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The Irish Ferries Webpage on June 13th with an image of the “WB Yeats”. The ferry company tried to rent another vessel of comparable size through international brokers
#FerryNews -Irish Ferries last September announced that work had started in a German shipyard on a €144 million ship that would be the pride of its fleet. It said that, in accordance with tradition, a specially commissioned ceremonial coin would…
Some 29,000 passengers and their crossings are cancelled due to delayed delivery of newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats
#FerryNews - The National Transport Authority (NTA) which regulates sea travel to and from Ireland has said it is examining whether thousands of passengers impacted by Irish Ferries cancelling its summer sailings on the WB Yeats are entitled to compensation.…
Peel Ports, a UK ports group, is calling on cargo owners, hauliers and others to look at two potential solutions to inevitable congestion at Dover (above) learning lessons from a model commonly used for Irish Sea freight and using capacity at ports across the country.
#Ports&Shipping - UK trade with continental Europe is likely to be gridlocked when Britain leaves the customs union without a fundamental rethink of English Channel roll-on roll-off (RoRo) services. Peel Ports [a UK ports group incl. Liverpool] is calling on…
Motor cyclists disembark in Douglas from fastferry Manannan for the famous annual TT Races which took place recently. There has been an increase in initial bookings for the event in 2019.
#FerryNews - Passengers totalling 34,000 according to Isle of Man.com travelled by sea over the TT fortnight. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says final figures for this year are 'on a par' with 2017. 13,236 motorbikes were also…
Calls for funding of Irish ports with better connections to continental Europe following Brexit among them Rosslare Europort (above) where rival ferry operators complete on services to the UK and France
#IrishPorts - There are growing calls writes the Irish Examiner for additional funding to be given to ports to improve connectivity to continental Europe following Brexit. Speaking at a joint Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and Rosslare Europort conference in…
Isle of Inishmore operated by Irish Ferries Afloat adds is seen in Milford Haven along with a berthed tanker in the deepwater south-west Wales port which is Britain's biggest energy port.
#Ports&Shipping - The south Wales Port of Milford Haven, Britain’s biggest energy port, has launched a survey to gather views on its roles and operations as a leading regional business. The poll, which the Port says is critical to understanding…
Delays by German shipbuilder has forced Irish Ferries to cancel thousands of bookings for August for the WB Yeats, the company’s brand new luxury vessel.
#FerryNews - A bill of up to €7 million faces Irish Ferries for cancelling scheduled French services following delays by a German shipbuilder in finishing a new craft for the company. The ferry operator writes The Irish Times, was forced…
A visual montage of how Brittany Ferries newbuild of the Stena E-Flexer series will be when introduced on the long-haul UK-Spain routes, among them Portsmouth (above) which will be the hub-port for both sisters with the first due in service in 2021. Afloat also adds directly beyond the newbuild in the background is the current main Portsmouth-Spain cruiseferry, Cap Finistère seen arriving to the ferryport.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries has confirmed recently the charter of two brand new cruise-ferries to serve its long-haul UK to Spain routes. Both ships adds Afloat are of the Stena E-Flexer design (see Stena Line Irish Sea debut in 2020)…
In this amidships view of Stena Carrier, the imposing length of the ro-ro freight vessel is clearly demonstrated alongside Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. At 182.77m the vessel is the longest of its type to dock in the port as well as been the largest in gross tonnage terms.  In fact the ship is larger than the former fastferry HSS Stena Explorer which carried out its final crossing in September 2014, marking the end of the historic Holyhead route.
#FerryNews - Stena Carrier, the ro-ro freight-only ferry that made a notable call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the end of April, finally departed the former Stena HSS ferryport last week for further charter work with P&O, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Ferry operator Stena has revealed the Irish Sea route, Holyhead-Dublin will be the first to get new type of vessel, the E-Flexer class in early 2020. A further pair of the new series as previously reported on Afloat are planned to be introduced on the Liverpool-Belfast route also in 2020 and 2021.
#FerryNews - Ferry operator, Stena Line is set to bring a new giant vessel on the Holyhead-Dublin route reports Daily Post Wales. Stena Line has confirmed that the first of its new RoPax ferries currently under construction in China is…
Youghal Harbour
Youghal in East Cork has been appointed its first full-time Harbour Master. According to the East Cork Journal, the move is expected to boost Youghal as a destination for boating visitors in tandem with the new harbour pontoon. Cork County Council…
Herald Ruijters, Director at the European Commission, DG MOVE, responsible for investments, innovative and sustainable transport at the ESPO Conference 2018 in Rotterdam
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission published on Wednesday the proposal for the next Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II). The proposal sets out the objectives of the financial instrument and the funding modalities. In total, the Commission proposed a CEF budget…
Plaid Cymru MPs hit out after it emerges while Brexit Ministers have visited other UK ports they have not visited any in Wales among them Holyhead as above
#FerryNews - UK Brexit ministers in charge of negotiations on behalf of the Government have not visited Welsh ports since the referendum in June 2016. In a House of Commons Parliamentary Question by Arfon Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams it…
Newly acquired Arklow Dusk (above sister Flinter Arctic in Dublin Bay) today is making a maiden delivery repositioning voyage from the Mediterranean Sea to north-western Europe.
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Shipping have added yet another former Flinter Group B.V. cargoship to their 50 plus strong fleet with acquisition of a fourth 11,048dwt sister that was recently handed over in Malta, writes Jehan Ashmore. The latest addition Arklow…
Artist’s impression of the proposed deepwater port north of Balbriggan, Co Dublin
#Ports - Drogheda Port Company is selling its Bremore Ireland Port DAC and its interest in developing the proposed deepwater port near Balbriggan. Bremore Ireland Port DAC is a wholly-owned subsidiary company established in 2006, and which has carried out…
The Irish Sea Port of Barrow in Cumbria, north-west England wins a trophy for the UK Port of the Year Award held in London
#Ports&Shipping - An Irish Sea port, Barrow in north-west England has won the prestigious UK Port of the Year Award at this year’s 10th annual UK Ports Conference held in the heart of London. According to Associated British Ports (ABP)…

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