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The European Shipping Week is host to the Guinness World Record breaking model ferry Jubilee Seaways built by using LEGO bricks! The giant model was commissioned for Danish ferry operator, DFDS as part of their 150th anniversary events. In recent months the Lego ship visited London's Trafalgar Square.
Ports & Shipping
#LEGOferry - This week the European Shipping Week held its flagship conference in Brussels, where major European and global shipping delegates joined the officialdom of the EU and its Parliament with the presence of the world’s largest model ship built…
Ro-Ro freight-ferry Arrow (seen above in Douglas) that had been wintering in Larne, is now on sub-charter from the IOM Steam Packet for Stena's North Sea routes. This morning the Steam Packet's fastferry Manannan departed her winter lay-up in the Manx capital to undergo drydocking on Merseyside. She is to resume daily Douglas-Liverpool sailings at the end of this month. In April Manannan will begin serving seasonal Belfast and Dublin routes.
Ferry
#ArrowAway - Afloat has tracked down relief freight ro-ro Arrow which had been wintering in the Port of Larne but is currently operating UK-Dutch routes having been sub-chartered by the Isle of Man Steam Packet, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arrow is…
Howth Yacht Club's The Big Picture (Mike Evans) will contest August's Half Ton Classic Cup Comes at Kinsale Yacht Club
Kinsale
23 boats confirmed so far and target is to get to 28-30 for the Kinsale Yacht Club staging of the Half Ton Classic Cup this August. As no French boats are declared yet, it looks likely that the West Cork club will meet…
Belfast Lough panorama
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A sea captain has been convicted of being drunk on duty while piloting a merchant vessel in Belfast Lough last year. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Eugenijus Tulauskas was found to be nearly four times over the legal…
The first in a series of nine seminar phases of 'Transit Gateway- A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port' begins next week in the capital. Each specific seminar is dedicated to charting the evolving changes of the historic port over the centuries to the present day.
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway – The introductory seminar phase of 'Transit Gateway- A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port' organised by Silvia Loeffler is to take place next week in the capital. The project is part of “Dublin Port Perspectives 2017” that documents the…
Donegal harbours such as Greencastle on Lough Foyle (above in foreground) could possibly be used post-Brexit to directly import cargoes by ships instead of neighbouring Northern ports.
Ports & Shipping
#BrexitDonegal - The possibility of utilising harbours in Greencastle or even Buncrana, reports Donegal Now for commercial shipping could yet emerge as one of the unexpected positive consequences of Brexit. If, as seems increasingly likely, a "hard border" is established, this…
Swami the former Arklow Swan of ASL whose 2016 built new cargoship Arklow Cape made a first call to the Port of Kinsale in recent days.
Ports & Shipping
#ScenicPort - Scenic Kinsale with its marina and fishing fleet based in the west Cork harbour is widely renowned for its culinary status, however what is probably less known is its commercial shipping activity, writes Jehan Ashmore. Around 100 cargoships…
A free exhibition and lectures organised by the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society take place this March at EPIC - The Emigrant Irish Emigration Museum housed in the chq Custom House Quay. Above: A bygone era as Guinness ships and barges line the Liffey.
Dublin Port
#Exhibition – On this first day of Spring marks the launch of The Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society's free exhibition hosted at EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum located in the chq, Custom House Quay. The society is dedicated to preserving…
SB20 sailing on Dublin Bay. The class dinner is being held at the RIYC this Friday
SB20
The Graham Elmes Memorial Trophy will be presented to Cork Harbour's Dave Barry and the crew of SB20 Lia as winners of the 2016 Travellers Trophy at Friday night's SB20 Annual Class Dinner at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun…
The new ship will be the same class as LÉ Samuel Beckett (above), LÉ James Joyce and LÉ William Butler Yeats and the name George Bernard Shaw maintains the approach of naming this class of vessel after Irish literary greats.
Navy
The fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Irish Naval Service will bear the name of renowned Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The announcement was made during a traditional Keel Laying Ceremony, to mark a significant milestone being reached in…
Big Booze Seizure At Dublin Port
Dublin Port
#DublinPort - Revenue officials made a significant seizure of alcohol and tobacco at Dublin Port yesterday (Monday 27 February), as BreakingNews.ie reports. More than 200 litres of wine, beer and spirits, plus some 2kg of tobacco and cigarettes, were seized…
The 2017 Maritime Commerce Forum takes place in Dublin next month on 9th March. Above: Containership Sophia underway departing the capital port along with pilot cutter Camac.
Ports & Shipping
#Forum - The 2017 Maritime Commerce Forum will take place as a lunch-time event held in Dublin on Thursday 9th March. The time for the forum is from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and will be held at The Marker Hotel, Grand…
All three massive cranes are now loaded onboard the Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) ship Albatross at Cork Dockyard
Cork Harbour
All three massive cranes are now loaded onboard the Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) ship Albatross at Cork Dockyard. Departure from Cork Harbour on a 3,800–nautical mile voyage to Puerto Rico later is scheduled for later this week. As Afloat.ie reported…
The first low-velocity tidal energy project in the world is of a commercial power plant array installed in Holyhead Deep off north-west Wales. Holyhead Deep is the name of a large depression in the seabed, located west of the the South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey where the ferryport of Holyhead is owned by Stena Line. They and Minesto are joint owners of the offshore energy project.
Power From the Sea
#HolyheadDeep -  Two Swedish-based companies have engaged in a joint project to invest in Wales’ transition to renewable energy. Minesto and Stena Line will build an assembly hall in the Port of Holyhead, which Minesto will utilise in their upcoming…
IOM Steam Packet's fast-ferry Manannan and chartered ro-ro freighter Arrow arriving in Douglas Harbour less than a year ago in September.
Ferry
#Larne - The Isle of Man Steam Packet is to undertake berthing trials in the Northern Irish port of Larne, writes IOM Today.  The fast craft Manannan is to used as the company assesses the suitability of alternative ports ’to…
A still from video of the scene at Belfast's Victoria Channel on Saturday afternoon
Rescue
#Rescue - A multi-agency response was launched after a woman fell from a quay in Belfast Harbour onto the banks of the River Lagan on Saturday (25 February). According to the Belfast Telegraph, the woman sustained injuries to her head…

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