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At the Maritime Ball held in Arklow are Michele Roche; Paul Roche President of the Irish Institute of Irish Mariners; Andrew Sheen President of the Irish Chamber of Shipping and Ayshea Sheen.
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeBall - From around the country over 160 people were treated to some top class hospitality as the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping held the Marine Ball in the Arklow Bay Hotel, writes The…
The main terminal at the Port of Waterford is located in Belview, downriver of the south-eastern city.  Afloat adds that the terminal was recently called to by the brand new short-sea trader Arklow Cliff which today is docked in Drogheda Port. A sister Arklow Cape completed last year is due to call to Cork today while currently in Dublin is Arklow Clan, another C class completed this year that made a maiden 'offshore' call off Arklow last Friday. See related Ports & Shipping coverage posted on Monday.
Ports & Shipping
#CounterPorts - It is the belief of management at the Ports of Waterford and Rosslare Europort that they can become ‘valuable counterpoints’ to reduce congestion in the Dublin area while also supporting a ‘robust and pragmatic’ response to Brexit. The…
The annual National Commemoration Seafarer's Service at City Quay, Dublin to be held this Sunday, 19 November from 12 noon. The ceremony takes place at the Seafarers Memorial that is dedicated to honour seamen lost while serving on Irish merchant ships 1939-1945 in WW2.
Ports & Shipping
#SeafarersMemorial – The annual National Commemoration Service for Irish Seafarers in Dublin is to held this Sunday, 19th November. The annual service hosted by the Maritime Institute of Ireland will involve a wreath-laying ceremony at 12.00 noon on City Quay…
Currently under construction in Germany, W.B. Yeats which ICG are to take delivery of the newbuild €144m cruiseferry next year
#FerryNews -Consolidated revenue at Irish Continental Group (ICG) operator of Irish Ferries, increased by 3.1pc to €288.9m year-on-year in the ten months to 31 October. Total revenues writes The Independent for the group’s ferries division was €184.4m, a 1.4pc increase…
Making a maiden call albeit offshore of Arklow, was newbuild Arklow Clan, the 5,054dwt short-sea trader had a brief stopover while en route between Germany and the UK. The port side anchor was lowered and left of the straight stem bow to maximise operational efficiency, is the entrance to Arklow and the disused gypsum factory located along the north quays.
Ports & Shipping
#ArklowAnchorage - Along Leinster's eastern seaboard, Afloat tracked newbuild Arklow Clan that made a maiden call albeit offshore of the shipowners homeport of the Co. Wicklow harbour town, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Arklow Shipping Ltd (ASL) with headquarters on the…
Making a maiden arrival last month to Dublin Port, Arklow Spirit which had a part-cargo of animal feed from Brazil to discharge. The 2013 built bulk-carrier has five cargo holds served by four cranes. Total capacities are for Grain 46951.0m³ / 1657980.6ft³  and Bale 44957.5m³ / 1587584.2ft³
Ports & Shipping
#Brazil-France - Arklow Spirit a bulk-carrier has almost retraced the historic French tallship Belém's cocoa bean trade route from Brazil to Paris, where downriver in Rouen, the Irish ship docked having sailed from south America via Ireland last month, writes…
Another ASL 'R' class, Arklow Resolve that made a rare non-cargo call (see: 21 July posting) to Dublin's 'Docklands' financial quarter where high-rise office buildings dominate. Such redevelopment including apartments has been echoed in Swansea's old port where the National Waterfront Museum is at Tawe Basin.
Ports & Shipping
#SistersDryDock - A pair of sisters, one Irish flagged the other recently transferred to the UK departed before noon today and within half an hour of eachother having vacated the docks system in Swansea, south Wales, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Arklow Raider was a typical short-sea trader to use Dublin dry dock that closed last year but was reopened on a once-off basis to facilitate tallship Jeanie Johnston earlier this year. The Arklow Raider underwent work at the recently refurbished Swansea Drydocks Ltd having been taken over. On the left is Garth Masterson, General Manager, SDL and Callum Couper, Port Manager, ABP South Wales.
Ports & Shipping
#DryDockYards - Following closure of Dublin Graving Docks last year, the main client Arklow Shipping, has been forced to send some short-sea traders elsewhere, which has involved use of the recently refurbished Swansea Drydocks Ltd in south Wales, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The 'Handysize' products tanker, Cielo di Ulsan (above) and a sister Cielo di New York is docked at the Whitegate Oil Refinery, Cork Harbour. The 39,990dwt tanker is managed by d'Amico Tankers Ireland with offices based in Dublin's Docklands.
Port of Cork
#PortofCork - Italian shipping giant d'Amico Società di Navigazione SpA, manages one of the largest bulk, container and product tankers fleets that includes Cielo di New York that is docked at the Whitegate Oil Refinery, Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The new ro-ro ramp linkspan (in blue) within Alexandra Basin prior to the use of the facility by the giant ro-ro freight-ferry Celine which departed last night and is currently off Cornwall and bound for mainland Europe. Note on right, ABR project related construction pilling with orange workboat alongside Ocean Pier which separates the basin with neighbouring Alexandra Basin (East).
Dublin Port
#dublinport - The brand new Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro freight ferry departed Dublin Port last night having made use of a new ramp linkspan to facilitate such ships, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported in Afloat's coverage prior…
Amidships close-up of the distinctive yellow-hulled Côte d'Albâtre berthed in Newhaven, UK. The 2006 built ferry is the leadship of a pair of sisters still in Transmanche Ferries livery but operated by DFDS (France) on behalf of several public bodies. Past ferries on the English Channel route albeit under Sealink/SNCF had been deployed as backup ships on Irish Sea routes among them Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead. The novelty factor of different ferries operating out of the Irish port is long gone and in particular declined during the Stena HSS fastcraft era which itself ceased operating in 2014.
#TheFrenchConnection - As previously reported, Brittany Ferries seasonal service for 2017 closes this weekend, however Afloat looks at another French service albeit on the English Channel that historically also has ferry use related links with Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. Beforehand of…
At anchor in Dublin Bay, Arklow Spirit prior to her maiden call to Dublin Port on Monday, has since returned to the same anchorage and is awaiting orders. Meanwhile at time of writing, newer sister, Arklow Spray is berthed in the USA at the Port of New York
Ports & Shipping
#BulkerSisters - Arklow Spirit last night returned to anchor in Dublin Bay to await orders while another bulk-carrier occupies the same berth to where the Irish flagged ship is one of a pair of the largest registered in the State,…
Unique sight: Arklow Shipping bulk-carriers meet in Dublin Bay over the October Bank Holiday. On the left is Arklow Marsh from the Netherlands and Arklow Spirit from Cork, though originally sailed from Brazil. Both bulkers were loaded with animal feed that involved part-cargo discharged in Dublin and Cork. In between the green hulled cargoships is another such hull coloured vessel, dredger Minerva carrying out operations.
Ports & Shipping
#LargestIrish - One of two of the largest Irish flagged cargoships, Arklow Spirit of 33,905 deadweight tons (dwt) made a maiden call to Dublin Port over the October bank holiday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Spirit's arrival took place on Monday…
Introduction of new cruise ferry W. B. Yeats will double the number of summer sailings to France with new sailings direct from Dublin   In addition, increased capacity and greater frequency of sailings planned on Dublin – Holyhead route
#DailytoFrance - A new sailings schedule from Irish Ferries will be introduced following the arrival in mid-2018 of its new 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry W. B. Yeats currently being built in Flensburg, Germany. Highlights of the plan will see a…
Awaiting launch on the stocks at the Dutch yard of Royal Bodewes is newbuild Arklow Venus which made contact with the adjoining Winschoterdiep Canal yesterday. Keeping to Dutch matters, a Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo training ship HNLMS Mercuur (A900) has completed a recent visit to Dublin Port having berthed within the 'Docklands' quays.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - After a delay of a week, Arklow Venus which was constructed by Dutch yard Royal Bodewes was finally given the customary amidships launch yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The morning launch took place at 10.00 with the newbuild slidding…
Irish Rail's freight line is seen at the top of photo with the Port of Waterford's Belview container terminal where DFDS Logistics operate multimodal services to mainland continental Europe. In this file photo is the containership, Dana Hollandica
Ports & Shipping
#Railfreight - It was another year of increases to rail freight traffic on Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail (IÉ) during 2016 according to MultiModal, with the number of freight trains operated being up 6% and tonnes carried up by 8%…

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