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The custom-built Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service on the route linking Church Bay,Rathlin Island to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim,
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#EntersService – The new custom-built car ferry Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service with a first scheduled sailing today on the Rathlin Island link with Ballycastle on the Antrim mainland, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Rathlin built by Arklow…
Ferry or Office? Dun Laoghaire's Ferry Terminal on St. Michaels Pier (note on right the car-ferry berth linkspan) is the location should the historic ferry service be restored with Holyhead. There are currently plans to redevelop the terminal building for maybe a high-tech company to move into the waterfront property.
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#CallForFerry – President Higgins recently launched the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations, however no ferry service remains with Holyhead from where the Welsh port has been connected with for the best part of 200 years, writes Jehan Ashmore. The historic…
As the Arklow-built Belfast registered car-ferry Spirit of Rathlin has yet to enter service off the Antrim coast, Afloat also takes this opportunity to reveal another scene of the small ship taken in Greystones earlier this year. The newbuild became the first ever car-ferry to call to the redeveloped Co. Wicklow harbour that was completed in recent years. In the immediate foreground is the circular top of the East Pierhead, close to original harbour footprint where the damaged base of the Kish Lighthouse had occupied.
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#Newbuild - A new customer for Mooney Boats of Killybegs, Spirit of Rathlin in which Afloat previously reported calling to the yard for work can now be further revealed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 6 vehicle / 140 passenger ferry Spirit…
File photo of the Ferry Terminal in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where Stena Line had operated a HSS (high-speed sea service) to Holyhead until 2014.
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#FerryTerminal - A change of use through a planning application of the former ferry terminal in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, from duty-free shops and passenger services to a 450-job technology cluster, is to be lodged in coming weeks. The move writes…
Looking resplendent, car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle departing Wicklow Port last month having made an overnight call from Waterford estuary. The vessel which is the third largest Irish domestic ferry in terms of cars and passenger capacity was bound for Carlingford Lough. Take a closer look to the right of the wheelhouse, where the general cargoship Crown Mary was detained in the port forcing the ship to remain in the harbour for several days.
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#SeaTrials - A car ferry that is set to launch the new year-round Carlingford Lough ferry service has been conducting sea-trials between the Cooley and Mourne Mountains, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the ferry owners, the Frazer Ferries Group, a…
Kaitaki has been sold to new owners in New Zealand where she has been operating on the Cook Strait
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#FerrySale - Irish Continental Group has issued a statement yesterday to confirm the car ferry "Kaitaki" has been delivered to buyers KiwiRail of New Zealand. ICG agreed consideration of €45.0 million, payable in cash, has been received in full and…
Saint Killian II became the last carferry to operate between an Irish port and Le Havre until the route from Rosslare closed two decades ago in 1997. The former Irish Continental Line / Irish Ferries ship since 1978 served other routes between the two nations. The ferry along with fleetmate Saint Patrick II in 1997 went to lay-up in Le Havre and placed for sale. They were replaced by a single ship service on the Rosslare-Cherbourg/ Roscoff routes when Normandy was introduced. This role is currently carried out by cruiseferry Oscar Wilde.
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#LeHavre500 - Festivities began earlier today and will continue for five months in celebrating the 500th anniversary of Le Havre, a UNESCO-listed city that is also France's fifth largest port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The port of Le Havre at the…
ABCO Marine have been contracted on a project at Eastney, Portsmouth. The Northern Ireland based firm sourced and procured rock armour for the project from Norway from where vessels offloaded above in Southampton Port for temporary stockpiling. Afloat adds that in background is one of a trio of Red Funnel 'Raptor' class car ferries heading down Southampton water for Cowes (East) on the Isle of Wight.
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#PortProject - A Northern Ireland based marine civil engineering firm, ABCO Marine have been contracted to work on a project located in Portsmouth. The contract to the Lisburn firm is from Galliford Try for the construction of Fort Cumberland SST…
Master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary and Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South. They are pictured on the bridge of Stena Europe that operates the new Rosslare – Fishguard route timetable that began this week
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#NewTimetable - The launch of the new timetable on Stena Line’s Rosslare – Fishguard route has begun this week. The revised timetable now gives customers the chance to avail of three day sailings and one extended overnight crossing. The operator…
Seatruck Ferries 'Clipper Point' arrives into Dublin Port
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Seamus Leheny will join Seatruck Ferries as its new Commercial General Manager. Leheny leaves his current role as Policy and Membership Manager for the Freight Transport Association in Northern Ireland. Prior to working for the FTA he worked for both TR and Hamilton…
Frazer Aisling Gabrielle, a 44 car capacity ferry that called to Wicklow Port last night following work carried at New Ross boat yard. The recently renamed ferry departed from the port's East Pier this morning and is bound for Greenore on Carlingford Lough.
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#FerryWickow - A newly renamed car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle called to Wicklow Port prior to the opening of the new Scenic Carlingford Ferry that is scheduled to begin operations early next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 44 car capacity…
The 'Kaitaki' Afloat adds was the former Isle of Innisfree, ICG's first custom built tonnage that served Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead route from 1995, however the 1,650 passenger/600 car ferry became surplus to operational requirements following delivery of the giant cruiseferry Ulysses in 2001.  The 'Innisfree' from 2002 was chartered initially to operators in Europe before heading to New Zealand waters and most recently to buyers KiwiRail. They operate the 22,000 tonnes vessel on the 'InterIslander' route across the Cook Strait.
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#FerrySell - Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, revealed today it has agreed to sell the €45 million sale of a passenger ferry to a New Zealand company, KiwiRail, as the Irish group reported that its revenues…
Combi-trailers discharging in Dublin Port. In a recently published shipping analysis report on Irish freight (ro-ro and lo-lo), the combined vessel capacity in April 2017 stood at an annual equivalent of 4.2 million units (trailers and FEU). This was an increase of 3.9% compared to the capacity serving the market in December 2014.
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#CapacityReport - The 2017 edition of the Irish Freight RoRo and LoLo Capacity Analysis and Report reveals that the combined amount of freight RoRo and LoLo vessel capacity employed serving the Irish market in April 2017 stands at an annual…
Cast Your Vote: An artist's impression of the new ferry to serve the Scottish island of Arran on the Forth of Clyde.
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#VoteFerryName - A public vote is underway to name the first of a pair of Scottish newbuilds for operator Caledonian MacBrayne. The 102m dual-fuel ferries are to serve Arran on the Forth of Clyde and south-west Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Michel Barnier addressing Dail Eireann, Ireland's parliament at the Houses of the Oireachtas
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#HardAPort- Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator says he wants to avoid a "hard border" between the UK and Ireland, reports the Daily Post. Fears have been raised that Holyhead port on Anglesey, north Wales could suffer if…
The refit work carried out of Stena Line fleet operating out of Belfast took place at Harland & Wolff shipyard for over 4-months. Among the seven ships serviced, Stena Superfast VIII operates on the Belfast- Cairnryan service.
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#StenaRefit - Refit of all seven ships of Stena Line's Irish Sea north ferry fleet totalling £5m has recently been completed. The work carried out at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast took over a 4-month period. This involved…

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