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The ceremonial axe has a fluted ivory shaft, gold terminal inscribed "ULSTER" / launched at / BIRKENHEAD / 27th June 1896
Ferry
A 15 carat gold and ivory launching axe for the Irish ferry S.S. Ulster, is under the hammer on Wednesday at Bonham's Marine Auction in London. The ceremonial axe has a fluted ivory shaft, gold terminal inscribed "ULSTER" / launched at…
Another vintage Quarter Tonner has joined the Irish fleet with the launch of the Ed Dubois designed Diamond (GBR 6498) in Kinsale yesterday
Kinsale
Sponsor James Matthews of the Matthews Centre sailing store leads his own sailing event after he topped a six boat class three of Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Series yesterday. Matthews is sailing his newly acquired Diamond, an Ed Dubois designed quarter…
1720s are racing in Royal Cork's Spring League for Sportsboats
Royal Cork YC
Sailing with Dutch sail numbers Anthony O'Leary has won all six races of the Sportsboats April League at Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. Sailing a 1720, the former Afloat Sailor of the Year leads Cork Harbour club–mates Clive O' Shea…
An artist's impression provides an idea of what cruise ships might look like arriving into Dun Laoghaire harbour
Dublin Bay
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has issued a statement on its cruise berth facility following yesterday's court case decision in which environmental lobby group Save our Seafront, chaired by local TD Richard Boyd Barret, 'won its legal action against the decision…
Commodore Clipper having completed daytime Portmouth-Guernsey (St. Peter Port) –Jersey (St. Helier) sailings, is seen in recent years berthed at the latter port. The ropax is loaded with white refrigerated containers used to transport the 'Jersey Royals' prior to departing on the final leg of the Channel Islands route network rotation. This involves an overnight passage on the English Channel but directly returning to Portsmouth.
Ferry
#Farm2Ferry – The flow of famous food from the Channel Islands to Portsmouth International Port, the UK’s second busiest ferryport, has taken root as the season for Jersey Royal potatoes began at the end of March. The seasonal export involves…
Wind Surf making the last cruise call of the season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2016
Dublin Bay
The Dun Laoghaire waterfront environmental protection group “Save our Seafront” last night posted (below) of successful progress in the latest legal proceedings against the installation of a large cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour writes W M Nixon The…
Yachts on visitor moorings in Youghal
Irish Marinas
Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton has welcomed the funding announcement of €112,500 for the development of a pontoon and gangway in Youghal.  News of the proposal broke on Afloat.ie…
ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Brexit will have greater implications for UK than Europe, including Ireland says Professor Péter Balázs. ABOVE: The old railway station in Foynes and beyond berthed bulker Foxtrot registered in Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Shannon Estuary
#EUvisit - Professor Péter Balázs, a leading representative for the European Commission’s programme that funds major EU transport infrastructure projects has said that Shannon Foynes Port Company’s current investment programme is taking it in the right direction in a post-Brexit EU. The…
HNLMS De Ruyter docked in Dublin Port this morning. The De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy is to be joined by a sister, HNMLS Tromp on Sunday.
Naval Visits
#NavalTrio - Dublin Port will be busy from today and up to Sunday as navies from the Netherlands and France will be visiting while a pair of UK Royal Navy patrol craft are to depart tonight, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
HMS Blazer, one of a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class fast inshore patrol vessels that are to pay a visit to Dublin.
Naval Visits
#FastPatrols  -A pair of small yet high-speed Royal Navy Inshore Patrol Craft in which one served in Gibraltar are to pay a visit to Dublin Port,writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Archer’ class HMS Blazer along with HMS Ranger are to arrive…
RFA Gold Rover, the final of her class is seen off the west coast of Africa during the tanker’s last ever transfer of fuel or replenishment at sea (RAS) duties to HMS Portland. The Type 23 Duke class frigate has also been a visitor to Dublin Port in recent years having berthed at Ocean Pier.
News Update
#RFAoiler - The oldest of the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers a ‘Rover’ class which made a rare visit to Dublin Port in recent years, was officially decommissioned last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. RFA Gold Rover (A271) a 11,522 tonnes…
SAVE SHIP: A date of Monday 13 March was given to start dismantling Naomh Eanna, but has not yet happened. The historic Dublin built revited vessel is berthed in Grand Canal Dock Basin's disused Georgian graving dry-dock that are owned by NAMA. There are plans to redevelop this land, and this will require needing Naomh Eanna to be removed.
Historic Boats
#SaveShip! - Time is running out to save iconic Naomh Eanna, a former Aran Islands ferry and freight ship, writes Galway Independent. A voluntary group which hoped to return the ship to Galway into a maritime attraction at the Long…
The 44 car vessel will take just 15 minutes to traverse one of the most scenic stretches of water on the island of Ireland
Ferry
#NewService - A new car ferry service is ready to be rolled out on Carlingford Lough in June this year, according to operating company Scenic Carlingford Ferry. The ferry company writes The Dundalk Democrat made the announcement via their website: "The…
Save the date!... as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off!
Coastal Notes
#ChowderCookOff - Save the date as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off that brings 32 counties to Kinsale to compete for the title of All Ireland Chowder Champion! As reported on Afloat the small commercial port in…
At the Circular Ocean Workshop at Vertigo, Cork County Hall were (left to right): Sean O'Sullivan, South Cork Local Enterprise Office, Michelle Green, Macroom-E, Laurent Bontoux, EU Policy Lab and Martin Charter, Centre for Sustainable Design, UK
Cork Harbour
As part of the European Circular Ocean project, Irish Partners Cork County Council Initiative “Macroom E” have today welcomed delegates from Norway, Greenland, Scotland and England to join with local stakeholders at an event in County Hall, Cork to discuss…
A revised timetable of Stena's southern corridor route: Rosslare-Fishguard operated by Stena Europe is to be introduced from 22 May
Ferry
#Timetable - A revised timetable of Stena Line's Rosslare – Fishguard ferry service will see customers have a choice of three-day time sailings and one extended overnight crossing from 22nd May. Following the evaluation of extensive customer research and feedback,…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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