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Bruce Watchorn while walking along the Great South Wall of Dublin Port happened upon the 'Projection Support Structure' by Fiona McDonald
Dublin Port
#portperspectives - While taking a stroll along the Great South Wall was Bruce Watchorn (pictured above) from Blackrock, Co. Dublin, who happened upon the 'Projection Support Structure' by Fiona McDonald. The structure forms part of the final installation of Dublin…
Combi Dock III became the largest cargoship to berth at Pembroke Port, Wales having loaded parts of a decommissioned oil refinery that were exported to Pakistan.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Combi Dock III recently became the largest cargoship to visit Pembroke Port, Wales from where exported parts of a decommissioned oil refinery were loaded and bound for Pakistan. The Murco refinery in Milford Haven closed in 2014 and…
Newest member of MBNA Thames Clipper fleet, the catamaran Jupiter Clipper recently joined the largest commuter and tourist operator on river services though central London. Above the new 175 passenger craft is seen in Southampton prior to making a delivery voyage to the UK capital.
Ferry
#ferry - Afloat last week featured Dublin Discovered Boat Tours, the capital's only dedicated operator on the Liffey, among it's London counterparts are MBNA Thames Clippers which introduced brand new craft but also commissioned to transport commuters, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The Kish race on Dublin Bay drew approximately 50 entries last year, and DMYC hopes to better this entry on Sunday
Dublin Bay
This weekend sees perhaps the last of the 2017 season’s 'Major' open events on Dublin Bay in the form of the DMYC Kish Race on Sunday. The warning signal will be at 10.55 a.m. from the Dublin Bay Hut on…
The Irish Naval Service carried out a recent rescue off migrants off Libya
Navy
#navy - Crew from the LÉ William Butler Yeats have recovered the bodies of three migrants and rescued 285 others in an operation off the Libyan coast. The operation RTE reports took place last week in the Mediterranean 44km northwest…
The Irish Marina Operators are one of a number of Irish Marine industry stands at Southampton Boat Show
Marine Trade
Award winning actress, Kym Marsh, helped celebrate all the fun and excitement on the opening weekend of TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show. Coronation Street star, Kym, was joined by her partner, Matt Baker and daughter, Polly along with other friends and…
The GP14 Autumn Open was sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for photo gallery
GP14
470 Olympic helmsman Ger Owens, sailing under the Swords Saliing Club burgee, continued his winning run in the GP14 Autumn Open at the weekend when he topped the 19–boat Autumn Open event sailed for the first time in Cork Harbour. The…
One of several dining options on board CMV's Magellan, the 'Kensington' Restuarant (seating 414) located on Amundsen Deck 8 of the 9 passenger deck cruiseship.
Cruise Liners
#VisitOnboard - Afloat took the opportunity to visit on board Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) Magellan during a recent call to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Upon embarking the gangway it was pleasing to see crew members giving a fresh…
Harbour porpoise like this one in Denmark have been protected by a Special Area of Conservation across Dublin Bay since 2013
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - This weekend Dublin Port is deploying data buoys in Dublin Bay to monitor marine wildlife activity during the controversial dredging works at Alexandra Basin. According to The Irish Times, the four boys will provide live data on any…
The new 40–berth Bantry Harbour Marina is among the facilities being marketed to potential visitors at the Southampton Boat Show over the next week
Aquatic Tourism
#Tourism - The Port of Cork, Bantry Bay Port Company and the Royal Cork Yacht Club are joining forces to promote marine leisure in Cork at the Southampton Boat Show. The three organisations are in attendance at Stand J047 from…
Making a maiden 'Irish' visit, newbuild Silver Muse at anchor off Dunmore East yesterday. The flagship of ultra-luxury operator Silversea Cruises is today visiting Cork Harbour
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Record operating profits at the Port of Waterford amounted to €964,000 for the first six months of this year, up substantially from the same period in 2016. Turnover at the company increased by 21% to €3.8m for the…
Adrian O'Neill, newly appointed Irish Ambassador to the UK launching the joint IMDO networking reception for colleagues and clients of LISW17
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Mr. Adrian O'Neill the recently appointed Ambassador of Ireland to the UK hosted a joint reception with the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Wednesday during London International Shipping Week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The IMDO which is the…
Tom MacSweeney's Scribbler white sail racing in Cork Harbour
Tom MacSweeney
Hearing about the open morning on Sunday, the 24th of September at the Royal St.George YC in Dun Laoghaire where Sigma 33 Class Captain Paddy Maguire wants to raise more interest in Sigmas, brought back how I became interested in…
Top of the fleet at the Scottish Wayfarer Championship were (left to right) Margaret & Bob Sparkes (Loch Lomond SC) with Neil McSherry (National YC) and multiple champion Monica Schaefer (Greystones SC).
Wayfarer
Greystones Wayfarer helmswoman Monica Schaefer has rounded out a remarkable racing season with a successful defence of the Scottish title on Loch Lomond writes W M Nixon. This means that she now has the triple, having won the Irish title…
Mark Mansfield has joined UK Sailmakers Ireland as a racing consultant
Marine Trade
The new owners of Cork Harbour based UK Sailmakers Ireland have appointed Mark Mansfield as an agent and racing consultant to their Crosshaven loft. Mansfield is a Royal Cork Yacht Club stalwart at the top end of sailing for many years — this season…
The River Liffey's only dedicated sight-seeing tour boat 'Spirit of Docklands' berthed at Bachelors Walk on the north quays close to O'Connell Bridge.
Dublin Port
#riverliffey - Operating on the River Liffey of our capital city is Dublin Discovered Boat Tours which this summer welcomed overseas visitors, so who were the top five nationalities? to have taken the cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. But before these…

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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