Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo The Irish Sailing Association

Irish Port and Shipping News
Superimposed area of infilled Foynes Jetty Extension project, one of two contracts awarded by SPFC to Abco Marine
Shannon Estuary
#JettyExtension - Two contracts have been awarded to ABCO Marine that will involve works to be carried out in Foynes Port and at Durnish.  The contracts were secured from the Shannon Foynes Port Company. Work at Foynes Port is for…
Presenting a sleek profile Neptune Aegli a vehicle-only carrier that began a charter with P&O this afternoon on the Dublin-Liverpool route.
Ferry
#Charter -A Maltese flagged Greek owned vehicle-carrier only vessel is on charter to an Irish Sea ferry operator while its ships take refit dry-docking turns in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The chartered-in Neptune Aegli can handle 1,800 cars or…
Afloat has identified the Thea II which featured in 'Rivers with Jeremy Paxman' when running on the Manchester Ship Canal, but as of this morning had completed an inaugural sailing for BG Freight Line's new Liverpool-Cork containership service.
Port of Cork
#PaxmansBoxboat– Thea II the containership that featured in ‘Rivers with Jeremy Paxman’ on Channel 4, has completed the first sailing for BG Freight Line’s new Liverpool-Cork service this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the penulimate episode of the River series…
Artist’s illustration of the planned Stad Ship Tunnel in Norway
Ports & Shipping
#ShipTunnel - Norway has an engineering first in the works in the form of a tunnel for ships, as gCaptain reports. Plans for the Stad Ship Tunnel involve blasting a 1.7km canal through the Stad Peninsula, 200km north of Bergen,…
Making a delivery voyage to Rathin Island this morning is Spirit of Rathlin. The £2.8m newbuild can take up to six vehicles and 140 passengers on the crossing to Ballycastle on the mainland.
Ferry
#NewFerryArrives - Residents of Rathlin Island now have an exciting addition as a brand new car ferry arrived this morning which is to serve the North’s only inhabited island, writes Jehan Ashmore. After a 20 hour delivery voyage from boatbuilders…
BREXIT: On the day that the UK announced the triggering date of Article 50 to begin leaving the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May paid a visit to Wales yesterday to sign the Swansea Bay City Deal in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. The venue is the home ground for Swansea City F.C. and Ospreys Rugby.
Ports & Shipping
#UKpmSigns - UK and Welsh government ministers were in Swansea to witness Prime Minister Theresa May sign yesterday the Swansea Bay City Deal along with members of the Swansea Bay City Region Board. The deal is the biggest ever investment for south…
Seatruck won '2017 Business of the Year' at The Mersey Maritime Awards (MMIA) that was held in the new Main Stand of Liverpool Football Club. The event attended by 400 people was hosted by BBC Breakfast T.V. presenter Louise Minchin.
Ferry
#MerseyAwards - At the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Seatruck Ferries were named as ‘2017 Business of the Year’ during a ceremony held in Anfield, the famous venue of Liverpool Football Club, writes Jehan Ashmore. The black tie gala dinner on…
The shell of newbuild Scot Navigator just after launching. The cargoship will have a 5,500 cubic capacity for timber products and is due for delivery in May.
Ports & Shipping
#Newbuild - Scot Line a trader of packaged timber on the Irish Sea have added a 88 metre long newbuild to its fleet that operates an Ireland-UK-Scandinavia liner service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild Scot Navigator will become the 10th…
Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port are the first Port Perspectives artists commissioned to create public artworks, Cliona Harmey, Sheelagh Broderick, Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Silvia Loeffler.
Dublin Port
#PortPerspectives - Artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks were announced by Dublin Port Campany. They were chosen in response to Dublin Port's new programme Port Perspectives and its relationship with the City. New works by Sheelagh…
The Dun Aengus Dock of the Port of Galway. Afloat adds in this view is a coastal products tanker, Galway Fisher or Forth Fisher. Both tankers are regular callers from the Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour.
Galway Harbour
#Downgrade - A move by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to downgrade Galway Port by signing a ministerial order could signal the death knell for the multimillion euro harbour development – and the entire expansion of the city to…
Port of Cork's ferry terminal in Ringaskiddy
Port of Cork
#BypassUK - The Port of Cork has ramped up talks with continental ferry companies writes Independent.ie about providing more direct freight routes between Ireland and mainland Europe due to Brexit, its chairman has said. John Mullins said fresh food exporters…
Sir David Attenborough and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret with a model of the newbuild polar research ship currently under construction at the shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside
Ports & Shipping
#ExportDrive -UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird that is building polar research vessel Sir David Attenborough, says it plans to unleash an ‘aggressive exports drive’ in 2017 after one of its busiest years for commercial marine work, which saw it land the…
Galway City Council councillors have voted to cut a marketing grant to Galway Port used to attract liner traffic. Above Afloat adds is Holland America Lines Prinsendam at anchorage during a cruise of western seaboard ports.
Galway Harbour
#GrantSlashed - There was consternation among Galway City County councillors that its marketing promotion fund would hand over €10,000 to the Port of Galway to attract cruise ships when the harbour body lavished handsome salaries on its executives. According to…
Swami seen in Kinsale in recent years at the extended commercial quay. Also to berth at Custom Quay in late February this year was the 2016 built Arklow Cape loaded with malted barley. This was the cargoship's first call to the scenic west Cork harbour.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight. Scenic Kinsale with its marina and fishing fleet based in the west Cork harbour is widely renowned for its culinary status, however what…
Welsh National Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, hosted an event this week in the capital Cardiff. Attending the event was the Port of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire County Council and partners on the Milford Haven Waterway to showcase the vibrant economic cluster of the largest port in Wales.
Ports & Shipping
#WalesBrexit - The ability of Welsh ports to deliver prosperity for all in a post Brexit UK was highlighted this week to Welsh Government Assembly Members, councillors and key business leaders at a reception held in the Senedd, Cardiff. Assembly…
88pc of those surveyed feel that Brexit will damage the Irish economy, almost all said it would hurt Irish exporters. Above: Containers belonging to global shipping operator Maersk at Peel Ports Group MTL Terminal, Ringsend, Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ExportBrexit - Two thirds of Irish exporters go through Britain a survey suggests writes The Independent to get their produce to customers on mainland Europe and further afield. And 40pc said that using a longer, yet more direct, route would…

Featured Clubs

DBSC
National Yacht Club

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

vdlr sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Chandlery

chmarine sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
Tom MacSweeney - This Island Nation
RTE Seascapes
BSB sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating