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Marina Manager Course Held in Dublin
Irish Marinas
12 marina managers from Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK attended an 'Advanced Marina Managers' course held in Dun Laoghaire last week. The course was organised by the British Marine Federation (BMF) for the Certified Marina Managers organisation. During the course…
Dublin Port Tugs Making Magic 'Rainbow' Happen
Dublin Bay
The ongoing broadcasting of the National Lottery TV advert-campaign 'Making Magic Happen' depicts an impressive 'man-made rainbow' display on the River Liffey, which was created by a pair of new tugs, a helicopter and the rising sun, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Storm Strands Ferry in South Devon Bay
Ports & Shipping
Thursday night's stormy seas forced a car ferry with more than 40 Irish-bound passengers to shelter in a south Devon bay. The Herald Express in Devon reports that the Norman Voyager, which left Cherbourg on Wednesday night, was due to…
Frostbite 'Cruising'
Cruise Liners

Frostbite 'Cruising'

12th November 2010
This morning the 28,388 gross tonnes cruises-ship Boudicca is due to arrive into Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The visit of the 1973-built vessel will represent the second last cruise-call of this year's cruise-season. The 900-passenger capacity Boudicca will depart later…
Dublin Port Company assist in “Train-For-Trade”
Ports & Shipping
The "Train-For-Trade" programme, which involved training 22 port officials from six organisation's has ended after a year-long programme on skills to improve work efficiency and modern port management skills.  The training programme, also sought to foster economic development and was…
Lightship To Lead A Rocky Life?
Dublin Bay
A former lightship which has remained docked in Dublin Port for several years, could be used as a tourist attraction, according to a report in The Sunday Times. The Dublin 'Docklands' developer, Harry Crosbie is seeking permission from Dublin City…
'Follow the Fleet' Schools Essay Competition
Ports & Shipping
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has announced details for the 2010/11 Follow the Fleet Schools Essay Competition. To enter the competition, schools are invited to log onto http://www.followthefleet.ie to register. Each school will be provided with a username and password.…
Boatyards

Castlepoint Boatyard

9th November 2010
Castlepoint Boatyard is based in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, it offers the following services... 25 Tonne Travel Hoist• Wood and GRP Repairs• Respray, Coppercoat and• Osmosis Treatments• Bow Thruster and Heating• Agents for Mermaid Diesel Engines• Winter Storage• Maintenance and insurance work…
Belfast Lough Sailability Bids for People's Millions
Belfast Lough
NI sailing charity Belfast Lough Sailability has been shortlisted for the finals of The People’s Millions award. The People’s Millions is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV through which the public decides which local community projects will…
Body of Woman Who Fell from Rosslare Ferry Recovered
Ports & Shipping
The body of the woman who fell overboard from the Irish Ferries vessel Isle of Inis Mór was recovered from the sea at Rosslare on Saturday. According to media reports the woman fell overboard as the ferry approached Rosslare Europort shortly…
Bray Watch Goes Online
Dublin Bay

Bray Watch Goes Online

6th November 2010
Bray Sailing Club in County Wicklow is up and running with a new CCTV system and the harbour cam has online access. Fancy a quick peek at this east coast harbour just a mile south of Dublin bay? Click HERE
Dredgers Continue Work on New Scottish Ferryport Terminal
Ports & Shipping
Dredging work continues on the new ferryport terminal at Old House Point, close to the ferryports of Cairnryan and Stranrear on Loch Ryan, writes Jehan Ashmore. The £200m development by Stena Line of the new Scottish ferryport will eventually see…
Drifting Irish-Cargo Vessel Rescued by ETV
Ports & Shipping
An Irish cargo-vessel, Red Duchess got into difficulties when the ship broke down off the Isle of Rhum on Tuesday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,285grt coaster owned by Coast Lines, was bound for Stornoway with a cargo of coal when…
Greystones Harbour Open Day Gives Chance to See Impressive Marine Works
Greystones Harbour
Developers of Greystones Harbour and marina in County Wicklow, Sispar will hold an open day at the new harbour this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. This is a chance, says local councillor Derek Mitchell, to see what has…
Drilling of Test Boreholes in Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
A jack-up rig barge has been positioned off the South Wall, Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The barge is contracted to Dublin City Council for the drilling of test boreholes in the approaches to and within Dublin Bay in relation…
Bulker Becomes Largest Vessel to dock at Foynes
Shannon Estuary
The 61,000 dwt bulker Sibulk Prosperity became the largest ship to date to dock at Shannon Foynes recently according to The Limerick Leader. The Panamanian registered vessel carrying a cargo from Santo in Brazil. At 200 meters long and a…

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