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Boat finance can sometimes be an extraordinarily complex business when you get into the realms of the superyachts which are supposedly the playthings of the mega-rich, at the exclusive beck and call – sometimes at very short notice - of…
Dublin Port Company today announced the launch of Dublin Port Riverfest 2016. Now in its fourth year, Riverfest is Ireland’s premier sailing and maritime festival and a highlight of the city’s June bank holiday weekend calendar.Taking place on North Wall…
#NewFerry- Irish Continental Group (ICG) has entered into an agreement, with German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG (FSG) to build a cruise ferry for ICG at a contract price of €144 million. Afloat adds that the proposed design of the…
Passage East Ferry Company, one of Ireland’s most established domestic ferry services, has been purchased by the owners of Carlingford Ferries, it was announced today. The decision to sell came as founding shareholder, Derek Donnelly, announced his retirement from the…
Irish boats took a class win and a second in class at this year's Silvers Marine Scottish Series that ended yesterday. The National Yacht Club's John and Brian Hall won IRC Class 2 in an incredibly tight class across the whole weekend. It…
An entry into next month's Volvo Round Ireland Race finished second in this weekend's Myth of Malham race and now tops the RORC points series just three weeks before the Irish offshore classic begins in Wicklow. Royal Irish sailor Michael…
As boats head across the Atlantic in the New York – Vendée race it is not only potential Irish competitors in the Vendée Globe who are keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. Gordon Davies, an International Judge from Bray, is…
The Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI and Irish Water Safety advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water during the current spell of good weather and throughout the summer months. There has been a significant rise…
#myportforTurku - In addition to Cruise Europe 2016 conference held in Dublin this week, another prestigious annual event is to be held in the capital when the European Sea Port Organisation (ESPO) conference convenes, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ESPO conference…
#Rowers of the Month: Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan have had a remarkable few weeks, and are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for May. The brothers from Cork came into the month having taken silver at the first World…
#ThirdRescue - Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe at the weekend praised the crew of LÉ Róisín under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Ultan Finegan, for their continued role in assisting with the migrant…
A completely new 60-metre Visitors Pontoon is being installed in Dunmore East in a location immediately northwest of the old Lighthouse and the steel tank pontoon which was placed there as a temporary measure for visitors two years ago writes…
#H&W - Harland and Wolff, Belfast faces a tough year ahead having failed to secure a "sufficient workload" as the latest accounts shows a big drop in profits for 2015. The Belfast Telegraph writes that the firm generated operating profit of…
#CruiseEurope2016 – Cruise Europe’s 2016 conference takes place for the first time in the Irish capital this week (31 May- 2 June). The prestigious three-day conference is to attract over 200 delegates from leading cruise destinations to the event co-hosted…
After a first night spent in close contact with other competitors in the New York–Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne), Yann Eliès contacted his shore team this morning at 0840 UTC, reporting that his yacht Queguiner-Leucemie Espoir had just hit something in…

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