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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. 

A "body blow" for British cruisers as Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) falls into administration. AFLOAT's photo in Dublin Bay of CMV's first cruiseship, Marco Polo entered service for the UK based operator a decade ago using regional ports throughout Britain as embarkation locations. The much admired veteran vessel with an elegant profile began as a Soviet era cruise-liner, proved popular with British clientele offering domestic cruises and overseas, but was also a familar sight calling to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh) in recent years. In addition running Festive Season and New Year mini-cruises from the UK calling to Dublin and Cobh.  Afloat also featured Marco Polo on a the North Sea Hull-Harwich mini-cruise (see: Cruise Liners -2018) Another fleetmate Magellan in more recent times 'homeported' out of the Irish capital and Cobh for the domestic market.
A UK cruise operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has gone into administration, with the “global pandemic of seismic proportions” being blamed for its demise. The line, writes The Telegraph, which has six ships in its fleet and was founded…
Appledore Shipyard in North Devon closed with the loss of 200 jobs. AFLOAT adds the UK shipyard (Babcock Marine & Technology) completed the fourth and final of the Irish Naval Service (INS) P60 class OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) which also became the last ship built at the UK facility that also constructed modular sections for a pair of Royal Navy 'Queen Elizabeth' aircraft carriers of recent years. As for  the 'P64'/Playwright ship is seen above on a joint exersise in the Celtic Sea with the Royal Navy's HMS Tyne (P281). The exercise involved conducting manoeuvring, comms, RAS & ship handling serials and according to the INS was a great opportunity to enhance interoperability and train sailors with their UK counterparts. Afloat finally adds the joint nations-naval exercise concluded on Bloomsday, 16 June.
According to BusinessLive, a deal in the UK is close to being struck which would see the Appledore shipyard in north Devon reopen, according to union bosses. GMB, the shipbuilding union, says early indications of a deal to re-open the…
A solid performance by Belfast Harbour in 2019 provides a strong platform to help drive NI’s economic recovery from Covid-19. AFLOAT adds above Arklow Accord (see Ports & Shipping, Nov.2019) is a newbuild which entered service earlier this year, is berthed at the port. The Irish flagged bulk orientated cargoship is the second of six 'A' series to be completed in a Dutch yard for Arklow Shipping
A sound financial performance is how Belfast Harbour has reported figures for 2019 and this in line with expectations of providing a strong platform from which to respond to challenges posed by the impact of Covid-19 on the local and…
The Isle of Man fastferry craft Manannan, AFLOAT adds which operates the Douglas-Liverpool (seasonal) route berthed at the Pier Head of the English north-west port.
The Manx Government has lowered its coronavirus alert level meaning the fast (ferry)craft Manannan can resume sailings between Liverpool and the Isle of Man As Liverpool Business News reports, fast craft sailings between the England and the Isle of Man…
Lighthouse Technicians Malcom Gillies and Gay Mulvey at the Baily Lighthouse on Howth (Peninsula), Co Dublin.
Numbering a handful of men that still tend Ireland's lighthouses, but a move, writes, to renewable energy is bringing their unique way of life to an close. 'I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic…
Works are ongoing to fully open the Port of New Ross soon. Above AFLOAT adds in this file photo of the Co. Wexford inland port is the dry-cargo trader Magdalena alongside at Raheen which forms part of the port on the River Barrow.
The Port of New Ross will not be able to reopen to shipping traffic on the scale it was hoped this month due to a delay in completing health and safety works. Executive scientist with Wexford County Council Brendan Cooney…
Navy could be set to serve abroad.Naval Service could be deployed on overseas missions - Horn of Africa to thwart raids by Somali pirates on international commercial shipping. Above is a cadet of the 59th cadet class training on onboard LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) which includes modern Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS) to provide enhanced safety & Op capability of the naval fleet, but the paper chart is still where cadets learn principles of coastal navigation.
The role of Ireland in overseas peacekeeping missions could well be enhanced when Defence Forces numbers are back up to the minimum establishment strength of 9,500. Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has revealed he's in favour of the Naval Service…
All Brittany Ferries routes between Ireland-France and Spain are operating to a 'full' service following Covid-19 government related restrictions lifted after ceasation of services for more than three months. Flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven recently resumed Cork-Roscoff summer sailings but AFLOAT noted that from next year (2021) the season is to be boosted with cruiseferry Armorique offering holidaymakers more options. The 29,468 gross tonnage cruiseferry currently operates daily Roscoff-Plymouth sailings on the English Channel in tandem with Pont-Aven which also serves Plymouth-Santander, Spain.
Brittany Ferries flagship began Cork-Roscoff seasonal service earlier this month following lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and notably another cruiseferry is to enter the popular Ireland-France route too but not until 2021, writes Jehan Ashmore Asides the current routine Saturday afternoon…
The UK Government has already promised to create up to 10 free ports across the UK after Brexit. Above AFLOAT's photo of the north breakwater at the Port of Holyhead.
A Welsh MP has claimed the granting of a freeport status to the (ferry)port of Holyhead could “transform” the fortunes of the town and Anglesey as a whole. The Government, writes NorthWalesLive, has already promised to create up to 10…
The (German) boat was detained by the LÉ William Butler Yeats offshore of Donegal. Afloat adds the 'P63' is the third of a quartet of P60 /Playwright OPV vessels built in the UK.
A fishing vessel, RTE reports, registered in Germany has been detained by the Irish Naval Service off the northwest coast. The boat was detained by the LÉ William Butler Yeats approximately 250 nautical miles northwest of Malin Head. It was…
The ferry (Stena Superfast VII) usually operates between Northern Ireland and Scotland, carrying up to 1,300 passengers and 660 cars between Belfast and Cairnyan. A Royal Navy submarine and the ferry were at "serious risk of collision" after safety decisions on the Navy vessel were taken based on inaccurate information, an investigation has found. AFLOAT adds note on left the nuclear submarine's periscope and trailing wake.
In the North Channel a ferry carrying hundreds of passengers narrowly avoided smashing into a British nuclear-powered submarine killing many and sparking a maritime disaster. A ferry officer, reports BelfastLive, spotted the nuke sub's periscope at the last minute and…
Cork's Tivoli docks. Last year, exports from Ireland to the Eurozone region saw record growth of 15% to €5.6bn. AFLOAT adds above is BG Freight Line's feeder service containership BG Jade, one of a quartet of lo-lo 'Ireland-max' series built in China. Since Sunday, the ship remains at anchorage in Dublin Bay having called to the Irish capital's port from where the operator also serves as part of a route network connecting mainland Europe. See photo of containership off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Afloat's report yesterday on Dublin Bay Water Wags.
Enterprise Ireland-backed companies which won new contracts declined by 12% in the first half of 2020 due to Covid-19 with this year described as "very challenging" for Irish exporters. As the Irish Examiner writes, the state agency responsible for helping…
Isle of Man Registry Director Cameron Mitchell. The launch of the app will become the first ever seafarer welfare app designed by a ship registry.
The Isle of Man Ship Registry, which is one of the world's leading flag states, is set to launch the first ever seafarer welfare app designed by a ship registry. Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry Cameron Mitchell…
British Ports Association called the promised resources to cover infrastructure, systems and staffing ‘helpful measures designed to ease the new borders requirements which come into force next year’. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of a Larne-Cairnryan serving ferry, European Causeway of P&O Ferries which also has just two of an original five-strong fleet operating Dover-Calais albeit in a freight-only mode due to the fallout of Covid-19. The UK government has however provided a further funding of £37m (in April it was £17m) to the ferry firm and others to ensure a secure and stable supply of goods to and from the UK and the EU. Afloat also adds the financial support package includes funding from the N.Ireland Executive on some Irish Sea routes: Cairnryan-Belfast/Larne and Heysham-Warrenpoint.
BrexitPorts: The British Ports Association welcomed a new UK government promise to provide more than £700m (US$880m) in funding to cover infrastructure, systems, staffing to cope with the new border requirements relating to the Britain's departure from the EU customs…
Among the variety of vessels berthed in the Port of Galway (Dun Aengus Dock) at the weekend was the general cargoship Pasendena (on left) loaded with scrap-metal. Afloat has indentied the owners of the 2,993grt short-sea trader as Gerhard Wessels based in Germany.
Afloat previously featured the Port of Galway's shipping activity and likewise the company of the mid-west port highlighted on social media the variety of vessels along with respective cargoes that called to the harbour at the weekend. A trio of…
UK Waters: The Home Office said at least 480 migrants attempted to cross the English Channel on Sunday, where AFLOAT adds above is a UK Border Force Coastal Patrol Cutter (CPV) Eagle. The agency has staff at airports and ports among them a base in the Port of Dover. The next busiest ferryport in the UK is Holyhead, Wales where Afloat tracked just over a month ago another such craft, CPV Active which departed Liverpool to arrive at Holyhead Boatyard. Also in port were a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class training boats, HMS Biter (P270) and HMS Charger (P292) which departed Holyhead Marina in the west of the harbour and when bound for Liverpool. Today another Archer class HMS Tracker (P274) is berthed at the facility.
Migrants in record numbers, reports BBC News, have crossed the [English] Channel on the day the home secretary announced a "new operation approach" to dealing with small boat crossings. The Home Office said 180 migrants made the crossing to the…
The Naval Service has confirmed that it's had to “deep clean” one of its ships after a sailor was confirmed as having the virus. Above Afloat adds is the Haulbowline Naval Base in located in lower Corlk Harbour
Two representative associations of the militiary are seeking financial compensation for troops who are forced to leave their families two weeks prematurely to go into compulsory Covid-19 quarantine prior to deploying on overseas missions. Meanwhile, the Naval Service has confirmed…
Seafarers' (Covid-19) Rights: An international maritime summit which was a first for the UK in regards to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes and more issues that challenge seafarers globally was held in London last week. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of tug Irishman (40 ton bollard pull) assisting cruiseship Marco Polo (with an international crew) depart the lock system at Port of Hull, England into the Humber estuary leading into the North Sea. The cruiseship was also a regular to Irish waters. According to Marco Polo's operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) have stated due to the continued escalation of the global pandemic outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Government advisories in force and the lockdown of many countries and ports around the world, we CMV has taken the decision to suspend all our cruises up to 25th August 2020. As for the Irish authorities, they advise against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Seafarers worldwide will get enhanced rights as key workers following a joint commitment made at the International Maritime Summit held in London last week. UK holds first international maritime summit to address impact of COVID-19 on crew changes international recognition…
Statio Bene draws together over 40 artworks describing the traditions and historic views of Cork Harbour among them Unknown, View of Cork Harbour from Rostellan, Inisbeg Island, 1809. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
In Cork at the recently reopened Crawford Art Gallery is where a new exhibition features the maritime traditions of the port in the south of Ireland. Statio Bene draws together over 40 artworks describing the traditions and historic views of…
Isle of Man Steam Packet introduce more regular sailings served by the Manx operator's main ferry Ben-My-Chree seen in Douglas Harbour
Ferry sailings to and from the Isle of Man have been updated as the Manx government announced it's easing travel restrictions. As Manx Radio reported, Chief Minister Howard Quayle announced yesterday the Isle of Man is moving from stage five…
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