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Reporting Inadequate Facilities for Handing Ship-Generated Waste
Ports & Shipping
The Department of Transport's latest marine notice lays out the format for reporting inadequate harbour facilities for handling ship-generated waste. Shipping companies depend on good standards at receiving ports and harbours in order to comply with the relevant EU directive.…
Stena to Re-Introduce HSS this Week
Ferry
Stena Line's HSS fast-ferry the Stena Explorer will be re-introduced on its Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route this Friday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The HSS (High Speed Service) operated 19,638 tonnes craft will run between 1 April to 13 September to…
Clarion Hotel Promotion for Port of Cork Marina Visitors
Port of Cork
Cruise to Cork harbour this summer? Now boaters can rleax with some top class facilities nearby. The Port of Cork and Clarion Hotel Cork are offering overnight users of the Port of Cork City Marina the use of the shower…
Brittany Ferries Re-Open Bilbao Route
Ferry
A ferry service to Spain is to start today, which had been previously served by the Irish Continental Group (ICG) owned cruiseferry Pride of Bilbao, writes Jehan Ashmore. Brittany Ferries 32,728 tonnes Cap Finistere will re-open the Portsmouth-Bilbao route following…
Cruise-Callers Set to Start Summer Season
Cruise Liners
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines 28,388 tonnes Boudicca is to call to Dublin Port next month marking the inaugural cruiseship call for this year's season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Over 200 cruise calls with around half a million passengers and crew are…
Germanischer Lloyd Award to Maritime Management
Ports & Shipping
The Co. Wicklow based Maritime Management has been awarded the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation by the international accreditation body Germanischer Lloyd. The award to Maritime Management marks the company as a unique provider of ship management services basedin…
Dublin To Host 100th Red Bull Flugtag
Dublin Bay
The Red Bull Flugtag will celebrate its 100th event when it comes back to Dublin this summer. Twenty years on from the first flugtag in Austria, this year's contest promises an "Irish twist" on the formula, whereby homemade flying machines…
World's Largest Kite-Powered Vessel On The Way
Ports & Shipping
Cargill Ocean Transportation has signed on with an innovative new company to launch the world's largest ever kite-propelled vessel. The Hamburg-based company SkySails claims its technology can generate enough propulsion to reduce fuel consumption by up to 35% in ideal…
Howth Ban on Seal Feeding 'Threat to Tourism'
Dublin Bay
Feeding harbour seals could land Howth visitors with a fine for thousands of euro, according to a recent letter in The Irish Times. Milo Kane writes of a new notice placed near the west pier by harbour officials which "threatens…
Passing of Irish Naval Service Officer Commander
Navy
One of the of first officers appointed to the Irish Naval Service, Cdr Liam Ahern passed away last week in Cork aged 90. Ahern was recruited into the new Irish Naval Service which had been established in 1947 following the…
Irish Ferries Signs 10-Year Contract On Welsh Route
Ferry
In the same week that Irish Continental Line (ICG) Group released end of year figures for 2010, their subdidiary Irish Ferries recorded a near 8% rise in passenger volumes and an announcement of a 10 year deal to continue operating…
HSS Fast-Craft to Return on Dun Laoghaire Route
Ferry
With just over a fortnight to go to resumption of Stena Line's Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead fast-craft sailings on 1 April, the route to Wales is to see the larger HSS Stena Explorer return instead of Stena Lynx III, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
French Navy to Visit Dublin's St. Patrick's Festival
Ports & Shipping
Two vessels from the French Navy based in the Breton naval port of Brest, are to make a four-day visit to Dublin Port during the course of St. Patrick's Day festivities. The minehunter CMT Cassiopée (M642) and mine-route survey craft…
Cruise Line Business Worth €60m
Cruise Liners
Cruise Ireland, the marketing group promoting Ireland as a cruise destination; has announced that the overall economic contribution of the cruise business is estimated to be worth €60 million to the island of Ireland. On average there are over 200…
Irish Continental Group Record 61% Rise in Profit
Ferry
The Irish Continental Group (ICG) which is the parent company of Irish Ferries, has warned of 'uncertainty' in 2011 due to higher fuel costs and the effects of the austerity measures in both the Irish and UK economies. ICG secured…
Arklow Harbour Fees Had No Legal Standing Says Report
Irish Harbours
Arklow Harbour was collecting fees without ministerial approval for two decades, a new report has emerged. According to The Irish Times, the due dilligence report shows Arklow Harbour Commissioners did not apply to the Minister for Transport for harbour rate…

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