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A Scandinavian ro-ro freight ferry Afloat adds operating a Malmö (Sweden)-Travemunde (Germany) route is seen heading south to the German port on the Baltic Sea, having passed under the impressive Oresund Bridge. The combined motorway and rail bridge over the Oresund Strait links Denmark and Sweden.
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#NewsUpdate - A bridge connecting Northern Ireland and Scotland a top architect has said claimed could create a "Celtic powerhouse". According to the Belfast Telegraph, Professor Alan Dunlop from Liverpool University said a road and rail crossing from Larne to…
This morning Isle of Inishmore resumed Rosslare-Pembroke service, following routine annual drydocking at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside. The twin funnelled cruiseferry in 2018, will mark 21 years in operation for the Irish Ferries ship seen underway off the Wexford coast and bound for south Wales.
#FerryNews - Following last week's hull launch of ICG's biggest cruiseferry W.B. Yeats in Germany, Isle of Inishmore completed a routine annual overhaul and departed a drydock in the UK on Monday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat adds the Isle of…
The UK and also Europe's busiest ferryport, Port of Dover. The company stated that the record freight figures (including Irish trade) underline the need for a post-Brexit trade deal that ensures continued traffic fluidity at this crucial export/import gateway.
#FerryNews - The UK's busiest ferryport, Port of Dover handled 2,601,162 lorries in 2017 up on the previous record by almost 10,000 units. According to Multimodal News, this brings the total increase over the last five years to just under…
The €150 million, 54,985 gross tonnes cruise ferry will arrive into Dublin next July when it will enter year-round service on Ireland – France and Dublin – Holyhead routes
The completed hull of the new Irish Ferries cruise ferry W. B. Yeats – ceremonially named by Ms. Rikki Rothwell – was launched into the water earlier today at the shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau–Gesellschaft in Flensburg, Germany where the vessel…
Artists impression of W.B. Yeats, weather permitting is due to be launched tomorrow from a German shipyard. The €144m cruiseferry is to make a debut in mid-July on the Ireland-France service linking Dublin and Cherbourg.
#FerryNews - Weather permitting, Irish Continental Group (ICG)’s €144m newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats, is due to be launched tomorrow from a German shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The giant 55,500 gross tonnage W.B. Yeats with a capacity for 1,885 passengers and…
An artist's impression of Connemara, a Visentini built ropax ferry that will be chartered-in to operate the new direct Ireland-Spain route between Cork-Santander, the first ever ferry link between the countries. Operations are to start at the end of April based on schedule of two return-sailings a week.
#FerryNews - Today, Brittany Ferries announced a new direct Ireland-Spain route, the first time ever a ferry service has linked the countries. Starting at the end of April, the service between Cork and Santander, will be making two return-sailings a…
The existing ferry terminal at the Liverpool landing stage (Princess Parade), where vehicles await loading of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-craft Manannan that operates on the seasonal link to Douglas.
#FerryNews- Manx Radio reports on a project that has officially begun work that will eventually see a new ferry terminal for passengers. The first phase of the £5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme got under way with a groundbreaking ceremony earlier…
Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France
Accessing Ireland’s most popular offshore destination, the Aran Islands, and the Cliffs of Moher by sea is to get a lot more comfortable, faster and environmentally friendly thanks to a record investment by one of the best known sea faring…
Ferry operator raises concerns over the poor road network to and from Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan. The Scottish port handles approximately 45% of NI trade (through Belfast) with the rest of the UK.
#Ferry - Across Northern Ireland businesses continue to be disadvantaged by poor road access to their key markets in the UK. Ferry operator Stena Line has raised concerns with local political and business stakeholders to increase the focus and necessity…
Animal welfare groups raise concerns and have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase livestock exports in 2018. A ferry operator engaged in this trade on an Ireland-France route, Stena Line is due next month to refit a ferry. The IFA want to ensure a replacement ship is available for peak export weeks during February and March.
#FerryNews - Animal welfare groups internationally have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase the live export of Irish livestock in 2018. As the Green writes, the comments come in response to calls from…
Exports of live cattle soared 35pc last year to over 196,000 head. Afloat adds that from next month a livestock-only vessel will replace a Rosslare-Cherbourg passenger ferry, Stena Horizon which is to undergo annual refit. During the month long refit, there will be no sailings on the Ireland-France route.
#FerryNews - An alternative livestock export vessel is to replace a Stena Line ferry and is due to be inspected by officials this week. According to the, the announcement will calm farmer fears that the Stena Horizon's temporary removal…
European Causeway bound for Cairnryan while off the Scottish coast.
#FerryNews - The highest volume of freight traffic in six years was carried on P&O Ferries Larne-Cairnryan service during 2017. The ferry and logistics company, which operates between Northern Ireland and Scotland, carried 210,533 lorries and trailers on its ships…
P&O Ferries “always looking for new opportunities” of a Scotland-Scandinavian service. Above the operators Pride of Bruges which serves the England-Belgium route of Hull-Zeebrugge. Currently the only ferry route linking Scotland and Europe (Afloat adds that is run by DFDS) is Rosyth-Zeebrugge but the service became freight-only in 2010.
#FerryNews - According to the Edinburgh News, a ferry company has said it is willing to enter talks with the Scottish Government about a new ferry route between Scotland and Scandinavia. P&O Ferries said it was “always looking for new…
ICG parent company of Irish Ferries, invest in a €165.2m cruiseferry for the Dublin-Holyhead route, which Afloat adds at around 67,300 gross tonnage will easily be the largest ever to serve on the Irish Sea. Upon completion at the FSG shipyard, the vessel will also be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity. The same German shipbuilder is currently building the W.B. Yeats (image as above) which is around 55,000 gross tonnage. Combined the newbuilds total a €315m investment by the Dublin based shipping, transport and leisure group.
#FerryNews - Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, is to invest in a €165.2m cruise ferry that will be the world's largest in terms of vehicle capacity when completed by German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft (FSG). The cruise…
Norbank (above in Dublin Port) sister Norbay along with European Endeavour operate a P&O Ferries route to Liverpool. The sisters built in the early 1990's were originally commissioned for North Sea Ferries hence their 'Nor' prefix names. The North Sea operations are part of P&O Ferries services connecting Europe based out Hull (UK City of Culture 2017) linking Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Zeebrugge in Belgium.
#P&[email protected] – Before another year sails by, it should be highlighted P&O's 180th anniversary took place during this year, with celebrations marking the world famous shipping company that was founded in 1837, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operating 20 ferries and employing…
Ben-My-Chree the conventional ferry of the Isle of Man Steam Packet approaching Douglas Harbour. The design of the ferry is a smaller version of the UK-Channel Islands serving Commodore Clipper, see Ferry News report dated 18 October.
#ferrynews - Manx Ministers are drawing up possible plans to buy the Isle of Man Steam Packet, iomtoday has learned. The move comes as negotiations continue with the ferry operator over a revised strategic sea services deal - and as…

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