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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. 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the EU would blockade food to Northern Ireland is “spin and not the truth". Above in Dublin Port an Irish Sea serving ropax ferry connecting Liverpool along with a direct Ireland-mainland Europe serving ro-ro freightferry Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' given the ship bypasses the UK landbridge.
Government members at senior level have rejected claims from UK prime minister Boris Johnson that the EU is seeking to impose a blockade in the Irish Sea after Brexit. Taoiseach Micheál Martin said another of Mr Johnson’s claims – that…
LÉ Niamh was to go on patrol last Monday but was forced to cancel when a communications specialist earmarked for the four-week patrol was unable to join the crew due to illness.
Naval Service manpower crisis continues, writes Irish Examiner, with ships being delayed going on patrol because they are short of a specialist crew member. LÉ Niamh was to go on patrol last Monday but was forced to cancel sailing when…
Deep sea trawler ploughs into heavy weather
RTE reports of a group representing the fishing industry which has said the Brexit Action Plan published by the Government fails to deal with a range of issues immediately facing the sector. The plan launched yesterday follows Britain's publication of…
Ro-ro freight ferry Mistral at Dublin Port with un-accompanied truck-trailer units along the North Wall Quay Extension
Irish Exporters Association has welcomed the publication yesterday of the Government’s Brexit Readiness Action Plan. The Association has been urging businesses to continue Brexit preparedness planning throughout the pandemic and is ensuring that developments in EU-UK negotiations are communicated to…
A CGI image of how the former RMS St. Helena, the final 'passenger' and freight ship to serve St. Helena in the remote South Atlantic Ocean and the rest of the world until an airport was completed in recent years for commercial flights. In addition a cargo-only (container) service took over by still connecting South Africa. Currently AFLOAT adds the renamed St. Helena is berthed on Merseyside undergoing conversion for a new career with Extreme E which is a radical new racing series which will see Electric-SUVs (transported onboard) compete in the most remote corners of the planet that have been impacted by climate change.
Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, reports BBC Top Gear, has announced the creation of a new team to compete in the inaugural season of Extreme E with a team called ‘X44’. Now, Hamilton you might be familiar with (six F1…
Manx ferry Ben-My-Chree which provides the backbone of services returned to routine duties today following repairs to a damaged propeller. Alternative services involved fastferry Manannan along with ro-ro freight ferry Arrow (together above in Douglas) from where daily services linking Heysham, England were maintained with the backdrop of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Following repairs to a propeller of a Manx ferry, the Ben-My-Chree returned to service today plying on the main route linking the Isle of Man and the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ropax custom built in 1998 for the Isle of…
As expected the ferry group's finances have been hit but second quarter shows signs of recovery. Above Stena Adventurer swings off the Port of Holyhead in north Wales
Ferry firm Stena has posted major losses for the first six months of the year after the pandemic devastated travel. Coronavirus has seen passenger numbers slashed and freight reduced on Stena Line's key routes - including those from Holyhead, Liverpool…
Appledore shipyard in Cornwall, UK is hosting career open days this week, Thursday and Friday. Above Afloat adds is the covered building hall of the shipyard on the banks of the River Torridge where the last ship floated-out was the Irish Naval Service L.E. George Bernard Shaw in March 2018. Late last month, Afloat also adds the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a visit to the newly acquired Harland & Wolff (Appledore) shipyard. At the re-opening of the Cornish shipyard the PM commented that this will be a fantastic opportunity for the entire UK. We must get on and “build, build, build”.
Initial steps to getting local workers back through the gates of Appledore Shipyard in the UK began last week with two careers open days. New operator Harland & Wolff is hosting to events at the Cornish site for prospective employees…
Ropax Ben-My-Chree was repaired in Cornwall AFLOAT adds at A&P Falmouth from where the ropax is to return to service tomorrow ahead of schedule
The main Isle of Man passenger and freight ferry will return to service earlier than expected after a damaged propeller was repaired, the operator has said. As BBC News reports, Ben-my-Chree was damaged during a crossing between Douglas and Heysham,…
Firms are expected to face difficulty getting shipments through ports unless they have completed the correct customs procedures. ABOVE containers at a lo-lo terminal in Dublin Port.
Irish Government’s new Brexit plan will explicitly warn businesses that anyone trading with or moving goods through the UK will face changes, no matter the outcome of EU negotiations with Britain. The plan, writes The Irish Times, is scheduled to…
Eight organisations including the Road Haulage Association are seeking an urgent meeting with British government ministers. Above rival ferry operators at the Port of Holyhead, the second busiest ferryport in the UK after the Port of Dover.
In the UK, groups representing the country's freight and logistics industries have warned of significant gaps in the British government's border preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December. Eight organisations, including the Road Haulage Association…
Kinsale gas fields, which were discovered in 1971, once supplied all the State’s natural gas. Above Afloat adds is the Alpha platform, one of two that form the offshore facility in the Celtic Sea off the Cork coast.
A multimillion euro contract to decommission one of the State’s largest gas fields was won to a division of the Stena Group which includes the large ferry operator.  The move comes after the Government earlier this year, as the Irish Times…
An annual Port Scholarship Scheme has been launched for Pembrokeshire students, south Wales, who are at university with the chance to win a £1,500 scholarship as well as a work placement at the Port of Milford Haven.
Port scholarships for university students from Pembrokeshire, south Wales are being encouraged for them to apply to the Port of Milford Haven’s scholarship scheme. The annual initiative offers undergraduate students the chance to apply for an award of £1,500, as…
The French ferry firm takes drastic action as passenger number continue to dwindle due to UK quarantine restrictions. Above AFLOAT adds Brittany Ferries is to cease the Rosslare-Roscoff route from 7 September. The new route only launched during the summer is operated by ropax Kerry which will continue to serve the year-round operated Ireland-Iberian link of Wexford-Bilbao in northern Spain.
Brittany Ferries which has been affected by quarantine measures, has laid up another ferry and cut more services as it continues to lose passengers due to coronavirus restrictions and faces the worst crisis in its 47-year existence. As BusinessLive reported…
Shannon Foynes Port: it achieved a record profit before tax of €4.9m last year. Above Afloat adds is bulk-carrier Sunrise Serenity with assistance from Foynes based operator Celtic Tugs, part of the Mainport Group.
The government-owned Shannon Foynes Port achieved a record profit before tax of €4.9 million last year, its annual report shows. The port's profit, which was up from €4.4 million in 2018, was achieved despite an overall reduction in tonnages on…
Design change work to try to resolve Scots ferry building chaos being done in Romania
Shipbuilding work in carrying out design changes to resolve the fiasco over the delivery of two new lifeline Scottish ferries is being carried out in Romania with the blessing of Scottish ministers, it has been confirmed. It comes after the…
HMS Caroline, Alexandra Dock and Thompson Dock Pump House.
A major Belfast Harbour attraction HMS Caroline could be towed back to Portsmouth "for its own protection" within the next year, it has emerged. Dr Tim Schadla-Hall, the chairman of the HMS Caroline Preservation Society, writes Belfast Telegraph, has warned…
The fleet of the Manx ferry operator in Douglas Harbour from where Ben-My-Chree (on right) Afloat adds departed yesterday for repairs in an English shipyard
A Manx ferry Ben-my-Chree will be out of action for 'at least a week' as it undergoes repair work to one of its propellers. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says it sustained damage when entering Heysham harbour, and…
On right, Ben-my-Chree was unable to make it's return sailing to Douglas (above) yesterday morning. Afloat adds sailings remain affected, for updates see link below.
A ferry's propeller has been damaged, BBC News reports, which has caused disruption to sailings between the Isle of Man and Lancashire, England. The Ben-my-Chree suffered the damage during its evening crossing from Douglas to Heysham on Thursday, the Isle…
First of the CalMac ferry pair, MV Glen Sannox Afloat adds moved from Ferguson Marine to Dales dry dock (above) earlier this month.
Scottish Islands minister Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs (yesterday) shipbuilders Ferguson Marine was responsible for the major delays and cost overruns that have plaqued a pair of CalMac Ferries. He said “contractor failure” had led to the fiasco which will see…
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