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All three massive cranes are now loaded onboard the Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) ship Albatross at Cork Dockyard
Cork Harbour
All three massive cranes are now loaded onboard the Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) ship Albatross at Cork Dockyard. Departure from Cork Harbour on a 3,800–nautical mile voyage to Puerto Rico later is scheduled for later this week. As Afloat.ie reported…
The first low-velocity tidal energy project in the world is of a commercial power plant array installed in Holyhead Deep off north-west Wales. Holyhead Deep is the name of a large depression in the seabed, located west of the the South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey where the ferryport of Holyhead is owned by Stena Line. They and Minesto are joint owners of the offshore energy project.
Power From the Sea
#HolyheadDeep -  Two Swedish-based companies have engaged in a joint project to invest in Wales’ transition to renewable energy. Minesto and Stena Line will build an assembly hall in the Port of Holyhead, which Minesto will utilise in their upcoming…
IOM Steam Packet's fast-ferry Manannan and chartered ro-ro freighter Arrow arriving in Douglas Harbour less than a year ago in September.
Ferry
#Larne - The Isle of Man Steam Packet is to undertake berthing trials in the Northern Irish port of Larne, writes IOM Today.  The fast craft Manannan is to used as the company assesses the suitability of alternative ports ’to…
A still from video of the scene at Belfast's Victoria Channel on Saturday afternoon
Rescue
#Rescue - A multi-agency response was launched after a woman fell from a quay in Belfast Harbour onto the banks of the River Lagan on Saturday (25 February). According to the Belfast Telegraph, the woman sustained injuries to her head…
A Galway city councillor has expressed disappointment to auction the former  L.É. Aisling and not retain as a floating museum in Galway Harbour from where the OPV was twinned with the mid-western port.
Galway Harbour
#AislingAuction – The Galway city councillor who proposed the decommissioned Naval patrol ship Aisling be retained by the State has said he is “very disappointed” that it is to be auctioned next month, writes The Irish Times. The ship is…
Irish Ferries has cancelled Swift sailings till this evening as Storm Ewan brings strong gusts to the Irish Sea
Ferry
#StormEwan - Hot on the heels of last week’s Storm Doris, there is further ferry disruption today (Sunday 26 February) as Storm Ewan brings strong gusts to the East Coast. Irish Ferries has cancelled its 8.45am and 2.30pm sailings from…
iShip Index: Volumes in Republic of Ireland ports fell by 2% in Q4 2016 for the same period of 2015. This is largely explained by a 7% contraction in Bulk traffic which was in turn driven by a 10% fall in Dry-Bulk freight. A prime example is that carried by bulk-carrier Nonna Uia berthed in Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the Ports & Shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight.  In the latest iShip Index from the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has revealed shipping and port activity in the Republic of…
This famous 1834 aquatint by J Lyons of a schooner from Bermuda sailing in the Caribbean shows that the straightforward Bermudan rig was already old hat when it caught on elsewhere in the 20th Century
W M Nixon
The 35th staging of international races for the 176-year-old America’s Cup is rising rapidly up the agenda. The opening jousts for challengers begin on 26th May 2017 at the first-time-selected venue of Bermuda, and the cup series itself starts there…
Méabh Ní Ghionnáin and Kaitlyn Dow with the unmanned sailboat that brought them together
Coastal Notes
#Lancer - An American high school student this week made the trip across the Atlantic to meet the Galway schoolgirl who found her marine science project mini-yacht last year. Kaitlyn Dow from Waterford High School in Connecticut met eight-year-old Méabh…
MSC Magnifica pictured in Dubrovnik
News Update
#Missing - A Dublin-based man was set to be charged with the murder of his wife, who went missing from a Mediterranean cruise earlier this month. Daniel Belling, a German citizen and IT professional, was detained this week before boarding…
Coal-carrying cargoship, Jolanta which was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour. The 99m ship however did not trade to ports on the Irish Sea or beyond?... So how could that be?... to find out the ship's destination (as pictured above) read below. Note yellow heavy machinery vehicle dozer on coal heap.
Belfast Lough
#CoalShip – A general cargoship that was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour but did not depart to a port on the Irish Sea or for that matter beyond, so how could that be?, writes Jehan Ashmore. The answer to…
Nicknamed ‘the last of the Mohicans’, the LÉ Aisling set the bar under its first captain, the ‘Sheriff’, Lieut Cdr Peadar McElhinney.
Navy
#AislingAuction - The last ship built for the Irish Naval Service at Verolme Cork Dockyard is to go under the hammer at auction in Cork next month some nine months after it was decommissioned from service. As the Irish Times…
Mixed sailing cruisers competing in a Royal Cork Yacht Club Race in Cork Harbour. The ICRA National Championships wil be held at RCYC from 9th to 11th June
ICRA
Plans are well underway at the Royal Cork Yacht Club to host the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships in Cork Harbour on the 9th to 11th June. For the second consecutive year the nationals will be a three day…
Capacity crowd – the gathering at last weekend’s ISA Cruising Conference in Cork, with Gail McAllister at the lectern and renowned chef Rachel Allen busy with her demonstration
Cruising
The Irish Sailing Association Cruising Conference headed south this year with the original venue set at the historic Port of Cork meeting room. But when demand went beyond the capacity of the Port HQ, the venue was moved over the…
Ferries Isle of Inishmore and Stena Europe due to Storm Doris have yet to enter Rosslare Harbour following departures from Welsh ports in the early hours of this morning. The rival ferries are seen during calmer weather in the Wexford ferryport.
Ferry
#StormDoris – A pair of rival ferries have not been able to enter Rosslare Harbour from Wales since this morning due to Storm Doris. The gale to storm force conditions have battered coasts and caused high seas leading to ferry…
The first of three giant cranes is loaded onto the heavy lift vessel Albatross at Cobh on Wednesday 22 February
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - The first of three Liebherr cranes has been loaded onto the Albatross heavy lift vessel at the Port of Cork. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the three 85-metre-tall cranes — each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes — are…

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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