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Belfast Lough Sailability at the 2017 RYA Sailability National Conference on Saturday 18 February
Belfast Lough
#Sailability - Two volunteers with Belfast Lough Sailability received awards at the RYA Sailability National Conference in Cambridge, England last Saturday (18 February). Bill Foster was awarded the RYA Sailability Exceptional Contribution Award, accepted by BLS chair Paul Bunting, while…
Ferus-Smit's Dutch yard at Westerbroek which is currently rolling out 5,200dwt cargsoships for Arklow Shipping. They have announced an order for further newbuilds of four larger handy-sized bulkers.
Ports & Shipping
#NewBulkers- Shipbuilder Ferus Smit whose Dutch yard is according to Ships Monthly to continue constructing further newbuilds for Arklow Shipping. The yard at Westerbroek has been given an order for a quartet of small handy-sized bulk-carriers of around 16,500dwt each.…
One of a pair of ferries operating Stena's Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route is seen in H&W. Compare this photo of the conventional graving dry-dock with that of the 'floating' dry-dock in Afloat's Cork Harbour news report yesterday. This focused on Cork Dockyard's Dutch connections.
Belfast Lough
#Harland&Howth - Harland and Wolff, Belfast has been busy working with Stena Line ferries while in Howth Harbour, Co.Dublin the boatyard there has begun work on a passenger-only ferry that in recent years began running cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The annual…
Howth Harbour is synonymous as a centre for fishing boats (as above), however other vessel types call to use the boatyard's syncrolift to lift boats out of the water.
Dublin Bay
#Boatyard – The latest customer at Howth Boatyard, Co. Dublin is a 120 passenger excursion boat that operates cruises from the harbour to Ireland’s Eye just offshore and around Dublin Bay, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boat St. Bridget operates for…
The ‘Disney Magic’ will travel to Cork Harbour for the first time as part of Disney Cruise Line’s new seven-night British Isles cruise
Port of Cork
Disney Cruise Line has revealed its summer 2018 itinerary includes the Port of Cork on their list of first time visits. 2017 is already being described as one of the busiest cruise seasons in Cork with 69 cruise liners calling…
DBSC Committee Boat Freebird officiates at the Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
DBSC
A great turn–out after two cancellations got the 2017 DBSC Spring Chicken Series for Sailing Cruisers off to a great start on a lovely day at the National Yacht Club last Sunday.  The Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet was the first…
Schull Marina Project Closer To Fruition As Funding Sources Targeted
Irish Marinas
#IrishMarinas - A long-awaited marina development in Schull Harbour may finally get under way if funding from three possible sources can be secured, according to the Southern Star. Fáilte Ireland, the Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme and EU funds have been…
An Irish managed cargoship, Ziltborg that is owned by Dutch owners is seen at their headquarters homeport of Delfzijl where the vessel is in a floating dry-dock. Such a structure was a feature of Cork Dockyard where currently an unconventional busy marine engineering scene is underway as giant ship-to-shore container cranes are to be loaded onto a heavy-lift ship bound for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.
Cork Harbour
#FloatingDock - Dublin based Corrib Shipping Group’s management of a newly acquired cargoship that went into a floating dry-dock in the Netherlands last month brings memories of a similar former structure in Cork Dockyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cargoship Ziltborg is…
At the Foynes YC celebrations on Sunday were (left to right) Tom Neville TD, Patrick Finucane Hon Treasurer FYC, Simon McGibney FYC, Harry Hermon CEO ISA, David Lovegrove President ISA, Elaine O'Mahoney FYC, James McCormack Commodore FYC, Patrick O'Donovan Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Adam Teskey Limerick County Council, Kieran Keary Limerick County Council, and Kevin Bartley Secretary FYC.
Shannon Estuary
Leading figures in sailing, national politics and regional industry and commerce joined with many members at Foynes Yacht Club on Sunday in honouring its award of the Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year title for 2016 at the FYC…
Plastical classical…..Shipman 28s in Dublin Bay
Racing
It’s an interesting thought that some of the individual wooden classic boats which will be making a feature of their vintage origins in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary regatta from July 6th to 9th will actually be quite a…
Firefly practice for Saint Andrews College, Dublin ahead of the Leinster Schools Team Racing event in Dun Laoghaire
Team Racing
Although the Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships may have been postponed at the weekend, it did not stop Dublin's Saint Andrews College from putting in a busy practice session in the Royal St. George Yacht Club Fireflies dinghies on Saturday…
Louis Smyth at the helm of his Fireball dinghy during Sunday's DMYC Frostbites which saw two excellent races
Fireball
Sunday's DMYC Frostbites saw two excellent Fireball races in lively conditions in Dun Laoghaire harbour. According to the DLH weather site the wind was mostly westerly about 10-12 knots but gusting at times more than 20 knots. In both races…
Racing was extremely challenging for all sailors on the water at Kinsale
Kinsale
Light conditions saw a fleet of 29 boats leave Kinsale Yacht Club Marina and Dinghy Park this morning for Week 2 of the Osean74 Frostbite Series writes Michele Kennelly. No racing took place last week due to 29 knots blowing…
NEW ROUTE: Construction underway at Greenore, Co. Louth for a new cross-border car-ferry service due to open this summer on Carlingford Lough
Ferry
#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).
Ferry
#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…

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