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UK BREXIT PORTS: British Ports Association (BPA) calls on UK government for 'Special Port Zones'. Above: Warrenpoint, Co. Down where Vanquish operates an Irish Sea-Bristol Channel container 'feeder' service connecting Dublin (R.O.I) Cardiff, Wales and Bristol, England. On left: Hebble Sand, a former Associated British Ports (ABP) dredger which otherwise is based in Drogheda Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks. Particularly foggy conditions took place at the launch of Arklow's newest dry-cargo vessel, Arklow Valour in The Netherlands. This is the fourth Eco-Trader 5,150dwt…
Bosun Gerry Dore is welcomed home yesterday by wife Geraldine and his daughters and mother-in-law at Haubowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour
Navy
#BeckettHome - In time for Christmas with an arrival home writes The Irish Examiner. Hugs, kisses, and a few tears of joy shed as the crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett disembarked to be greeted by loved ones yesterday after…
Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan competing in Auckland. The RCYC sailor had a fourth in race four in his 57–boat fleet
Youth Sailing
Both of Ireland's Laser Radial sailors are off to a strong start at the at the Youth Sailing World Championships after four races races sailed in New Zealand.  The National Yacht Club's Nicole Hemeryck is in the top ten of the Girls Laser…
The timelessness of it all…..it may be completely artificial, with an almost entirely built waterfront, but for most of us Dun Laoghaire Harbour seems a natural part of the environment
W M Nixon
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon is usually quick off the mark about firing in historical references on just about any sailing topic. With the Christmas season upon us, we asked him for a report from Dun Laoghaire in 2050, and to…
Gavan Hennigan
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan has had an excellent start to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The Galway oarsman, rowing as Soulo Gav, is running fifth of the 12 boats and is leading the three solo boats. “It's been a hard few…
Waterways and business groups want Dublin's Grand Canal Basin's Georgian (1850's built) graving docks and lock gates kept. AFLOAT adds the former Aran Islands ferry-cattle ship, Naomh Eanna which in recent years was saved from scrapping but subsequently shifted into a disused yet historic graving dock. The view above shows the rivet-hulled vessel facing Ringsend.
Dublin Port
#SaveHistoricDocks - A Dublin docklands business group and waterways enthusiasts have called on Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys to save a key piece of the Grand Canal basin’s Georgian architecture. As The Irish Times writes The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland…
Black Watch is to make a call to Cobh on Christmas Day. Afloat adds that the cruiseship sports a new dark grey hull (as above) having had a traditional all white livery.
Cruise Liners
#CobhChristmasCall - A quartet of cruiseships will come to Cork Harbour this festive season, including one on Christmas Day, bringing 5,000 visitors to the region. The increase writes the Evening Echo in winter cruiseships highlights a changing industry. Cork traditionally…
Lisahally, the main Port of London/Derry (Foyle Port)
Ports & Shipping
#FoylePort - Chris Hazzard the Ports Minister says a new departmental ‘Brexit Planning Team’ has been actively engaging with the authorities at Lisahally since the end of the summer. As the Derry Journal writes the Minister said talks will continue…
Defending Champions Retain Fireball World Title in South Africa
Fireball
British pair, Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton, sailing GBR 15127 have only just retained their Fireball Worlds title from Pwllheli, Wales……………by winning all eight races sailed thus far in the 2016 World Championships in South Africa. In a Facebook posts…
Former World Sailing boss Jerome Pels is the new boss of Hockey Ireland
World Sailing
Mr Jerome Pels, a former head of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) for 17 years, will become the new Chief Executive of Irish Hockey next month. Pels was responsible for the day to day running of the ISAF from their…
Annalise Murphy celebrating her race win in Rio this past August
Annalise Murphy
#Annalise - 2016 draws to a close with another accolade for Ireland’s Olympic hero Annalise Murphy, who was named The Irish Times/Sports Council of Ireland's Sportswoman of the Year in Dublin this afternoon. The Laser Radial silver medallist was Sportswoman…
F.B.D. Tintarn (as above) was joined by Foyle Venture yesterday albeit for 'berthing trials' on the Waterford Estuary service of Passage East-Ballyhack
Ferry
#BerthingTrials – A pair of car ferries were on the Waterford Estuary link of Passage East-Ballyhack yesterday but only one vessel was actually operating in service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Foyle Venture (44 vehicle/300 passenger) was carrying out 'berthing trials' for…
Sligo Harbour has had 18 vessels so far dock in 2016, an increase of 18% traffic on last year
Ports & Shipping
#SligoShip - Sligo Harbour has a general cargoship in port today, Arundo one of 18 vessels so far that docked in 2016 an increase of 18% in traffic compared to last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored the cargoship…
A video grab of the two INSS 1720s in last weekend's DBSC Turkey Shoot last weekend. See video below.
Dublin Bay
You would be forgiven for thinking that in the marine industry, especially with a business that is mostly on the water, that the winter would be long and dark with little activity. This Autumn has been one of the busiest for…
One of Aran Islands Ferries Teoranta fast-ferries. The ferry service ceased in late November, and was temporarily reinstated around a week later
Island News
#AranIslands - An Oireachtas committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht were addressed (yesterday) by a group of representatives from Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands as a dispute over a ferry service to the island continues.…
Black guillemots near Rathlin Island now have their own protected zone, the first of its kind in the UK
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The RSPB has welcomed the announcement of new marine protected areas for Northern Ireland this week. “The formal designation of four new marine protected areas will help protect a range of vulnerable species and habitats - ranging from…
North Atlantic waves like those seen here in Nazaré, Portugal can reach gigantic proportions
Coastal Notes
#RecordWave - Nineteen metres is the height of what’s being called the world’s largest wave, recorded recently off the North West Coast of Ireland. Independent.ie reports on the record-breaking swell detected by a weather buoy in the North Atlantic between…
Gavan Hennigan on an earlier adventure.
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan has set off to row the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The Galway man, competing as Soulo Gav, is one of three solo rowers (two men and a woman) taking part in the…
ILV Granuaile seen today cautiously approaching alongside the Commissioners of Irish Lights headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender built in 2000 was the first CIL ship to be painted with a blue hull and not the standard grey which is very much reflected with the overcast scene over Dublin Bay.
Lighthouses
#DirectDock - ILV Granuaile the Commissioners of Irish Lights tender today directly docked alongside the aids to navigation authority HQ in Dun Laoghaire Harbour which involved weaving a navigation around the inner harbour’s marina, writes Jehan Ashmore. The docking of…
The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran aims to complete its round the world record breaking bid in a time of less than 45 days
Offshore
The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has just gone to code green, meaning that their departure is imminent. They are about to make another attempt at the outright crewed round the world record, the Jules Verne Trophy. Francis Joyon and his crew…
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