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Seasonal services from Dublin and Belfast began this week to Isle of Man where above in Douglas fastferry Manannan is seen with the backdrop of the famous waterfront promenade.
#FerryNews - This morning the first Dublin-Isle of Man sailing for season 2018 began with fastferry Manannan departing on time at 10.45 in advance of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fast ferry service taking 2hrs 55mins…
Stena Europe having just docked at Fishguard, Wales. Afloat adds the ferry has operated on the Rosslare route since introduction in 2002.
#FerryNews - Of all the stories that have come out of Brexit and Wales, the impact or otherwise on the country's port links with Ireland has been one of the biggest. Wales so writes BBC News, has three ports that…
Norbay in Dublin Port, is one of trio of P&O Ferries ropax vessels operating Dublin-Liverpool from where subsidiary P&O Ferrymasters have opened a first warehouse in the UK.
#FerryNews - A first for P&O Ferrymasters as the logistics supplies-chain operator opened a warehouse facility in the UK located in the Port of Liverpool. According to MultiModal, P&O Ferrymasters has further expanded its supply chain network by opening the…
Heysham Port's newly installed £10m ro-ro ramp linkspan (berth No.2) in use by Seatruck Ferries Clipper Pennant. At the adjacent ramp berth No.3 is the Seatruck owned Stena Performer which is on charter to Stena Line.
#FerryNews - Heysham Port in recent weeks has had a new ro-ro ramp linkspan installed bringing to three berthing facilities serving the growing Irish Sea trade through the Lancashire port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The £10m investment by the Peel Ports…
Tory Island is home to a 150-strong community that feared for its future over the recent ferry link dispute
#IslandNews - Residents of Tory Island have voted in favour of a compromise proposal in their dispute with the State over a new ferry contract. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, people living on the island off the Donegal coast feared…
The brand new ferry terminal in Brodick, Arran on the Firth of Clyde, opened to passengers this week when Calmac's ferry, Caledonian Isles berthed at the upgraded facility. The short 55-minute crossing linking Ardrossan on the mainland is kept busy in the summer with the relative proximity of the 'central belt' between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
#FerryNews - The first passengers to use Scottish operator CalMac’s brand new ferry terminal on Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, became a reality on Tuesday with sailings operating to and from Ardrossan, writes Jehan Ashmore. Ferry, Caledonian Isles made…
Farewell Raasay: Gordon Law and Stuart Craig of the Clyde River Steamer Club joined CalMac's small vessel technical superintendent, Jonathan Davies (centre) for a last look around the former Inner Hebrides serving carferry. A sister, Canna Afloat adds was replaced by newbuild Spirit of Rathlin made a delivery voyage to its island namesake off Antrim, Northern Ireland for the first time a year ago today. The new carferry after trials entered service in June and this led to Rathlin Island Ferry Co return the chartered Canna to Scottish owners CMAL.
#FerryNews – One of the longest serving car ferries of Scottish operator, CalMac, is retiring from west coast service, though a number of sisters remain in Irish waters, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The MV Raasay built to a landing craft design,…
Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man
#FerryNews- An £80m planned redevelopment of Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man has nothing to do with a possible shake-up of ferry services, the Chief Minister has insisted. Construction of an £11m cruise berth reports IOM Today, on the outer side…
The routine Passage East ferry, Frazer Tintern (above as the FBD Tintern) which was about to undergo annual dry-docking overhaul was forced to re-enter service yesterday on the Waterford estuary link in the lead-up to the busy St. Patrick's Bank Holiday weekend.
#FerryNews - Attempts to operate the Passage East Ferry service in Waterford Estuary were beset with bad weather recently and mechanical issues however sailings resumed service yesterday afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. The routine ferry, Frazer Tintern links Passage East on…
High-Speed Craft HSC Westpac Express is to take on the name Dublin Swift, which Irish Ferries use for marketing purposes of the current craft Jonathan Swift. This HSC is to be replaced on the Dublin-Holyhead route when the newcomer enters service in April.
#FerryNews - Dublin Swift, the marketing name Irish Ferries use for Jonathan Swift which has been sold to Spanish operators, has been put to use again albeit as the new name given to a replacement high-speed craft, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
White-hot! as plasma jets cut through steel-sheets marking the start of construction of Brittany Ferries newbuild cruiseferry, Honfleur to enter English Channel service in 2019 on the Portsmouth-Caen route.
#FerryNews - It was getting white-hot as plasma jets cut through sheets of steel for Brittany Ferries English Channel newbuild cruiseferry Honfleur at the FSG shipyard Germany, which is completing Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats due to enter service this summer. …
Queen of Aran which Afloat adds is seen berthed in Dun Aengus Dock, Galway, is the ferry that is to be introduced serving Tory Island off Donegal
#IslandNews - A new ferry service to be introduced in serving Tory Island could lead to the 'extinction' of the community according to a group of concerned islanders. According to the Irish Independent, 'Mná Thorai' claim that a new ferry…
An artist's impression of Connemara, a Visentini built ropax ferry that will be chartered-in to operate the new direct Ireland-Spain route between Cork-Santander, the first ever ferry link between the countries. Operations are to start at the end of April based on schedule of two return-sailings a week
For the first time Brittany Ferries will not be operating a ship under the French flag when it starts its new ferry route, linking Cork directly to Spain, next month. As a result French maritime unions have accused Brittany Ferries…
Elbetrader docked at the Dublin Ferryport Terminal (DFT) where the facility contributed in overall Port lifts that handled 296,800 lifts last year, up 3% compared to (2016: 288,100 lifts)
#Ports&Shipping - Irish Continental Group (ICG) operates in two divisions; Irish Ferries which offers passenger and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) freight services and the container and terminal divisions.  ICG issued today results for the year ended December 31st 2017 (see related…
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…

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