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Afloat tracked Scottish west isles operator CalMac's largest ferry Loch Seaforth into the Irish Sea to Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside having arrived last week to undergo annual dry-dock maintenance. Loch Seaforth (built by the same German shipyard of Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats), carried out sea trials from Scotland in 2014 when the 8,478 tonnes ferry went as far south off Wicklow Head. Above the port side of the 116m Scottish ferry.
Scottish Government-owned ferries will undergo a £29m maintenance contract which been given to Mersey-based Cammell Laird over Dales Marine, which operates in the Garvel Dry Dock in Greenock on the Clyde. The decision has sparked concern over the impact on…
A UK Shipyard previously owned by Babcock Marine which built a quartet of 'Beckett' class OPV90's for the Irish Naval Service has been given a British MoD pledge to build a trio of warships creating 600 jobs.
A UK shipyard that built a quartet of 'Beckett' class OPV's for the Irish Naval Service has been given a British Ministry of Defence pledge to build three warships which has been hailed as good news for Appledore Shipyard in…
SPORTING A NEW LOOK: Former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena that served its South Atlantic UK territory namesake is now to be used to transport a new electric off-road racing series called Extreme E. The 30 year old Scottish built ship simply renamed without its RMS status as St. Helena, last month completed 18 months in dry dock following a multi-million pound refit contract at Cammell Laird on Merseyside. On the opposite side of the Irish Sea at Dublin Port, the RMS St. Helena made a notable once off visit during a special charter cruise in 1995.
The Irish Sea shipyard of Cammell Laird in the UK at Birkenhead on Merseyside has reported a strong 2020 despite the challenges of Covid-19 – with its construction hall, workshops and dry docks in continuous use since the start of…
Cameroon flagged cargoship Sheksna which departed Africa with aggregates arrived into the Port of Sligo this week with the scenic backdrop of Benbulbin. Only last month the north-west port saw a new cargo in the form of 'smokeless' coal from the Arigna plant exported to the UK.
A Cameroon flagged cargoship which sailed from north Africa three weeks ago, Afloat tracked arrive to the Port of Sligo with a cargo discharged for customers Arigna Fuels, writes Jehan Ashmore. The MV Sheksna (1994/2,052grt) on 23 September departed Sfax,…
File image of Rosslare Europort
Iarnród Éireann is inviting applications for the position of Harbour Master at Rosslare Europort. The closing date is Friday 29 October for suitably qualified candidates for the job — which would involve overseeing the safe and efficient management Ireland’s second-busiest…
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…
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)…
The draft proposal slammed government ports policy as 'misguided' and 'naive'. Above the Tivoli Container Terminal at the Port of Cork.
In a confidential discussion document prepared by the Irish Ports Association (IPA) cite that the Exchequer should provide money for infrastructure development at Ireland's commercial ports. The draft document, circulated amongst port CEOs last week, heavily criticises Government policy on…
Port Glasgow in south-west Scotland where Hull 802, seen to the right of the shipyard, is one of two delayed CalMac ferries.
Scottish shipbuilder Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) has placed three contracts, worth more than £15 million, with companies to continue work on two CalMac ferries It’s hoped that the move, The National reports, is in order to further progress the completion…
At Dublin Port announcing the launch of new customs clearance service, Declaron was Michael Costello, Managing Partner, BDO Ireland; Denis McCarthy, CEO of FEXCO; and Carol Lynch, Partner in BDO Customs and International Trade Services.
In a partnership financial services firm Fexco and BDO is to launch a new customs clearance service to assist Irish businesses to manage the substantial increase in customs clearance post Brexit. Declaron is designed to ensure customer compliance with new…
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…
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the EU would blockade food to Northern Ireland is “spin and not the truth". Above in Dublin Port an Irish Sea serving ropax ferry connecting Liverpool along with a direct Ireland-mainland Europe serving ro-ro freightferry Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' given the ship bypasses the UK landbridge.
Government members at senior level have rejected claims from UK prime minister Boris Johnson that the EU is seeking to impose a blockade in the Irish Sea after Brexit. Taoiseach Micheál Martin said another of Mr Johnson’s claims – that…
Appledore shipyard in Cornwall, UK is hosting career open days this week, Thursday and Friday. Above Afloat adds is the covered building hall of the shipyard on the banks of the River Torridge where the last ship floated-out was the Irish Naval Service L.E. George Bernard Shaw in March 2018. Late last month, Afloat also adds the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a visit to the newly acquired Harland & Wolff (Appledore) shipyard. At the re-opening of the Cornish shipyard the PM commented that this will be a fantastic opportunity for the entire UK. We must get on and “build, build, build”.
Initial steps to getting local workers back through the gates of Appledore Shipyard in the UK began last week with two careers open days. New operator Harland & Wolff is hosting to events at the Cornish site for prospective employees…
Appledore Shipyard on the River Torridge in north Devon has been acquired by owners of the Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff
In the UK the Appledore Shipyard in south-west England which built its last ship for the Irish Naval Service is set to reopen, it has been announced. The historic shipyard as previously reported, has been acquired by Infrastrata, the owners of Belfast…
Updated European Commission Brexit Readiness Notices As End Of Transition Period Nears
The latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration compiles links to a series of updated notices from the European Commission on the legal and practical implications arising at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December this…
Shipping Scene as seen from both sides of Ireland involved sisters in the east at Dublin Bay and in the west at the Port of Galway. Also featured in this Irish Ports story is the domestic freight service to the Aran Islands and those of the Channel Islands which had Irish links too in the form of Dundalk Shipping's Huelin Dispatch. Above AFLOAT's file photo of Valiant entering St. Peter Port, Guernsey during an internal Channel Islands cargoship service, whose owners had another fleetmate Vitality call to Galway so to load limestone today.
Ships come and go and at times sisters can be in Irish Port waters at the same time albeit apart and also serving different owners as in an example of today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship's been the Alsterdiep (2008/2,954grt)…

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