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Well over 1,000 people are still employed directly in the port of Holyhead
Ferry
#ferry - A ‘hard Brexit’ writes Daily Post could see jobs lost at the north Wales port of Holyhead, the Island’s AM has warned. Speaking at the Senedd this week, Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth warned that some of…
The port estate of Belfast Harbour from where the IOMSPCo are to remain operating ferry services connecting the Isle of Man
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#ferrynews - Plans to overhaul ferry services between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been dropped writes BBC News after a three-week public consultation. The Steam Packet Company had considered re-routing sailings (as previously reported on Afloat) to…
Top - the new Irish Ferries William Butler Yeats and above the Navy's new patrol vessel William Butler Yeats
Tom MacSweeney
Hello and you’re welcome to the weekly MacSweeney Podcast… The procedures and practices involved in the naming of ships once appeared to be the product of evolution and tradition, then became the choice of politicians – at least as far…
The decision by Irish Ferries to name their new vessel W. B. Yeats is one that continues the tradition adopted by the company of selecting names drawn from the world of Irish literature
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Irish Ferries has chosen W. B. Yeats as the name for its new €144 million cruise ferry now being built in Germany for service on routes between Ireland, UK and France. The name was chosen after it had drawn ‘strong…
DFDS sisters Princess Seaways and King Seaways (a former Brittany Ferries Cork-Roscoff cruiseferry Val de Loire) share sailings on the Newcastle-Amsterdam service.
Ferry
#ferrynews - Danish shipping transport giant, DFDS has been named Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator for the sixth year in a row at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony. Breaking Travel News writes that DFDS beat four rival ferry operators…
Concerns have been raised by islanders of Tory over the use of an interim ferry until a replacement is introduced
Island News
#islandnews - News that a new ferry has been sanctioned for Tory Island off Co. Donegal has been welcomed – but there are still concerns over what vessel will be used until the new ferry comes on line. According to…
The current ferry, Afloat adds named God Met Ons III, can carry 15 cars and 90 passengers, must be replaced by 2018
Island News
#islandnews - The Kerryman writes that the ferry service to Valentia Island is a vital asset to all south-west of the county and should be given the financial support it needs to continue into the future. That was the view…
Stena Line are to increase capacity on the UK North Sea route Killingholme-Rotterdam Europoort in January 2018. Above: freight ferry Stena Transporter at the neighbouring Dutch port of Hoek-van-Holland from where the ship operates to Harwich. Afloat which sourced this photo, shows the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway) the canal linking the North Sea and Rotterdam from where the Irish flagged tug Ocean Bank is seen home-bound having towed the former Naval Service OPV LE Aisling. Prior to departing Cork the OPV had been renamed Avenhorn.
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#ferry- Stena Line which also operates a UK landbridge route network on the North Sea to mainland Europe, announced earlier this year an increase in its freight capacity on the Harwich-Rotterdam-Europoort route by replacing the current two RoRo vessels with…
New pilot boat for the Port of Holyhead, the St. Columba will be used to transfer pilots and crew to ships (not ferries) but visiting cruiseships arriving and departing
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#ferryport - An investment in a new pilot boat to be used at the north Wales ferryport of Holyhead Port took place last month. The boat built by Holyhead Marine Services Ltd is to a design created by Camarc Design…
Stowaways: The men were found on board the Epsilon ferry, between Cherbourg and Dublin.
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#ferry - An airlift to hospital took place of two stowaways with hypothermia after being found hidden in a fridge of a passenger ferry. As the BBC News reports, Kingsbridge Police said the Afghan men were on board a Cherbourg,…
Scenic Ulster: Ferries Part of Ireland’s Largest Domestic Operator
Ferry
#ferry –This summer saw the much awaited launch of Scenic Carlingford Lough service, however the Limerick based owners introduced another ferry in Ulster this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. To recap firstly is the new historic first Carlingford service which saw operator,…
The PV Mary Ann of Dunloe, pictured here, was carrying its maximum of 12 passengers with four bicycles at the time of the incident
MCIB
#MCIB - Marine investigators have highlighted a series of poor practices in their report into the flooding of a small passenger ferry on Lough Leane last September. Twelve passengers and the boat’s master were tipped into the water when the…
Valentia island ferry, God Met Ons III
Island News
#islandnews- An island ferry says Fáilte Ireland cannot be included, such a new ferry was felt to be crucial for tourism in the South-West, among major projects eligible for grant aid. As the Irish Examiner writes, EU rules governing state…
The chimney stack of Anglesey Aluminium, this is a familiar landmark which is visible from Snowdonia. Afloat adds that the former plant in north Wales outside Holyhead is from where exports were made through the port using an exclusive jetty. This structure is adjacent to where rivals Irish Ferries and Stena Line currently berth at Salt Island. The Port of Holyhead is operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd, who are the statutory harbour authority which also manages visiting cruiseships.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - When the north Wales plant of Anglesey Aluminium closed its site in Holyhead there was a commitment of a ‘jobs’ legacy to bring new work into the port town. The closure of smelting (2009) and then re-melt (2013)…
Newest member of MBNA Thames Clipper fleet, the catamaran Jupiter Clipper recently joined the largest commuter and tourist operator on river services though central London. Above the new 175 passenger craft is seen in Southampton prior to making a delivery voyage to the UK capital.
Ferry
#ferry - Afloat last week featured Dublin Discovered Boat Tours, the capital's only dedicated operator on the Liffey, among it's London counterparts are MBNA Thames Clippers which introduced brand new craft but also commissioned to transport commuters, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The Irish Ferries delegation are dwarfed in the giant shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaftin where the first steel hull section of the new cruiseferry is in situ.
Ferry
When it arrives here next July, Irish Ferries says it will be the largest and most luxurious cruise ferry operating on the Irish Sea. Little wonder then that it would be built in a very large shipyard indeed. Yesterday, Afloat.ie…

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