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Claimed to be the world’s most fuel efficient RoPax vessels are a quartet of newbuilds for Stena Line who plan to introduce them on Belfast routes. Afloat adds that the current pair of ferries on the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route are only 'stern-loading' vessels unlike the newbuilds.
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#NewbuildsBelfast - A newbuild contract announced last year by Stena for a quartet of ropax ferry vessels with a delivery schedule during 2019 and 2020 are planned for Irish Sea service. The vessels are being built at the AVIC Shipyard…
Cranes of the bulk-carrier Nonna Ulia berthed in Dublin Port. According to the iShipIndex overall bulk traffic through the Republic's ports fell 7% during 2016.
Ports & Shipping
#iShipIndex - The latest iShip Index published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) shows that shipping and port activity in the Republic of Ireland fell by 2% in the fourth quarter of 2016 when compared to the corresponding period…
Jeanie Johnston assisted by tugs Shackleton and Beaufort to a temporary berth at North Wall Extension on Monday. This afternoon the barque is to complete the short passage upriver to Custom House Quay and reopen for tours this Friday. Note on the right in the background is the blue crane of the graving dry-dock from where the tallship vacated as the final ship to use the facility.
Tall Ships
#DublinsTallship - Jeanie Johnston which became the final ever vessel to use Dublin Port's last working graving dock is to return to her usual city-centre berth this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Monday, the replica of a 19th century famine…
Jeanie Johnston under tow of Dublin Port tugs, Shackleton and Beaufort (astern) of the tallship which is seen off the Lead-In Jetty of the dry-dock in Alexandra Basin. The pair towed the barque to the an adjacent (albeit temporary) berth on the Liffey which given the strong winds took almost an hour to complete. Note construction-related machinery for the 'Soft' Port HQ boundary project next to the site of the ABR project.
Ports & Shipping
#Towage - In reporting news from Cork in December, at first glance the appearance of a tug surprisingly seemed to strongly suggest that of a Dublin Port tug, however this was clearly not to be, writes Jehan Ashmore. As a pair…
Data from the wave buoy is used to ensure the safety of ships coming in and out of Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour
TechWorks Marine has deployed an operational Wave Buoy by Port of Cork in late 2016, to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour. As the Wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large…
The port of Foynes looking westward. While the commercial harbour in the foreground is busy, there’s still ample space beyond for a sheltered corner where Foynes Yacht Club has been so active and successful that it is the new Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year. It will be visited by ISA President David Lovegrove this weekend for a Family Day and a special awards ceremony
Shannon Estuary
They’re keen on their sailing in Foynes Yacht Club in its sheltered channel behind the island on the south shore of the majestic Shannon Estuary writes W M Nixon. And they’re keen on their teaching too. Elaine O’Mahoney stood down…
Hospital ship, Africa Mercy of NGO humanitarian agency Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. 75% of the world’s population live within 150km of a port city where the ship assists the world's poorest. Afloat adds that the former Scandinavian train-ferry, Dronning Ingrid, featured in a BBC TV documentary that followed medics from Northern Ireland as volunteers on board.
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#MercyShips- Mercy Ships a NGO humanitarian agency and Stena Line, the world’s largest privately owned ferry company, have decided to enter a long-term partnership. The goal is to raise general awareness about the charity, promote volunteering and charitable giving both…
The Jeanie Johnston after departing Dublin's last drydock yesterday is seen at the Lead-In Jetty outside the entrance of the shiprepair /maintenance facility which is to be decommissioned. The barque without it upper section of the mizzen mast, was awaiting to be towed to a berth on the Liffey close to the Tom Clarke toll-bridge.
Tall Ships
#DryDocking – A replica 19th century famine emigrant tallship built to retrace Irish-north American history, Jeanie Johnston also made her own mark in Dublin Port yesterday as the final ship to use the capital’s last graving drydock, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Marine Notice: Training Course Statutory Certification In Ireland
Ports & Shipping
#MarineNotice - Marine Notice No 6 of 2017 from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that anyone undertaking maritime training in Ireland should ensure that any course leading to certification is approved by and complies with the…
The ferry terminal, which closed in 2015, was made available to rent for events last November
Dublin Bay
#UCDBall - Dun Laoghaire Harbour is set to host the revived UCD Ball this April. A total of 7,000 tickets will be made available to students across the capital for the event, scheduled for the former HSS Ferry Terminal on…
Jeanie Johnston being floated in dry dock at Dublin Port: it is the last ship in the port’s graving dock, which is being filled in as part of a €230 million project.
Dublin Port
#PortHistory - Jeanie Johnston made history when at Dublin Port yesterday the tall ship floated out of its graving dock. As the Irish Times writes the replica 19th century “Famine” ship is the last vessel to be worked on in…
Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club’s cityside marina is inevitably under threat from road and harbour infrastructure expansion plans
Dublin Port
This is Public Consultation Week for the First Review of Dublin Port’s Development Masterplan 2012-2040, and with a 28-year timespan involved, some of the more remote yet very possible proposals will still seem at the very least far-fetched - and…
Thames Shipping scene including Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) flagship Magellan which is regularly based out of Tilbury. At this terminal TV personality Gloria Hunniford christened the ship in recent years. To read more on CMV's flagship Magellen which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, click the link below.
Ports & Shipping
#LondonTrade - Port of London trade in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008. The strong performance reflects continued growth at terminals along the Thames where a pair…
Guests attend a cruise evening event held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Cruise Liners
#CruiseEvening - A cruise evening event was held earlier this week in a south Dublin yacht club to promote a major US brand operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The event organised by Cruisescapes was held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club,…
NEW EXHIBITION: The permanent exhibition honours the crew of German vessel Aud which was scuttled in Cork Harbour in 1916.
Coastal Notes
#Exhibition - A new permanent display commemorating the gun-running ship Aud opened recently on Spike Island, Cork Harbour. The exhibition writes East Cork Journal honours the men and crew of the German vessel which was scuttled in the harbour in…
Former pilot station ship Edmund Gardner off Liverpool's old landing stage 1950s-60s. Tours of the vessel are part of the In Safe Hands Exhibition.
Coastal Notes
#Exhibition - Dublin Port has strong historical trading links across the Irish Sea with the Port of Liverpool. The English north-west port is where an exhibiiton: In Safe Hands-The Story of the Liverpool Pilots is on display at the Merseyside…

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