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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 President of the Irish Road Haulage Association said there could be a delay in delivering some goods and scarcity of products with Brexit. Above Afloat adds trucks congestion in Kent, the south-east of England
An alternative route to Europe Irish hauliers and exporters said must be found to avoid potentially massive queues at British ferryports from the beginning of January. A leaked British government letter (yesterday) suggests exporters to the EU face possible truck…
UK hauliers have been warned delays could be in place for at least three months. Above busy scene as trucks use the Port of Dover in Kent. AFLOAT also adds in this scene asides routine ferries serving Calais, France are in the background cruiseships berthed at the port's eastern docks.
Michael Gove, UK minister responsible for no-deal planning, has written to logistics groups with the government's "reasonable worst-case scenario" planning, which warns of possible two-day delays for cargo travelling to France in January. The Cabinet Office document states that, in…
Victorine (above) which CLdN launched onto the first pure RoRo service between the Iberian Peninula (Santander, Spain) with the UK and Ireland in June has been joined by another freight-only ferry Clementine but on a new link from these ports to Leixoes in Portugal.
Freight-ferry operator CLdN and UK ports group, Peel Ports celebate the addition of a second ferry service linking the Iberian peninsula to Liverpool and Dublin Port. The new weekly service connecting Leixoes, Portugal to the UK and Irish ports, follows the…
At Dublin Port announcing the launch of new customs clearance service, Declaron was Michael Costello, Managing Partner, BDO Ireland; Denis McCarthy, CEO of FEXCO; and Carol Lynch, Partner in BDO Customs and International Trade Services.
In a partnership financial services firm Fexco and BDO is to launch a new customs clearance service to assist Irish businesses to manage the substantial increase in customs clearance post Brexit. Declaron is designed to ensure customer compliance with new…
Rosslare Europort welcomed the Dutch Ambassador to see plans for offshore wind energy and how the Irish port will handle traffic post-Brexit. AFLOAT adds the Irish south-east port is seen earlier this month with a project cargo of new LUAS trams (bound for Dublin) which arrived from Cherbourg, France using the Stena Line service operated by ropax Stena Horizon. Also present in port was fleetmate Stena Europe when preparing to berth from Fishguard, Wales.
Rosslare Europort is where the Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm visited on Friday to see for himself plans that are being put in place for offshore wind energy as well as gauging the Wexford ferryport's viability in terms of handling imports…
ESPO - “For European ports, there is no time to waste, no money to waste. We must invest in technologies that are used, that deliver both in terms of decarbonisation and air quality and that deliver in emissions reductions both during navigation and at berth”
Ongoing discussions on the future of FuelEU Maritime Initiative has led the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) to express the commitment of European ports is to play their part in helping the shipping sector decarbonise. The full ESPO position on…
Balance sheet has been strained at the TUI Group due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Afloat adds in July, the first large cruiseship to operate after the initial Covid-19 lock-down was subsidiary, TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 2 with a restricted 1,200 passenger capacity while on a non-landing cruise off Norway. Above is leadship Mein Schiff 1 seen several years ago when on an anchorage call in Dublin Bay from where passengers were tendered ashore to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
TUI the world's largest holiday company (including cruiseships) said that it had reduced capacity for the coming winter season due to changing travel restrictions, and it continued to evaluate options to boost its balance sheet which has been strained by…
Rows of trucks at the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferryport which forms part fo the UK 'land-bridge'
The Government has been urged by the Irish Road Haulage Association to help set up a fast, direct daily ferry service with continental Europe for lorries to avoid post-Brexit disruption on the UK transit route. Eugene Drennan, the president of…
Secondhand tonnage: Borealis and Bolette form a pair cruiseships acquired by Fred. Olsen Cruises. Bolette is to make an Irish debut in March 2021, which is to include a call to the Port of Cork followed by a visit to Belfast Harbour.
Cruiseships Rotterdam along with Amsterdam both acquired from Holland America Lines to the ownership of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have together met up in Scotland following a delivery voyage from Cyprus, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair custom built for HAL…
Details of the Spanish Armada Festivel this weekend
Remembering the Armada commemoration of the Spanish Armada at Streedagh Beach will take place but online only this month due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now in its 10th year, this year's Remembering the Armada programme will take place between 18th-20th…
Ardglass Harbour, Co. Down
A harbour in Co. Down is where an operation is under way to remove munitions believed to date back to the Second World War. The public, reports Irish Examiner, were advised to avoid the area of Ardglass Harbour on Saturday…
'Saoirse na Farraige' before leaving Hong Kong from where the 40-metre is en route to Galway Bay and will enter service next spring
A new ferry will be Ireland's largest domestic passenger ferry when the 40-metre 'Saoirse na Farraige' arrives in Galway Bay this October. As writes the ferry constructed in Hong Kong with a capacity of 400, is expected to enter…
Takes some shifting.... as Afloat adds the transformer attracted crowds on a beach in north Wales from where it is to reach its final destination at Trawsfynyd tomorrow. In the distance is the  Llŷn Peninsula which juts into the Irish Sea south of Anglesey.
Across the Irish Sea crowds gathered at a north Wales beach to watch a 128.5-tonne electricity transformer arriving ashore. The transformer, BBC News Wales reports, was unloaded from an 262.5ft (80m) barge on the coast near Porthmadog, Gwynedd which…
The movement of goods into Northern Ireland from Britain is a key sticking point. Above the VT2 terminal at the Port of Belfast.
In the UK the Government, according to Belfast Telegraph, is set to pay for work on post-Brexit port checks in Northern Ireland, DAERA Minister Edwin Poots has said. The DUP MLA told the BBC that the UK Government would now…
After 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region, scientist and crew on the RV Celtic Explorer returned yesterday (Afloat adds from Bergen, Norway) to the Port of Galway.
Scientists led by an Irish team on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer (returned yesterday) to the Port of Galway, after 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region. Scientists…
It's Island Time! Limited availability for Kevin Barry's Aerial Sparks at Inis Oírr Lighthouse this month, so please book in advance if you are planning a visit to experience the muli-media monologue. The lighthouse on the smallest of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, can accommodate max 3 people at a time. It is also a unique opportunity to experience a landmark that is normally closed to the public according to Irish Lights.
An Aran Islands lighthouse located on Inis Oírr, the smallest of these Atlantic isles in Galway Bay is the wonderful setting for this month's Aerial/Sparks: Island Time, written and performed by Kevin Barry. Long, long ago, a melancholy lighthouse keeper…
Ireland's newest cargsoship, Arklow Archer which made a first visit to Dublin Port this month having joined the Co. Wicklow shipowners fleet of almost 60 dry-cargo ships mostly operating in Europe and further overseas.
Ireland's newest cargoship Arklow Archer made a maiden call to Dublin Port marking the lastest of the A-series of bulk orientated dry-cargo vessels to be in Irish waters, writes Jehan Ashmore Arklow Archer joins the fleet of Arklow Shipping Ltd…
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton with General Manager of Rosslare Europort Glenn Carr on a recent visit to the south-east ferryport. Above AFLOAT adds both Stena ferries that serve the port on routes to Wales and France were present. On the left the veteran Stena Europe which underwent a major career extension work last year, serves the UK and fleetmate Stena Horizon connecting Europe.
Rosslare Europort rolled out the red carpet as Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton recently made a private briefing with management at the port which Afloat previously reported has attracted offshore renewable wind business.  Her arrival, writes Wexford People, was without fanfare…
Port volumes in the UK fell by a fifth during the Q2 of this year as the pandemic took its toll on economic activity. Passenger and unitised cargoes saw the steepest downturns. Above: AFLOAT identifies a shipping scene of the former Irish 'homeported' cruiseship Magellan of operator CMV (in June went into administration) at Tilbury Docks, London where the aptly named tug Svitzer London assists a tanker on the Thames estuary.
Freight tonnage volumes moving through the UK’s ports fell by nearly a fifth in the second quarter of 2020, as the full impact of the pandemic took its toll, according to figures from the Department of Transport. Total volumes fell,…
 Stunning setting of Cape Clear Island off the south-west coast of Cork which too forms an impressive backdrop.
Islands along the Wild Atlantic Way not surprisingly are among seven in a list of islands within Irish and UK waters which draw attention as there’s something about crossing the sea that makes a holiday feel proper. As BreakingNews adds…
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