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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. 

'Box' boats rates: But how cargo demand evolves after the summer peak season is difficult to predict, says Alphaliner. Above an ocean going containership underway
On the major East-West box trades, ocean freight rates might be surging just as the new vessel orderbook for container ships look bare but that does not mean the outlook for carriers will remain bright indefinitely. According to the latest…
The above 'FILE' photo taken earlier this year in the UK during Covid-19's first lock-down, despicts the impact on the cruise industry in Ireland too from the pandemic and since. In the foreground, Vasco da Gama arrived on 5 May to lay-up in Tilbury Dock, London after a repositioning voyage from Cape Town, South Africa (but due twice to Dun Laoghaire this summer) however the ship's operator CMV since collapsed into administration. Also already laid-up amongst mostly cruiseships, Saga Sapphaire (behind Vasco da Gama) notably the only cruiseship to call to Irish ports this season in March (was sold by Saga Cruises recently). It's  successor, Spirit of Adventure (top right) built last year then made its maiden cruise to Ireland (remains in situ) opposite laid-up Astoria an Irish caller. In immediate foreground is also laid-up (non Covid related) P&O Ferries reserve freightferry European Seaway which in recent years covered Larne-Cairnryan crossings.
On this date next month a cruiseship due to call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour however remains on the harbour's website list of callers despite the collapse of the ship's cruise-operator CMV, writes Jehan Ashmore Noting in addition the Government's ban…
Ryan Tubridy joined the crew of LÉ Ciara (P42) who were delighted yesterday to welcome onboard the RTE broadcaster for his 'Ryan Tubridy Show' with a tour of the ship and a 'spin' around Dalkey Sound in Dublin Bay. ‘L plates’ were also placed up on a window of the wheelhouse, as Tubridy took his turn of the helm under the tutelage of the P42’s coxswain.
Ryan Tubridy was a guest of the Irish Naval Service yesterday having taken a private tour and coastal trip onboard LÉ Ciara from Dun Laoghaire Harbour into Dublin Bay before the onset of Storm Ellen, writes Jehan Ashmore. The broadcaster…
World’s largest shipping line, Maersk reinstates and upgrades its full-year guidance for 2020 despite expectations of further year-on-year volume losses. Above AFLOAT's photo of Mette Maersk leadship of the G-series, berthed at Port of Felixstowe, the UK's biggest 'box'boat terminal.
The world’s largest container shipping line, Maersk, saw profits spike during second quarter pandemic lockdowns as declining volumes were offset by higher freight rates and reduced operating costs. Parent company A.P. Moller-Maersk (APMM), writes LloydsLoadingList, reported improved profitability across all…
In addition to the story below according to the BBC News an ocean-sieving expedition revealed 12 to 21 million tonnes of plastic fragments are suspended in the Atlantic ocean noting Plastics can take 'hundreds of years to degrade'. The expedition Afloat adds was carried out by the RRS Discovery operated by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council fleet will include the state-of-the-art polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough which was launched on Merseyside.
Oceans given human-induced change, writes, may have been affected as much as half of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, a new study has revealed. A new article in Nature Climate Change predicted through climate modelling that 20 to…
Due to increased freight demand, Stena Line has anticipated that extra capacity is required for the traditionally busy Autumn period on the Irish Sea as well as the expected increase in pre-Brexit trade activity. Therefore, the ferry company will charter Seatruck's ro-ro freight-ferry Seatruck Panorama (see: sister 'Pace' related 'Ferry News' yesterday) to help boost freight capacity on Stena's Belfast -Liverpool and Belfast-Heysham routes.
Operator Stena Line announced today that it will charter the ro-ro freight-ferry Seatruck Panorama to help boost capacity on its Belfast-Liverpool and Belfast- Heysham routes on the Irish Sea. Following the dramatic COVID related drop in freight volumes, Stena Line…
Major changes as Brittany Ferries is to lay-up two cruiseferries among them Armorique (above) currently serving Roscoff-Plymouth, due to a slump in passenger demand notably arising from the UK's Covid-19 quarantine from France. AFLOAT adds Armorique is scheduled to boost capacity on the Cork-Roscoff route (albeit in 2021) running in tandem with flagship Pont-Aven currently maintaining 'seasonal' sailings linking Ireland and France and remains unaffected with these latest operational changes elsewhere. Also above in French waters is a pilot cutter.
Major changes at Brittany Ferries have forced the operator to introduce a reduction in services following the imposition of (Covid-19) quarantine on travellers returning to the UK from France and the effect this has had on existing reservations as well…
Norbank, a ro-ro passenger/freight vessel operated by P&O Ferries on the Dublin-Liverpool (as above) route and where a crew member tested positive for Covid-19. The (ropax) ferry has been taken out of service at Seaforth (Liverpool Docks) where it still remains. AFLOAT today also confirms as the Norbank occupies a berth at a 'lay-by' quay within Seaforth Dock.
In the UK a P&O Ferries passenger/freight-ferry remains stranded at Liverpool Docks over the weekend after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus. The Norbank, reports LiverpoolEcho, sailed into Seaforth (Dock) with passengers on Friday, but the vessel was taken…
Seatruck Pace in this AFLOAT photo departing in the channel of Dublin Port bound for Liverpool, is among ro-ro freight ferries from today (afternoon) to provide more sailings on the route which also takes 'motorist' passengers.
Ro-ro freight operator Seatruck Ferries announced today an increase in capacity with an extra two roundtrips on the Irish Sea central corridor Dublin Port-Liverpool route this week. The new sailings arise from an increased demand which will see the first additional…
Free self-guided 'Summer of Heritage' tours of the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (NMMI) Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, housed aptly in the former Old Mariners' Church are available to September. Above is an external stone carved anchor sculptural detail above a door to the front facade of the historic church, a rare surviving example of a 'Mariners' Church still left intact left  in the world and where the museum excudes matters maritime.
Free self-guided tours of the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire form part of the annual 'Summer of Heritage' programme run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, writes Jehan Ashmore The Maritime Museum located…
Saga Sapphire in a previous livery scheme of recent years while on a visit to Killybegs, Co. Donegal, became this season to be the only cruiseship to visit both Dublin Port and the Port of Cork during calls in March. This was the veteran vessel's farewell cruise in Irish waters as UK operator Saga Cruises have since disposed the 1981 built cruiseship. AFLOAT also adds tug SMS Cian of Sinbad Marine assists while in the background are 'Med'-mooring superstrawlers with stern's at right angles to the quayside of Ireland's premier fishing facility.
The multi-million euro cruise-liner industry in Ireland may not recover from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic for three or four years. As the writes, the warning came as Government sources indicated there are no plans to lift a…
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps explains decision behind France quarantine rules. P&O Ferries told the BBC it had increased its capacity on its 'Spirit' class ships (see: yesterday's AFLOAT related 'Ferry News' story), but said passengers should still book in advance rather than just turn up at ports in (Calais) France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Afloat also adds above the Spirit of Britain which has a sister Spirit of France on the Dover Strait service.
Holidaymakers in their thousands, BBC News reports, are racing to return to the UK, with quarantine restrictions imposed on France coming into force from Saturday. The 14-day isolation requirement from 04:00 BST also applies to people arriving from the Netherlands,…
The passenger ferryboat service to Dalkey Island in south Dublin Bay is not operating following the partial collapse of the cliff within Coliemore Harbour resulting in the closure of the harbour' s access walkway path to the ferry-pier and the Dalkey Rowing Club boathouse (also above) due to health and safety grounds. On the right can be seen the gap where a large rock became dislodged, dropped directly into the water below.
The popular Dalkey Island seasonal ferryboat has stopped service due to a partial collapse of a cliff-face underneath a footpath leading to the pier at Coliemore Harbour, Co. Dublin, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ferry operator, Ken Cunningham said "unfortunately due…
The P&O Ferries chief brought in to spearhead the Brexit process has stepped down. Above Afloat identified the Pride of Canterbury of the 'Darwin' class departing the Port of Dover where berthed behind a 'Spirit' class ferry at the port in Kent, the UK busiest's ferryport.
P&O Ferries Janette Bell, the Dover based chief executive officer who has just overseen a 1,100 redundancy scheme, is handing the reigns over to short routes managing director David Stretch who will become acting CEO. Looking back over her three years…
Customs clearing agents have been allowed back to the (Port of Beirut container) terminal and the first two ships have been worked. AFLOAT adds the photo posted in 2019 by the Port of Beirut facebook page shows in the distance the grain silo (see centre below container gantry) that was severely damaged from last week's catastrophic explosion. On the left is one of the former Irish port serving Nissan Car Carrier's (blull hull) ship's since sold for conversion as a livestock ship. To assist people, UNICEF have launched a campaign ( on the ground ready to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid, medicine, clean water and food to those in need.
At the Port of Beirut the container terminal has reopened a week after an explosion that devastated much of the Lebanese capital. The first two containerships to call at the port, LloydsLoadingList reports, berthed on August 10 as the box…
New Scottish Isle of Arran ferry Glen Sannox is on a major step to completion for operator CalMac service as Afloat previously reported for Clyde service linking Ardrossan. Assisting the newbuild is tug CMS Wrestler. While in the background Afloat also adds the paddle steamer P.S. Waverley which has made rare 'excursion' visits along Irish north and east coast ports.
At a Scottish shioyard is where a massively delayed new Isle of Arran ferry has taken a huge stride towards completion. The MV Glen Sannox, reports the Herald, is the first of two dual fuel vessels being built at Ferguson…
Cyclists take in the Maritime Mile in Belfast Harbour with the backdop of H&W shipyard. Remember to practise social-distancing & stay 2 metres apart from those not in your household.
A new Maritime Mile Treasure Trail has been launched in Belfast Harbour bringing an exciting outdoor family experience aimed at encouraging locals and visitors to explore the city port's historic waterfront. The joint initiative is between the Titanic Foundation and…
Afloat's photo of the diminutive Hebridean Sky berthed at Dublin Port's North Quay Wall Extension where the port has decided to abandon plans for cruise-berth expansion to enable considerably larger such ships to enter the capital port
Plans to develop new cruise berths have been abandoned by Dublin Port Company (DPC) as part of the North Wall Quay Extension under the port's original Masterplan 2012-2040. The Masterplan’s two objectives were to provide capacity to cater for growth…
Tug Celtic Fergus underway on a flood tide on the Shannon Estuary joined by a bow-riding bottlenose dolphin
Cork based Irish Mainport Holding's Celtic Fergus, a tug stationed on the Shannon Estuary is currently dry-docking in Rushbrooke having departed this day last week bound for the Doyle Shipping Group facility in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was…
Misida on Merseyside makes for a departure on Thursday from Liverpool to Dublin Port while on charter from a Baltic based island operator to P&O Ferries Irish Sea route.
A Finnish island based shipping operator has a ro-ro freighter on charter to P&O Ferries Dublin-Liverpool on the intensive central Irish Sea corridor link which currently only has one passenger ferry in service, writes Jehan Ashmore Godby Shipping AB of…
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