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Port Relocation? Operating the Firth of Clyde service is Calmac who 'want' to relocate to Troon during upgrade works at Ardrossan (above) where passengers board Caledonian Isles, the routine Arran ferry.
#FerryNews - Scottish ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) wants the Ardrossan to Brodick,Arran service to relocate to Troon during harbour upgrades, the Herald can exclusively reveal. But stakeholders on the Ardrossan Harbour Taskforce are keen to see the ferry stay…
The main Isle of Man-UK ferry, Ben-My-Chree has begun a regulatory overhaul for three weeks. Replacement services are operating including those serving on the Belfast-Douglas route today and is to be repeated on April 25.
#FerryNews - The main Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry, Ben-my-Chree departed Douglas for Merseyside where yesterday the ropax entered dry-dock in Birkenhead for its regulatory overhaul. According to the operator, the ferry will undergo a scheduled three-week dry-docking…
National Ferry Fortnight is underway and continues to 28 April. Among participating ferry operators is the Isle of Man Steam Packet whose ropax Ben-My-Chree is seen with a spectacular sunset over the island.
#FerryNews - Among ferry operators serving the UK, is the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which is encouraging more people to rediscover the joy of travelling by sea. The ferry operator has teamed up with Manx National Heritage to…
The former Westpac Express (as above) a high-speed craft since renamed 'Dublin Swift' for Irish Ferries is to be introduced on the Dublin-Holyhead route in advance of the high season
#FerryNews - Irish Ferries soon to be introduced high-speed-craft Dublin Swift which since January has been in Belfast for a major refurbishment arrived in Dublin Port last night, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat monitored Dublin Swift when offshore of Co. Down…
 MV Bremenholm is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially for the Schull to Cape route in West Cork
Cape Clear Island has a new fast ferry. The MV Bremenholm has been brought from Norway by the Cape Clear Ferry Company. Announcing its arrival the company said that it is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially…
Afloat adds the scene above shows the Isle of Man Steam Packet fleet docked in Douglas including ro-ro freight ferry Arrow. The operator resumed seasonal sailings at Easter to Dublin and Belfast while maintaining routine Manx-England services.
#FerryNews-  The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has reported an upturn in visitor numbers last year. Booking data reports Manx Radio from the ferry operator shows an increase of 3.4% in ferry passengers compared to 2016. It comes in…
Fodder Emergency: The Irish Co-operative Society has warned that if the weather does not improve the fodder situation will become very serious. Afloat adds above are ferries from rival operators using Rosslare Harbour where routes link the UK via south Wales ports of Fishguard and Pembroke.
#NewsUpdate - A delivery of the first imported animal feed in response to the deepening - and now nationwide - fodder crisis has arrived in Rosslare Harbour. The feed reports RTE News, which has been imported from Britain, will then…
Carferry Isle of Arran, Afloat adds is the oldest large ferry of the 30 strong CalMac fleet. The 1984 built ferry operates on relief duties in addition to operating two Firth of Clyde routes, one to Arran (above berthed in Brodick at the older linkspan) and on the seasonal service linking the Mull of Kintyre from Ardrossan.
#FerryNews - Passengers may face delays and disruption this summer as Scottish operator, CalMac struggles to keep ageing ferries running. As The National reports, the operator is preparing for what it believes will be its busiest tourist season on record.…
Fastferry craft, Manannan underway on Isle of Man seasonal routes
#FerryNews- Visitors numbers to the Isle of Man have sharply declined and this should act as a wake-up call to tourism chiefs, a Manx member of parliament is claiming. Chris Robertshaw, Member of the House of Keys (MHK) on Manx Radio said…
It's 1978!... pages from a Brittany Ferries brochure in the year Cork-Roscoff service began with flagship Armorique. Also illustrated are fleetmates, Penn-ar-Bed and (centre) Cornouailles, the Breton name for the French region which is cognate with Cornwall in neighbouring UK. The origins of the ferry company began in 1973 when Breton vegetable farmers from Léon west of the region, needed to find new markets. A farming co-operative led to formation of Bretagne-Angleterre-Irlande (B.A.I) otherwise better known as Brittany Ferries which launched their first service, Roscoff-Plymouth.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries resumed seasonal Cork-Roscoff service this Easter Bank Holiday, the sailings also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 41,700 gross tonnage flagship, Pont-Aven launched the Ireland-France season having arrived in Roscoff yesterday…
Seasonal services from Dublin and Belfast began this week to Isle of Man where above in Douglas fastferry Manannan is seen with the backdrop of the famous waterfront promenade.
#FerryNews - This morning the first Dublin-Isle of Man sailing for season 2018 began with fastferry Manannan departing on time at 10.45 in advance of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fast ferry service taking 2hrs 55mins…
Stena Europe having just docked at Fishguard, Wales. Afloat adds the ferry has operated on the Rosslare route since introduction in 2002.
#FerryNews - Of all the stories that have come out of Brexit and Wales, the impact or otherwise on the country's port links with Ireland has been one of the biggest. Wales so writes BBC News, has three ports that…
Norbay in Dublin Port, is one of trio of P&O Ferries ropax vessels operating Dublin-Liverpool from where subsidiary P&O Ferrymasters have opened a first warehouse in the UK.
#FerryNews - A first for P&O Ferrymasters as the logistics supplies-chain operator opened a warehouse facility in the UK located in the Port of Liverpool. According to MultiModal, P&O Ferrymasters has further expanded its supply chain network by opening the…
Heysham Port's newly installed £10m ro-ro ramp linkspan (berth No.2) in use by Seatruck Ferries Clipper Pennant. At the adjacent ramp berth No.3 is the Seatruck owned Stena Performer which is on charter to Stena Line.
#FerryNews - Heysham Port in recent weeks has had a new ro-ro ramp linkspan installed bringing to three berthing facilities serving the growing Irish Sea trade through the Lancashire port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The £10m investment by the Peel Ports…
Tory Island is home to a 150-strong community that feared for its future over the recent ferry link dispute
#IslandNews - Residents of Tory Island have voted in favour of a compromise proposal in their dispute with the State over a new ferry contract. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, people living on the island off the Donegal coast feared…
The brand new ferry terminal in Brodick, Arran on the Firth of Clyde, opened to passengers this week when Calmac's ferry, Caledonian Isles berthed at the upgraded facility. The short 55-minute crossing linking Ardrossan on the mainland is kept busy in the summer with the relative proximity of the 'central belt' between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
#FerryNews - The first passengers to use Scottish operator CalMac’s brand new ferry terminal on Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, became a reality on Tuesday with sailings operating to and from Ardrossan, writes Jehan Ashmore. Ferry, Caledonian Isles made…

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