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NEW ROUTE: Construction underway at Greenore, Co. Louth for a new cross-border car-ferry service due to open this summer on Carlingford Lough
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#NewRoute - A ferry service which has been long awaited between Greenore and Greencastle, linking both sides of Carlingford Lough, will launch early this summer, writes the Argus. 'Construction work has commenced and we're planning to have the ferry service…
A View from the Bridge: This great on board view clearly demonstrates the complexity of a tanker's pipe network as the vessel headed up the channel fairway within Dublin Port last week.
Dublin Port
#TankerSnap – The above photograph is not of the red-hulled tanker Iver Ability which anchored in Dublin Bay for more than five months and in doing so drew much mainstream media attention, writes Jehan Ashmore. So what is the identity…
In this dry-docking scene at A&P Falmouth is cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde. Another ship, but from the energy sector is occupying a neighbouring dry-dock while in the background is a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ‘Bay’ class Landing Ship Dock support vessel, RFA Mounts Bay (L3008).
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#DryDocking - Ireland-France cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde will resume seasonal services next month but in the meantime the ship is undergoing routine maintenance in a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to a source following a visit to Falmouth, Cornwall the…
HISTORIC CALL: Newbuild Spirit of Rathlin, a six vehicle car-ferry carried out berthing-loading trials in Greystones Harbour yesterday.
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#HistoricCall – The first ever car-ferry to visit Greystones Harbour, Co. Wicklow made history when the Spirit of Rathlin carried out berthing vehicle-loading trials yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Rathlin, a £2.8m ferry which was only launched last Autumn…
Three cranes, each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes and 85 metres high will be loaded on to a massive ship next week
Cork Harbour
Three cranes, each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes and 85 metres high will be loaded on to a massive ship next week in Cork Harbour bound for Puerto Rico. It will be an amazing feat of engineering and an equally…
DBSC racing for SB20s gets underway on Dublin Bay
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London 2012 Olympic Games Race Officer Jack Roy, who is DBSC Principal Race Officer and ISA Director of Racing, is organising an ISA Race Officer Level 1 Course which will be run over two evenings – Tuesday March 28th and…
After two cancellations, the 50–boat fleet including the J109 Jump the Gun above is hopeful for a start this Sunday
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15–knot westerlies should give Dublin Bay Sailing Club Spring Chicken sailors grounds for optimism this Sunday at the National Yacht Club.   After two cancellations, the 50–boat fleet is hopeful for a start this weekend after two missed Sundays so…
How about this for the Editorial Office? The 55ft steel cutter Annabelle J is cruised extensively by incoming Irish Cruising Club Annual Honorary Editor Maire Breathnach of Dungarvan and her husband Andrew Wilkes
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Cruising is the side of sailing which sometimes finds it difficult to make its voice heard. Its essence is in the quiet enjoyment of seafaring and the peace of secluded anchorages. Unlike the absolute clarity of racing results, which create…
DBSC summer racing on Dublin Bay begins on Tuesday, April 25th
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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), the country's largest yacht racing organisation, is well advanced with plans for its Summer season in just over two months time. There are some major changes to the Sherry Fitzgerald–sponsored programme this year with the…
Ronan Kenneally (left) is presented with 'The Yard-of-Ale' Trophy by Charles Dwyer on Winning the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Laser Winter League for the second-year in succession
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A ‘Yard of Ale’ - the “famous trophy” - as the Laser sailors described it was presented to Ronan Kenneally at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour where he won the Winter League for the second year running as…
By 2023, IMO should introduce the necessary target and measures to bend down the CO2 emissions curve.
Ports & Shipping
#EUonCo2 - The European Parliament voted in favour yesterday of the inclusion of CO2 emissions from shipping in the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the establishment of a maritime climate fund “in the absence of progress at international level”…
Claimed to be the world’s most fuel efficient RoPax vessels are a quartet of newbuilds for Stena Line who plan to introduce them on Belfast routes. Afloat adds that the current pair of ferries on the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route are only 'stern-loading' vessels unlike the newbuilds.
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#NewbuildsBelfast - A newbuild contract announced last year by Stena for a quartet of ropax ferry vessels with a delivery schedule during 2019 and 2020 are planned for Irish Sea service. The vessels are being built at the AVIC Shipyard…
Cranes of the bulk-carrier Nonna Ulia berthed in Dublin Port. According to the iShipIndex overall bulk traffic through the Republic's ports fell 7% during 2016.
Ports & Shipping
#iShipIndex - The latest iShip Index published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) shows that shipping and port activity in the Republic of Ireland fell by 2% in the fourth quarter of 2016 when compared to the corresponding period…
Jeanie Johnston assisted by tugs Shackleton and Beaufort to a temporary berth at North Wall Extension on Monday. This afternoon the barque is to complete the short passage upriver to Custom House Quay and reopen for tours this Friday. Note on the right in the background is the blue crane of the graving dry-dock from where the tallship vacated as the final ship to use the facility.
Tall Ships
#DublinsTallship - Jeanie Johnston which became the final ever vessel to use Dublin Port's last working graving dock is to return to her usual city-centre berth this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Monday, the replica of a 19th century famine…
Jeanie Johnston under tow of Dublin Port tugs, Shackleton and Beaufort (astern) of the tallship which is seen off the Lead-In Jetty of the dry-dock in Alexandra Basin. The pair towed the barque to the an adjacent (albeit temporary) berth on the Liffey which given the strong winds took almost an hour to complete. Note construction-related machinery for the 'Soft' Port HQ boundary project next to the site of the ABR project.
Ports & Shipping
#Towage - In reporting news from Cork in December, at first glance the appearance of a tug surprisingly seemed to strongly suggest that of a Dublin Port tug, however this was clearly not to be, writes Jehan Ashmore. As a pair…
Data from the wave buoy is used to ensure the safety of ships coming in and out of Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour
TechWorks Marine has deployed an operational Wave Buoy by Port of Cork in late 2016, to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour. As the Wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large…

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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