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IRELAND-ICELAND: An Irish flagged bulk-carrier Arklow Mill departed the Shannon Estuary (pictured at Aughinish Alumina plant in recent years) has completed a voyage to Iceland this morning.
Shannon Estuary
#Ireland-Iceland – It is pleasing to pick up on an Irish flagged ship from previous years of reporting for Afloat, on this occasion a bulk-carrier that has completed an Ireland-Iceland voyage this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship Arklow Mill…
Erin Mcilwaine, winner overall and first girl of the Topper Winter Championships at Royal Cork. Erin is photographed with Pat Horgan Class Captain Toppers RCYC (left) and Admiral John Roche who presented the prizes. Scroll down for photo galler
Topper
Erin McIlwaine from Newcastle in Co Down leapfrogged overnight leader Conor Horgan of Royal Cork Yacht Club to take the win at the inaugural Topper Winter Championships held at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour this weekend writes Bob Bateman. Erin also…
Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series had an entry of 29 keelboats and dinghies
Kinsale
29 hardy entrants in 3 fleets were on the start line today for the first day of the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series kindly sponsored by Osean74 writes Michelle Kennelly. The marina was white with frost as the Squibbers slid…
Thunder Child fights six-metre swells at the mouth of Cork Harbour during Storm Doris on Thursday 2 February
Cork Harbour
#ThunderChild - Storm Doris’s high winds on Thursday (2 February) made the perfect conditions for testing Safehaven Marine’s latest state-of-the-art naval patrol vessel in Cork Harbour, as the Irish Examiner reports. Test pilot Ciaran Monks was at the helm of…
The new £6.2m Strangford Lough carferry, Strangford II on its first official journey to Portaferry. The 28 vehicle newbuild replaces reserve ferry Strangford, an ageing Cork (Rusbrooke) built ferry.
Ferry
#Old&New – Fresh from annual dry-docking is Isle of Inishmore of Irish Ferries, that recently resumed Rosslare-Pembroke duties, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 34,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry had undergone routine maintenance work at A&P Falmouth, Cornwall. This year marks 20 years…
SOLENT WATERS: View from wheelhouse of short-sea trader Vedette. In recent years a fleetmate Velox stood-in for an Irish flagged cargoship (for ship's identity, read below) that went off UK-Channel Islands service for drydocking in Dublin.
Ports & Shipping
#TradingCowes – A pair of short-sea traders based at Cowes, Isle of Wight have called to two Irish east coast ports that are some 30 nautical miles apart, writes Jehan Ashmore. Vedette is docked in Dublin Port while at Wicklow…
Mr Cool. When Stewart Hosford in Cork got the shock news that the very new Hugo Boss had been seriously damaged in a test sail off the coast of northwest Spain in the Autumn of 2015, he calmly set in train a rapid retrieval programme, and continued with his planned speaking engagement that evening with the Irish Atlantic Youth Trust.
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Back in the Autumn of 2015, the CEO of Alex Thomson Racing, Stewart Hosford of Cork Harbour, had just received news that the very new IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, with Thomson on board testing his latest craft to the limit,…
SEA-DOG: Husky, a tug workboat made a short coastal passage from Howth Harbour to her homeport of Wickow Port this morning. She is seen last weekend on the Vartry and at a routine berth on the North Quay. Astern are boats of the fishing fleet of the east coast harbour.
Ports & Shipping
#Towage – Alpha Marine’s tug-workboat Husky headed to her homeport of Wicklow Port this morning having been at Howth Boatyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The robust looking Belfast registered 8 tonnes bollard pull tug had used the boat-haul or ‘Synchrolift’ facility…
DLRCoCo councillors unanimously agreed “serious risks for the local authority” had been raised in the due diligence report on Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company at a meeting last month
Ports & Shipping
#PortTransfer - The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DRCoCo) executive will undertake a full risk assessment into the transfer of ownership of Dun Laoghaire Harbour to the local authority, it has emerged. The assessment process will aim to identify the best…
Waves break over the Great South Wall at Poolbeg, Dublin
Dublin Bay
As Ireland braces itself for stormy conditions next week, photographer John Coveney captured waves breaking over the Great South Wall at Poolbeg on Dublin Bay during yesterday's Southeasterly Gale.  Met Eireann say South to southwest winds will continue to occasionally…
UNIQUE PORT: Irish Rail operates Rosslare Europort from where is seen Welsh routes rivals ferries: Isle of Inishmore of Irish Ferries and berthed nearby Stena Europe at the outer pier. Both companies also have continental connections to France.
Ferry
#Rail&Sail – Rosslare Europort is a unique Irish port as the Co. Wexford harbour is operated by state-owned Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) which today celebrates its 30th anniversary, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish Rail was established on 2 February 1987 and…
‘Connecting Ships, Ports & People’ On World Maritime Day
Ports & Shipping
#WorldMaritimeDay - ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’ is the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day on Thursday 28 September. Discussing the place of the International Maritime Organization (IOM) in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, IOM secretary-general Kitack Lim…
The latest newbuild for Arklow Shipping’s Dutch management company, Arklow Vanguard (aft section) is seen this week at a shipyard in north-eastern Netherlands. A predecessor, Arklow Valour of the ‘V’ class cargoships became the first newbuild of 2017 for ASL and is currently moored at the Port of London along with a fleetmate, Arklow Cadet completed last year.
Ports & Shipping
#ArklowThames - This week Afloat reported on stories from the Strait of Dover and it is on the other side of the Kent coast that a new ship, part of the Arklow Shipping fleet was until yesterday at anchorage, writes…
This amidships profile view shows the 89m long Lady Ariane underway with packaged deck cargo on the hatch covers. Note the telescopic wheelhouse (and masts!) to permit the vessel to navigate on waterways that have low-lying bridges.
Ports & Shipping
#Scotline – Scotline the short-sea timber products operator recently took a time-charter of Lady Ariane which berthed in Wicklow Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The box shaped singledecker had sailed from the Swedish port of Varberg. The Scandinavian port that…
Talks Over Return Of Blackrock Tower Liferaft
Galway Harbour
#Galway - Irish Water Safety in engaged in talks with Galway City Council over the possibility of reinstating the liferaft at BlackrockDiving Tower. Councillors last year rejected proposals to replace the amenity after a poor health and safety assessment in…
Logs (round timber) stacked high on Packet Pier where Bounder was been loaded with scrap metal at Wicklow Port. On completion of work the 88m long cargoship was bound for Liverpool. In close proximity to the ship is the inbound trawler Angela Madeline after a day's fishing.
Ports & Shipping
#ShipSnapshot – Lady Adriane berthed at Wicklow Port this morning in the wake of another short-sea trader, the 89m Bounder which at the weekend was loaded with scrap metal, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was a busy scene as trucks shuttled…

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