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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…
Newbuild Star of Doolin which is to make a delivery voyage from France with an arrival to Doolin, Co. Clare due next week
#IslandNews - Costing €3 million is a new state-of-the-art ferry to serve the Aran Islands which will arrive in Doolin, Co. Clare next week. The eco-friendly Star of Doolin writes Galway BayFM has been commissioned by the Garrihy’s family run-business,…
A busy scene at Warrenpoint,Co. Down where among the ships is Comet (central foreground) which called with a record cargo of steel. Afloat adds docked on the far left is a 'P' class freight ferry which Seatruck operate a service to Heysham in the UK.
#Ports&Shipping - Warrenpoint Port in Co. Down has recently handled its biggest cargo of steel. The record discharge of 7,000 tonnes of steel profiles was carried out by ships agent, Armagh Logistics. The steel had been loaded in Turkey from…
Officials at the launch ceremony to unveil the opening of the new link-span at Heysham Port which took place last week.
#FerryNews- Heysham Port on the Irish Sea, is where a new link-span bridge was officially unveiled, as part of £10m investment by the port owner-operator Peel Ports to increase throughput at the Lancashire port in north-west England.   The investment according…
Manx Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan signs the formal agreement to control the sea services shifted to the island's government.
#FerryNews- The Manx Treasury chief has put pen to paper to seal multi-million pound takeover. IOM Today reports that the Government has completed a deal to purchase the Steam Packet Company. Tynwald members overwhelmingly supported the £124m of what Chief…
The trio of ferries that CMAL are involved in a deal with the Northern Isles service operated by NorthLink's network of routes between Scotland, Orkney and the Shetland Isles in the North Sea.  In the top photo is MV Hamnavoe: Scrabster-Stromness (Orkney) and below larger half-sisters MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey that serve the main longer Aberdeen-Orkney-Shetland routes.
#FerryNews - Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) with loan funding from the Scottish Government has agreed to acquire three Northlink passenger ferries serving the Northern Isles, writes Jehan Ashmore. The deal announced in rcent weeks, sees CMAL purchase outright the…
Holyhead marina in north Wales, with project images for the waterfront development planned by Conygar Stena Line at Newry Beach
#Holyhead- Holyhead, north Wales is where a developer behind a £100m marina development is in talks to take full control of the scheme by acquiring the stake of ferry giant Stena Line. As the Daily Post reports, Conygar Stena received…
IOM Steam Packets' ropax ferry Ben-my-Chree sailing in rough seas.
#FerryNews - Manx history was made as the islands parliament, the Tynwald voted to take the Isle of Man Steam Packet into public ownership (last) week. Following a three-hour debate, reports IOMToday, Tynwald voted by 23 votes to one in…
DFDS closed the only Scotland-Belgium 'ro-ro freight-only' route last month. Afloat adds that the original service began in 2002 with 'passenger' and freight sailings served by Superfast's Blue Star Ferries whose Blue Star 1 passes under the Forth Bridge en-route for Zeebrugge. This port is where 'Brexit-Buster' ro-ro only vehicle giant Celine (operated by CLnd)  has a direct service to Dublin and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
#FerryNews - Scottish M.P. for Dunfermline and West Fife, Douglas Chapman has held "positive" talks about a new passenger and freight ferry service between Rosyth and Belgium. As the Dunfermline Express writes the M.P. believes Brexit could actually enhance the…
Main Arran-Ardrossan ferry, Caledonian Isles underway on the Firth of Clyde operates for CalMac.
#FerryNews - In south-west Scotland, the Arran Ferry Committee has urged the powers that be to keep the ferry travelling to Ardrossan during the planned upgrades at the Harbour. The committee met on Monday, May 14 and numerous groups, businesses…
In a troika involving Irish Shipping Ltd, M.V. Leopard (originally in all white livery) began the first ever direct Ireland-mainland continental Europe passenger/car ferry service 50 years ago this month between Rosslare and Le Havre, France. In addition to running later in the winter of 1968 a UK-Iberia-Africa service. Above: the 6,000 tonnes French flagged ferry is seen in 1979 with pale blue colours of P&O Normandy Ferries which acquired the ship three years previously and still operated on the English Channel. Before the ship left northern Europe, she spent a stint on the North Channel for Townsend Thoresen.
#FerryNews - The first ever direct Ireland-mainland continental Europe ferry service began on this date 50 years ago when on 17 May, 1968, M.V. Leopard made a historic crossing from Rosslare to Le Havre, France, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pioneering…
Manx politician Lawrie Hooper, MHK wants islanders to have a stake in the government's approval to acquire the IOM Steam-Packet
#FerryNews - The Manx public should have the chance to share in the fortunes of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company in the years to come. That's the view of Ramsey Member of the House of Keys (MHK) Lawrie…
Tynwald, the Manx Parliament makes history as it backs the Isle of Man Steam Packet take-over. Above Afloat adds is the operator's main ferry, the ropax Ben-My-Chree docked in Douglas Harbour.
#FerryNews - Tynwald, the Manx Parliament made history as it voted to take the Isle of Man Steam Packet into public ownership. According to IOM Today, following a three hour debate, Tynwald voted by 23 votes to one in the…
Twelve Quays Terminal in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside where major works are to take place to enable 'next-generation' ro-ro ferries that Stena Line are to introduce on the Belfast route from next year
#FerryNews - Major works are to be carried out at an Irish Sea ferryport at the Wirral dock connecting Merseyside with Northern Ireland, as a scheme to accommodate bigger ferries is completed. As the Wirral Globe reports, the works will…
Deal to safeguard 'strategic sea services. Above: Afloat adds the Isle of Man Steam Packet's ropax Ben-My-Chree is seen swinging within Douglas Harbour.
#FerryNews - A state-owned Isle of Man Steam Packet would be better for passengers as well as the economy, the Manx Chief Minister believes. Howard Quayle speaking on Manx Radio has advocated a government takeover of the company since he…

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