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Brittany Ferries 2017 seasonal Cork-Roscoff route had a 4% increase in passengers compared to the previous year. Above: Cruiseferry Pont-Aven Afloat adds has 'scrubber' funnel technology to reduce sulphur emissions, is seen in Spanish waters where the 40,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry is currently operating Santander-Portsmouth sailings. The cruiseferry will resume Ireland-France sailings in late March, 2018.
#ferrynews - Cruiseferry Pont-Aven has made its final Ireland-France voyage of the year, marking the end of the Brittany Ferries 2017 sailing season. Building on the success of 2016 when numbers were up by 3%, 2017 showed a further 4%…
Currently under construction in Germany, W.B. Yeats which ICG are to take delivery of the newbuild €144m cruiseferry next year
#FerryNews -Consolidated revenue at Irish Continental Group (ICG) operator of Irish Ferries, increased by 3.1pc to €288.9m year-on-year in the ten months to 31 October. Total revenues writes The Independent for the group’s ferries division was €184.4m, a 1.4pc increase…
Stena, which has entered into a contract with another party to provide the services at Dublin Port (as above), has, in its proceedings against DSG, sought a declaration its termination notice is valid.
#dispute - A dispute between ferry operator Stena Line and Doyle Shipping Group writes The Irish Times over the provision of services for docking at Dublin Port has come before the Commercial Court. Doyle Shipping Group (DSG) had operated a…
The new ro-ro ramp linkspan (in blue) within Alexandra Basin prior to the use of the facility by the giant ro-ro freight-ferry Celine which departed last night and is currently off Cornwall and bound for mainland Europe. Note on right, ABR project related construction pilling with orange workboat alongside Ocean Pier which separates the basin with neighbouring Alexandra Basin (East).
#dublinport - The brand new Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro freight ferry departed Dublin Port last night having made use of a new ramp linkspan to facilitate such ships, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported in Afloat's coverage prior…
Amidships close-up of the distinctive yellow-hulled Côte d'Albâtre berthed in Newhaven, UK. The 2006 built ferry is the leadship of a pair of sisters still in Transmanche Ferries livery but operated by DFDS (France) on behalf of several public bodies. Past ferries on the English Channel route albeit under Sealink/SNCF had been deployed as backup ships on Irish Sea routes among them Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead. The novelty factor of different ferries operating out of the Irish port is long gone and in particular declined during the Stena HSS fastcraft era which itself ceased operating in 2014.
#TheFrenchConnection - As previously reported, Brittany Ferries seasonal service for 2017 closes this weekend, however Afloat looks at another French service albeit on the English Channel that historically also has ferry use related links with Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. Beforehand of…
The future of the Port of Holyhead was debated in the UK's House of Parliament where a Labour MP for Anglesey, said an Irish ferry company had suggested a new route to Holland and Belgium, "circumnavigating Britain".  Above: After departing Dublin Port and seen off The Muglins, Dalkey in late October is the M.V. Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro freight ferry that was introduced by CLnd/Cobelfret, was making the return maiden leg of the voyage to mainland Europe. Note, top right on the horizon from Holyhead is Irish Ferries Ulysses, the second largest ro-ro ship using Dublin Port.
#HolyheadDebate - The Wales Office minister Guto Bebb reports BBC News, has said the UK government shares concerns about the future of the Port at Holyhead after Brexit, in a response to a question from Labour MP Albert Owen.  Mr…
The introduction of the newbuild cruiseferry W. B. Yeats in 2018 will see fastferry Jonathan Swift (marketed as the Dublin 'Swift') reduced to operating a summer-only service. Above the Australian custom-built High-Speed Craft (HSC) entered service for Irish Ferries almost two decades ago is seen at close quarters after nearing completion of a crossing from Holyhead while in the fairway of Dublin Port.
#fastferry - The introduction next year of a new cruise ferry between Holyhead and Dublin reports Daily Post will see the last fast ferry on the route cut to a summer only service. Irish Ferries' new vessel W. B. Yeats…
Introduction of new cruise ferry W. B. Yeats will double the number of summer sailings to France with new sailings direct from Dublin   In addition, increased capacity and greater frequency of sailings planned on Dublin – Holyhead route
#DailytoFrance - A new sailings schedule from Irish Ferries will be introduced following the arrival in mid-2018 of its new 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry W. B. Yeats currently being built in Flensburg, Germany. Highlights of the plan will see a…
Consultation On Common EU Rules For Small Passenger Ships
#Consultation - The European Commission has launched an online consultation to collect views of stakeholders on the extent to which common EU rules could facilitate the internal market for passenger ships below 24 meters in length. The results of this…
Late last night M.V. Celine the world's largest short-sea ro-ro freight ferry docked in Dublin Port having completed a maiden commercial voyage from mainland continental Europe.
#WorldLargest - An historic milestone in Dublin Port took place late last night as Celine, the world’s largest short-sea ro-ro freight ferry completed a commercial maiden voyage from mainland continental Europe, writes Jehan Ashmore. On arrival from Zeebrugge, Belgium, a…
There are concerns in Holyhead Port that there will be an increase in direct routes from Ireland to the EU. Afloat adds that at the outer harbour (Salt Island) are ferries from rivals Irish Ferries and Stena Line docked at the double berth linkspan jetty.
#GiantFerries - The world’s largest ferry which is to arrive on a Dublin to continental Europe route writes The Daily Post has sparked post Brexit fears over trade at Holyhead port. The 234m ro-ro freight ferry Celine as reported on…
The Valletta registered giant ro-ro Celine is towed astern (top photo /see rope) through a Dutch road-lift bridge having sailed on a delivery voyage from South Korea.  The naval architecture of the newbuild is much more akin to a large car-carrier compared to CLnD /Cobelfret's range of other ro-ro currently in service, albeit several ships of recent years.
#WorldLargest - As reported on Monday, the World's largest ro-ro freight ferry is to make a maiden call to Dublin Port however the giant newbuild made a debut call to Rotterdam yesterday following a delivery voyage, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Paul Grant of Stena Line is pictured on stage at the Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards, receiving the award for ‘Best Ferry Company’ from David Boyce of category sponsor Tourism Ireland. Also pictured is the host for the evening, TV Presenter Alexander Armstrong.
#ferryaward - After winning a top ferry company award, Stena Line celebrated a record-breaking 25th time at the annual Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards. The ‘Best Ferry Company’ award was presented to Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish…
If you think this ship looks big towering above Ocean Pier, operators of Valentine, CLnd/Cobelfret Ferries are to introduce the world's largest ro-ro (freight) ferry on Zeebrugge /Rotterdam - Dublin routes this week.
#worldlargest - The world's largest ro-ro ferry described as a 'game-changer' is to make a maiden call this week to Dublin Port from Zeebrugge and is to be followed with an introduction on the Rotterdam route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Landlocked…
Pont-Aven which normally operates the seasonal only Cork-Roscoff sailings at weekends has been cancelled due to Storm Brian. Further disruption has led to cancelled or delayed sailings by other operators on Ireland-France and Ireland-UK services..
#ferrydisruption - Today's Brittany Ferries sailing from Cork to Roscoff is among routes that have seen crossings cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions arising from Storm Brian. The company is currently contacting all passengers to offer assistance due to…
Condor Ferries conventional ferry Commodore Clipper approaching St. Peter Port, Guernsey with the background of Herm, one of the more larger Channel Islands.
#ferrycharter - Condor Ferries only conventional tonnage ferry on UK-Channel Islands service, Commodore Clipper recently resumed service before the English half-term break having spent over a month in dry dock in Cornwall, writes Jehan Ashmore. Whilst Commodore Clipper was away…

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