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A new tug to Cork Harbour, Stevns Breaker with water display to welcome return of LE Samuel Beckett to Haulbowline Naval Base after a harrowing three-month humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.
Cork Harbour
#NewTug – A new tug to Cork Harbour was notably seen with a water display to welcome the arrival of LE Samuel Beckett following the crew’s gallant yet harrowing experience in the rescue of migrant refugees in the Mediterranean, writes…
Iver Ability photographed in Malaga. The tanker has been at anchor on Dublin Bay since August
Dublin Port
A red–hulled ship and her crew at anchor on Dublin Bay since August are set for a lonely Christmas on the capital's waters. The long term anchorage of the 'Iver Ability' follows a fire onboard the Asphalt/Bitumen Tanker during her…
Seascapes met up with Michael to discover more about the Ha’penny bridge across the River Liffey in Dublin
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of Seascapes your maritime programme, this week we’re featuring The Ha’penny Bridge” by Michael English published by Dublin City Council and Four Courts Press to coincide with the bi–centenary of the iconic structure…
Inis Mór Ferry Operator Makes Deal To Halve Passenger Levy & Resume Winter Service
Ferry
#AranIslands - The deadlock over Inis Mór’s winter ferry service appears to be over, after the ferry operator agreed to continue absorbing the costs of the council-imposed passenger levy. According to Galway Bay FM, Island Ferries Teo’s proposal to reduce…
’Tis the season to be jolly – and ahead of the game. The festive lights on the marina boats in Galway Dock are starting to become competitive
Galway Harbour
Galway Docks, with the water level kept constant by an access lock to the sea, matches well with Eyre Square as a nautical version of the city’s most significant public space writes W M Nixon. And with Christmas upon us,…
Dublin Port: Gateway to Ireland and the core Irish Sea route of Holyhead-Dublin in which added capacity have been introduced as thousands of extra passengers are expected over the festive season.
Ferry
#FerryFestive – In this week of Christmas Day, ferries on the Irish Sea are as expected to transport thousands of extra passengers as they prepare to embark making travel plans, writes Jehan Ashmore. For information on sailings dates and schedules…
Santa by Sea – The RNLI assist Santa Claus this Christmas at Rosslare
Ports & Shipping
Santa arrived by sea into Rosslare Europort at the weekend. Rosslare-Europort, being the closest point from the southern part of Ireland to the UK and the European Mainland, is a hub of all the major RORO Passenger and Freight services…
Eugeen Van Mieghem  Steamers and Three Masted-Ships in the Dock, c.1912 Charcoal and pastel
Ports & Shipping
Audiences can experience the works of acclaimed Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem for the first time in Ireland next year, through an exhibition depicting the vibrant life of the Port of Antwerp at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (February…
The cheque represented the proceeds of Volvo Cork Week's RNLI Ladies lunch and Fashion Show
Royal Cork YC
Crosshaven RNLI crew in Cork Harbour received a presentation of €5,100 from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, being the proceeds of the Volvo Cork Week RNLI Ladies lunch and Fashion Showorganised by Mary Jones (pictured above) which took place in the…
UK BREXIT PORTS: British Ports Association (BPA) calls on UK government for 'Special Port Zones'. Above: Warrenpoint, Co. Down where Vanquish operates an Irish Sea-Bristol Channel container 'feeder' service connecting Dublin (R.O.I) Cardiff, Wales and Bristol, England. On left: Hebble Sand, a former Associated British Ports (ABP) dredger which otherwise is based in Drogheda Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks. Particularly foggy conditions took place at the launch of Arklow's newest dry-cargo vessel, Arklow Valour in The Netherlands. This is the fourth Eco-Trader 5,150dwt…
Bosun Gerry Dore is welcomed home yesterday by wife Geraldine and his daughters and mother-in-law at Haubowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour
Navy
#BeckettHome - In time for Christmas with an arrival home writes The Irish Examiner. Hugs, kisses, and a few tears of joy shed as the crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett disembarked to be greeted by loved ones yesterday after…
Waterways and business groups want Dublin's Grand Canal Basin's Georgian (1850's built) graving docks and lock gates kept. AFLOAT adds the former Aran Islands ferry-cattle ship, Naomh Eanna which in recent years was saved from scrapping but subsequently shifted into a disused yet historic graving dock. The view above shows the rivet-hulled vessel facing Ringsend.
Dublin Port
#SaveHistoricDocks - A Dublin docklands business group and waterways enthusiasts have called on Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys to save a key piece of the Grand Canal basin’s Georgian architecture. As The Irish Times writes The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland…
Black Watch is to make a call to Cobh on Christmas Day. Afloat adds that the cruiseship sports a new dark grey hull (as above) having had a traditional all white livery.
Cruise Liners
#CobhChristmasCall - A quartet of cruiseships will come to Cork Harbour this festive season, including one on Christmas Day, bringing 5,000 visitors to the region. The increase writes the Evening Echo in winter cruiseships highlights a changing industry. Cork traditionally…
Lisahally, the main Port of London/Derry (Foyle Port)
Ports & Shipping
#FoylePort - Chris Hazzard the Ports Minister says a new departmental ‘Brexit Planning Team’ has been actively engaging with the authorities at Lisahally since the end of the summer. As the Derry Journal writes the Minister said talks will continue…
F.B.D. Tintarn (as above) was joined by Foyle Venture yesterday albeit for 'berthing trials' on the Waterford Estuary service of Passage East-Ballyhack
Ferry
#BerthingTrials – A pair of car ferries were on the Waterford Estuary link of Passage East-Ballyhack yesterday but only one vessel was actually operating in service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Foyle Venture (44 vehicle/300 passenger) was carrying out 'berthing trials' for…
Sligo Harbour has had 18 vessels so far dock in 2016, an increase of 18% traffic on last year
Ports & Shipping
#SligoShip - Sligo Harbour has a general cargoship in port today, Arundo one of 18 vessels so far that docked in 2016 an increase of 18% in traffic compared to last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored the cargoship…

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