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Departing Arklow the newbuild Spirit of Rathlin, a 6 vehicle /140 passenger capacity ferry is to enter Rathlin Island ferry service once a new £1m harbour works project is completed to accommodate the new 28m vessel.
Ferry
#FerryCompleted - Spirit of Rathlin the new £2.8m car and passenger ferry is to be operated under a new ten year contract awarded to Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild built by Arklow Marine Services undertook sea…
Thunder Child undergoing performance trials in Cork Harbour last month
Cork Harbour
#ThunderChild - Stormy winter seas made the perfect proving ground for a new state-of-the-art naval patrol and rescue vessel tested in Cork Harbour recently, as the Irish Examiner reports. But it’s just the beginning for Thunder Child – the latest…
Deepwater terminal of Ringaskiddy, Port of Cork is closely situated to medical and pharmaceutical industries where such plants are major exporters
Ports & Shipping
#ExportsBrexit - Firms which employ large numbers of people by Irish owned companies are being hit by the slump in sterling, the latest trade figures suggest. Business groups here writes The Irish Examiner condemned UK prime minister Theresa May’s speech…
Lloyds of London with its origins in marine insurance using a coffee house in 1688 is examining the Irish capital which remains on a shortlist as it finalises plan to deal with Brexit
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#LloydsofDublin? - The option by Lloyd’s of London according to The Irish Times in setting up a subsidiary in Dublin is actively been examined, as it finalises its plan to deal with the move to Brexit. The insurance market is…
For almost two decades the high-speed craft HSC Jonathan Swift (underway in Dublin Bay) has loyaly served the Dublin-Holyhead since 1999. The fastferry annually clocks up an impressive 162,000kms.
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#Overhauls- Ulysses flagship of Irish Ferries departed today fresh from annual overhaul having dry-docked at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. From Birkenhead the 50,000 gross tonnage Ulysses the 1,875 passenger/ 1,342 car capacity giant proceeded in the…
Transport Launches New ‘Seafarers’ Website
News Update
#Seafarers - The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has launched its new Seafarers web resource for all seafarers, fishers, recreational craft users and others looking to obtain certification or qualification in the sector. The new website is intended…
 UK 29er National Championship winners Harry Durcan and Harry Whitaker are heading for Spain next month
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Royal Cork's Harry Durcan was back on the water in Crosshaven, County Cork at the weekend with crew Harry Whitaker in advance of their first 29er skiff event of the year in Spain in February. The first Eurocup of 2017…
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat forms this backdrop as cruiseships anchor off Villefranche-sur-Mer, south of France in 2010: (L-R) Thomson Holiday, Disney Magic (maiden call to Dublin last year) and Grand Holiday (now Magellan: see today's Afloat.ie report)
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#Awards&Shows – The Irish Travel Industry Awards ceremony is to take place in Dublin on 26 January in the historic surroundings of the Round Room of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents…
Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who named CMV's current flagship Magellan which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season
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#DirectCruises - Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV Broadcaster and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who is godmother to CMV’s flagship Magellan is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hunniford who lived at…
Fergal McLoughlin, An Taisce and Susan McDonnell from the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association at a public meeting on the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour Dalkey.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour - Locals in Dalkey opposed to the building of a residential and retail development in Bulloch Harbour writes The Irish Times have been encouraged to lodge planning objections before the January 19th deadline. More than 100 people attended a…
Map showing the section of the S2S due to open in March
Dublin Bay
#S2S - The latest section of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle route around Dublin Bay will not be opened till March due to delays on water main works, as Irish Cycle reports. Once completed, the new cycle track —…
Camac, a Dublin Port pilot cutter launch with a containership underway in Dublin Bay
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks. ‘Safe and sustainable’ marine transport and ‘delivery of emergency management services’ have been made a high level goal in the Department of Transport’s Statement…
The UK Coastal Marina of the Year for 2017 (over 250 berths) is Largs Yacht Haven in Scotland
Irish Marinas
Largs Yacht Haven in Scotland has won the UK Coastal Marina of the Year award at the London Boat Show.  The Yacht Harbour Association (THYA), a group association within membership organisation of British Marine, announced the winners of its prestigious…
After the launch of newbuild Arklow Castle yesterday in the Netherlands. The third 'C' class cargoship revives a name of a predecessor which notably operated a rare 'container' only service for ASL
Ports & Shipping
#CastleLaunch- Arklow Castle was launched in the Netherlands yesterday to form the third ‘C’ class newbuild of a 10-ship order from the Co. Wicklow based operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 5,054dwt cargoship Arklow Castle (yard No. 426) slid into the…
Crosshaven Boatyard visible beyond the Royal Cork Yacht Club
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Doyle Shipping Group will concentrate its core stevedoring business in Dublin, Cork and elsewhere in Ireland as it prepares to offer Crosshaven Boatyard for sale as a going concern this year. That’s according to yard manager Matt Foley,…
At the launch of BBC HD: Travis Peterson (VP Product Global Eagle Entertainment), Zina Neophytou (VP Out of Home BBC Worldwide) and Graham Douglas (Media & Communications Manager Carnival UK)
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#TVCruiseChannel - BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of a global entertainment channel, BBC HD, the company’s first channel produced exclusively for cruiseships and the wider maritime market. It will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) MTN TV network,…

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