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The HPV LE Eithne yesterday rescued refugee migrants off Libya during Operation Pontus. Note the addition of the awning covering the HPV's heli-deck, to provide shelter to those rescued from the wind and sunny climate of the Mediterranean.
Navy
#RefugeeRescue- Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Eithne yesterday located and rescued a total of 135 migrants off Libya. The migrants were found on an inflatable craft approx 83Km off the north-west coast of Tripoli.…
A beautiful sight for the sea-battered mariner. Hospitable Kinsale and its marina opens to view as you sail in past the forts
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The people of Ireland – sailors and farmers alike - are gasping for a bit of real summer. But with Met Eireann predicting that next week will be favourable for hay-making, there’s a dilemma for grassland farmers who like a…
The 143– foot Asgard berthed at Cork Harbour Marina in Monkstown
Cork Harbour
It's Asgard alright but not as we know her! This 42–metre British Virgin Island flagged sailing vessel of the same name as Ireland's beloved former Sail Training Vessels arrived into Cork Harbour today. She makes a fine picture berthed at…
Angling Bye-Law For Trout Conservation In Shannon Basin
Angling
#Angling - A new bye-law to help conserve brown trout has been introduced in for the Shannon River Basin District. Seén Kyne, Minister of State with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, introduced the Conservation of Trout (No.8 or Limerick District) Bye-Law…
Traditional boats will be sailing at Crosshaven this weekend
Historic Boats
Preserving traditional boats is very important, using them even more so and racing them a sight to behold writes Tom MacSweeney. All can be seen this weekend at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour where vintage boats of all types, shapes and…
At time of posting it was only a couple of hours since newbuild Arklow Venture was launched on this Bloomsday morning
Ports & Shipping
#Launch – Once again it was a Dutch yard that launched a cargoship for Arklow Shipping and that took place on this Bloomsday morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Venture with yard no. 727 represents the seventh so far of 10…
First Prize Boat of the Day went to Flesk-Valley Rowing-Club. Scroll down for more photos from the Ocean to City Ras mor event on the Lee
Coastal Rowing
The River Lee was filled with colour, excitement and drama with over 30 different types of boats all competing in Ocean to City – An Rás Mór on Saturday 10 June. Ireland’s premier coastal rowing race had to make a…
Russian frigate Shtandart will stand tall in Belfast after wowing the crowds in Drogheda last weekend
Maritime Festivals
#TallShips - This year’s Belfast Maritime Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday 16 June) with a chance to climb aboard some of the visiting tall ship flotilla, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot welcome visitors…
The 44-car capacity ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle seen in Carlingford Lough several weeks ago but has yet to enter service
Ferry
#Delays - The Scenic Carlingford Ferry, which was set to launch this month has stated that it is "looking like it could be another couple of weeks" before the car-ferry is ready to get underway. In the Dundalk Gazette, the Chief…
Steve Wickham and his band brought his unique style of music and fiddle playing on board on Saturday night
Drogheda Port
One of the musical highlights of the recent Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda were the two unique sold out concerts held on the deck of the Tall Ship Earl of Pembroke on the historic River Boyne. The idea for the…
The custom-built Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service on the route linking Church Bay,Rathlin Island to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim,
Island News
#EntersService – The new custom-built car ferry Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service with a first scheduled sailing today on the Rathlin Island link with Ballycastle on the Antrim mainland, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Rathlin built by Arklow…
MS Prinsendam of Holland America Line at anchor off Bantry House & Garden, West Cork. The call of the 37,000 tonnes cruiseship was the first in almost 30 years to the stunning location of Bantry.
Cruise Liners
#BantryBay - MS Prinsendam of Holland America Line made her maiden call to Bantry Bay Harbour writes West Cork Times on what was to be the first visit of a cruise liner to Bantry in almost 30 years. Carrying more…
TV personality Angela Rippon, Godmother to Columbus, who named the new flagship at the ceremony within the splendid Palladium show lounge.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship- The latest addition to Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet of new flagship Columbus as previously referred on Afloat was named at a glittering ceremony held at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury. The Godmother to Columbus, who named the…
Visiting Yacht Pier: (from left to right) Joe Hiney, Paul Fleming  Drogheda Port Company, Heidi & Steve Wickham, Mary T Daly Louth Co Co, Martin Donnelly Drogheda Port.
Drogheda Port
Drogheda Port Company in partnership with Louth County Council have announced the opening of Fiddle Case Pier, Drogheda’s first official berth for visiting yachts. Designed to help promote and facilitate maritime tourism in Drogheda, Fiddle Case Pier will be able…
Star Pride arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour accompanied by The Dublin Port Tug Beaufort on her port bow
Cruise Liners
A Dublin Port Pilot boat and a Tug accompanied Star Pride, a 208–passenger cruise liner into her berth at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. The 133m Star Pride, launched in 1988, is one of three German built cruise ships, that…
2017 ICRA Prizewinners gathered at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for more prizegiving photos
ICRA
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche presented the national champions with their trophies and prizes at the Cork Harbour Club this afternoon. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the prizegiving atmosphere at Crosshaven.  Read all Afloat's coverage…

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