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A passenger ferry terminal with an Isle of Man Government sign regarding Covid-19 restrictions.
To remind ferry travellers announcements have been made of Covid rules before they enter the Isle of Man. It's understood, reports ManxRadio, that similar discussions are taking place with airlines. A separate lane for key workers has been introduced at…
Glenn Carr, general manager of Rosslare Europort says hauliers want certainty and frequency beyond a three-days-a-week service (to the continental mainland). Above this file photo of the ferryport where the access road to the port terminal. Ferries ply on routine trade to the UK, France and Spain while on left AFLOAT adds is cruiseship Braemar of Fred Olsen Lines.
As Afloat reported today Rosslare Europort recently received a relief ferry to the port which is in advanced talks with a shipping company to start a direct ro-ro service to continental Europe. The talks, writes The Irish Times, is from…
The search is being overseen by the HM Coastguard in Holyhead, Wales, but the Irish Coast Guard is providing assistance. Above amidships view of W.B. Yeats.
A ferry crew member from an Irish Ferries passenger ship remains missing after a failed search attempt in the Irish Sea overnight. The WB Yeats ferry operates the Dublin to Holyhead route. The alarm was raised at around 9pm yesterday.…
All together now as a trio of Stena ferries gather in Rosslare Europort with the first time arrival of Stena Vinga (on right) which is serving as Irish Sea relief duty vessel this winter.  Afloat also adds however that the ferry firstly is operating on the Ireland-France (Cherbourg) connection though tonights 21:30 sailing from Rosslare has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Afloat highlights the above busy scene as a trio of ferries and all from the same operator gathered recently in Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. Most notably among the Stena Line ferries was the arrival of Stena Vinga (on right)…
UK Landbridge: The (P&O) ferry sails every night from Hull to Zeebrugge (Belgium). Above AFLOAT adds the operator's pair of cruiseferries Pride of York (above in the Port of Hull) along with sister Pride of Bruges serve the North Sea route connecting the UK and mainland Europe. The pair built in 1987 are to be withdrawn from service. Note the 'tumblehome' deck of Marco Polo that was in the fleet of CMV (which in June went into administration) with the cruiseship remaining laid-up in Avonmouth (near Bristol), England.
A UK-Belgium ferry route is to be cut between Hull and Belgium in a decision that has been described as the "end of an era" for the city. Operator P&O Ferries said it was closing its service to Zeebrugge following…
Plans for a Brexit lorry park on Anglesey have been rejected by the local council. Above Afloat adds are freight booths of rivals Irish Ferries and Stena Line at the terminal for the Port of Holyhead in north Wales
In north Wales a request to allow Anglesey Showground's park and ride to be used to host a post-Brexit lorry facility has been rejected by council leaders. As BBC News reports the land is needed for a potential customs check…
Britain-NI trade: The 'goods at risk' issue has proven highly sensitive in talks between the EU and the UK. Above AFLOAT adds in the raised position is the upper bow 'gate' visor of a ferry while in Belfast Harbour where freight-trailers can be seen on the quayside.
In setting out a proposal the European Commission has stated this would determine which goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland should attract a tariff, and which would not, after 1 January, RTÉ News has learned. Under the Northern Ireland…
Lorries in the UK on a motorway in Kent near the Port of Dover
Irish Road Haulage Association has warned trade will be "severely upset" because of Brexit and the price of some goods could double in price. President of the Irish Road Haulage Association Eugene Drennan said there could be a delay in…
UK 'domestic' waters islands serving veteran passenger/cargo ferry Scillonian III underway in the Scilly Isles linking Penzance in Cornwall, south-west England. Specialist ship designer BMT has a contract to design a new vessel to travel for the coastal service to the island archipelago off Land's End.
As Irish hauliers call for more direct services to mainland Europe given a post-Brexit, it is in these UK domestic waters that plans to replace the Isles of Scilly ferry linking Cornwall are underway likewise of those ferries serving Ireland-France, writes…
The President of the Irish Road Haulage Association said there could be a delay in delivering some goods and scarcity of products with Brexit. Above Afloat adds trucks congestion in Kent, the south-east of England
An alternative route to Europe Irish hauliers and exporters said must be found to avoid potentially massive queues at British ferryports from the beginning of January. A leaked British government letter (yesterday) suggests exporters to the EU face possible truck…
UK hauliers have been warned delays could be in place for at least three months. Above busy scene as trucks use the Port of Dover in Kent. AFLOAT also adds in this scene asides routine ferries serving Calais, France are in the background cruiseships berthed at the port's eastern docks.
Michael Gove, UK minister responsible for no-deal planning, has written to logistics groups with the government's "reasonable worst-case scenario" planning, which warns of possible two-day delays for cargo travelling to France in January. The Cabinet Office document states that, in…
Victorine (above) which CLdN launched onto the first pure RoRo service between the Iberian Peninula (Santander, Spain) with the UK and Ireland in June has been joined by another freight-only ferry Clementine but on a new link from these ports to Leixoes in Portugal.
Freight-ferry operator CLdN and UK ports group, Peel Ports celebate the addition of a second ferry service linking the Iberian peninsula to Liverpool and Dublin Port. The new weekly service connecting Leixoes, Portugal to the UK and Irish ports, follows the…
Rosslare Europort welcomed the Dutch Ambassador to see plans for offshore wind energy and how the Irish port will handle traffic post-Brexit. AFLOAT adds the Irish south-east port is seen earlier this month with a project cargo of new LUAS trams (bound for Dublin) which arrived from Cherbourg, France using the Stena Line service operated by ropax Stena Horizon. Also present in port was fleetmate Stena Europe when preparing to berth from Fishguard, Wales.
Rosslare Europort is where the Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm visited on Friday to see for himself plans that are being put in place for offshore wind energy as well as gauging the Wexford ferryport's viability in terms of handling imports…
Rows of trucks at the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferryport which forms part fo the UK 'land-bridge'
The Government has been urged by the Irish Road Haulage Association to help set up a fast, direct daily ferry service with continental Europe for lorries to avoid post-Brexit disruption on the UK transit route. Eugene Drennan, the president of…
'Saoirse na Farraige' before leaving Hong Kong from where the 40-metre is en route to Galway Bay and will enter service next spring
A new ferry will be Ireland's largest domestic passenger ferry when the 40-metre 'Saoirse na Farraige' arrives in Galway Bay this October. As Independent.ie writes the ferry constructed in Hong Kong with a capacity of 400, is expected to enter…
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton with General Manager of Rosslare Europort Glenn Carr on a recent visit to the south-east ferryport. Above AFLOAT adds both Stena ferries that serve the port on routes to Wales and France were present. On the left the veteran Stena Europe which underwent a major career extension work last year, serves the UK and fleetmate Stena Horizon connecting Europe.
Rosslare Europort rolled out the red carpet as Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton recently made a private briefing with management at the port which Afloat previously reported has attracted offshore renewable wind business.  Her arrival, writes Wexford People, was without fanfare…

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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