered to be the oldest existing shipping company and originally Scottish based has merged this month with a French owned container giant's Finnish subsidiary, writes Jehan Ashmore MacAndrews which was established in 1770 dissapeared from…
Oscar Wilde AFLOAT adds when operating on the Rosslare Europort (above) based routes to France to the ports of Cherbourg and Roscoff. Since Autumn last year the cruiseferry however operated Dublin-Cherbourg prior to to eventual debut of newbuild W.B. Yeats last month. As recently reported on Afloat, Oscar Wilde had undergone dry-docking in H&W Belfast.
#ferries - Irish Ferries cruiseferry Oscar Wilde which operated Rosslare based routes to France until last year has according to owners Irish Continental Group to be disposed following an agreement to sell the 1987 built ship to a new owner.…
LÉ Samuel Beckett the leadship of the P60 class OPV90 quartet which AFLOAT adds yesterday docked in Dublin Port to berth along Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#navy - Patrol ship captains of the Irish Naval Service are being forced to seek ‘volunteers’ to crew their vessels due to decreasing numbers available. The Irish Examiner has learned the Naval Service is desperately trying to crew a nine-ship…
Dublin Port: The new charges and restrictions will apply from June 1st to one of three container terminals. Above AFLOAT adds is the terminal operated by the Doyle Shipping Group (DSG) which is located in Alexandra Basin (East).
#dublinport - Measures in Dublin Port will see halving the time it will allow shipping containers to be held for free and doubling charges for subsequent storage in order to increase space for Brexit, reports The Irish Times. The State’s…
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