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File photo of the Ferry Terminal in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where Stena Line had operated a HSS (high-speed sea service) to Holyhead until 2014.
Ferry
#FerryTerminal - A change of use through a planning application of the former ferry terminal in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, from duty-free shops and passenger services to a 450-job technology cluster, is to be lodged in coming weeks. The move writes…
CMV' Magellan this weekend berthed at the south Wales port of Newport where the cruiseship is to be used to accommodate visitors for the Champions League Final.
Cruise Liners
#ChampionsLeague - The south Welsh port of Newport has been transformed into a bespoke accommodation and events space due to increased demand from visitors arriving this weekend (2nd – 4th June) for the Champions League Final. An area of quayside…
Looking resplendent, car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle departing Wicklow Port last month having made an overnight call from Waterford estuary. The vessel which is the third largest Irish domestic ferry in terms of cars and passenger capacity was bound for Carlingford Lough. Take a closer look to the right of the wheelhouse, where the general cargoship Crown Mary was detained in the port forcing the ship to remain in the harbour for several days.
Ferry
#SeaTrials - A car ferry that is set to launch the new year-round Carlingford Lough ferry service has been conducting sea-trials between the Cooley and Mourne Mountains, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the ferry owners, the Frazer Ferries Group, a…
Delegates in Barcelona including Shannon Port Authority who were awarded by ESPO for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification.
Shannon Estuary
#PERSaward - The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has awarded Shannon Port Authority and four other ports for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification. Congratulates went also to the Port of Barcelona (Spain), Port Authority of Melilla (Spain), Niedersachsen…
Corkman Micheal Kingston along with the Irish Institute of Master Mariners is working on Ireland becoming an observing member of the Arctic Council.
Ports & Shipping
#PolarCode - A London based Irish lawyer has been to the forefront of a ground-breaking safety forum for ships in the Polar regions. Former Lloyds Maritime Lawyer of the Year Michael Kingston from Goleen reports the Southern Star has been…
Save Historic Ship: Owner of the ‘Naomh Éanna’ Sam Field Corbett has high hopes for development of his ageing former Aran Islands ferry converted into a boutique hotel located on the Liffey
Historic Boats
#SaveShip! -The owner of a heritage ship is seeking about €2 million from a joint investor to convert the Naomh Éanna into a boutique hotel/ hostel, cafe and restaurant, which he then hopes to berth close to the CHQ building…
Afloat has identified the names to be given of the new quartet of 'Ireland' Max 1,003 TEU capacity containerships currently under construction in China. BG Emerald is among the ships to be delivered in 2018
Ports & Shipping
#IrelandMax- Afloat has further researched into the names of BG Freight Line’s newbuilds lo-lo ships under construction in China and can reveal BG Emerald is among them, writes Jehan Ashmore. The custom-built ‘Ireland’ Max containership with ‘green’ credentials is one…
Kaitaki has been sold to new owners in New Zealand where she has been operating on the Cook Strait
Ferry
#FerrySale - Irish Continental Group has issued a statement yesterday to confirm the car ferry "Kaitaki" has been delivered to buyers KiwiRail of New Zealand. ICG agreed consideration of €45.0 million, payable in cash, has been received in full and…
Saint Killian II became the last carferry to operate between an Irish port and Le Havre until the route from Rosslare closed two decades ago in 1997. The former Irish Continental Line / Irish Ferries ship since 1978 served other routes between the two nations. The ferry along with fleetmate Saint Patrick II in 1997 went to lay-up in Le Havre and placed for sale. They were replaced by a single ship service on the Rosslare-Cherbourg/ Roscoff routes when Normandy was introduced. This role is currently carried out by cruiseferry Oscar Wilde.
Ferry
#LeHavre500 - Festivities began earlier today and will continue for five months in celebrating the 500th anniversary of Le Havre, a UNESCO-listed city that is also France's fifth largest port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The port of Le Havre at the…
The Russian frigate “The Shtandart” which will sail into Drogheda Port this Summer
Tall Ships
Drogheda Port's Captain Martin Donnelly have invited a wonderful new fleet of ships to visit Drogheda for the Irish Maritime Festival 2017 on 10-11th June. “The visiting ships are the focal point of The Irish Maritime Festival and it is…
ABCO Marine have been contracted on a project at Eastney, Portsmouth. The Northern Ireland based firm sourced and procured rock armour for the project from Norway from where vessels offloaded above in Southampton Port for temporary stockpiling. Afloat adds that in background is one of a trio of Red Funnel 'Raptor' class car ferries heading down Southampton water for Cowes (East) on the Isle of Wight.
Ports & Shipping
#PortProject - A Northern Ireland based marine civil engineering firm, ABCO Marine have been contracted to work on a project located in Portsmouth. The contract to the Lisburn firm is from Galliford Try for the construction of Fort Cumberland SST…
Master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary and Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South. They are pictured on the bridge of Stena Europe that operates the new Rosslare – Fishguard route timetable that began this week
Ferry
#NewTimetable - The launch of the new timetable on Stena Line’s Rosslare – Fishguard route has begun this week. The revised timetable now gives customers the chance to avail of three day sailings and one extended overnight crossing. The operator…
The bow of the Dutch flagged cargoship Crown Mary that had been detained during its call to Wicklow Port.
Ports & Shipping
#DetentionLifted – The detention of a Dutch flagged general cargoship in Wicklow Port since the weekend has finally been lifted as the vessel is no longer currently listed by the Paris MoU, writes Jehan Ashmore. Crown Mary had arrived to…
The new flagship for CMV, the 63,000 gross tonnage Columbus had operated previously as Pacific Pearl for P&O Cruises in Australia. The 775 passenger cruiseship is seen at Damen Dry-Dock in Rotterdam before a naming ceremony in London (Tilbury) next month by TV presenter Angela Rippon.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship - Columbus, the latest addition to the fleet of Cruise & Maritime Voyages that will also become their new flagship, arrived in Rotterdam just before mid-May for a three week dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard. A delivery…
Detained Dutch flagged cargoship Crown Mary has since the weekend remained tied up in Wicklow Port
Ports & Shipping
#Detained - A Dutch flagged general cargoship that was due to Dublin Port last night remains under detention in Wicklow Port having discharged packaged timber, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish maritime authorities detained the 2010 built Crown Mary on behalf of…
The CEO of Belfast Harbour, Rory Adair is after 12 years in the position to retire in early 2018
Belfast Lough
#PortCEO - Belfast Harbour have confirmed that CEO, Roy Adair CBE is to retire from the Port business in the Spring of 2018. The CEO has for more than 12 years presided over an extremely successful development phase of Belfast…

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