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One of the Belfast-Cairnryan route pair of ferries, Stena Superfast VIII which is seen underway on the North Channel route.
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#ferry - A ferry operator from Estonia says sale boosts group's financial position, but not material to results. Tallink Grupp said it concluded sales agreements with Sweden's Stena Line for the sale of two passenger-car ferries. The group said the…
Gabrielle Aisling, the 44 vehicle ferry that is to operate the new Carlinford Lough service
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#Ferry - The much-awaited Scenic Carlingford Ferry appears to be inching closer to launching as news that navigational lights are in the process of being installed out on Carlingford Lough. In a statement on their Facebook page Scenic Carlingford Ferry…
Clipper Point one of a pair of 'P' class ro-ro freight-only ferries that Seatruck operate on the Warrenpoint-Heysham route. The operator have signed a 10 year extension to their agreement with Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.
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#ContractExtended - Seatruck Ferries an Irish Sea freight-only operator have signed a 10 year extension to their agreement with Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. The agreement underlines the operators commitment to the port at a time of growing volumes on the Warrenpoint-Heysham…
The Irish Rail operated Rosslare Europort in Co. Wexford
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#Rosslare2040 - Rail operated Rosslare Europort has featured prominently in the their response to the Governments ‘National Planning Framework’ consultation. According to MultiModal, the National Planning Framework is the plan that sets out what the transport needs for the country…
Caribbean or the Channel Islands? Can you tell the difference? Research reveals 80% of Brits can’t
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#WhichIslands - If this photo reminds you of a tropical escape, you’re not alone! Research has revealed that, on average, almost 80% of Brits mistook photographs of the Channel Islands for the Caribbean, New Zealand and other exotic destinations around…
Brittany Ferries has ordered a newbuild cruiseferry to be named Honfleur that will operate on the English Channel. The shipyard FSG is also the same German company currently constructing ICG/Irish Ferries new cruiseferry due by mid-2018.
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#NewBuild - Almost exactly a year after the Brexit vote, Brittany Ferries on Thursday confirmed an order for a new "£175m LNG cruiseferry for English Channel service. The 42,400 gross tonnage newbuild (slighty larger to Pont-Aven of 41,000 on the…
NEWCOMER: Doolin Express is the newest and fastest addition on services between Co. Clare and the Aran Islands
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#NewFastFerry- The newest and largest fastferry between Doolin and the Aran Islands has recently begun operations with reduced sailings times by half, writes Jehan Ashmore. Introduction of Doolin Express is a major advancement in the upgrade of the fleet for…
IOM Steam Packet's fastferry craft Manannan alongside Liverpool landing stage which is to have works costing £540,000. The Manannan also operates the seasonal Douglas-Dublin route.
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#Liverpool - Essential works to be carried out at the Liverpool landing stage costing £540,000 has been agreed by the Isle fo Man Steam Packet Company so to safeguard services to the city for three more seasons. The major investment…
The 44-car capacity ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle seen in Carlingford Lough several weeks ago but has yet to enter service
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#Delays - The Scenic Carlingford Ferry, which was set to launch this month has stated that it is "looking like it could be another couple of weeks" before the car-ferry is ready to get underway. In the Dundalk Gazette, the Chief…
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…

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