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RoRo volumes on ROI – GB routes fell significantly, by 31%, with a surge in ROI – EU traffic, which rose by 74%.
In its first post-Brexit quarterly review of port volumes, the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) offers an overview of maritime traffic on an all-island basis. Commenting on key points in the report, Liam Lacey, Director of the IMDO said that…
Among the clients of A&P Falmouth involved a regular Ireland-mainland Europe containership, Samskip Express which following a grounding on the Irish coast (last year), led to extensive repairs carried out at the UK shipyard repair facility in Cornwall. AFLOAT also adds the 803TEU capacity containership was recently in Dublin Port (as above in this file photo) and is currently berthed in the Port of Rotterdam.
The largest shipyard-repair complex in the UK, A&P Falmouth, announced that they had a 100% occupancy of all three dry docks over the last six months - with some docks occupied simultaneously by multiple vessels. A&P Falmouth carried out repairs…
The eight WTG jacket foundations will principally be conducted at Harland and Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facilities in Scotland
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has announced it has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations.…
Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has appointed Graham Couser to its growing US base.
Iconic shipyard, Harland & Wolff with with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to welcome Graham Couser to its growing US base. Based in Miami, Florida, Graham’s new role as Head of Business Development for…
It is expected that 1,000 rooms will be available by 19 April as part of the mandatory hotel quarantining. Afloat adds above a busy scene at Rosslare Europort.
Under consideration by the Government is the addition of a hotel in Rosslare, Co. Wexford to its facilities for mandatory hotel quarantining. It would provide capacity for those arriving on ferries to Rosslare Europort, which are predominantly coming from France.…
Harland & Wolff Shipyard was founded on April 11 1861
Harland & Wolff, the national strategic asset, with four leading shipyards and fabrication facilities based in Belfast, Appledore, and Scotland is proud to be celebrating its 160th anniversary. Founded on April 11 1861 by Sir Edward James Harland and Gustav…
Defence Forces tents at have been erected at the rear of the Rosslare Europort terminal, which will act as the holding area for those in quarantine. Above Afloat adds in this recent scene of the Wexford ferrport where the sunny-south east county is living up to its name and with ferries berthed prior to sailing direct to mainland European ports of Dunkirk, St Malo, Cherbourg and Fishguard, Wales, in the UK.
At the ferryport of Rosslare Europort and tucked away at the rear of the terminal building are two large green tents, flanked by several defence forces SUVs, reports New Ross Standard. The newly erected 'holding area' is evidence of the…
InfraStrata owners of Harland & Wolff  experience ‘building growth momentum’ and in its ferry and cruise market has broken even after larger contract wins were established. AFLOAT adds InfraStrata recently acquired Scottish Methil facility which is split across two locations with sites on the Isle of Lewis (in the north-west) and as above Methil, on the Fife east coast.
Shipyard owners of Harland & Wolff, InfraStrata has reported "steady progress" in the first months of its financial year. In a Q1 trading update, the business said it has booked about £6.5m in the eight months to 31 March 2021,…
File photo of Blue Star 1, a Greek ferry on charter for Irish Ferries Rosslare Europort-Pembroke Dock route is currently in the Mediterranean bound for the Wexford port. The newcomer is now sporting Irish Ferries livery and is to replace Isle of Inishmore which is to transfer to ICG/Irish Ferries new service on the Dover-Calais route.
Blue Star 1, a Greek flagged ferry which Irish Continental Group (ICG) has chartered for their Irish Ferries Rosslare Europort-Pembroke Dock route, has departed Piraeus on a repositioning voyage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Greek owned Attica Group passenger ro-ro ferry…
Blue Star 1 in previous ‘superfast’ livery while servicing routes in the Greek islands
Irish Ferries has announced the addition of the RoRo passenger ferry Blue Star 1 to its Rosslare–Pembroke Dock route. The ship is being chartered from the Attica Group and delivery is expected in early April. Blue Star 1 was built…
A €35m development of Rosslare Europort is paying dividends after Brexit
Rosslare just breathes the atmosphere of the sea. Next month Rosslare Europort will hit a new record – a total of 36 shipping services a week operating from the port, which, its General Manager tells me, will make it the…
Pelagos, a ropax which ran in the Mediterranean, is to start service for DFDS Rosslare-Dunkirk route next week. The former Liverpool Seaways was owned by the Danish company which had a brief spell operating on the Irish Sea until ending in January, 2011 (as seen in photo) of the ro pax's final arrival to Dublin Port, following DFDS passenger operated sailing from Birkenhead (Liverpool). At adjacent berth, Anglia Seaways, a DFDS freighter which too that day ended service, though note still sporting the pale blue livery of the previous operator Maersk/Norfolkline.
Following Irish Ferries two-month charter in February of a Meditteranean ferry, DFDS, operator of the new Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk freight route is to introduce a ferry from Marseille next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Pelagos, will become the fifth ferry so far involved…
The 'Red Rebel': Resplendent in this Spring sunshine scene of Mainport Geo, a 50m former offshore supply ship, at Cork Dockyard following conversion into a survey/scientific vessel specifically to suit requirements of the offshore renewables sector. The facility in Rushbrooke, near Cobh was a former shipyard, but shiprepair and maintenance also remain, albeit at the nation's sole surviving graving dry-dock used for ships.
Cork Dockyard's completion to convert a Mainport Group offshore supply vessel acquired in Africa, as Afloat reported in January, is expected to see the ship depart drydock shortly, prior to a new role in the offshore renewables sector, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
A convoy of caravans lined up to board a ferry at Rosslare Europort recently
In the south-east ferryport of Rosslare, serious questions have been asked over the numbers of passengers arriving and departing and the amount of screening being undertaken to prevent any further spread of Covid-19. Last week images, writes Wexford People, were…
Trade with Britain will not return to pre-Brexit model, exporters warned. New figures show that from January 1st to February 28th there were 50,800 freight vehicle movements into Ireland from over 870 ferries from Britain. Above AFLOAT adds Alexandra Basin (Redevelopment Project) with new infrastructure in place as phase one of the port's Masterplan. Also seen berthed is one of the ro-ro freightship's dubbed the 'Brexit-buster' along in the foreground UK serving ropax ferries.
Ireland will never return to the type of trading relationship it enjoyed with Britain prior to Brexit, a leading customs official said on Monday as he warned of potential disruption for exporters. Speaking at a briefing held at Dublin Port,…
Bantry Bay Port total traffic was up 81% to 1.3m tonnes in 2020, compared with 2019. Above AFLOAT's photo of tanker, Seasprat at the Single Point Mooring system where during operations at the SPM, only such vessels engaged by the Oil Storage Facility on Whiddy Island to assist in the operation or authorised by the Harbour Master, are permitted to enter an Exclusion Zone.
Bantry Bay's busy port traffic to and from the national oil reserve facility at Whiddy Island, has led to the port recording a strong performance last year, despite its sister port, Port of Cork, seeing trade falling 2% to 9.2m…

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