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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. 

Afloat tracked Scottish west isles operator CalMac's largest ferry Loch Seaforth into the Irish Sea to Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside having arrived last week to undergo annual dry-dock maintenance. Loch Seaforth (built by the same German shipyard of Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats), carried out sea trials from Scotland in 2014 when the 8,478 tonnes ferry went as far south off Wicklow Head. Above the port side of the 116m Scottish ferry.
Scottish Government-owned ferries will undergo a £29m maintenance contract which been given to Mersey-based Cammell Laird over Dales Marine, which operates in the Garvel Dry Dock in Greenock on the Clyde. The decision has sparked concern over the impact on…
English Channel Tanker 'Hijacking':  "This problem will increase." Former Royal Navy Officer, Chris Parry calls for a 'safe and secure maritime border' after a ship was hijacked off the Isle of Wight.
UK military forces stormed a tanker suspected to have been hijacked off the Isle of Wight which led to seven people detained. Sixteen members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) ended a 10-hour standoff which started when stowaways on board…
Over 18 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care. Mercy Ships builds a response to this world problem for the future with the world’s newest, largest, purpose-built, non-governmental hospital ship, Global Mercy, weighing 37,000 tons and measuring 174m is to sail to Africa, partnering to improve healthcare systems and treat more patients than ever before. The newbuild will provide surgical care and medical training for the nations it serves.
The World's largest and newest charity hospital ship operated by Mercy Ships announced plans to sail to Africa in late 2021 under the name of Global Mercy. Mercy Ships, a faith-based global organisation powered by charitable donors and volunteers, has…
The proposed liquified natural gas terminal location in Cork Harbour. Projects such as this would have been banned under the amendment, had it passed.
In a motion by Green Party members to stop the development of a €125m natural gas processing plant in Cork Harbour as well as further oil and gas exploration off the Cork coast has failed. Green Party councillor Alan O'Connor…
EPSO invite you to Join GreenPort on 10 November 2020 (1130 CET) for its first industry webinar.
European Sea Ports Organisation invites you to join them on 10 November 2020 (11.30 CET) for a special event, providing key insights into the environmental priorities of European ports. An exclusive presentation of the 2020 Environmental Report will be provided…
Pride of Hull departed its UK namesake port city (above on Humberside) on the North Sea bound for Rotterdam when an engine room fire took place. AFLOAT's photo of the giant cruiseferry is one of the largest in Europe has a capacity for 1,360 passengers,  250 cars and 400 freight vehicles. Among facilities is a traditional Irish Pub Bar. P&O's operations on the Irish Sea comprise of the Dublin-Liverpool service and the North Channel link of Larne-Cairnryan.
P&O Ferries operator on the Irish Sea in addition to a North Sea 'landbridge' link to mainland Europe served by Pride of Hull was stranded with almost 300 passengers on board after an engine room fire. The fire took place…
A UK Shipyard previously owned by Babcock Marine which built a quartet of 'Beckett' class OPV90's for the Irish Naval Service has been given a British MoD pledge to build a trio of warships creating 600 jobs.
A UK shipyard that built a quartet of 'Beckett' class OPV's for the Irish Naval Service has been given a British Ministry of Defence pledge to build three warships which has been hailed as good news for Appledore Shipyard in…
Newbuild RRS David Attenborough, once dubbed 'Boaty McBoatface', will be undergoing trials in the UK coastal waters off north Wales and its crew will be training in Holyhead ahead of polar trip. Above RRS David Attenborough was built at Cammell Laird shipyard (as above) in Birkenhead, Merseyside. AFLOAT adds the newbuild is this afternoon opposite at the famous Liverpool Waterfront.
Research newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough is set to undergo two weeks of technical trials off the coast of north Wales The UK's most advanced polar research vessel set sail from Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead on Wednesday morning (Afloat…
SPORTING A NEW LOOK: Former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena that served its South Atlantic UK territory namesake is now to be used to transport a new electric off-road racing series called Extreme E. The 30 year old Scottish built ship simply renamed without its RMS status as St. Helena, last month completed 18 months in dry dock following a multi-million pound refit contract at Cammell Laird on Merseyside. On the opposite side of the Irish Sea at Dublin Port, the RMS St. Helena made a notable once off visit during a special charter cruise in 1995.
The Irish Sea shipyard of Cammell Laird in the UK at Birkenhead on Merseyside has reported a strong 2020 despite the challenges of Covid-19 – with its construction hall, workshops and dry docks in continuous use since the start of…
The issue was raised during a meeting this morning of the EU-UK Joint Committee. Above Afloat adds it the Port of Larne, the busy Co. Antrim ferryport where the service to Cairnryan, Scotland is the shortest sea-route between N.I and Britain.
The EU is seeking to have 15 customs and veterinary staff working alongside UK officials at ports and Belfast Airport to ensure the proper implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, RTÉ News understands. In return, the EU would drop an…
Shipping line CLdN says it has ‘contingencies’ for UK ‘landbridge’ delays in a hard Brexit. Above AFLOAT's photo taken in 2018 on the day of the naming ceremony of CLdN's ro-ro freight ferry MV Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro of its type which runs out of Dublin Port. On the occasion Afloat took a visit to the bridge from where the following information was sourced in terms of capacity.  In total there is 7,972 lane freight metres, cars (all decks) 3,795 and a capacity for 503 trucks. Parked on Ocean Pier is a 'staged' truck trailer.
CLdN Ro Ro S.A. which is the largest shipping line connecting Ireland and continental Europe says it can “dramatically” increase its services if there is a hard Brexit. The Luxembourg-based shipping line, The Irish Times reports, operates direct ferries seven…
Simon Coveney: Defence Minister has announced extra money for personnel who sign up for four years' service and undertake two of those years on seagoing patrols. Above Afloat adds the Flag Officer Commanding of the NavaL Service (FOCNS) hosted a visit to Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour by the Minister.
Personnel within the Naval Service have been thrown a financial lifeline, reports Irish Examiner, in the form of a €10,000 loyalty payment, which it is hoped will stem the exodus of trained crew members. Defence Minister Simon Coveney has announced…
The fisheries negotiations have been stalled with the EU seeking to retain as much access to UK waters as possible. AFLOAT adds trawlers berthed at Castletownbere, Co. Cork along with the blue hulled 62 ton bollard pull tug Ocean Challenger operated  by Atlantic Marine & Towage.
As RTE News undertands the European Union is considering making a more explicit link between energy and fish as Brexit negotiations enter a critical phase. A number of sources have confirmed that the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier will seek…
Cameroon flagged cargoship Sheksna which departed Africa with aggregates arrived into the Port of Sligo this week with the scenic backdrop of Benbulbin. Only last month the north-west port saw a new cargo in the form of 'smokeless' coal from the Arigna plant exported to the UK.
A Cameroon flagged cargoship which sailed from north Africa three weeks ago, Afloat tracked arrive to the Port of Sligo with a cargo discharged for customers Arigna Fuels, writes Jehan Ashmore. The MV Sheksna (1994/2,052grt) on 23 September departed Sfax,…
Jobs: Vacancy for Operations Officer at Irish Lights. Above Afloat's photo of ILV Granuaile an aids to navigation vessel which among its duties is buoy deployment and recovery along the coast but also offshore throughout the entire coastline of the island of Ireland. The vessel is seen moving astern in the ship's homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
A vacancy at sea is sought from the Commissioners of Irish Lights for the position of an Operations Officer on board their aids to navigation management and maintenance tender ILV Granuaile. The role in Irish Lights will be both challenging…
Foreign Affairs Minster Simon Coveney addressed an IEA's Brexit webinar to update on EU-UK negotiations, Brexit readiness and what exporters/importers can expect from 1 January 2021. Above Afloat's photo of ro-ro freight-ferries in close proximity on the Dublin Bay horizon.
Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney TD addressed members of the Irish Exports Association (IEA) during a webiner to give an update on EU-UK negotiations, Brexit readiness and what exporters and importers can expect from 1 January 2021.…
Maersk Line, the world's largest operator in container shipping is to cut 2,000 jobs. AFLOAT today tracked the line's Maersk Niamey of 2,592TEU (nominal) arrival at the Port of Cork following a trans-Atlantic route from Puerto Moin, Costa Rica in central America.  Cork is part of Maersk's 'CRX - Southbound" service which connects Ireland with other Latin American destinations. The ship's next port of call is the UK at the London Container Terminal at Tilbury. Cork along with Dublin (above photo) and Belfast is also served by Maersk 'feeder' services to mainland Europe.
Shipping container giant, Maersk revealed that it will make around 2,000 staff redundant due to changes to the organisation linked to the integration of Damco into its Ocean Logistics business and the removal of the separate Safmarine brand, which it…
Dmitri Jelezoglo student of NMCI presented with the award by Captain Dermot Gray
The Irish Institute of Master Mariners (IIMM) presented the annual Don Curtis Award to a student of the National Maritime College of Ireland. Sponsored by the IIMM the award was presented by Captain Dermot Gray, the Institute's President to student…
UK Ferry Contracts: Additional capacity will be on quieter ferry mainland Europe-UK routes to ports among them Felixstowe (above) on the North Sea. AFLOAT's photo of DFDS ro-ro freightferry Gardenia Seaways. Opposite of the Suffolk port is Harwich in Essex where another reciprient of the Post-Brexit contract, Stena Line serve Hook van Holland, Netherlands.
Ferry firms involving four operators have landed UK government contracts worth a total of £77.6m to provide post-Brexit freight capacity. Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O Ferries and Stena Line, according to BBC News, will have the job of ensuring medical supplies…
A computer-aided-design (CAD) image of the ferry newbuild for Isle of Man which is due to enter service in 2023. The ropax will be flagged with the Isle of Man Ship Registry.
A ferry newbuild for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which is to be a Diesel Electric Hybrid powered ship, will be flagged with the Isle of Man Ship Registry, extending a longstanding relationship between the two Manx organisations.…
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