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Alexandra Basin (east) where Weser Highway berthed on the first call to Dublin Port for a new vehicle-carrier service linking Zeebrugge in Belgium.
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#NewService - Should you have seen a red-painted high-sided box shaped ship off the Irish east coast in recent weeks, it was likely to have been a vehicle-carrier, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship been the 750 unit vehicle carrier Weser…
Dublin Port’s volumes have increased by 25% in just four years
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Dublin Port’s Masterplan 2012-2040, a framework to guide the future development and operation of Dublin Port, makes provision for periodic reviews.  This ensures that the Masterplan reflects changing circumstances such as developments in policies governing planning, national transport, the environment…
In 1964, the Secretary of State for Scotland ordered a trio of nuclear ships to be built for senior UK Government officials and members of the Royal Family. Among the ships was Columba (currently cruiseship Hebridean Princess seen above in Dublin). They were chartered to Macbrayne Ltd where they operated as ordinary car ferries but they had extraordinary features making it possible for them to act as 'floating nuclear bunkers'.
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#FerryNuclear - In the event of a nuclear war between the West and Soviet Union, The Herald writes senior British Government officials would have survived on ships specially built by Caledonian MacBrayne as 'floating nuclear bunkers'. Afloat adds that among…
Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who named CMV's current flagship Magellan which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season
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#DirectCruises - Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV Broadcaster and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who is godmother to CMV’s flagship Magellan is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hunniford who lived at…
Poolbeg peninsula: Windmill Lane Studios founder James Morris and film producer Alan Moloney want to develop an €80 million studio complex at the new Poolbeg strategic development zone, a 34 hectare site in the city’s east end.
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#PortStudio - Chief executive of Dublin Port Company Eamonn O’Reilly has told Dublin City Council he “would have an open mind” on the development of a Hollywood-style film studio on the Poolbeg peninsula. As The Irish Times writes in recent weeks…
Following Fred Olsen's Boudicca that marked the first cruise caller of 2017 to Dublin Port, the capital is to welcome Saga Cruises smaller Saga Pearl II on St. Patrick's Day. The 449 passenger ship became the first cruiseship to visit Warrenpoint. Co. Down in recent years.
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#CruiseIncrease – Dublin Port in 2017 is to welcome a total of 125 cruise calls an increase on last year, however Dun Laoghaire Harbour will have a repeat of last year with eight calls, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on…
Applegreen to pay €15.7m to buy a 50pc stake in a fuel terminal at Dublin Port.
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#FuelTerminal - Applegreen, a forecourt retailer has agreed to pay €15.7m to buy a 50pc stake in a fuel terminal at Dublin Port. The Joint Fuel Terminal writes The Irish Independent is currently equally owned by Valero Energy (Ireland) and…
Chief executive rejects ‘mad’ proposal for Hollywood-style complex on the Poolbeg Peninsula
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#PortEstate -Chief executive of Dublin Port Eamonn O’Reilly has described as “mad”, “daft” and an “attempt at a landgrab” plans for a Hollywood-style film studio on the Poolbeg Peninsula. As The Irish Times writes the port company will next month…
Iver Ability photographed in Malaga. The tanker has been at anchor on Dublin Bay since August
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A red–hulled ship and her crew at anchor on Dublin Bay since August are set for a lonely Christmas on the capital's waters. The long term anchorage of the 'Iver Ability' follows a fire onboard the Asphalt/Bitumen Tanker during her…
Waterways and business groups want Dublin's Grand Canal Basin's Georgian (1850's built) graving docks and lock gates kept. AFLOAT adds the former Aran Islands ferry-cattle ship, Naomh Eanna which in recent years was saved from scrapping but subsequently shifted into a disused yet historic graving dock. The view above shows the rivet-hulled vessel facing Ringsend.
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#SaveHistoricDocks - A Dublin docklands business group and waterways enthusiasts have called on Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys to save a key piece of the Grand Canal basin’s Georgian architecture. As The Irish Times writes The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland…
Dublin Port is to 'soften' its boundaries with the capital city and provide a public realm at the Port Centre headquarters. This project will be the first such development in 35 years.
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#SoftPort - A major project by Dublin Port to 'soften' its boundaries between the port's centre headquarters and the capital city to enable a greater public realm is underway. The work is the largest physical intervention by Dublin Port in…
SLEEK CITY TRADER: Spirit of Docklands is the only Liffey based craft that operates 'excursion' trips between the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and the 3Arena (former O2 and Point Theatre). Berthed behind is the ultra-luxury small cruiseship Hebridean Princess which was chartered twice by the Royal Family in Scottish waters. On a related note the Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena made a unique charter-cruise call to Dublin in 1995 and by coincidence also berthed at the above Sir John Rogersons Quay. Afloat previously reported that the cargo-passenger ship that serves the remote island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic finally in June this year for the first time visited London, her homeport of registry.
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#LiffeyPotential – Post-Brexit potentially poses an exodus of UK banks relocating from London to the EU and notably Dublin’s financial Docklands, where the Liffey flows through with barely any river-traffic compared to the Thames, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since the Brexit…
A Celebrity Cruise liner will be based in Dublin Port from 2018
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Modern luxury cruise line Celebrity Cruises has become the first major cruise line to confirm Dublin Port as a 'home' port when a ship will call the city home during early summer 2018. For five sailings commencing in late April,…
An image of how the proposed relocated crane would look alongside Dublin Port headquarters.
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#PortReOrder – Frank McDonald of the Irish Times writes about plans by Dublin Port to ‘soften the hard edge’ between its Port Centre and the still-developing north Docklands. Dublin Port, for long a nearly enclosed semi-industrial estate at the eastern…
Ro-Ro freight trailers and Lo-Lo containers are the mainstay of Dublin Port’s business
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Dublin Port has announced new figures showing a 6.8% increase in trade volumes for the first nine months of the year. The current pace of growth puts Dublin Port on course for a record year for the third year in…
Seatruck's Clipper Ranger is another ship on the Dublin route. So far during 2016 Seatruck freight volumes have grown at roughly three times the market level. according to the company
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Irish Sea freight ferry specialist Seatruck Ferries has added a fourth vessel to the Liverpool Dublin service. The ‘Clipper Ranger’ will commence operations on the week commencing 10 October, enhancing the busy midweek period with 4 departures each way per day. The…

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