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Jehan Ashmore

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

Vital marine life data on porpoises and dolphins was returned safely to Dublin Port thanks to efforts of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-ferry Manannan
Vital marine life data that was transported by ferry operator, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has assisted in the safe return to Dublin Port of specialist equipment for tracking the behaviours of porpoises and dolphins in the Irish…
Leading UK port operator, ABP has published their Annual Review 2022, reflecting on “Keeping Britain Trading” and achievements made in the past year. ABP operates 21 ports across the UK, supporting 119,000 jobs and contributing £7.5 billion to the economy every year.
The leading ports group in the UK, Associated British Ports (ABP) has published its Annual Review 2022 (download), reflecting on its success in “Keeping Britain Trading”, and its many achievements in the past year as it supported its customers throughout…
An exhibition by the Wexford Camera Club takes place during the Kilmore Quay Festival (7-10 July). The exhibition which starts tomorrow, Thursday, 7 July.
An exhibition by the Wexford Camera Club will be part of the Kilmore Quay Food Festival (7th-10th July) and the WCC is inviting visitors and potential members to come and see its work. As the Wexford People writes, the club was…
Hospital ship charity Mercy Ships newbuilding, the 36,600gt Global Mercy at its Dakar (Senegal) inauguration in July 2022 alongside the charity’s existing 16,572gt converted former Danish rail ferry Africa Mercy built in1980.
Mercy Ships, the hospital ship charity's first ever purpose-built newbuilding has been inaugurated in Dakar, Senegal in a ceremony and ribbon cutting overseen by the west African country’s president. President Macky Sall cut the ribbon to the 36,600-gt Global Mercy…
Mersey Maritime is calling for entries to apply as their 8th Annual Awards is to take place in November, 2022. Mersey Maritime is private sector-led business initiative to grow the maritime cluster of businesses and increase their impact on the region of the NW of England as an economic driver. New data from Mersey Maritime reveals the maritime sector in Liverpool city region is now worth £5bn a year, supporting almost 50,000 jobs.
Across the Irish Sea is where Mersey Maritime has launched their eighth annual industry awards and is calling for maritime and logistics businesses throughout the Merseyside region and the greater North West of England to start preparing their entries for…
Clare Island Lighthouse on stunning Clew Bay. Co. Mayo
The 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland' (see story) brought to you by Irish Lights, invites you to celebrate long summer days by following your very own lighthouse trail and be in with a chance to win a 7-night lighthouse road trip…
Some of the 400 classic cars seen boarding Brittany Ferries in Portsmouth to take the ferry to Caen, Normandy, from where last week the beautiful vehicles headed for the Le Mans Classic Festival. Afloat adds on right is the moored former 1970's Royal Navy destroyer HMS Bristol which became a Harbour Training Ship in the Hampshire port until decommissioned in 2020
Brittany Ferries carried hundreds of classic cars and of considerable value when the beautiful vehicles last week headed across the English Channel to France for the Le Mans Classic Festival. The classic cars belonged to Brits and other nationals attending…
 Europe’s ports at ESPOSecretariat and terminal operators and LKB FEPORT call for OPS where it makes sense in AFIR and FuelEU Maritime.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) have jointly agreed that the proposals for an Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) and the FuelEU Maritime Regulation should enable the deployment of…
Boss of CMAL Kevin Hobbs said 'catastrophic failure' saw money 'effectively wasted' on mistakes on (CalMac) ferry pair been built at a Scottish shipyard. CMAL (Afloat adds) owns the ferries, ports, harbours and infrastructure for the ferry services serving the west coast of Scotland, the Firth of Clyde and the Northern Isles.
From the outset mistakes made in the construction of two ferries delayed by over five years saw money “effectively wasted” on rebuilding units, the chief executive officer of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) said. Kevin Hobbs claimed that the issues…
The Skye Ferry: MV Glenachulish at more than half a century, is among the National Historic Ships UK four appointed 'Flagships' for 2022. The west Scottish coast passenger and car ferry MV Glenachulish AFLOAT adds is the last manually operated turntable ferry in the world. The 12 passenger ferry was built in 1969 by Ferguson Ailsa Ltd, Ayrshire on the Forth of Clyde.
National Historic Ships UK, a government-funded independent organisation that advises the British government and others on matters relating to historic ships, has appointed four vessels, among them a ferry to act as its Flagships for 2022. The annual Flagship of…
The former flagship of the Naval Service HPV LE Eithne (P31) is set to be decommissioned. The Helicopter Patrol Vessel (HPV) was the last Irish navy ship built which took place in 1984 at the Verolme Cork Dockyard (V.C.D.). AFLOAT highlights the vessel also became the last ever ship to be built in the Republic.
According to the the Naval Service is set to decommission three patrol vessels next week. The Government are considering that the former (ageing) Irish Navy flagship the LÉ Eithne become a floating museum either in Cork city or in Dublin.…
At anchor off Kinsale, Co Cork was the Valletta-registered cruiseship Europa with the old Head of Kinsale in the distance. Afloat adds the small high-end luxury cruiseship of German operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has for decades made anchorage calls to scenic spots along the south-west coast.
A cruiseship which called to Kinsale marked the first arrival of 2022 to the west Cork harbour. The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins welcomed the German luxury cruise ship, Europa, with 400 passengers and 275 crew.…
Rosslare Europort: EU funding to improve rail and road links with the busy south-east ferryport
Irish Rail (Iarnród Eireann) has announced the purchase of an 18-acre site in Rosslare Europort to support the future growth of the (ferry)harbour which has seen a significant increase in traffic and new routes. The company also revealed that it…
The Naval Service has fallen to 840 personnel as more signal they wish to leave in the coming months. Above Afloat adds the newest OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) at the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Cork Harbour
A year ago the Government was warned in a secret report that the Irish Navy (Naval Service) was likely to be reduced to just three operational ships due to a fall in critical engineering staff, The has learned. It…
The first cruise ship since 2017 to visit Warrenpoint Port is the World Navigator as seen arriving today during inclement weather along with tug Mourne Shore in attendance.
The first cruiseship since 2017 to visit Warrenpoint Harbour on Carlingford Lough was welcomed to the port today with the arrival of the World Navigator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship's inaugural call to the Co. Down port formed part of the…
A ferry approaching the Port of Holyhead, Anglesey in north Wales. 'The disregard for Welsh (ferry) ports during and since Brexit is part and parcel of Wales’ wider marginalisation and peripheralization within the political economy of the United Kingdom'-LSE British Politics and Policy.
The approach by the UK Government to Brexit trade policy and negotiations protocol is causing “potentially irreparable damage” to Wales’ (ferry) ports, researchers have said. Colin Murray of Newcastle University and Jonathan Evershed of University College Dublin warned (see LSE) that…
The service to the Aran Islands has been operated by the Garrihy family for more than 20 years and the deal includes the Star of Doolin. AFLOAT adds this 121 tonnes custom-built 24m ferry built in 2018 is the newest of the fleet sold. The ferry has a capacity for 200 passengers.
The family-owned business, the Liscannor Ferry Company that operates a service between the Co Clare mainland and the Aran Islands, has been sold to a rival. The firm, which trades as Doolin2Aran Ferries and is owned by the Garrihy family,…
Above at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May making a maiden call to the Irish port is leadship World Navigator (a sister of the 'Navigator') which is to call to Warrenpoint Port tomorrow on 28 June. AFLOAT adds the 2021 built World Navigator is the second of five polar-class luxury expedition cruiseships so far in service and which is just shy of 10,000 gross tonnes.
The return of a cruiseship schedule at Warrenpoint Port since the pandemic, is to take place with the first caller this season due to arrive tomorrow, 28 June. The Co. Down port is to see the debut of the World Navigator,…
New terminal in Liverpool to open in 2023 is 'still realistic'. AFLOAT adds the development on Merseyside is being built by the UK arm of John Sisk & Co, the Irish building contractor which is a family owned business dating to 1859.
The Isle of Man Minister for Infrastructure doesn't think the ferry terminal project will cost more than already requested. The minister doesn't believe work to the Liverpool Ferry Terminal project will cost more than has already been requested by his…
European Sea Ports Organisation has welcomed the European Parliament's position of an Emission Trading System (ETS) that includes measures to address, and if possible, avoid carbon and business leakage.
The European Parliament on the 22 June adopted its position on the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS), which includes an expansion of the ETS to include shipping emissions. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the EP position that…
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