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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. 

As from last week, Luxembourg based CLdN Ro Ro S.A. added 25% extra capacity on both Rotterdam-London and Rotterdam-Humberside routes, where above AFLOAT's photo at the North Sea port (Killingholme) is berthed 'Brexit-Buster' Delphine which occasionally serves Dublin-mainland Europe routes to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. Alongside is a fleetmate Yasmine which too operates at times on the Irish routes.
CLdN which operates Ireland-mainland Europe routes served by freightferry ro-ro 'Brexit-Busters' tonnage, is to step up preparations for the end of the Brexit transitional phase on 31st December 2020 by introducing additional capacity on its UK routes. (See: Brexit 'Freeports story). …
 Afloat adds the ropax Connemara is to return to Irish waters when Brittany Ferries launches a new route, Rosslare Europort-Cherbourg in March 2021. This is due to to increased demand from Irish hauliers for an alternative of a Brexit-bypass of the UK, with freight traffic connecting mainland Europe. The operator is also to launch this December but on a UK-Spain service the newbuild Galicia from Stena Ro Ro's E-Flexer series and which is on charter to Brittany Ferries.  In addition the new ferry will also operate a weekly rotation between Portsmouth and Cherbourg.
Operator Brittany Ferries says it may have been a season to forget passenger traffic but that freight demand has been kept rolling throughout the year. The ferry company which serves France, Spain, Ireland and the UK had a steady 2020…
Containership Elbtrader (EUCON) berthed at Tivoli Docks on the River Lee, Cork City
Plans at the Port of Cork are underway to move ahead for the long-term redevelopment of the city's Tivoli Docks. Container traffic and other services at Tivoli are to relocate to the new Cork Container Terminal currently under construction at Ringaskiddy.…
Busy day in Dun Laoghaire Harbour which included the Drilling /Survey ship Geoquip Saentis seen arriving at Carlisle Pier which is to remain in port for several days to load stores and equipment in preparation for work at the Arklow Bank Wind Park. In attendence of the ship with its prominent heli-pad is Dublin Port's newest pilot cutter DPC Tolka.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is particularly busy than usual as four ships berthed in the former ferryport that has been absent for six years since the withdrawal of Stena's HSS service linking Holyhead in Wales, writes Jehan Ashmore. Stena Line was the…
Maritime digital training firm Tapiit Live launches a new seafarer mental health live training package in advance of World Mental Health Day (tommorrow, 10th October).  Among the issues facing seafarers according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) figures estimate that as many as 300,000 seafarers each month will require international flights to enable crew changeovers. Additionally, around 70,000 cruise ship staff are currently waiting for repatriation.
Seafarers left stranded by the coronavirus pandemic and facing other challenges is where a UK headquartered maritime tech training company is launching a new package of mental health courses for those working at sea.  The launch by Liverpool based Tapiit Live…
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney warns of ‘tensions’ between fishing fleets in event of no trade deal. Above Afloat adds is the patrol vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett on fishery duties.
Patrol Naval Service ships will be needed to deal with tensions at sea between fishing vessels of rival nations if there is no Brexit agreement on the right to enter and exploit territorial waters, the Dáil has been told. Foreign…
The body of a man was found on the shore near Ynys Y Fydlyn in Anglesey on Wednesday. Above a UK Coastguard helicopter involved in the search off north Wales.
In the search for a missing Irish Ferries crew member a body of a man has been discovered. North Wales Police have confirmed that the discovery was made on the shore near Ynys Y Fydlyn in Anglesey on Wednesday morning.…
Brexit 'Freeports': Logistics UK welcomes the move to offer ‘an ambitious customs model, measures to speed up planning processes, and a commitment to geographic flexibility and opportunities for all transport modes’. Above AFLOAT's photo of a hazy Humber Estuary (Killingholme) on the North Sea. On the right Delphine which in 2018 joined sister Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' on Ireland-mainland Europe services of Dublin-Belgium/Netherlands. On the left another ro-ro freight-ferry Stena Scotia currently operates on the Irish Sea between Belfast and Heysham, England. In the foreground heading upriver the 70 bollard pull tonnes tug Svitzer Laura.
In the UK the government has set out further details today around how it plans to create a number of new “innovative” freeports across the UK in a bid to “drive investment and create jobs” after the end of the…
The 44-year-old man went missing during a voyage from Dublin to Holyhead. The search in the Irish Sea has now been called off (with this scene in Welsh waters).
On the Irish Sea a major air and sea search for a missing ferry crew member who disappeared during a voyage has been called off. Aircraft and boats, reports NorthWalesLive, have been involved in a major overnight operation to try…
A passenger ferry terminal with an Isle of Man Government sign regarding Covid-19 restrictions.
To remind ferry travellers announcements have been made of Covid rules before they enter the Isle of Man. It's understood, reports ManxRadio, that similar discussions are taking place with airlines. A separate lane for key workers has been introduced at…
The Climate Action Bill will set in law the principle of carbon neutrality by 2050. Above the south bank quays of Dublin Port with the MTL Terminal (Lo-Lo) in the foreground.
The Cabinet has heard that Dublin Port is not yet ready for the looming Brexit deadline and needs another inspection facility. On Tuesday Ministers discussed how prepared Irish ports and airports are infrastructurally. The Cabinet was told that while airports…
Glenn Carr, general manager of Rosslare Europort says hauliers want certainty and frequency beyond a three-days-a-week service (to the continental mainland). Above this file photo of the ferryport where the access road to the port terminal. Ferries ply on routine trade to the UK, France and Spain while on left AFLOAT adds is cruiseship Braemar of Fred Olsen Lines.
As Afloat reported today Rosslare Europort recently received a relief ferry to the port which is in advanced talks with a shipping company to start a direct ro-ro service to continental Europe. The talks, writes The Irish Times, is from…
The search is being overseen by the HM Coastguard in Holyhead, Wales, but the Irish Coast Guard is providing assistance. Above amidships view of W.B. Yeats.
A ferry crew member from an Irish Ferries passenger ship remains missing after a failed search attempt in the Irish Sea overnight. The WB Yeats ferry operates the Dublin to Holyhead route. The alarm was raised at around 9pm yesterday.…
The MPI Resolution was the world's first purpose-built vessel for installing offshore wind turbines and AFLOAT adds the speciliast ship is seen berthed at the inner harbour of Holyhead.  Early in its career the ship made a call on the other side of the Irish Sea when berthing in Dublin Port.
On the Irish Sea a giant wind turbine vessel has had its departure from the Port of Holyhead delayed by the weather. MPI Resolution arrived at the port on Thursday after sailing in from Rotterdam - with its towering 220ft…
All together now as a trio of Stena ferries gather in Rosslare Europort with the first time arrival of Stena Vinga (on right) which is serving as Irish Sea relief duty vessel this winter.  Afloat also adds however that the ferry firstly is operating on the Ireland-France (Cherbourg) connection though tonights 21:30 sailing from Rosslare has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Afloat highlights the above busy scene as a trio of ferries and all from the same operator gathered recently in Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. Most notably among the Stena Line ferries was the arrival of Stena Vinga (on right)…
Belfast Harbour is working in partnership with Redshift Associates and University of Leicester on an innovative approach to the evaluation of pollution emissions from shipping & other industrial activity to assess the overall atmospheric emissions within the harbour estate. Above AFLOAT adds looking upriver of the Lagan from Stormont Wharf where the short-sea trader Arklow Ruler is berthed along with a bulker and tucked in between these vessels is another cargoship.
In what is been described as a ground-breaking project, Belfast Harbour  has already embarked upon a strategy to digitise, decarbonise and decentralise its energy usage throughout the port's 3,000-acre harbour estate. The new initiative will further help enhance the port's…
British Ports Asociation has welcomed the UK Government’s new Port Infrastructure Fund for borders infrastructure, which will now be be allocated on a grant basis
UK port representatives have welcomed a £200m (US$250m) government fund launched last Friday to boost the nation's port infrastructure to prepare for the end of the UK’s transition period from the EU at the end of this year, but warned…
Liverpool, the UK north-west port operated by Peel Ports has welcomed OOCL's move to operate from the riverside terminal on the UK-Canada service. Above AFLOAT adds is OOCL St. Lawrence berthed at the Irish Sea's largest container facility at Liverpool2 located on Merseyside and adjoining Liverpool Docks.
Containership operator Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) in the UK is to move its Liverpool operations for its Europe-Canada trade to the port’s deepwater container terminal Liverpool2. The new vessel [to the route] has a capacity 67% greater than the…
The draft proposal slammed government ports policy as 'misguided' and 'naive'. Above the Tivoli Container Terminal at the Port of Cork.
In a confidential discussion document prepared by the Irish Ports Association (IPA) cite that the Exchequer should provide money for infrastructure development at Ireland's commercial ports. The draft document, circulated amongst port CEOs last week, heavily criticises Government policy on…
UK Landbridge: The (P&O) ferry sails every night from Hull to Zeebrugge (Belgium). Above AFLOAT adds the operator's pair of cruiseferries Pride of York (above in the Port of Hull) along with sister Pride of Bruges serve the North Sea route connecting the UK and mainland Europe. The pair built in 1987 are to be withdrawn from service. Note the 'tumblehome' deck of Marco Polo that was in the fleet of CMV (which in June went into administration) with the cruiseship remaining laid-up in Avonmouth (near Bristol), England.
A UK-Belgium ferry route is to be cut between Hull and Belgium in a decision that has been described as the "end of an era" for the city. Operator P&O Ferries said it was closing its service to Zeebrugge following…
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