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Méabh Ní Ghionnáin and Kaitlyn Dow with the unmanned sailboat that brought them together
Coastal Notes
#Lancer - An American high school student this week made the trip across the Atlantic to meet the Galway schoolgirl who found her marine science project mini-yacht last year. Kaitlyn Dow from Waterford High School in Connecticut met eight-year-old Méabh…
MSC Magnifica pictured in Dubrovnik
News Update
#Missing - A Dublin-based man was set to be charged with the murder of his wife, who went missing from a Mediterranean cruise earlier this month. Daniel Belling, a German citizen and IT professional, was detained this week before boarding…
Coal-carrying cargoship, Jolanta which was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour. The 99m ship however did not trade to ports on the Irish Sea or beyond?... So how could that be?... to find out the ship's destination (as pictured above) read below. Note yellow heavy machinery vehicle dozer on coal heap.
Belfast Lough
#CoalShip – A general cargoship that was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour but did not depart to a port on the Irish Sea or for that matter beyond, so how could that be?, writes Jehan Ashmore. The answer to…
Nicknamed ‘the last of the Mohicans’, the LÉ Aisling set the bar under its first captain, the ‘Sheriff’, Lieut Cdr Peadar McElhinney.
Navy
#AislingAuction - The last ship built for the Irish Naval Service at Verolme Cork Dockyard is to go under the hammer at auction in Cork next month some nine months after it was decommissioned from service. As the Irish Times…
Mixed sailing cruisers competing in a Royal Cork Yacht Club Race in Cork Harbour. The ICRA National Championships wil be held at RCYC from 9th to 11th June
ICRA
Plans are well underway at the Royal Cork Yacht Club to host the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships in Cork Harbour on the 9th to 11th June. For the second consecutive year the nationals will be a three day…
Capacity crowd – the gathering at last weekend’s ISA Cruising Conference in Cork, with Gail McAllister at the lectern and renowned chef Rachel Allen busy with her demonstration
Cruising
The Irish Sailing Association Cruising Conference headed south this year with the original venue set at the historic Port of Cork meeting room. But when demand went beyond the capacity of the Port HQ, the venue was moved over the…
Ferries Isle of Inishmore and Stena Europe due to Storm Doris have yet to enter Rosslare Harbour following departures from Welsh ports in the early hours of this morning. The rival ferries are seen during calmer weather in the Wexford ferryport.
Ferry
#StormDoris – A pair of rival ferries have not been able to enter Rosslare Harbour from Wales since this morning due to Storm Doris. The gale to storm force conditions have battered coasts and caused high seas leading to ferry…
The first of three giant cranes is loaded onto the heavy lift vessel Albatross at Cobh on Wednesday 22 February
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - The first of three Liebherr cranes has been loaded onto the Albatross heavy lift vessel at the Port of Cork. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the three 85-metre-tall cranes — each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes — are…
Storm Doris has caused some ferry cancellations and delays on the Irish Sea today
Ferry
#StormDoris – Travel disruption due to Storm Doris has led to one of the largest ferries on the Irish Sea unable to enter Dublin Port due to the adverse weather conditions. An attempt however by the 44,000 gross tonnage Stena…
Warrenpoint Harbour is to expand with a new Quinn Cement export hub. The facility is expected to underpin the economy on both sides of the border and in the south of England. Seen above is a 'M' class bulk-carrier of Arklow Shipping along with the bunker tanker Mersey Spirit which has featured in 'Ports & Shipping' news throughout the years.
Ports & Shipping
#QuinnCement - Quinn Cement and Warrenpoint Harbour Authority have announced the opening of a new cement export hub at the Co. Down port. The £2.5 million investment reflects a 10-year deal between the Cavan-based company and WHA. Final commissioning of…
Belfast Lough Sailability at the 2017 RYA Sailability National Conference on Saturday 18 February
Belfast Lough
#Sailability - Two volunteers with Belfast Lough Sailability received awards at the RYA Sailability National Conference in Cambridge, England last Saturday (18 February). Bill Foster was awarded the RYA Sailability Exceptional Contribution Award, accepted by BLS chair Paul Bunting, while…
Ferus-Smit's Dutch yard at Westerbroek which is currently rolling out 5,200dwt cargsoships for Arklow Shipping. They have announced an order for further newbuilds of four larger handy-sized bulkers.
Ports & Shipping
#NewBulkers- Shipbuilder Ferus Smit whose Dutch yard is according to Ships Monthly to continue constructing further newbuilds for Arklow Shipping. The yard at Westerbroek has been given an order for a quartet of small handy-sized bulk-carriers of around 16,500dwt each.…
One of a pair of ferries operating Stena's Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route is seen in H&W. Compare this photo of the conventional graving dry-dock with that of the 'floating' dry-dock in Afloat's Cork Harbour news report yesterday. This focused on Cork Dockyard's Dutch connections.
Belfast Lough
#Harland&Howth - Harland and Wolff, Belfast has been busy working with Stena Line ferries while in Howth Harbour, Co.Dublin the boatyard there has begun work on a passenger-only ferry that in recent years began running cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The annual…
Howth Harbour is synonymous as a centre for fishing boats (as above), however other vessel types call to use the boatyard's syncrolift to lift boats out of the water.
Dublin Bay
#Boatyard – The latest customer at Howth Boatyard, Co. Dublin is a 120 passenger excursion boat that operates cruises from the harbour to Ireland’s Eye just offshore and around Dublin Bay, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boat St. Bridget operates for…
The ‘Disney Magic’ will travel to Cork Harbour for the first time as part of Disney Cruise Line’s new seven-night British Isles cruise
Port of Cork
Disney Cruise Line has revealed its summer 2018 itinerary includes the Port of Cork on their list of first time visits. 2017 is already being described as one of the busiest cruise seasons in Cork with 69 cruise liners calling…
DBSC Committee Boat Freebird officiates at the Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
DBSC
A great turn–out after two cancellations got the 2017 DBSC Spring Chicken Series for Sailing Cruisers off to a great start on a lovely day at the National Yacht Club last Sunday.  The Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet was the first…

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