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BrexitPorts: The Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones says what are currently random inspections will probably become a permanent feature, but warns full passport control would bring Holyhead ferryport on Anglesey to a standstill
#BrexitPorts - The Welsh First Minister has said customs checkpoints at Holyhead, the north Wales ferryport on Anglesea will have to be set up ahead of Britain leaving the EU. The Daily Post writes that while there are currently ad…
The Dun Laoghaire waterfront building was closed as a ferry terminal in 2015
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#DLHarbour - The Irish Times is reporting that the former ferry terminal at St Michael’s Pier in Dun Laoghaire is available to rent. A 10-year lease at €215 per square metre is being quoted by letting agent Lisney for the…
A month ago today, Strangford 2 arrived to Strangford Lough. The newbuild is one of two car-ferries destined for Northern Ireland services.
#NewBuilds – A pair of newbuild ferries for Northern Ireland waters, one destined for an island route, the other an estuary link, are both undergoing trails prior to entering service, writes Jehan Ashmore. A month ago today, Strangford 2 arrived…
Heysham Port which has a new road link the Bay Gateway connecting the M6 that opened on Monday. In another development, a new link-span and fourth berth at the Lancashire port is to be completed in late 2017
#PortLinks - Irish Sea and Isle of Man ro-ro operators using Heysham Port, in north-west England, now have a new link road, the Bay Gateway connecting the M6, bypassing congestion in Lancaster, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Bay Gateway opened on…
Kilronan Harbour on Inismor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Ireland's offshore islands are a huge part of our national culture, history and maritime tradition
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I have a great respect for those who live on our offshore islands…They are a huge part of our national culture, history and maritime tradition. To maintain island life they deserve support from all those who interact with them, both…
CalMac's Arran ferry, Caledonian Isles entering Ardrossan on the Scottish mainland which could be relocated to Troon as proposed by port owner ABP Ports. In the background, Arran, seen between the lighthouse and the ferry which takes 55 minutes on the Firth of Clyde route.
#PortRelocation? - A large UK ports operator proposes to donate community funding to the Isle of Arran, if the island’s lifeline ferry service on the Firth of Clyde relocates to one of its owned ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ports…
Nine of the 11-strong Stena Line Irish Sea fleet are to undergo a £7m annual refit contract at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
#AnnualRefits - The bulk of Stena Line's Irish Sea fleet are to undergo a £7m annual refit and maintenance programme contract at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard. Each year Stena Line carries out a series of passenger facility upgrade works…
Underway in the Pool of London, Thames river-bus Meteor Clipper with RMS St. Helena alongside HMS Belfast. The Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena as reported on Afloat in June made an historic first ever visit to the UK capital. She was due to be decommissioned from routine South Africa-St. Helena route this summer, following construction of the South Atlantic island’s first airport. The airport however has not opened due to aviation safety concerns which has led to extension of RMS service.
#CityRiverFerry – Last night’s Late Late Show’s competition for a holiday in the UK capital is where visitors can take in the sights of the famous River Thames, which is to benefit with new larger passenger craft in summer 2017,…
Busy scene at Belfast Harbour where ferry operator Stena from today ramp-up additional freight capacity for Christmas
#ExtraCapacity - Additional freight capacity by Stena Line on the Belfast-Liverpool service began today, in support of the retail sector in preparation for the key pre-Christmas trading period. Stena Line is adding an extra two sailings per week, from Friday,…
Delays to the Galway City Bypass have led to proposals from instating a new car ferry service on Lough Corrib or building a bridge
#CorribFerry? Delays with the Galway City Bypass writes The Connacht Tribune has turned the spotlight on an alternative project to relieve traffic that was mooted almost 40 years ago. It would involve a bridge over Lough Corrib that would effectively…
Seaspeed Challenger berthed Barry, south Wales, during the 1970's trade car business for Ford imports through Dublin and Cork. Post Brexit, could there be a revival but trading by Nissan and in the reverse direction out of the southern city?
#Almost360 – Seatruck Ferries launch of new Dublin-Bristol route last month is almost full circle, as a similar trade car service began more than 40 years ago, albeit instead using a south Wales port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ro-ro Clipper…
CalMac carferry, Caledonian Isles and the stunning backdrop of Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran with yachts (on left) at anchorage. It is at this mooring is where the Westery Merlin 27, a cruiser is featured in yesterday's Afloat's Boat Sales Blogger by W.M. Nixon
#CalMacContract - The £900m ferry contract to operate Scottish west coast services awarded to CalMac Ferries Ltd by Transport Scotland earlier this year, has been in force for almost a week. The contract that began last Saturday, 1 October is…
The pair of half-sister car ferries that operate Ireland's longest river crossing
#Schedule -Ireland’s longest river crossing by car ferry, operated by Shannon Ferries, have introduced a winter schedule timetable, writes Jehan Ashmore. A winter sailing frequency on their 20 minute crossing of the estuary along the Wild Atlantic Way, between counties…
Freight and passenger ferries at Belfast, where Stena routes to England reported significant growth over past five years
#TrafficGrowth - Two Irish Sea routes linking Belfast to English ports of Liverpool and Heysham operated by Stena Line have shown significant growth following their acquisition from DFDS five years ago.  Since the £40m purchase in 2011, Stena Line’s carryings…
A new car ferry, MV Strangford II (28 vehicles/260 passengers) is to enter service this autumn, joining the 2001 built Portaferry II seen underway in the 'Narrows'
#NewbuildFerry - A new £6m double ended carferry for Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland as previously reported is due to enter service this autumn, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has established a project for the delivery of two…
The 105 trailer ‘Clipper Point’ will replace the smaller ‘Clipper Ranger’
Irish Sea freight ferry firm is to add capacity onto its busy Heysham Dublin daily service. The 105 trailer ‘Clipper Point’ will replace the smaller ‘Clipper Ranger’ adding annual capacity of over 25,000 extra spaces. The vessel switch will take…

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