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Save Historic Ship: Owner of the ‘Naomh Éanna’ Sam Field Corbett has high hopes for development of his ageing former Aran Islands ferry converted into a boutique hotel located on the Liffey
Historic Boats
#SaveShip! -The owner of a heritage ship is seeking about €2 million from a joint investor to convert the Naomh Éanna into a boutique hotel/ hostel, cafe and restaurant, which he then hopes to berth close to the CHQ building…
The modern day harbour at Dun Laoghaire. The first stone was laid 200 years ago today
Dublin Bay
Today (Wed 31st May 2017), two hundred years after the first stone was laid to build Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, officially launched the Dun Laoghaire Bicentenary Celebrations. In May 1817, the Lord Lieutenant of…
Afloat has identified the names to be given of the new quartet of 'Ireland' Max 1,003 TEU capacity containerships currently under construction in China. BG Emerald is among the ships to be delivered in 2018
Ports & Shipping
#IrelandMax- Afloat has further researched into the names of BG Freight Line’s newbuilds lo-lo ships under construction in China and can reveal BG Emerald is among them, writes Jehan Ashmore. The custom-built ‘Ireland’ Max containership with ‘green’ credentials is one…
A close up view to highlight the classic lines of the charter motor-yacht Talitha that docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour but for 'maintenance'.
Dublin Bay
#ClassicYacht- An almost 90 year-old classic motor-yacht that docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for a week but for 'maintenance' reasons, departed yesterday to resume cruising Scottish waters, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 262ft long charter-yacht MY Talitha was alongside the harbour's…
The UK ThunderCats power boats will be headlining the event with their first ever Dublin performance
Dublin Port
Dublin Port is preparing to help some 100,000 visitors discover their sea legs this June bank holiday weekend at Riverfest 2017, Ireland’s premier sailing and maritime festival. Now in its fifth year, the three-day maritime event will provide an €1…
Kaitaki has been sold to new owners in New Zealand where she has been operating on the Cook Strait
Ferry
#FerrySale - Irish Continental Group has issued a statement yesterday to confirm the car ferry "Kaitaki" has been delivered to buyers KiwiRail of New Zealand. ICG agreed consideration of €45.0 million, payable in cash, has been received in full and…
President Officiates Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary This Wednesday
Dublin Bay
#DLHarbour - Here’s a reminder for your calendar that President Michael D Higgins will officiate the opening ceremony of Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s bicentenary celebration. President Higgins will formally launch the programme of events celebrating the harbour’s 200 years — which…
The jet skis spotted speeding in the marked swimming area at the Forty Foot on Friday afternoon
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard has warned boaters to beware of marked swimming areas after “havoc” at the Forty Foot bathing spot on Friday afternoon (26 May). A motor yacht and two personal water craft were witnessed “acting recklessly”…
Ten years on since Cill Airne arrived to Dublin Port to embark a new career that began during the tail end of the Celtic Tiger era. Above the veteran vessel dating to the early 1960's and built locally at the Liffey Dockyard is seen this week at her stationary berth at the North Wall. The backdrop is dominated by the recently opened new headquarters of the Central Bank that was originally to be those for the former and disgraced Anglo Irish Bank.
Historic Boats
#10yearArrival – The unique venue of Dublin’s only floating bar and restaurant located on the Liffey in the form of MV Cill Airne arrived to the capital a decade ago as of last Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. At that stage…
Action from yesterday’s Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race
Kayaking
#SeaKayaking - Belfast Lough escaped the rain as the fifth Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race was held in great conditions yesterday afternoon (Saturday 27 May). Organised by Jackie Patton of Ballyholme Yacht Club and members of Belfast Kayak Club, and…
Conor McGregor stands tall aboard The 188 moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#Notorious - MMA superstar Conor McGregor swapped the UFC Octagon for a sleek motor yacht to make the most of Ireland’s recent sunny spell, as his Instagram account indicates. McGregor drove out to Dun Laoghaire Harbour a few days ago…
Saint Killian II became the last carferry to operate between an Irish port and Le Havre until the route from Rosslare closed two decades ago in 1997. The former Irish Continental Line / Irish Ferries ship since 1978 served other routes between the two nations. The ferry along with fleetmate Saint Patrick II in 1997 went to lay-up in Le Havre and placed for sale. They were replaced by a single ship service on the Rosslare-Cherbourg/ Roscoff routes when Normandy was introduced. This role is currently carried out by cruiseferry Oscar Wilde.
Ferry
#LeHavre500 - Festivities began earlier today and will continue for five months in celebrating the 500th anniversary of Le Havre, a UNESCO-listed city that is also France's fifth largest port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The port of Le Havre at the…
Leadship of namesake class, Léopard is one of five sister training ships visiting Dublin this weekend
Naval Visits
#Flotilla – A French Navy flotilla all consisting of training vessels are visiting Dublin where also in port is the Finnish Navy’s flagship, writes Jehan Ashmore. The small training ships that arrived yesterday belong to the Léopard class which were…
The Russian frigate “The Shtandart” which will sail into Drogheda Port this Summer
Tall Ships
Drogheda Port's Captain Martin Donnelly have invited a wonderful new fleet of ships to visit Drogheda for the Irish Maritime Festival 2017 on 10-11th June. “The visiting ships are the focal point of The Irish Maritime Festival and it is…
Guided walking harbour heritage tours will be part of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival
Maritime Festivals
#HarbourHeritage - The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival as previously reported on Afloat begins today, Friday 26 May and continues until this Sunday. As part of the festival that celebrates the rich and diverse maritime culture centred on Rathlin Sound, the…
Green Dragon as she was in her glory days. Her spare mast will be stepped today in Galway Docks, the most important stage in bringing her back to full sea-going order
Galway Harbour
The veteran Volvo Racer Green Dragon (back mast-less in her old home port of Galway since Sunday) has been sorted. Her spare mast will be stepped today, with the port’s adopted French supersailor Yannick Lemonnier playing a key role in…

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