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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. 

London Commuter's Call: The first branded 'Uber Boat' by Thames Clippers (Afloat above has identified as Jupiter Clipper) set sail on the River Thames today, marked the start of a partnership between Uber and commuter / tourism operator Thames Clippers. Unlike the Republic's August Bank holiday Monday, London cummuters today used the rebranded catamaran craft (with brackdrop of National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) where the new 'Black & White' livery clearly demonstrated a greater emphasis on 'Uber Boat' branding. This compared to the discreet all lower-case typeface of 'thames clippers' which is discernable albeit using smaller letters on the right.
Afloat reported last week, the later than planned opening of Dublin's 'seasonal' Liffey Ferry service due to Covid-19 travel restriction measures which too were eased in the UK where the London based year-round operator Thames Clippers began service seven weeks…
All passengers disembarked the MS Roald Amundsen but about 60 people have since been quarantined in Tromso, Norway. AFLOAT adds the second of a pair of new hybrid-powered expedition cruiseships for Norwegian coastal operator Hurtigruten MS Fridtjof Nansen made a 'promotional' cruise to Belfast Harbour in early March just before Covid-19 began to pose more of an impact.
Crew members, reports RTE News, numbering at least 36 have been confined on a Norwegian cruise ship to have tested positive for coronavirus, the company Hurtigruten said on Saturday. Arriving at the northern Norwegian port of Tromso from the archipelago…
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is excited to announce that our new purpose-built vessel will be constructed in South Korea by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), one of the world’s major shipbuilders
Shipbuilders in Asia are to custom-build a ferry for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company at a facility in South Korea with the newbuild due to enter Irish Sea service in 2023. The agreement was officially confirmed yesterday by…
The Department said it would address issues with the Data Protection Commissioner directly. AFLOAT's photo of the largest ferry terminal in Ireland located in Dublin Port, (Terminal No.1) one of three such facilities in the capital's port. This terminal is currently 'only' served by Irish Ferries, serving routes to Holyhead, Wales and Cherbourg, France. As for the Isle of Man Steam Packet (seasonal user of Terminal 1), Afloat also adds according to the ferry operators website there are no seasonal services linking the Republic. Currently due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the Isle of Man's borders remain closed to non-residents unless they have been granted an exemption certificate, using England-IOM routes and the 'seasonal' Belfast-Douglas service which resumes this August and (only at weekends) operated by ropax Ben-My-Chree.
Checks carried out by Department of Social Protection officials, the department has said at airports and (ferry) ports have a "firm legal basis" and are "vital" to combating fraud and protecting taxpayers' money. The department said it would address issues with…
Stella a former Dutch canal-cargo barge in this file photo when initially the vessel was berthed at the pierhead of the Old Pier (dating to 1767) which as the name suggests is Dun Laoghaire Harbour's oldest. The barge subsequently was relocated to the adjacent Coal Harbour. Take a closer look above the West Pier were the funnel and upper superstructure of a Seatruck Ferries 'P' class ro-ro freighter is seen underway having departed neighbouring Dublin Port and when bound to Britain, either Heysham or Liverpool.
During a self-imposed 'semi' day-off which took place on this day last week, several small 'motor'-powered vessels were observed during a brief visit to the marina in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and environs, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was in Dun Laoghaire…
This twitter photo was posted about one month after the first of Viking Cruises three ships (of a larger fleet) arrived in June at the famous Belfast shipyard. AFLOAT had tracked them also last month (see below) and as of today the cruiseships remain at the shipyard. Viking Sun is docked in Belfast Dry-Dock while berthed at the fit-out quay are Viking Sky astern of the final trio the Viking Sea.
Owner of Belfast's iconic Harland and Wolff shipyard, InfraStrata, is set to move forward with its plans to raise £9m. The company, reports InsiderMedia, first outlined its proposals in early July, with the motion having now been passed by shareholders.…
Former Dockers Taxi: The Liffey Ferry is back in service as above underway is the No.11 which is operating to strict social distancing measures during the short crossing linking three pontoon stops located in the centre of Dublin's 'Docklands' quarter.
It's back the Old Liffey Ferry service in Dublin's 'Docklands' has returned following easing of Covid-19 restrictions but running in a more subdued environment of the financial and cultural quarter since the outbreak broke, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operators of the…
The Department of Foreign Affairs launches investigation as HMS Lancaster (F229) ordered a Killybegs based trawler to move on while fishing in Irish waters. AFLOAT adds the Type 23 / 'Duke' class frigate was built in the Clyde, Scotland in 1992 has a crew of 185 personnel and a top speed of 28 knots.
Underway is an investigation following an incident between a UK Royal Navy warship and a Killybegs-registered trawler off the Donegal coast. An Air Corps maritime patrol aircraft, reports DerryNow, was dispatched and two Irish Naval Service ships placed on standby…
Covid crisis hits ferry company (owners ICG) as freight volumes also decline. Above AFLOAT's photo of Irish Ferries 'flagship' cruiseferry W.B. Yeats departing Dublin Port.
Ferry and container operator Irish Continental Group (ICG) reported revenues fell more than 21 per cent in the first six months of the year as the coronavirus pandemic caused economies to shut down. But the group, reports Irish Times, said…
The first large cruiseship to operate after the initial Covid-19 lock-down was TUI Cruises Maltese flagged Mein Schiff 2 with a restricted 1,200 passenger capacity due to health protocals. AFLOAT adds today the ship is nearing completion of a 3-day/2-night round trip mini-cruise from Hamburg, Germany, having made an anchorage call yesterday in southern Norway. Above AFLOAT's file photo of leadship Mein Schiff 1 (and associated tender) when at anchorage off Dun Laoghaire Harbour, noting this cruiseship is to be added with the second 'schiff' sister on cruises beginning in August.
According to Cruise Industry News, the first large cruise ship is back in service as TUI's Mein Schiff 2 left on its first "Blue Cruise" (round-trip) from Hamburg, Germany with 1,200 guests on board.  The TUI Cruises ship will not…
Developers Bartra Property Group proposed to build three 3-story luxury villas and two apartments as well as a cafe on the site at Bulloch Harbour (above) in AFLOAT's file photo is a closer-up view compared to Dublin Live's coverage. On right colourful timber-built fishing related huts and the former boat-hoist crane since dismantled. In the background TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 1 while at anchor off Dun Laoghaire Harbour which was scheduled this year to receive a record 22 calls but due to Covid-19 fallout, only two cruiseship calls are expected this season.
In south Dublin Bay campaigners against a luxury development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey have been celebrating after planning permission for the controversial coastal mansions was quashed last week. An Bord Pleanala has conceded the judicial review brought by the association,…
 Mid-sized cruiseship Rotterdam (taking 'bunkers' from Mersey Spirit in Dublin Port) when operating for Holland America Line (HAL) has been sold along with a sister, Amsterdam to UK based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. The acquisition took place as the global cruise industry (large operators incl.) has been struck hard due to Covid-19 which has led the Line to cease cruising until September which is subject to the ongoing situation. In addition currently no cruise ships are permitted to enter Irish ports by the government. Note the distinctive ship's twin-uptakes (funnels) a familiar feature down the years of the operator which has had six such ships bearing the name of the Dutch cityport where a predecessor S.S. Rotterdan (dating to 1959) remains albeit as a floating musuem and hotel.
UK based operator Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines which have been regular callers to Irish ports, has recently acquired a pair of secondhand mid-sized cruiseships due to the fallout of Covid19 which has severely impacted this trade sector globally, writes Jehan…
Solent Sisters: Brittany Ferries Connemara is of the same 'Visentini' built ropax class of Etretat (above AFLOAT photo) departing Portsmouth bound for Le Harve, is to return to Irish waters on a new Rosslare-Cherbourg route in 2021. This will be the ferry's first return to Rosslare Europort since 2008 as Norman Voyager of LD Lines inaugural Ireland-France (weekend) Rosslare-Le Harve service which was added to an existing Normandy link to Portsmouth but the short-lived Irish service ended with the French operator chartering the ferry to former Celtic Link Ferries albeit on the slightly shorter Cherbourg route to the Irish port where Etretat is to return following Brittany Ferries English Channel & UK-Spain services. Note: blue mid-hull 'wave' livery, a legacy of LD Lines which was adopted for Brittany Ferries 'no-frills' (économie) ferries except the Connemara and Kerry.
Operator Brittany Ferries this week announced plans to increase services out of two Irish ports in 2021 but the new developments may lead to further consequences for the ferry firm given fluidity of Brexit, Covid-19 and economies impacting ferry holiday-makers…
Condor Ferries achieve international accredition for Covid-19 measures. Above AFLOAT's photo of the operator's main UK-Channel Islands serving ship ropax Commodore Clipper (stern view) arriving at St. Peter Port, Guernsey. On the aft weather deck crew prepare for berthing with parked refridgerated truck-trailers. Also can be seen is the harbour's pierhead 'castlellated' lighthouse.
English Channal operator, Condor Ferries (which Brittany Ferries acquired as part of a consortium) has become the first international ferry company to be recognised for steps taken to safeguard passengers, employees and crew against Coronavirus. The accreditation has been awarded…
HMS Caroline, Afloat adds the former UK Royal Navy WW1 C-class light-cruiser which fought in the Battle of Jutland was restored into a tourism visitor attraction based in Belfast Harbour has been closed since March.
A World War One naval heritage vessel HMS Caroline - the only surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland and one of Belfast’s leading visitor attractions - will remain closed until 2021 due to funding pressures. The National Museum of…
Solent Sisters: Brittany Ferries no-frillls (économie) branded ropax Connemara AFLOAT adds served the former Cork-Santander service is to return (or sister Etretat?) to Irish waters when repositioned out of Rosslare Europort in 2021. Following the closure of this Ireland-Spain route the 'Visentini' built ropax was transferred onto the operator's Portsmouth-Santander route and since January 2020 also out of the UK English Channel port (above arriving on the Solent) from the Le Havre link to France.
Ferry operator Brittany Ferries, writes EchoLive, has announced plans to increase services out of both Cork and Rosslare in 2021, despite ongoing uncertainty amid Covid-19. The Port of Cork will see as Afloat on Saturday reported a new midweek sailing from…
Dublin Port Company accounted for 73.6% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports in the first three months of the year. Above a containership berthed at one of the port's three container (lo-lo) terminals.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show that six of the seven main Irish ports handled 12.1 million tonnes of goods in the first quarter of this year - a decrease of 5.2% compared with the same time last year. Goods…
The exhibition of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) is currently on display in DLRCoCo's The 'Lexicon' public library in Dun Laoghaire. The Irish Naval Service twitted congratulations to MarkCondren who was named Press Photographer of the Year & received the PPAIAWARDS 1st place award in the Politics category (for his photograph above of then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar) during the naming and commissioning of the navy's newest ship, LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) in Waterford City last year.
An award winning news photographer's work by Mark Condren of, is now on display at the ‘Press Photographer of the Year’ 2020 exhibition at dlr LexIcon in Dun Laoghaire. The exhibition will be on display until August 31 and…
Drewry analysis indicates {container] carriers will continue their practice of tactical sailing cancellations for the foreseeable future, suggesting shippers and forwarders extend lead times in case of operational delays. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of 'When Mette Met Marco' on the occasion captured of containership Mette Maersk and cruiseship Marco Polo passing the UK's busiest 'box' boat port of Felixstowe in Essex, where was based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (on Monday went into administration: see Cruise Liners). CMV had operated the classic cruiseship as part of a fleet and is seen (almost 2 years ago this week) bound for nearby Harwich after a mini-cruise from Hull, the English port on the North Sea.
The container shipping and supply chain consultancy Drewry believes ocean freight carriers will continue their practice of tactical sailing cancellations for the foreseeable future, due to the “still uncertain and risky outlook for trade and for the global shipping network”,…
Speaking on today's RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Simon Coveney said the message from Govnerment is still clear. The safest thing to do is not to holiday abroad. But we know that 50,000 people a week are leaving the country and I have an obligation as minister to give them guidance on risk attached to that travel. ABOVE: Fanad Head lighthouse in Co. Donegal - Government is urging people to 'staycation' this year.
Simon Coveney the Minister for Foreign Affairs, RTE reports, has said that while a 'green list' of countries has been published, the safest thing for people to do is to holiday at home this year. Last night, the Government published…
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