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Caribbean or the Channel Islands? Can you tell the difference? Research reveals 80% of Brits can’t
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#WhichIslands - If this photo reminds you of a tropical escape, you’re not alone! Research has revealed that, on average, almost 80% of Brits mistook photographs of the Channel Islands for the Caribbean, New Zealand and other exotic destinations around…
The national maritime festival, SeaFest, returns to Galway this Friday and runs until Sunday July 2nd
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Thousands of visitors will flock to Galway this weekend for what is expected to be the “biggest and most spectacular” sea festival ever staged in Ireland. The national maritime festival, SeaFest, returns to Galway, Friday June 30th to Sunday July…
The UK flagged Maybe underway off the east coast having anchored overnight off The Murrough, Wicklow. The ketch is seen heading northward bound for the Irish Maritime Festival, Drogheda that took place in mid-June
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#SailingBursary - As part of the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary Presentations to mark the fifth year of the local youth initiative a large gathering was held to celebrate the event.  The gathering was the largest ever event held in Drogheda…
The incident occurred at a hotel in the village of Stalida on Crete
Greystones Harbour
#Greystones - Greystones Sailing Club has described the loss of junior member Laura Dempsey in a drowning incident in Crete as “a harrowing tragedy to happen on a family holiday”. Dempsey, 15, was found unresponsive in her hotel pool by…
A Cruisers One start during the 2015 Regatta. 290 races will be held in VDLR 2017 starting on July 6
Volvo Regatta
With its focus on quality over quantity, next week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has grown over 12 years into one of Ireland’s premiere sporting events, let alone sailing – and is now competing with the best in Europe. If you…
A UK Royal Navy River class patrol vessel HMS Severn is on a three-day visit to Dublin Port having berthed on the Liffey
Naval Visits
#RiverClass – Making a call to Dublin Port today is a UK Royal Navy ‘River’ patrol class vessel that is to remain in the capital for a three-day visit, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Severn is one of the River class…
The Faroese-flagged Fure Fladen is a oil/chemical tanker that berthed today at Whitegate Oil Refinery having arrived from the Firth of Clyde as seen above at anchorage off Ardrossan. The strategic plant in lower Cork Harbour is Ireland's only oil refinery.
Cork Harbour
#WhitegateOil – As the Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour is the only such strategic facility in the State, Afloat took an opportunity to highlight a tanker berthed at the terminal today, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Port of…
Seized Ship Shingle: For just over three years (24 June 2014) the small cargoship Shingle which had €14m worth of illegal cigarettes seized initially in Drogheda Port was transferred that same day to Dublin Port. The detained cargoship remains at a prominent berth close to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) Bridge spanning the Liffey.
Dublin Port
#SeizedShip – A Moldovan flagged cargoship seized with €14m worth of tobacco by the Revenue Commissioners three years ago still remains detained in Dublin Port but plans are in place to finally dispose the vessel.  The 667 tonnes Shingle had…
Cargo & Investments Boost Belfast Harbour To Record Profits
Ports & Shipping
#BelfastHarbour - Belfast Harbour’s latest annual report shows a record €36.6 million in profits, according to The Irish Times. The 12% rise in operating profits in 2016 comes with a 7% increase in turnover within the same 12-month period to…
The new CMV flagship Columbus seen at night in a UK port prior to beginning the current 'Grand British Isles Discovery' cruise that included calls to Belfast and yesterday a late night departure from Dublin Port
Cruise Liners
#DublinDebut – Cruise & Maritime Voyages newest flagship Columbus departed Dublin Port late last night and was followed by the arrival of predecessor Magellan in the early hours of this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The maiden call of Columbus to…
European Maritime Day in 2020 will coincide with the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world
Cork Harbour
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has congratulated Cork City on being designated as the host city for European Maritime Day in 2020 by the Council of the European Union. European Maritime Day is the…
At the scene of the rescue operation, LE Eithne off the coast of Libya
Navy
#Refugees - LÉ Eithne of the Irish Naval Service writes the Journal.ie has rescued approximately 183 people yesterday (25 June) in the Mediterranean Sea, just north of the Libyan capital Tripoli. While on patrol at around 6 am, the LÉ…
Brittany Ferries has ordered a newbuild cruiseferry to be named Honfleur that will operate on the English Channel. The shipyard FSG is also the same German company currently constructing ICG/Irish Ferries new cruiseferry due by mid-2018.
Ferry
#NewBuild - Almost exactly a year after the Brexit vote, Brittany Ferries on Thursday confirmed an order for a new "£175m LNG cruiseferry for English Channel service. The 42,400 gross tonnage newbuild (slighty larger to Pont-Aven of 41,000 on the…
Today, 25 June marks the Day of the Seafarer. The theme for this year's annual event is that 'Seafarers Matter'. Above the Sophia is a typical example of a containership operating out of Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#SeafarersMatter - Today 25 June is the Day of the Seafarer (DotS) an annual event which celebrates and recognises the role that people have on our oceans. The theme of this year's Dots event run by the International Maritime Organisation…
The all conquering Fools Gold crew from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club with the 2017 Sovereign's Cup. Straight wins across the series - a string of six bullets - in Class 1 IRC which was the largest division with 16 boats out of the 98-strong fleet meant Rob McConnell’s result was the best score of the event. Pictured (Back row) left to right: Roy Darrer - Helm Stephen McConnell - Bow Rob McConnell - Skipper Aaron Power - Trimmer 2 Dougie Power - Mast  Graham Curran - Trimmer 1  (Front row) left to right: Stephen Ryan - Backup Trimmer Marcella Connolly - Mid-bow Greg Morrisey  - Pit Tom Fitzpatrick -Tactician. Not pictured: Brian Heneghan
Sovereign's Cup
The standout performance of the 2017 O'Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup was Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold, with a string of six bullets in a Class 1 IRC fleet jam-packed with top-notch racers and no less than eleven J109s writes Peadar Murphy.…
Mariners Beware Of Seabed Obstruction Off South Coast
Marine Warning
#MarineWarning - PSE Kinsale Energy Ltd advises that, that following a recent survey of the Kinsale Head Gas Field pipeline, it has identified a possible seabed obstruction off the South Coast of Ireland. The nature of the obstruction, south-east of…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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