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Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven is to resume service tomorrow, Friday 14th June. Afloat adds this will involve an inward bound crossing from Roscoff to Cork.
It has been confirmed by Brittany Ferries that its Cork-Roscoff route will resume service this Friday as expected. The announcement reports EchoLive.ie comes three weeks after the Pont Aven ferry suffered a hydraulic failure impacting thousands of people expecting to…
Ferry Industry man of the Irish Sea: Hamish Ross has died at the age of 75
In an obituary The Scotsman writes about the late Hamish Ross, ferry industry managing director, Born: 17, July 1943 in Lhanbryde, Morayshire. Died: 4 April, 2019, in Douglas, Isle of Man, aged 75. Hamish Ross, who died in early April…
Map of Belfast Harbour estate where Stena Line is to temporary relocate terminals for its Belfast-Heysham service.
In preparation for the arrival of Stena Line’s new generation E-Flexer ships as Afloat previously reported onto the Belfast-Liverpool service in 2020/21, the company has announced the need to make a number of important infrastructure upgrade changes in Belfast Harbour.…
Dún na Séad II in Crosshaven. Next week the fast ferry will host the Dutch royal family on a special visit
A high-profile royal visit is set to bring out the orange in Cape Clear Ferries’ orange-and-white branding next weekend. The company’s new fast ferry from Schull and Baltimore to Cape Clear Island will take a different route next Friday 14…
Travel Media Awards: Stena Line's Diane Poole (second from left) and Jill Kelleher (second from right) receive the Best Ferry Company award from Fran Lambert, Atout France, and event hosts Alex Gibson and Ed Finn. The awards are the only ones to be voted for by travel media across Ireland.
At the 2019 Travel Media Awards, travel writers, bloggers and influencers from all over Ireland have voted Stena Line Best Ferry Company for the seventh year in succession. More than 200 guests gathered at the Travel Media Awards event which…
A new ferry for DFDS Dover-Calais service in 2021, will be named Côte D’Opale and follows a steel cutting ceremony of the ferry in China. AFLOAT adds the newbuild chartered from Stena Ro Ro which has ordered eight Stena's E-Flexer class ropax ferries to include sisters entering Irish Sea service from next year.
Danish shipping giant DFDS, has announced the name of their new ferry Côte D'Opale which is due for English Channel service between Dover and Calais in 2021. The newbuild is named after a region of France that overlooks the English…
Delayed repairs to Brittany Ferries' Pont-Aven mean the flagship won't sail until at least June 14, the company says as AFLOAT reported yesterday.
Customers in their thousands due to travel with Brittany Ferries are facing holiday disruption with the company's flagship Pont-Aven ferry now out of action until June 14. The cruise-ferry, writes Independent.ie, which sails from Cork to Roscoff in France, has…
Ferries from DFDS and P&O docked in the Port of Dover, the UK's biggest & busiest ro-ro ferryport.
Operator P&O Ferries is seeking almost £33m in damages from the UK government over its handling of a challenge to ferry contracts under a no-deal Brexit. The British-based shipping company, BBC reports, also wants courts to cancel the Department for…
With the backdrop of Cobh, Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven passing Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour. Due to ongoing repairs required the French operator had to cancel sailings on the Cork/Roscoff route this weekend (Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June) and the following weekend (Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June). In addition to a number of sailings operating from the UK: Plymouth/Santander and Plymouth/Roscoff routes.
The operator of the Cork/Roscoff route, Brittany Ferries regrets its flagship cruise-ferry Pont-Aven, which has been out of service undergoing repairs since Friday 17th May, will now not be able to resume sailings until Friday 14th June. As a consequence…
Sporting the new Brittany Ferries livery is flagship Pont-Aven when in Cork Harbour before technical issues began to beset the cruiseferry as sailings once again are cancelled on the Cork-Roscoff route next weekend (Sat. 1 June)
Brittany Ferries have been forced yet again to cancel sailings on its Cork-Roscoff route due to operational reasons as flagship Pont-Aven continues to be beset with technical issues, writes Jehan Ashmore. Currently Pont-Aven remains in dry-dock at Damen Shiprepair, Brest,…
Layout of Pont-Aven and where technical issues led to cancelled sailings on the Cork-Roscoff route. In addition to the French route there was an issue with Connemara which also serves Santander in Spain. In total 1,500 passengers were affected by the cancellations.
Cancellations of four Brittany Ferries services to and from Cork is unfortunate but the onus has to be to look after the passengers affected, according to chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association Pat Dawson. As Echolive.ie reported (yesterday's)…
The Irish Sea shipyard of Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside built Red Funnel's new freight ferry, Red Kestrel seen off Southampton today. The 12 HGV capacity vessel completed an inaugural sailing on Solent waters this morning to East Cowes, the Isle of Wight.  Also above is one of three 'Raptor' class ropax ferries berthed at the Hampshire port.
As Afloat featured last month the naming ceremony of UK Isle of Wight operator's Red Funnel’s new freight ferry, Red Kestrel which officially entered service today following successful sea trials in the Solent. Red Kestrel which was built by Cammell…
Sailings on Brittany Ferries have been cancelled this weekend on routes linking France and Spain. AFLOAT adds this is not the first time the flagship Pont-Aven has been off-service this month as Armorique deputised on the French route twice on 4th May (as above off Cobh) and 19th May while Pont-Aven was (and currently) remains dry-docked in Brittany for repairs at Damen Shiprepair, Brest. Armorique had transferred from English Channel duties linking Portsmouth and Caen (Ouistreham) in Normandy and where on 6 June the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in WW2 will be commemorated.
Several scheduled sailings the Irish Examiner reports between Cork and mainland Europe have been cancelled by Brittany Ferries. All planned sailings to and from Roscoff, France have been cancelled until May 31. The routes affected are Roscoff to Cork tomorrow,…
WB Yeats berthed in Alexandra Basin earlier this year before its switch to the Dublin-Cherbourg route
Exporters have generally welcomed next week’s changes to ferry timetables that, between Irish Ferries and Stena Line, will see a sailing from Ireland to Cherbourg every day of the week on alternating weeks, as AgriLand reports. The change from next Monday 27…
Fast ferry Dublin Swift which operates a seasonal only service on the Dublin-Holyhead route is accompanied by conventional tonnage that sail year-round.
Irish Continental Group (ICG) which own Irish Ferries have through their shareholders unanimously backed under-fire chairman John B. McGuckian and supported the group's executive pay policy. Earlier this week, shareholder advisory firm Glass Lewis, writes The Irish Examiner, called for…
Over 90% of shareholders approve remuneration levels of the ferries operator which in recent months introduced newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. Above AFLOAT adds is ICG's managing director Eamonn Rothwell and master of ceremonies Glenda Gilson at a reception held on board to welcome the new cruiseferry in Dublin Port.
The Irish Continental Group (ICG) has said it is totally prepared to meet the challenges posed by Brexit, whatever way those challenges emerge. At the group’s annual general meeting, John McGuckian, ICG chairman, said, “we’re confident that whatever happens, we…

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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