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The Irish Ferries Webpage on June 13th with an image of the “WB Yeats”. The ferry company tried to rent another vessel of comparable size through international brokers
#FerryNews -Irish Ferries last September announced that work had started in a German shipyard on a €144 million ship that would be the pride of its fleet. It said that, in accordance with tradition, a specially commissioned ceremonial coin would…
Some 29,000 passengers and their crossings are cancelled due to delayed delivery of newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats
#FerryNews - The National Transport Authority (NTA) which regulates sea travel to and from Ireland has said it is examining whether thousands of passengers impacted by Irish Ferries cancelling its summer sailings on the WB Yeats are entitled to compensation.…
Peel Ports, a UK ports group, is calling on cargo owners, hauliers and others to look at two potential solutions to inevitable congestion at Dover (above) learning lessons from a model commonly used for Irish Sea freight and using capacity at ports across the country.
#Ports&Shipping - UK trade with continental Europe is likely to be gridlocked when Britain leaves the customs union without a fundamental rethink of English Channel roll-on roll-off (RoRo) services. Peel Ports [a UK ports group incl. Liverpool] is calling on…
Port of Cork chairman John Mullins and Brittany Ferries chief executive Christophe Mathieu at a special ceremony yesterday which Afloat adds that the cake of the flagship 'Pont-Aven' was to celebrate 40 years of the Ireland-France service.
#FerryNews - Trying to help people is Britanny Ferries with those who booked with Irish Ferries WB Yeats, but may not be able to accommodate many because they are nearly full for July and August. As the Irish Examiner writes, Brittany…
In 2017, Brittany Ferries carried more than 87,000 passengers, which was an increase of 4% on the previous season
In May 1978 Brittany Ferries launched their Cork-Roscoff ferry route from Cork City Quays with their flagship MV ‘Armorique’. At the time, all ferries departing Cork used the passenger terminal at Tivoli, before being transferred downriver to the dedicated Ringaskiddy…
At the announcement of the first Stena-E Flexer that is to enter service on the Dublin-Holyhead route, are pictured in the Irish capital, (L-R) Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland and Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South. The news of new tonnage follows the 2018 Best Ferry Company awarded to the ferry operator at the Travel Media Awards held also in the capital this week.
#FerryNews - Stena Line has confirmed that the first of its new E-Flexer RoPax ferries currently under construction in China is planned to enter service on its Dublin - Holyhead route in early 2020. Last year Stena (Stena Line’s parent…
Motor cyclists disembark in Douglas from fastferry Manannan for the famous annual TT Races which took place recently. There has been an increase in initial bookings for the event in 2019.
#FerryNews - Passengers totalling 34,000 according to Isle of Man.com travelled by sea over the TT fortnight. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says final figures for this year are 'on a par' with 2017. 13,236 motorbikes were also…
Calls for funding of Irish ports with better connections to continental Europe following Brexit among them Rosslare Europort (above) where rival ferry operators complete on services to the UK and France
#IrishPorts - There are growing calls writes the Irish Examiner for additional funding to be given to ports to improve connectivity to continental Europe following Brexit. Speaking at a joint Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and Rosslare Europort conference in…
Delays by German shipbuilder has forced Irish Ferries to cancel thousands of bookings for August for the WB Yeats, the company’s brand new luxury vessel.
#FerryNews - A bill of up to €7 million faces Irish Ferries for cancelling scheduled French services following delays by a German shipbuilder in finishing a new craft for the company. The ferry operator writes The Irish Times, was forced…
A visual montage of how Brittany Ferries newbuild of the Stena E-Flexer series will be when introduced on the long-haul UK-Spain routes, among them Portsmouth (above) which will be the hub-port for both sisters with the first due in service in 2021. Afloat also adds directly beyond the newbuild in the background is the current main Portsmouth-Spain cruiseferry, Cap Finistère seen arriving to the ferryport.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries has confirmed recently the charter of two brand new cruise-ferries to serve its long-haul UK to Spain routes. Both ships adds Afloat are of the Stena E-Flexer design (see Stena Line Irish Sea debut in 2020)…
Aerial shot over Aran Islands with shadow of aircraft
#IslandNews - "It’s like Groundhog Day"… reports RTE News as residents on the Aran Islands could be forgiven a touch of dark humour this week, after it emerged that the contract to operate daily flights to and from the mainland…
In this amidships view of Stena Carrier, the imposing length of the ro-ro freight vessel is clearly demonstrated alongside Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. At 182.77m the vessel is the longest of its type to dock in the port as well as been the largest in gross tonnage terms.  In fact the ship is larger than the former fastferry HSS Stena Explorer which carried out its final crossing in September 2014, marking the end of the historic Holyhead route.
#FerryNews - Stena Carrier, the ro-ro freight-only ferry that made a notable call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the end of April, finally departed the former Stena HSS ferryport last week for further charter work with P&O, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Ferry operator Stena has revealed the Irish Sea route, Holyhead-Dublin will be the first to get new type of vessel, the E-Flexer class in early 2020. A further pair of the new series as previously reported on Afloat are planned to be introduced on the Liverpool-Belfast route also in 2020 and 2021.
#FerryNews - Ferry operator, Stena Line is set to bring a new giant vessel on the Holyhead-Dublin route reports Daily Post Wales. Stena Line has confirmed that the first of its new RoPax ferries currently under construction in China is…
The ‘Star of Doolin’ – the fastest and most eco-friendly passenger cruise ship on the western seaboard – sailed in for the first time following its weekend long trip back from La Rochelle, France where it was built. The ship will operate to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher under the flag of the Garrihy family’s Doolin2Aran passenger ferry company, which invested €3m in the vessel. Pictured is The Star of Doolin flanked by The Jack B and Doolin Discovery arriving into Doolin Pier Co Clare
The Aran Islands got closer this week as the fastest and most eco-friendly passenger cruise ship to operate on the western seaboard sailed into Doolin for the first time following a €3m investment. The Doolin2Aran operated ‘Star of Doolin’ completed…
Plaid Cymru MPs hit out after it emerges while Brexit Ministers have visited other UK ports they have not visited any in Wales among them Holyhead as above
#FerryNews - UK Brexit ministers in charge of negotiations on behalf of the Government have not visited Welsh ports since the referendum in June 2016. In a House of Commons Parliamentary Question by Arfon Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams it…
Stunning scenery: Calf of Man, off the south-west of the Isle of Man from where the Steam-Packet is to operate from Douglas the popular annual 'Round the Island' cruise on 23 June.
#FerryNews - What about taking a novel excursion this summer as the Isle of Man Steam Packet offer the popular annual 'Round the Island' cruise this month, bringing an opportunity to take in the spectacular Manx coastline. The Steam-Packet which…

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