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Hull registered tanker, Keewhit transferring bunkers to Oscar Wilde which had operated out of Rosslare (above) to France, is currently serving Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead route. AFLOAT also adds the route's main cruiseferry, Ulysses is due for an annual dry-docking this month when W.B. Yeats is to make a debut on the Ireland-Wales route.
#ferry - Minister for Transport has been accused of not doing enough to get a replacement for the Irish Ferries service linking Rosslare with Cherbourg. The company according to the Irish Examiner, announced just before Christmas that it was unlikely…
P&O have stopped flying the Red Ensign on two of their cross Channel ferries. AFLOAT adds as previously reported in 2012 it was then P&O's 175th anniversary. Seven years before, the famous global shipping company was divided, following the sale in 2005 of the ferry division to Dubai based DP World for £3.3 billion which operates P&O Ferries. As for cruise operations, they were sold off to Carnival UK, a subsidiary of the US owned Carnival Corporation which includes P&O Cruises and other leading brand names.
#ferry - UK flagged ships are taking down the Red Ensign to fit in with EU financial regulations as they sail through the English Channel. Southampton based P&O, writes the Express, has raised the flag of Cyprus instead of the…
Dredger Freeway which AFLOAT reported on Monday, took a lay-over period during the festive period in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The dredger departed yesterday to resume duties in Dublin Bay (above) where also seen last month (Dec.20) the Cypriot flagged W.B. Yeats made a maiden arrival to the capital.
#ferry - In Wexford, an independent local councillor claims that there is “a lot of smoke and mirrors” around the decision by Irish Ferries to halt its service from Rosslare. As Breaking News reports, Cllr Ger Carthy says that the…
UK to spend more than £100m chartering extra ferries to ease congestion at Dover. Ireland is in danger of becoming over reliant on Dublin Port (where W.B. Yeats above approaches) while reducing the potential of the port (Rosslare) closest to the EU, Labour party leader Brendan Howlin has said.
#FerryNews - The Irish Times writes the Government needs to “immediately move” to bolster and diversify transport links to the European Union, the Labour Party has said. Labour party leader Brendan Howlin said the Government is “standing idly by” while…
DFDS is one of the companies to sign a contract with the UK Government in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. The ro-ro freight ferries will operate from ports such as Felixstowe in Suffolk where AFLOAT spotted in the summer, a DFDS North Sea serving Gardenia Seaways (262 trailers / 4,076m load space). The 210m vessel that operated on the Vlaardingen, Netherlands route, was launched last year was built by FGS, the same German yard that constructed Irish Ferries cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. The cruiseferry last week arrived to Dublin Port following a delivery voyage that involved the North Sea.
#FerryNews - The British government has spent more than £100 million on ferries to ease potential problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Department for Transport (DfT) reports RTE News, has signed contracts with French firm Brittany Ferries,…
Winter Solstice: Bright lights big city... big ship... as W.B. Yeats is illuminated in the night sky having shifted berths within Dublin Port (yesterday) and following the cruiseferry's maiden delivery voyage from Germany, via calls to France, Ireland (Rosslare Europort) and Wales in that order. The 194m newbuild remains docked next to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) Toll-Lift Bridge that spans the Liffey.
#FerryNews - According to the Irish Ferries website, online bookings for W.B. Yeats, indicate that the brand new €144m luxury cruiseferry is to enter service a month after Christmas Day, but firstly on the Dublin-Holyhead route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat…
A skipper operating on a ferry across Carlingford Lough, shares this amazing view of Holyhead, the ferryport in north Wales, where earlier today Irish Ferries brand new W.B. Yeats cruiseferry crossed the Irish Sea to make a debut in Dublin Port.
#ferrynews - The operator Scenic Carlingford Ferry have shared an amazing view this week of Holyhead in Wales, as captured in a photo by the ferry's skipper Ivan. This stunning view, The Dundalk Democrat features, shows two mounds of land…
This morning W.B. Yeats arrived for the first time in Dublin Bay (background of Howth Peninsula) having crossed from Holyhead (berthing trials) though the brand new €144m cruiseferry is to enter service on the Dublin-Cherbourg route in mid-March 2019. Capacity is for 1,800 passengers, 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 vehicles) and a dedicated car deck for 300 passenger cars.
#ferrynews - W.B.Yeats has at last completed the final leg in a delivery voyage to Dublin Port by making a maiden call to the Irish capital this morning, though amid controversy, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish Continenal Group (ICG) which…
AFLOAT adds the new €147m luxury cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is due to arrive to Dublin Port this morning (December 20) completing its delivery voyage from Germany via Rosslare (above) yesterday.  Last night, Afloat tracked the giant newbuild heading for Holyhead, where it was the turn of the north Wales port, to receive berthing trials carried out by the vessel. Originally, W.B. Yeats was to end its debut summer season on the Dublin-Cherbourg route in September and join existing tonnage on the core Dublin-Holyhead route over the winter months.
#ferry - The decision by Irish Ferries not to run ferry services from Rosslare to France from next year writes The Irish Times, is based simply on the judgment that a Dublin service will be more profitable, industry figures believe.…
The Government is putting in place contingency plans for Irish ports (above Rosslare Europort) in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as more than 80% of freight transport crossing the UK ‘landbridge” between the Republic and continental Europe passes through the capital's port.
#ferry - Ports of Rosslare Europort and Waterford could take spillover freight traffic from Dublin Port should the State’s main seaport suffer delays from new customs after Brexit under no-deal contingency plans being considered. As The Irish Times writes, more…
In this photo montage is the fastferry craft Manannan and conventional ferry Ben-My-Chree. Sailing by these vessels to and from Douglas will be effected due to silting at Heysham Port.
#ferry - Ferry crossings by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company reports EnergyFM, are being forced to change sailing times to Heysham, this week because of increased silting in the north-west English port.  The company says the sailing time…
W.B Yeats is heading ever closer to Irish shores during its maiden delivery voyage, though with landfall today, firstly to Rosslare Europort. It is from the Wexford port where Irish Ferries services to France in 2019 remain in doubt which has led to a swift response from the Irish Minister of Tourism given the context of post-Brexit and implications on direct freight links to mainland Europe.
#ferry - Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats inaugural call to France yesterday for berthing trials in advance of starting service from Dublin in 2019, is to be followed today with a call to Rosslare Europort before finally completing the maiden delivery…
The introduction of cruiseferry W.B. Yeats on the direct Dublin-Cherbourg route to France is where those services connecting Rosslare are according to Irish Ferries today, unlikely to operate in 2019.
#ferry - Since Afloat's tracking on Sunday of German built cruiseferry W.B. Yeats in Danish waters, the brand new ship crossed the North Sea to France, completing a first leg of a delivery voyage to Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Recovery has started after lorries overturned on the North Channel serving P&O ferry (out of Larne) when European Causeway docked at Cairnryan Port, Scotland.
#ferry - Several vehicles moved position in high winds causing damage to the ferry at Cairnryan Port in Scotland.  According to the Express & Star, lorries have overturned on a ferry sailing at Cairnryan in high winds, prompting a major…
In this view taken yesterday is the stern of Irish Ferries new giant cruiseferry W.B. Yeats which finally departed German shipyard, FSG in Flensburg after months delayed due to sub-contractors. On the left is partially seen the stern of Brittany Ferries cruiseferry, Honfleur, which was launched on Friday for English Channel service and likewise of W.B. Yeats is to begin operating in 2019.
#Ferry- Irish Ferries brand new W.B. Yeats which departed from its German shipyard yesterday, has it transpired seemingly taken a different delivery route bound for Ireland as previously outlined, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 54,983 gross tonnage W.B. Yeats having departed…
Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats today is finally underway on a delivery voyage from Germany to Ireland, though the route to Dublin Port will involve transiting the Kiel Canal into the North Sea followed by an en-route call to Cherbourg, France. This is to facilitate berthing trials in the Normandy port from where inaugural direct Ireland-France sailings begin from mid-March, 2019. Until then, sailings between the Irish capital and the continental mainland are maintained by other ferries.
#ferry - Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats which suffered delays stretching back to early summer when originally due to enter a route to France, finally departed the German shipbuilders today for Ireland but is first bound for Cherbourg, writes Jehan Ashmore.…

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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