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Expansion by Brittany Ferries is to see new routes and sailings to France (starting this week AFLOAT adds by Armorique above), bringing more freight options for hauliers connecting to mainland Europe. Freight volumes through the port were up almost 500% in January 2021 compared to last year. The news follows the French operators announcement to also boost operations with a new route and crossings out of Cork.
The Government's Operational Update review on trade a month after the post-Brexit transition ended, Afloat adds narrowly missed inclusion as yet another ferry development arose today, as Brittany Ferries announced new 'freight' routes increasing capacity directly to mainland Europe. Glenn…
Irish Ports during January saw volumes 50% down on imports from the UK. Above in the south east Irish Port of Waterford (Beliew) terminal where various bulk & breakbulk cargoes are also handled. AFLOAT has identified most of this merchant ship quayside scene during 2020 (l-r) Celtic Warrior (Charles M. Willie) Samskip Endeavour (for DFDS) and Miriam (for Maersk).
Irish Port figures according to authorities following the Brexit transition that ended a month ago, have seen volumes of goods inbound from the UK remaining at around 50% of normal. As RTE News reports, the quantities of freight however are…
Record Freight Figures at Rosslare Europort as above AFLOAT adds is on the occasion in January when DFDS launched ro-pax Optima Seaways onto a new ro-ro freight route to Dunkirk, France.  As RTE adds the new regime requiring hauliers leaving for France to have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test is reported to be going relatively smoothly.
Ferry services running out of Rosslare Europort has reported a 45% jump in freight traffic during January compared to the same period last year. UK traffic is down 49% for the month, but European freight is up by 446% year-on-year,…
Operator of the new Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk freight-ferry route, DFDS have chartered the Drotten, a sister ropax from Scandinavian operator 'Destination Gotland'. The near 30,000 gross tonnage vessel replaces Optima Seaways, so to increase freight capacity between Ireland and mainland Europe. As above the ship is seen stern first making an inaugural arriving at the Wexford's port outer pier to undertake berthing trials in advance of commencing operations
Ferry changes yet again took place at Rosslare Europort as the ropax Drotten made a first arrival from Dunkirk, France, the bypass Brexit route that DFDS only launched this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat first became aware of the Drotten…
The CSO has released new figures on the performance of six of the main Irish Ports. Above: a containership departing in lower Cork Harbour and where a tanker is berthed at the Whitegate Oil Refinery.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show a marginal decrease in the volume of goods handled in six of the seven Irish ports in the third quarter of 2020. Six of the main Irish ports - Bantry, Dublin, Drogheda, Cork, Shannon…
Brittany Ferries is to open a second route out of Rosslare to Cherbourg but by two months ahead of schedule to meet driving freight demand between Ireland and mainland Europe. The service is to be operated by Cap Finistère, at 204m long and of 33,000 gross registered tonnes. The ferry first entered service with the French operator in 2010, on long-haul routes connecting Portsmouth (UK) and Santander and Bilbao (Northern Spain). The ‘Superfast’ class ferry has plenty of space for drivers and passengers, with 265 en-suite cabins. The garage decks offer nearly 2km of space for freight vehicles, and the ferry is the fastest in the fleet with a top cruising speed of 28 knots.
Hot on the heals of Stena Line's new Dublin-Cherbourg route announced today, Brittany Ferries has also acted quickly to support the freight sector and meet the needs of an industry battling Brexit by confirming a new weekly Rosslare-Cherbourg service. As…
Stena Embla on her berth in Belfast in early January
Stena Line’s newest addition to its fleet, the brand-new Stena Embla ferry will make its Irish Sea debut on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service. Originally scheduled for service on the Belfast-Liverpool route, due to the current Brexit related shift for direct routes…
Shipyard Ferguson Marine has closed for this week due to concerns of increased Covid-19 infection rates. Above Afloat adds the newbuild Glen Sannox, first of the duel-fuel ferries for operator CalMac, which last year was moved from the shipyard to Dales dry dock also located on the Clyde.
The Scottish shipyard that was contracted to build a pair of duel-fuel ferries, Ferguson Marine is being closed down for a week with immediate effect. Bosses say they have temporarily closed their Port Glasgow yard and Greenock warehouse with immediate effect.…
The fast ropax vessel Visby operated the first 'inbound' sailing of DFDS new route from Dunkirk in northern France which arrived in Rosslare Europort last night at around 2200hrs. Visby was 'fully booked' with vital direct freight conveniently bypassing a post Brexit UK. In addition avoiding related UK/EU customs checks and potential traffic congestion.
The chartered Visby became the first freight-ferry of DFDS new Ireland-mainland Europe ro-ro route to operate the inaugural 'inbound' sailing from Dunkirk in France with an arrival in Rosslare Europort last night, writes Jehan Ashmore. As Afloat previously reported, the…
The Scottish west coast shipyard of Ferguson Marine on the Clyde where Afloat adds in this file photo is hyprid newbuild ferries Glen Sannox and sister new build for operator CalMac.
In Scotland, a western based ferry boss has warned commercial operators will now be “nervous” of ordering new vessels from the Ferguson shipyard on the Clyde, amid the ongoing fallout from a contract to build two dual-fuel (ferries) to operate…
Rosslare Europort and hauliers alike welcomed the first arrival of the DFDS owned Optima Seaways this morning so to enable berthing trials prior to the launch of a new direct ro-ro freight-only route to Dunkirk, France on mainland continental Europe. This new 'Brexit-buster' service will avoid the UK Land-Bridge. AFLOAT also adds the direct Ireland-France route will be the first ever ro-ro route to transit straight through the entire English Channel as the French port is located on the North Sea and is east of Calais from where DFDS operate an existing service to Dover along with Dunkirk-Dover.
Rosslare Europort welcomed the first of three ro-ro freight-ferries, that DFDS will operate on the eagerly awaited new direct route to Dunkirk (Dunkerque) in northern France thus avoiding the UK's Brexit Land-bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat tracked the Italian 'Visentini'…
Rosslare Port in County Wexford hopes it will be busier as a result of Brexit. Above ferries (l-r) serving UK, Spain and France occupy berths.
As BBC News reports, the Irish port of Rosslare (Europort) hopes Brexit will be good for it as increasing numbers of hauliers seek to avoid the UK land bridge as the UK prepares to leave the EU.  That is because…
The Belfast shipyard will be responsible for the building, assembly and delivery AFLOAT adds of the 220m X 35m Wind-Farm Development (WFD) vessels. AFLOAT also highlights the news is significant given the last vessel built at the yard was the ro-ro freighter Anvil Point which was launched in 2002 and delivered the following year for owners Andrew Weir Shipping.
Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff now owned by InfraStrata, has signed a letter of intent to build two wind farm development vessels. The potential deal, writes BBC News, is being worked on with Triumph SubSea Services. InfraStrata said that once…
The freight-only Stena Foreteller will join the Stena Horizon which already operates on the Rosslare - Cherbourg route
The Stena Foreteller is to be redeployed on the direct route to the Continent following border closures between the UK and France. As Afloat reported earlier, in light of recent international border closures which have seriously impacted freight flows, Stena…
Drivers will face checks from Revenue, the Dept. of Agriculture, the HSE and An Garda Síochána. Above truck trailers at one of Dublin Port's ferry terminals located at Alexandra Basin which in recent years began redevelopment as part of the port's Masterplan to cater for increased capacity and larger ships. AFLOAT also adds in this scene taken in April (on right) ropax ferries of P&O serving the Irish Sea link to Liverpool and in the background CLdN's freight-only ro-ro Celine connecting directly to mainland Europe.
An Oireachtas Committee will hear the Irish Road Haulage Association calling for a single entity to take charge of the free movement of traffic from ports ahead of Brexit. Its President, Eugene Drennan, reports RTE News, is due before the…
Irish Exporters Association welcome added Rosslare-Cherbourg route capacity by Stena Line on the Ireland-mainland Europe route. AFLOAT adds the increased sailings will be operated by the 'freight-only' ferry Stena Foreteller as pictured above. The ro-ro vessel has 3,000 lane freight metres and can accommodate 12 freight drivers in single berth cabins. As for the existing passenger and ferry service this is served by ropax Stena Horizon.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has welcomed the announcement that Rosslare Europort will from January 2021 accommodate an additional sailing to Cherbourg, operated by Stena Line. The additional 'freight-only' ferry, that will commence sailing from 4th January 2021, is a…

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