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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…
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.…
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.…
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…
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.…
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…
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.…
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)…
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…
Plans for a Brexit lorry park on Anglesey have been rejected by the local council. Above Afloat adds are freight booths of rivals Irish Ferries and Stena Line at the terminal for the Port of Holyhead in north Wales
In north Wales a request to allow Anglesey Showground's park and ride to be used to host a post-Brexit lorry facility has been rejected by council leaders. As BBC News reports the land is needed for a potential customs check…
Britain-NI trade: The 'goods at risk' issue has proven highly sensitive in talks between the EU and the UK. Above AFLOAT adds in the raised position is the upper bow 'gate' visor of a ferry while in Belfast Harbour where freight-trailers can be seen on the quayside.
In setting out a proposal the European Commission has stated this would determine which goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland should attract a tariff, and which would not, after 1 January, RTÉ News has learned. Under the Northern Ireland…
Lorries in the UK on a motorway in Kent near the Port of Dover
Irish Road Haulage Association has warned trade will be "severely upset" because of Brexit and the price of some goods could double in price. President of the Irish Road Haulage Association Eugene Drennan said there could be a delay in…

Ferry & Car Ferry News The ferry industry on the Irish Sea, is just like any other sector of the shipping industry, in that it is made up of a myriad of ship operators, owners, managers, charterers all contributing to providing a network of routes carried out by a variety of ships designed for different albeit similar purposes.

All this ferry activity involves conventional ferry tonnage, 'ro-pax', where the vessel's primary design is to carry more freight capacity rather than passengers. This is in some cases though, is in complete variance to the fast ferry craft where they carry many more passengers and charging a premium.

In reporting the ferry scene, we examine the constantly changing trends of this sector, as rival ferry operators are competing in an intensive environment, battling out for market share following the fallout of the economic crisis. All this has consequences some immediately felt, while at times, the effects can be drawn out over time, leading to the expense of others, through reduced competition or takeover or even face complete removal from the marketplace, as witnessed in recent years.

Arising from these challenging times, there are of course winners and losers, as exemplified in the trend to run high-speed ferry craft only during the peak-season summer months and on shorter distance routes. In addition, where fastcraft had once dominated the ferry scene, during the heady days from the mid-90's onwards, they have been replaced by recent newcomers in the form of the 'fast ferry' and with increased levels of luxury, yet seeming to form as a cost-effective alternative.

Irish Sea Ferry Routes

Irrespective of the type of vessel deployed on Irish Sea routes (between 2-9 hours), it is the ferry companies that keep the wheels of industry moving as freight vehicles literally (roll-on and roll-off) ships coupled with motoring tourists and the humble 'foot' passenger transported 363 days a year.

As such the exclusive freight-only operators provide important trading routes between Ireland and the UK, where the freight haulage customer is 'king' to generating year-round revenue to the ferry operator. However, custom built tonnage entering service in recent years has exceeded the level of capacity of the Irish Sea in certain quarters of the freight market.

A prime example of the necessity for trade in which we consumers often expect daily, though arguably question how it reached our shores, is the delivery of just in time perishable products to fill our supermarket shelves.

A visual manifestation of this is the arrival every morning and evening into our main ports, where a combination of ferries, ro-pax vessels and fast-craft all descend at the same time. In essence this a marine version to our road-based rush hour traffic going in and out along the commuter belts.

Across the Celtic Sea, the ferry scene coverage is also about those overnight direct ferry routes from Ireland connecting the north-western French ports in Brittany and Normandy.

Due to the seasonality of these routes to Europe, the ferry scene may be in the majority running between February to November, however by no means does this lessen operator competition.

Noting there have been plans over the years to run a direct Irish –Iberian ferry service, which would open up existing and develop new freight markets. Should a direct service open, it would bring new opportunities also for holidaymakers, where Spain is the most visited country in the EU visited by Irish holidaymakers ... heading for the sun!

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