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Ferry-Go-Round on the Irish Sea
Ports & Shipping
At this quiet time of the year, vessels from Irish Sea ferry operators are taken off routes to undergo annual dry-docking, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the case of Irish Ferries, their Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route vessel, Isle of Inishmore arrived on…
Fastnet Line Cancel Tonight's Sailing
Ports & Shipping
Operators of the Cork-Swansea route, Fastnet Line regret to announce that tonight's (13 January) sailing from Cork to Swansea is cancelled. The company has cited technical reasons for the cancellation of the sailing. The 10-hour route linking Munster with South…
International Maritime Regulators Qualify Irish Registered Ships as 'Low Risk' for First Time
Ports & Shipping
The Minister for Transport Mr Noel Dempsey T.D today welcomed the confirmation from the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (PMoU), on port state control that Irish flagged ships can qualify for the first time as "low risk ships" under a new…
New Inspection Regime for Ships and Yachts in Europe, Russia, Canada
Ports & Shipping
Yachts in Europe, Russia or Canada will face new marine safety inspections from 2011 following the implementation of the Paris MOU's New Inspection Regime (NIR), Sail World reports. http://www.sail-world.com/UK/Yachts-in-Europe:-new-marine-safety-inspections-from-Jan-2011/78723 Previously only 25% of ships and very few yachts were inspected…
Cape Clear Ferry Service Awarded
Ports & Shipping
The ferry service contract for Cape Clear in Co. Cork has been awarded to the company, Thar Tonn Teo.  The 'Island Princess' will be used as the main vessel for the service from the middle of March 2011 onwards. The…
Stena Route To Close This Week
Ports & Shipping
Only several days remain before Stena Line close the Larne-Fleetwood route. The 8-hour route was operated by a trio of sister-ships, until the Stena Leader was withdrawn last week in advance of the service which is due to end on 23 December.…
Ports & Shipping
The Cork-Swansea route service has smashed 2010 targets with over 80,000 passengers using the service, which reopened in March according to a report on NewsWales.co.uk. The passenger figure represents four-times the capacity of the Liberty Stadium, Swansea which is to…
Ports & Shipping
The annual 'Follow The Fleet' Schools Eassy Competition is open to all schools that are registered to take part in the Follow the Fleet project. The 2010/2011 competition is running an essay competition centred around three key themes: Maritime History,…
Donegal Ferry Services Under Review
Ports & Shipping
Members of Donegal County Council are to discuss today, the future of two subsidised ferry routes operating from the Inishowen Peninsula, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Lough Foyle ferry between Greencastle and Magilligan Point, Co. Derry could be curtailed as traffic…
Ports & Shipping
St. Peter Line has agreed to purchase the Pride of Bilbao for €37.7m from Irish Continental Group (ICG) which has been on charter to P&O's UK-Spain route, writes Jehan Ashmore. ICG will charter the 37,583 gross tonnes cruiseferry to St.…
Ports & Shipping
Following the recent announcement of DFDS Seaways to sell two Irish Sea routes and four vessels to rivals Stena Line, the company are to close the Larne to Fleetwood route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Stena claim the closure is not to do…
Ports & Shipping
The Department of Transport today has issued a Marine Notice (No. 35, 2010) to advise that all Irish ships having radio communications or radio navigational equipment, which transmits radio signals, must hold a ship radio licence under the Wireless Telegraphy…
Ports & Shipping
DFDS Seaways, which only entered into the Irish Sea ferry sector, after acquiring Norfolkline operations during the summer has sold two freight routes and vessels to Stena Line, writes Jehan Ashmore. The sale covers the routes between Belfast and Birkenhead…
Ports & Shipping
The European Parliament and European Council have formally adopted a regulation giving new compensation rights to passengers using water transport. The regulation is expected to come into force at the end of 2012. "People are entitled to enjoy the same…
Ports & Shipping
Representatives of Tanzania, the Maldives, Ghana, Indonesia and Malaysia have benefited from the experience of Ireland's largest and most successful port management company. Dublin Port Company today announced it has completed a training programme for five developing countries as part…
Ports & Shipping
French shipping giant CMA-CGM was announced the winner of the Deep Sea Shipping Company of the Year Award at the annual Irish Exporters Association (IEA) Export Industry Awards, which was held in Dublin on Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The award…

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