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Fire broke out in the engine room of DFDS Finlandia Seaways, which has led to the closure of the Scotland-mainland Europe (ro-ro freight) service: Rosyth-Zeebrugge. Afloat adds the Belgium port is where operator, CldN's newly christened ro-ro Celine (the 'Brexit-Buster') arrived last Sunday following a voyage from Dublin Port.
#FerryNews -A North Sea ferry operator, DFDS has axed its freight service between Rosyth, Scotland and Zeebrugge in Belgium following a fire on one of its ships. The vessel reports BBC News, is out of action following the blaze in…
Vehicles on the bridge leading to Liverpool Landing Stage, where the Isle of Man Steam-Packet operate a seasonal fast-craft service linking Douglas the Manx capital
#FerryNews - Isle of Man Today writes of tensions rising between tourism chiefs and the Cabinet Office, after a passenger survey reported a drop in visitor numbers, boiled over into Tynwald this week. While Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas…
Delivery of ‘WB Yeats’ cruiseferry from a German shipyard ‘likely to be delayed’
#FerryNews - Operator Irish Ferries has confirmed that in the region of 5,000-10,000 customers will be affected by cancelled bookings on a new ferry, the delivery of which has been delayed. The company writes The Irish Times, continued to make…
Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, sent emails to passengers saying delivery of new cruiseferry, W.B.Yeats is delayed
#FerryNews - Holiday plans of thousands of families travelling to France this summer have been thrown into disarray after Irish Ferries cancelled bookings on its new WB Yeats ferry scheduled to depart in July, writes The Irish Times.  In emails…
Stena Europe which operates the Rosslare route is seen docked in the Port of Fishguard
#FerryNews - The south Wales port of Fishguard's ferry terminal could close for up to three months according to the operator, Stena Line. The temporary closure reports BBC News, would allow for the replacement of the mechanised bridge that links…
 Port workers looking on to the MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship owned by CLdN, christened at Dublin Port
MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, was christened yesterday in a ceremony at Dublin Port with guest of honour, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Godmother to the new ship, Geraldine O’Reilly, and the port’s chaplains. The formal…
Port Relocation? Operating the Firth of Clyde service is Calmac who 'want' to relocate to Troon during upgrade works at Ardrossan (above) where passengers board Caledonian Isles, the routine Arran ferry.
#FerryNews - Scottish ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) wants the Ardrossan to Brodick,Arran service to relocate to Troon during harbour upgrades, the Herald can exclusively reveal. But stakeholders on the Ardrossan Harbour Taskforce are keen to see the ferry stay…
The main Isle of Man-UK ferry, Ben-My-Chree has begun a regulatory overhaul for three weeks. Replacement services are operating including those serving on the Belfast-Douglas route today and is to be repeated on April 25.
#FerryNews - The main Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry, Ben-my-Chree departed Douglas for Merseyside where yesterday the ropax entered dry-dock in Birkenhead for its regulatory overhaul. According to the operator, the ferry will undergo a scheduled three-week dry-docking…
National Ferry Fortnight is underway and continues to 28 April. Among participating ferry operators is the Isle of Man Steam Packet whose ropax Ben-My-Chree is seen with a spectacular sunset over the island.
#FerryNews - Among ferry operators serving the UK, is the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which is encouraging more people to rediscover the joy of travelling by sea. The ferry operator has teamed up with Manx National Heritage to…
The former Westpac Express (as above) a high-speed craft since renamed 'Dublin Swift' for Irish Ferries is to be introduced on the Dublin-Holyhead route in advance of the high season
#FerryNews - Irish Ferries soon to be introduced high-speed-craft Dublin Swift which since January has been in Belfast for a major refurbishment arrived in Dublin Port last night, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat monitored Dublin Swift when offshore of Co. Down…
 MV Bremenholm is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially for the Schull to Cape route in West Cork
Cape Clear Island has a new fast ferry. The MV Bremenholm has been brought from Norway by the Cape Clear Ferry Company. Announcing its arrival the company said that it is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially…
Afloat adds the scene above shows the Isle of Man Steam Packet fleet docked in Douglas including ro-ro freight ferry Arrow. The operator resumed seasonal sailings at Easter to Dublin and Belfast while maintaining routine Manx-England services.
#FerryNews-  The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has reported an upturn in visitor numbers last year. Booking data reports Manx Radio from the ferry operator shows an increase of 3.4% in ferry passengers compared to 2016. It comes in…
Fodder Emergency: The Irish Co-operative Society has warned that if the weather does not improve the fodder situation will become very serious. Afloat adds above are ferries from rival operators using Rosslare Harbour where routes link the UK via south Wales ports of Fishguard and Pembroke.
#NewsUpdate - A delivery of the first imported animal feed in response to the deepening - and now nationwide - fodder crisis has arrived in Rosslare Harbour. The feed reports RTE News, which has been imported from Britain, will then…
Carferry Isle of Arran, Afloat adds is the oldest large ferry of the 30 strong CalMac fleet. The 1984 built ferry operates on relief duties in addition to operating two Firth of Clyde routes, one to Arran (above berthed in Brodick at the older linkspan) and on the seasonal service linking the Mull of Kintyre from Ardrossan.
#FerryNews - Passengers may face delays and disruption this summer as Scottish operator, CalMac struggles to keep ageing ferries running. As The National reports, the operator is preparing for what it believes will be its busiest tourist season on record.…
Fastferry craft, Manannan underway on Isle of Man seasonal routes
#FerryNews- Visitors numbers to the Isle of Man have sharply declined and this should act as a wake-up call to tourism chiefs, a Manx member of parliament is claiming. Chris Robertshaw, Member of the House of Keys (MHK) on Manx Radio said…
It's 1978!... pages from a Brittany Ferries brochure in the year Cork-Roscoff service began with flagship Armorique. Also illustrated are fleetmates, Penn-ar-Bed and (centre) Cornouailles, the Breton name for the French region which is cognate with Cornwall in neighbouring UK. The origins of the ferry company began in 1973 when Breton vegetable farmers from Léon west of the region, needed to find new markets. A farming co-operative led to formation of Bretagne-Angleterre-Irlande (B.A.I) otherwise better known as Brittany Ferries which launched their first service, Roscoff-Plymouth.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries resumed seasonal Cork-Roscoff service this Easter Bank Holiday, the sailings also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 41,700 gross tonnage flagship, Pont-Aven launched the Ireland-France season having arrived in Roscoff yesterday…

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