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Intended for service on the Dublin – Holyhead route in 2020, this second new vessel (after W.B. Yeats) will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity with accommodation for 1,800 passengers and crew. Vehicle decks (5,610 freight lane metres), capable of carrying 330 freight units per sailing – a 50% increase in peak freight capacity compared to current flagship Ulysses (see link below to Irish Times photo).
#FerryNews - Fuel costs increased and a weaker sterling led earnings at Irish Ferries owner Irish Continental Group (ICG) to fall 3 per cent, results for the year ended December 31st 2017 show. As The Irish Times reports, despite revenue…
Ropax Stena Horizon just hours after arrival into Dublin Port yesterday morning berthed at North Quay Extension (beside Tom Clarke/East-Link toll-bridge). The ferry sailed from Cornwall, UK after been refitted. Built by Visentini, Porto Vico, Italy, the same shipyard completed Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon which too arrived yesterday into Dublin Bay (only eight minutes apart) having departed Cherbourg, France.
#FerryNews - As Afloat reported yesterday, ropax Stena Horizon starts Dublin-Holyhead sailings tonight to enable a fleemate to be drydocked, however additional freight-only capacity is already in place, writes Jehan Ashmore. The larger of the two routine ferries on the…
A murky morning however Stena Horizon is fresh from Falmouth, Cornwall having undergone a refit in dry-dock. The ropax ferry had sailed overnight from the UK and today was approaching Dublin Bay (above) bound for the capital port.
#FerryNews - Fresh from a Falmouth dry-docking, Stena Horizon arrived in Dublin Port today, not Rosslare from where the ropax routinely operates on the France route to Cherbourg, writes Jehan Ashmore. The reason for the call to the capital of…
On the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran ferry Caledonian Isles underway from Ardrossan with the Scottish mainland in the background. The main Ardrossan-Brodick (Arran) ferry carried out trials in neighbouring Troon Harbour where the ro-ro terminal was recently upgraded.
#FerryNews - There are fears that the ferry operating to Arran, Scotland, was docking at Troon because of issues with Ardrossan Harbour have been quashed by Calmac. As the Herald reports, on Saturday, Calmac sparked debate when confirming that the…
Cargoship Wilson Gdynia (with half of the hatch covers raised) at the Scottish south-west Port of Ayr and neighbouring Troon Harbour where works were completed to upgrade facilities.
#Ports&Shipping - The Scottish south-western Ports of Ayr and Troon has been further reinforced by the completion of upgrades at Troon harbour, another project aimed at positioning the port for future growth. According to Associated British Ports (ABP) following extensive…
The same shipyard that built Strangford Lough ferry M.V. Strangford II in 2016, Cammell Laird on Merseyside, has been contracted a £10m order for a ro-ro 'freight' ferry from a Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel
#FerryNews - An Irish Sea shipbuilder, Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside, has been contracted to build a £10m ro-ro 'freight' ferry for a Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel The new ship according to a Red Funnel announcement, is designed…
Ro-ro ferry Aisling Gabrielle of Scenic Carlingford Ferry is seen underway from Greenore Co.Louth. The vessel is currently off-service for annual dry-docking though services remain operating using a relief ferry.
#FerryNews - Aisling Gabrielle, the ro-ro vessel that launched the first ever Carlingford Lough ferry service last year departed Arklow Port this morning for dry-docking purposes, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 44-vehicle Aisling Gabrielle opened the new cross-border service linking Greenore…
A £4m upgrade by Stena Line at the Port of Holyhead has begun
#FerryNews - More than £4m by Stena Line is to be spent on upgrades to improve infrastructure at the Port of Holyhead after recording a record year for freight growth. The upgrades will include the creation of additional freight space at…
Image illustration shows starboard side elevation of the €150m cruiseferry W.B. Yeats in which the pre-assembled superstructure (comprised of 3 x blocks) where brought by barge from Poland to the FSG yard in Germany. In a major operation heavy-lift cranes lowered the blocks onto the completed hull last week.
#FerryNews - Progress on Irish Continental Group's €150m cruiseferry W.B. Yeats has considerably moved on since the launch of the completed hull at a German yard almost a month ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. Construction of the newbuild's hull (photos) was…
Upper vehicle deck of Brittany Ferries Armorique taken in recent years when approaching a linkspan at Portsmouth International Port. On the right a heavy-lift barge at work in carrying out infrastructure improvements at the ferryport which continues as a £9 million double decked linkspan is the latest development. The Armorique at the time, which normally serves Plymouth-Roscoff was operating Portsmouth-Caen route while Mont St. Michel was receiving 'scrubbers' at the Astander yard in Spain.
#FerryNews - The ferry industry in the UK according to a recent report is gearing up for growth with more than £1 billion pounds worth of new investments planned in the next four years.  Portsmouth International Port has long realised…
DFDS ro-ro freighter Ark Dania which operates a UK-mainland Europe service: Immingham (Humber estuary)-Esbjerg (Denmark). adds the giant Danish operator in 2014 closed the Harwich-Esbjerg route, marking the last direct 'passenger' UK-Scandinavian service, though as previously reported on Afloat, P&O Ferries are considering new opportunities to revive a North Sea link given the background of Brexit.
#FerryNews - Danish shipping giant, DFDS has just reported another record result for 2017, the year followed the 150th anniversary of the shipping company established in December 1866.  The operating profit according to DFDS was DKK 2.7 billion. The record…
A replacement ro-ro ferry, Stena Carrier is to take over in a freight-only mode, sailings on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route while routine ropax ferry Stena Horizon is drydocked. Afloat adds Stena Carrier is operated by a subsidiary of the ferry group, Stena Ro Ro which charters vessels to third parties.
#FerryNews - Around 35,000 calves are expected to be exported via the replacement ferry on the Rosslare-to-Cherbourg route during the four-week period that the Stena Horizon is out of action. According to Agriland, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the…
To showcase the opportunities on offer, the Louth based events company in partnership with the ferry firm are to host an open day (15 February) on board the Pride of Hull.  The cruiseferry one of the largest serving in UK waters operates the Hull-Rotterdam route.
#FerryNews - A Louth based events company is riding on crest of a wave after being hand-picked to work in partnership with P&O Ferries on an exciting new venture. As the Louth Leader reports the company First Media will be…
Tory Island’s 150 inhabitants will be served by a 40-year-old ferry come April
#IslandNews - Residents of Tory Island opposed to the introduction of a 40-year-old vessel for their only ferry service to the mainland are set to take their protest to the Dáil next week. As previously noted on, residents were…
Ferry operator Stena Line confirmed that it has chartered a vessel as a temporary replacement ship for the Ireland-France route ropax Stena Horizon during its planned maintenance.
#FerryNews - Ferry operator, Stena Line is still awaiting approval to carry animals for live export on the vessel that is set to replace their Ireland-France route ship Stena Horizon. According to AgriLand which previously reported in recent weeks that…
Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson (third from left) attended the official keel-laying ceremony of new RoPax vessels for the ferry operator at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China. The Ropax vessels are to be deployed to Irish Sea services.
#FerryNews - An official keel-laying ceremony of a new RoPax for Stena Line took place at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China last Friday. The traditional maritime event marks the start of the construction phase of the hull and the…

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