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One third of passengers staying in State on arrival decline to give contact details. Everyone who arrives in the State, whether Irish or foreign, is being asked to self-isolate, or quarantine, for 14 days. Above AFLOAT's photo of a road sign displaying the five ferry operators and their terminal number within Dublin Port..
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said rules requiring passengers arriving at Irish airports and ports to declare where they will quarantine for 14 days can be toughened quickly, and will not require new legislation. One third of Dublin Airport passengers asked…
Both Welsh and UK governments say they are working at securing the future of crucial trading route to Ireland Afloat adds between the Port of Holyhead and Dublin
Following an initial fallout over the lack of funding for the Port of Holyhead and the vital ferry route to Ireland both Welsh and UK governments say they want to work together to secure its future. Last month the UK…
Stena Estrid arrived around Christmas after being built at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China. AFLOAT adds the leadship of the Stena E-Flexer series sailed from Holyhead, Wales to arrive this morning to Cairnryan in Scotland for work to be carried out by engineers. The purpose built ferryport teminal named Loch Ryan Port opened in 2011 and is owned by the ferry firm. Closeby rivals P&O Ferries serve out of Cairnryan (to Larne) located further down Loch Ryan towards Stranraer from where Stena withdrew their service to Belfast following the opening of Loch Ryan Port.
Ferry operator Stena Line has taken its new £160m super-ferry off service on the Holyhead-Dublin route for repairs and maintenance after suffering engine problems - just four months after entering service. Stena Estrid started on the route in January after being…
Hauliers say a 'substantial' customs agent shortage in the UK needs to be urgently addressed. Above AFLOAT adds is a Stena ro-ro freight ferry berthed at Belfast Harbour's VT2 terminal.
The UK Freight Transport Association has called for the "safety and security" agreement removing the need for post-Brexit entry and exit declarations between Britain and Northern Ireland. A "substantial" customs agent shortage in the UK also needs to be urgently…
P&O Ferries have furloughed staff due to Covid-19. They operate on the Irish Sea, the North Channel, Dover-Calais and North Sea services of Hull-Zeebrugge/ Rotterdam. Above AFLOAT's file photo of the Belgium routes Pride of York which is currently laid-up docked in Hull at the port's King George V Dock (as above) while sister Pride of Bruges is reported to lay up soon. (AFLOAT update: ferry now laid-up in Rotterdam). Both ferries previously operated for North Sea Ferries (NSF) along with current Dublin-Liverpool pair Norbank and Norbay (see recent 'Ferry News') still retain their NSF ship name prefix of 'Nor' despite in 1996 when P&O (which already had a stake in NSF) rebranded as P&O North Sea Ferries and is now simply P&O Ferries. NSF's Norsea was renamed Pride of York and sister Norsun became Pride of Bruges.
Dubai based owner of P&O Ferries, reports BBC News, has said the UK government has been "slow" to react to the crisis facing vital supply routes. The ferry company, which transports 15% of all goods in and out of the…
Visitors will be able to move bookings to TT2021 or get refund. AFLOAT adds motorbikes disembark the IOM Steam-Packet's - fastferry Manannan
Ferry operator Isle of Man Steam Packet says its automated transfer process for TT 2021 is now in place. As Manx Radio reports, anyone who has a booking for this year’s cancelled TT will receive an email within the next…
The Holyhead to Dublin route has been left out of a £17m support package for Stena Line, P&O and Seatruck to maintain “critical routes” between ports in the UK mainland with Northern Ireland. Above AFLOAT adds freight check-in booths at the north Wales port on Anglesey.
In the UK the Government, reports NorthWalesLive, has been accused of “waiting for Holyhead Port to fail before stepping in”, amid a funding row over Irish Sea (ferry) transport links. Disappointment has been expressed following an announcement on Friday that…
Close up of the IOMSPCo's main ferry AFLOAT adds the ropax Ben-My-Chree which operates the year round Douglas-Heyshem route part of the operators Irish Sea network. Passengers in a survey want a wider choice of onboard facilties for a planned new ferry
Isle of Man Steam Packet passengers have told the ferry company they want more choices on board its planned new vessel. The company commissioned Island Global Research to conduct a survey into what the ferry operator’s customers want to see…
Westminster Government said it was 'monitoring the situation' on the Irish Sea service (of the Holyhead-Dublin Port route) AFLOAT adds where services are operated by Stena Line and Irish Ferries
In the UK the government has defended not including the Holyhead to Dublin Port on Irish Sea ferry routes supported with public funding, as NorthWalesLive also reported. The UK Government has made £17m available to Stena Line, P&O and Seatruck to…
Some freight services continue between Wales and Ireland AFLOAT adds on the core Irish Sea short route service between Holyhead and Dublin Port. Above at the north Wales port berthed at Salt Island is Ulysses of Irish Ferries and Stena Adventurer operated by Stena Line
Additional financial support is needed to keep the Port of Holyhead’s ferry operators going during the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been claimed. While some freight services continue between Wales and Ireland, the slashing of passenger services has led to calls…
A Dublin-Liverpool ropax ferry Norbay which was caught up in the financial dispute between P&O and Peel Ports, operator of the Port of Liverpool. The freight ferry AFLOAT adds seen above in Dublin Port which departed this morning is bound for Liverpool from where it resumed service last night following almost a week detained in the UK north-west port.
A deadlock was today (yesterday) broken in a high-profile business bust-up which meant a detained ferry carrying key supplies back and forth across the Irish Sea (to Dublin Port) could leave Liverpool. Top level talks have been ongoing since Thursday when…
An AFLOAT file photo of a P&O ferry (Norbank) is docked in Dublin Port is carrying food and medicine. Afloat adds the ropax ferry is a twin of Norbay which is docked in Liverpool Docks.
Under way are efforts to re-route two P&O ferries stranded at Dublin Port amid an ongoing stand-off between the company and the Port of Liverpool. As RTE News reports, the impasse arose on Thursday when Peel Ports, the owner of…
A major row has broken out between Peel Ports and P&O Ferries as AFLOAT adds their freight ropax ferry Norbay was detained. The ship operates on the route to Dublin Port (where seen above) along with sister Norbank and chartered vessel Clipper Pennant.
In Liverpool docks a heavyweight financial row broke out today (yesterday) which has left a ferry sending key supplies back and forth to Ireland and England stranded. A P&O Ferries vessel according to the Liverpool Echo, is currently moored at…
Irish Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan
According to the Justice Minister reports of hundreds of cars arriving into Ireland at ferry ports last week "don't stack up". There has been some concern after photos emerged online appearing to show British-registered cars driving off ferries at Irish…
The Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-ferry Manannan to take over key daytime services from AFLOAT adds the conventional ropax Ben-My-Chree in response to Covid-19. Above AFLOAT adds is the Manannan seen arriving yesterday afternoon in Douglas Harbour from Heysham with Manx residents repatriated in response to Covid-19.
Isle of Man sailings on a daily basis to and from the island will be carried out by the (fast-ferry) Manannan, while the Ben-my-Chree is out of service for two weeks. The latest changes to the Isle of Man Steam…
Rosslare Europort in this photo for AFLOAT which adds in these challenging times the Co. Wexford ferryport is now the nearest to West Cork. As according to EchoLive, Brittany Ferries have suspended all passenger services until further notice on the Cork-Roscoff route and Rosslare-Bilbao. AFLOAT adds however a 'freight' service is maintained to Spain and a new Rosslare-Roscoff route was to have launched last month. This leaves the 'south' of the country with only one Ireland-mainland Europe route, Stena Line's Rosslare-Cherbourg service. As for Rosslare's short-sea services linking the UK, Irish Ferries connect to Pembroke operated by Isle of Inishmore (on left) while Stena Line also serves south Wales to Fishguard using Stena Europe also berthed at the harbour.
Among communities of West Cork towns there are growing concerns as people make their way to holiday homes and caravan parks this week, despite the 2km radius travel restriction put in place by the government. Locals took to social media,…

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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