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The PV Mary Ann of Dunloe, pictured here, was carrying its maximum of 12 passengers with four bicycles at the time of the incident
#MCIB - Marine investigators have highlighted a series of poor practices in their report into the flooding of a small passenger ferry on Lough Leane last September. Twelve passengers and the boat’s master were tipped into the water when the…
Valentia island ferry, God Met Ons III
#islandnews- An island ferry says Fáilte Ireland cannot be included, such a new ferry was felt to be crucial for tourism in the South-West, among major projects eligible for grant aid. As the Irish Examiner writes, EU rules governing state…
The chimney stack of Anglesey Aluminium, this is a familiar landmark which is visible from Snowdonia. Afloat adds that the former plant in north Wales outside Holyhead is from where exports were made through the port using an exclusive jetty. This structure is adjacent to where rivals Irish Ferries and Stena Line currently berth at Salt Island. The Port of Holyhead is operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd, who are the statutory harbour authority which also manages visiting cruiseships.
#ports&shipping - When the north Wales plant of Anglesey Aluminium closed its site in Holyhead there was a commitment of a ‘jobs’ legacy to bring new work into the port town. The closure of smelting (2009) and then re-melt (2013)…
Newest member of MBNA Thames Clipper fleet, the catamaran Jupiter Clipper recently joined the largest commuter and tourist operator on river services though central London. Above the new 175 passenger craft is seen in Southampton prior to making a delivery voyage to the UK capital.
#ferry - Afloat last week featured Dublin Discovered Boat Tours, the capital's only dedicated operator on the Liffey, among it's London counterparts are MBNA Thames Clippers which introduced brand new craft but also commissioned to transport commuters, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The Irish Ferries delegation are dwarfed in the giant shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaftin where the first steel hull section of the new cruiseferry is in situ.
When it arrives here next July, Irish Ferries says it will be the largest and most luxurious cruise ferry operating on the Irish Sea. Little wonder then that it would be built in a very large shipyard indeed. Yesterday,…
The freightship Mali Rose operated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship is moored after it collided with other boats in Penzance harbour
#ports&shipping - An investigation has begun into how a new freightship introduced last month for the Isles of Scilly, crashed into boats moored in Penzance harbour. According to CornwallLive, the 842-ton ship collided with a yacht and trawler in the…
Led by Irish Ferries managing director, Andrew Sheen (centre right), the group included David Ledwidge (left), chief financial officer, Irish Continental Group Plc and Capt. Brian McKenna (right). With them is Rüdiger Fuchs (centre left), CEO of shipbuilders Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.
A delegation of senior Irish Ferries officials today attended the keel laying ceremony for a new €144million, 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry being built on behalf of the company in Flensberg, Germany. Due to be delivered next July, the new vessel…
UK Heritage excursion vessel, Balmoral began today coastal cruises that include calls to locations along the north Wales coast between Anglesey and Liverpool.
#coastalnotes - Coastal excursions off the stunning scenery of north Wales began today and exclusively up to 19 September by one of the most travelled on UK inshore vessels the iconic Balmoral, writes Jehan Ashmore. From various small ports on…
A Rosslare-Cherbourg ferry Stena Horizon is undergoing repairs and is expected to resume service this weekend.
#ferry - A car ferry that encountered technical difficulties during a crossing between Ireland and France last weekend continues to remain out of service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Stena Horizon with capacity for almost 1,000 passengers and 200 cars had…
Mercy Ships Charity: Coffee Campaign will see customers of Stena given the opportunity to choose to buy coffee or tea in a special Mercy Ships mug where 20p will be donated directly to charity. The campaign will run throughout this month and October. Pictured at the launch are: Stephen Bryden, Stena Line On Board Sales and Services Manager (Irish Sea North), Norris McLean, On Board Sales and Services Manager, Stena Superfast VIII and Anna Hazzard, Stena Line Route Marketing Executive, Irish Sea North.
#MercyShips - A Coffee Campaign launched by Stena Line is to support the Mercy Ships charity to assist in their efforts to deliver free, world-class health care to people in need in the developing world. A key part of the…
As previously published on this week is a 3D image of Irish Ferries new €144m cruiseferry due for delivery in mid-2018. The 1,885 passenger and crew capacity cruiseferry is to operate Dublin-Holyhead and at weekends Ireland-France sailings.
#Competition - A competition has been launched by Irish Ferries to name their new €144m cruiseferry, which will be the biggest ever ferry to operate on the Irish Sea. The 55,000 tonne ship is due to enter service in mid-2018.…
The above image obtained by Afloat shows a more defined representation of the 50,000 tonnes cruiseferry to that released by ICG in May 2016 when the group announced the order for ferry division Irish Ferries. The new 1,885 passenger and crew capacity cruiseferry under construction by FSG in Germany is expected to be delivered in June 2018.
#ferry - Operator of ferries, Irish Continental Group (ICG), saw profits more than doubled to €43 million in the first half of the year as the group booked a €25.5 million gain from the sale of a vessel (Kaitaki) to…
A joint campaign launched in the UK is to encourage visitors to Ireland's Ancient East by travelling Fishguard-Rosslare, served by the Stena Europe.
#ferry - A joint campaign has been launched in the UK by Stena Line and Tourism Ireland which will be seen by over 3 million people. The new campaign invites people to stir their soul and travel Fishguard-Rosslare to enjoy…
The railway terminal at the Port of Larne with a berthed P&O ferry
#ferry - At Larne Port Terminal there will be a flag hoisting ceremony held on Friday 1st September ahead of Merchant Navy Day. The ceremony according to The Newsletter is being organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in…
Canadian bank reduces shareholding in Irish shipping group to just under 3 per cent. Above: Kaitaki which was acquired by New Zealand interests in the Spring
#ferry - A Canadian bank has trimmed its stake in shipping and transport company Irish Continental Group (ICG) writes The Irish Times. In a note to the stock exchange following the close of business on Monday, ICG confirmed the Bank…
Ben-My-Chree which in recent weeks undertook berthing trials at the Port of Larne
#ferry -The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has launched a public consultation as the operator is considering running services to and from Larne, Northern Ireland. As previously reported on Afloat the ferry Ben-My-Chree in recent weeks undertook berthing trials…

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