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The oldest large car ferry of the CalMac fleet, Isle of Arran on a summer crossing mid-way from Brodick, Arran on the Firth of Clyde bound for Ardrossan. The scene was taken from on board Caledonian Isles that also operates the route year-round.
Ferry
#Aran&Arran – A passenger freightship that served the Aran Islands notably from Galway and a present day car ferry running to Arran, Scotland have similarities, writes Jehan Ashmore. The custom-built Oileáin Árann (see photo) completed in 1991 at James Miller…
FERRY APPEALING: Peel Castle on St. Patrick's Isle off the Isle of Man
Ferry
#FerryFortnight - The annual National Ferry Fortnight in the UK launches today, 6 May and continues to the 20 May. Now in its ninth year, National Ferry Fortnight is run by Discover Ferries, the industry body for the ferry industry that…
Grand Harbour, Valletta,Malta
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeYearEU -The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) issued a statement yesterday to contribute to Maritime Year of the European Union and to follow up on the Valletta Declaration, the ministerial declaration on maritime transport, adopted on 28 March focusing on…
Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport, will give a keynote address to EPSO Conference and will actively enter into a debate with port authorities.
Ports & Shipping
#ESPO2017 - The central theme: “Ports in a changing climate, a changing world” is to be the focus of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) 2017 Annual Conference. This is to take place in Spain on 1 and 2 June…
Bláth na Mara as seen underway in March following work carried out in Killybegs, however further maintenance took place in her homeport of Galway.
Island News
#AranFreighters - Ireland’s Iargest domestic coastal cargoship finally returned to Galway-Aran Islands service following more than one month of maintenance carried out in the mid-west port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 330 gross tonnage Bláth na Mara operated by Lasta Mara…
Making a maiden call to Larne this morning, European Seaway is to provide relief ship cover during refit of ropax sisters on the route to Cairnryan. Above the Super-Freighter class vessel is seen in the Port of Dover from where the 1991 built ship normally operates to Calais.
Ferry
#ReliefFerry - European Seaway, one of five Dover-Calais ships serving P&O Ferries premier short-sea route arrived to Larne for the first time this morning so to provide refit cover, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 22,988 gross tonnage ‘Super-Freighter’ class freight-ferry had…
Kintyre Express that operates the KE IV is seen berthed in Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre. The sign is a reflection of the political times facing Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Ferry
#ScottishService - Ballyscastle, Co. Antrim not only has a ferry route to Rathlin Island but also to Scotland where the UK Prime Minister today is making a first campaign ahead of June's snap general election, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operator, Kintyre…
The €126 million port extension is for a four-phase development that involves reclaiming 27 hectares of bay area,
Galway Harbour
#PortDelay - The delay in issuing a decision on the Port of Galway's multi million euro harbour extension looks set to continue, with An Bord Pleanála stating this week that they have no timeline on a possible decision date, writes…
The christening ceremony of Silver Muse took place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The ultra-luxurious cruiseship is to depart Villefranche, France this day next week on a pre-inaugural 'Venetian Society Cruise'
Cruise Liners
#MonacoCeremony - Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Silversea Cruises christening ceremony of their new flagship Silver Muse in the principality, before a pre-inaugural cruise to Greece begins next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Afloat had identified Silver…
Cargoship handling at Limerick Port and Foynes (above) reported record year on year growth of 11% tonnage levels for 2016
Shannon Estuary
#RecordGrowth - Limerick and Foynes both key ports of Shannon Foynes Port Company have reaffirmed the company’s strong performance and contribution to the regional economy in 2016 with growth of 11.4% in year on year tonnages. For the second successive…
Cementing relationshps: Ireland-UK trader, Cemgulf in Dublin Port exports low-carbon cement to Runcorn. Up to the early 1990's Guinness was imported to the Manchester Ship Canal using their own stout-tankers.
Dublin Port
#Cementships - A cement cargoship due to dock in Dublin Port today from Runcorn on the Manchester Ship Canal is where until the early 1990’s Guinness imported to the UK using their own stout tankers, writes Jehan Ashmore. That trade…
The exercise will centre on a major spillage of crude oil having occurred from an oil exploration platform located approximately 220km off the south west coast of Ireland and oil coming ashore at Spanish Point in County Clare
Shannon Estuary
A training exercise testing the response capabilities of Shannon Foynes Port Company, local authorities and other organisations who operate in the vicinity of the Shannon Estuary will take place at Spanish Point, County Clare, on Wednesday and Thursday of next…
On the Ireland-Britain routes alone, there was a decline in passenger numbers of 5% to 2.2 million recorded last year.
Ferry
#FerryFigures – According to the 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report launched today, there was a decline of 2.6% in ferry passenger numbers in 2016. The figure relates to those travelling between the island of Ireland, Britain…
The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%, with growth driven predominantly by unitised trade, Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) and Lift-on/Lift-off (LoLo) traffic, (for example above Nicolas Delmas in Dublin Port). Both RoRo and LoLo modes grew by 7% in 2016.
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeReport - The 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry was launched today.  The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%,…
The Belview Terminal, which in the majority handles lo-lo traffic is the main terminal for the Port of Waterford
Ports & Shipping
#Results2016 - The Port of Waterford Company recently announced that the port handled 1.4m tonnes of goods in 2016. The figure is very much in line with 2013 and 2014 but somewhat back on the 2015 numbers. Bulk tonnages handled…
'Heyshamax' ro-ro freighter sisters, Stena Performance and Precision berthed in Belfast
Ferry
#FreightGrowth - In the first three months of 2017, Stena Line has carried over 31,000 freight units on the Belfast-Heysham service making it one of the most successful starts to the year since it acquired the business back in 2011.…

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