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W.B. Yeats made its maiden sailing this morning having departed Dublin for Holyhead. The cruiseferry is seen sailing from the Welsh port to Dublin (Bay as above), though during its delivery voyage to Ireland last month.
#ferries - W.B. Yeats has finally made its maiden sailing this morning, as the €147m cruiseferry completed a Dublin-Holyhead crossing by arriving in the Welsh port before lunch-hour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The impressive 1,885 passenger and crew/300 car/165 truck capacity…
An armed guard on Astute-class nuclear submarine HMS Artful in 2016. The Royal Navy has not released information identifying which submarine was involved in the near-miss.
#ferries - A Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine has been involved in a near-miss with a ferry in the Irish Sea. An investigation writes The Irish Times, has been launched into the previously unreported incident, which occurred on November 6th. The ferry…
W.B. Yeats when berthed at Alexandra Basin (Ocean Pier) Dublin in early January. Since then the cruiseferry shifted to the pier's other side and is currently alongside ferry Terminal 1.
#ferries - Once again W.B. Yeats first scheduled sailing albeit freight-only on the Dublin-Holyhead route has been deferred, it was meant to begin today with a morning sailing bound for the Welsh port, writes Jehan Ashmore The Irish Ferries freight…
The Port of Dover says it is "prepared" for Brexit having dealt with disruption like Operation Stack which has helped the Kent port. Above AFLOAT adds is berthed one of P&O Ferries 'Darwin Project' vessels that operate to Calais, France.
#ferries - Kent Online writes that the Port of Dover says it is ready to handle "whatever comes its way" as uncertainly over Brexit continues - but lorries firms must be told what documentation they need. The port's new chief…
Leadship: Stena Estrid launched in China yesterday is to enter Dublin-Holyhead route in early 2020, as the first of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea by 2021.
#ferries - It was an important milestone for ferry operator, Stena Line as its major new fleet investment programme involved the ‘launching’ ceremony of the first of its next generation RoPax vessels that took place in China yesterday, 16th January.…
Shane Ross identified the Irish, UK and French ports, in particular Dublin, Rosslare, Dover in England and Calais in France, the main “pinch-points” where delays would emerge.
#ferryports - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport writes The Irish Times, has admitted that there would be checks on lorries coming into the Republic of Ireland from the UK via Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.…
W.B. Yeats on two separate occasions berthed within Alexandra Basin (above), where 'Brexit-Buster' sisters Delphine and Celine call routinely in between operating CLnD's direct services connecting Dublin and mainland Europe. Last year leadship, Celine was christened in a ceremony in the port with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attending the proceedings.
#ferries - It's almost a month ago when W.B. Yeats made a delivery voyage to Dublin Port, since then the Irish Ferries new cruiseferry has until recently included occupying a quayside where the 'Brexit-Busters' routinely berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Hauliers have grave concerns over a hard Brexit, above truck trailers parked in Holyhead, north Wales.
#ferries - Deep concerns have been expressed by Irish hauliers that a no-deal or hard Brexit will lead to unworkable delays at UK ports. They are already delivering huge quantities of non-perishable goods which are being stockpiled in both Ireland…
Night-time scene of W.B. Yeats while alongside the North Wall Quay Extension (close to East-Link bridge) in Dublin Port.
#ferries - W.B. Yeats maiden sailing as previously reported on has changed date according to the Irish Ferries freight website, though the rescheduled sailing remains based on a freight-only basis, writes Jehan Ashmore. Orginally, the first sailing was due…
"Brexit-busting" super-ferries sail directly between Dublin and Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, bypassing uncertainty in Britain. AFLOAT adds above is the North Wall Quay Extension (close to the East-Link bridge) where for the most part Irish Ferries new €147m cruiseferry W.B. Yeats has docked within the port since arriving for the first time last month.
#ferries - On top of the roof of Dublin Port Company's headquarters, you can see lots of building work amidst all the docked ships at the River Liffey's mouth. And while that construction is not entirely Brexit-related, management at the…
400,000 lorries use Holyhead port every year - one of the major routes between Ireland and Wales.
#ferries - Parking sites in Anglesey, north Wales, could be turned into places for lorries to use in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The contingency plan, led by the Welsh Government, reports BBC News, has been drawn up in…
One of the Stena vessels in dry dock at H&W Belfast, which AFLOAT adds is Stena Lagan, the first of a pair that operates Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) is docked for works. During the refit programme, Stena Horizon from the Rosslare-Cherbourg route is covering in for the dry-dockings. In turn Stena Nordica operates the French route in addition freight-only Stena Forerunner (of Liverpool route) last weekend provided a boost in capacity given Irish Ferries reduced sailing frequency of recent months based out of Dublin. Also above behind the gangway is Stena Forerunner, which Afloat last year covered in its deployment from North Sea service.
#ferries - Work has begun on ferries from Stena Line which involves a £5 million refit programme of its local fleet at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard. The 10-week upgrade schedule reports the Irish News, will see five Stena vessels…
2,800 lane metres of freight (165 vehicles) will first be made available to freight hauliers when W.B. Yeats (biggest ferry in tonnage terms on the Irish Sea) finally enters service on the Dublin-Holyhead route this Sunday, January 13th. As for the maiden crossing accommodating passengers and motorists this is scheduled to take place later this month, on January 25th.
#ferries - Irish Ferries new cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is finally to enter service by making a maiden commercial sailing on the Dublin-Holyhead route this Sunday, albeit the giant ship will only take freight vehicles and drivers, writes Jehan Ashmore. According…
89 trucks took part on Tuesday, in a no-deal Brexit test to see what delays there would be if there were checks at the Port of Dover above, where AFLOAT adds are ferries from rival firms, DFDS and P&O.
#ferries - Representives from Irish hauliers the reports, have said that the no-deal Brexit test run at the Port of Dover was too little too late, and wasn’t representative of how bad the tailbacks could be. On Tuesday, the…
Sally Line's Ramsgate to Dunkerque ferry. AFLOAT adds this former operator at the Kent port (near to the UK's largest and busiest ferryport at Dover) was served by ferries among them The Viking (above) which during 1989, Sally chartered to B&I Line and deployed on the Dublin-Holyhead route. The state operated line was in 1992 acquired by ICG, parent company of Irish Ferries which is to introduce newbuild W.B. Yeats on the core Irish Sea route this month.
#ferries - On the UK south-east coast, the Port of Ramsgate "can not be ready" for extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the councillor for the harbour area. Seaborne Freight according to BBC News,…
The new ships include ferries for passengers and vehicles (among those to serve on the Irish Sea is W.B. Yeats as above), as well as the largest catamaran to operate in London. Afloat also adds the Irish Ferries new cruiseferry is seen docked in Dublin Port on 21 December (winter solstice). In the background is Oscar Wilde arriving from Holyhead, Wales, though this ferry had operated Rosslare-based routes to France.
#ferries - Nine new passenger ferries are planned to be launched on Ireland and UK routes which shows the industry is “continuing to thrive”, a trade body has claimed. Irish Ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries the reports are…

Ferry & Car Ferry News The ferry industry on the Irish Sea, is just like any other sector of the shipping industry, in that it is made up of a myriad of ship operators, owners, managers, charterers all contributing to providing a network of routes carried out by a variety of ships designed for different albeit similar purposes.

All this ferry activity involves conventional ferry tonnage, 'ro-pax', where the vessel's primary design is to carry more freight capacity rather than passengers. This is in some cases though, is in complete variance to the fast ferry craft where they carry many more passengers and charging a premium.

In reporting the ferry scene, we examine the constantly changing trends of this sector, as rival ferry operators are competing in an intensive environment, battling out for market share following the fallout of the economic crisis. All this has consequences some immediately felt, while at times, the effects can be drawn out over time, leading to the expense of others, through reduced competition or takeover or even face complete removal from the marketplace, as witnessed in recent years.

Arising from these challenging times, there are of course winners and losers, as exemplified in the trend to run high-speed ferry craft only during the peak-season summer months and on shorter distance routes. In addition, where fastcraft had once dominated the ferry scene, during the heady days from the mid-90's onwards, they have been replaced by recent newcomers in the form of the 'fast ferry' and with increased levels of luxury, yet seeming to form as a cost-effective alternative.

Irish Sea Ferry Routes

Irrespective of the type of vessel deployed on Irish Sea routes (between 2-9 hours), it is the ferry companies that keep the wheels of industry moving as freight vehicles literally (roll-on and roll-off) ships coupled with motoring tourists and the humble 'foot' passenger transported 363 days a year.

As such the exclusive freight-only operators provide important trading routes between Ireland and the UK, where the freight haulage customer is 'king' to generating year-round revenue to the ferry operator. However, custom built tonnage entering service in recent years has exceeded the level of capacity of the Irish Sea in certain quarters of the freight market.

A prime example of the necessity for trade in which we consumers often expect daily, though arguably question how it reached our shores, is the delivery of just in time perishable products to fill our supermarket shelves.

A visual manifestation of this is the arrival every morning and evening into our main ports, where a combination of ferries, ro-pax vessels and fast-craft all descend at the same time. In essence this a marine version to our road-based rush hour traffic going in and out along the commuter belts.

Across the Celtic Sea, the ferry scene coverage is also about those overnight direct ferry routes from Ireland connecting the north-western French ports in Brittany and Normandy.

Due to the seasonality of these routes to Europe, the ferry scene may be in the majority running between February to November, however by no means does this lessen operator competition.

Noting there have been plans over the years to run a direct Irish –Iberian ferry service, which would open up existing and develop new freight markets. Should a direct service open, it would bring new opportunities also for holidaymakers, where Spain is the most visited country in the EU visited by Irish holidaymakers ... heading for the sun!

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