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Close up of a typical Airtonic heater installation on a yacht
A generic guide to the important differences between marine and vehicle heater systems. At this decidedly chilly time of year, the regular use and expected performance of your boat’s marine heating system will no doubt be at the forefront of…
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority which in recent years hosted an annual conference of the British Ports Association. The  BPA in a Post-Brexit environment is calling on the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’.
Ports & Shipping
#BrexitPorts - The British Ports Association (BPA) in response to potential administrative complications that could arise from Brexit, is calling for the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’. As Container Management writes, BPA…
King Seaways a cruiseferry of DFDS Seaways departing Newcastle in the UK bound for Amsterdam. The 2,280 passenger car-ferry had served on the Ireland-France link for Brittany Ferries as Val de Loire from 1993. Note the forward slanting superstructure, a legacy of the French ferry company that added this feature after acquiring the German built TT Line Nils Holgersson. At more than 31,000 gross tonnage she was then the largest ferry operating in Irish waters.
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[email protected] - DFDS celebrates its 150th anniversary today, the giant Danish ferry and freight operator is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company which includes container operations connecting Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. On 11 December 1866, the famous Danish…
SPOT THE 'SEAL': Bulloch Harbour and namesake castle built in the 12th century by Cistercian Monks, overlooks the south Dublin Bay working harbour in Dalkey. Asides planning permission sought for a mixed development property scheme at the former premises of Western Marine, other developments to improve marine facilities of the harbour took place in recent months. Also above is Northwestern I, the only large inshore fishing boat based in the harbour which is popular for anglers hiring boats in the summer out to waters off Dalkey Island.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour – Afloat in October reported of a planning application for a mixed development scheme at the former premises of Western Marine at Dalkey’s Bulloch Harbour, whose waters are under pilotage district of Dublin Port Company, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Strangford Lough's new £6m carferry cannot disembark vehicles at high tide. The 28 vehicle vessel custom built for the Strangford-Portaferry link which is a distance of half a mile across the 'Narrows'
#Strangford - Strangford Lough's new £6m carferry as previously reported on Afloat remains tied up in County Down because problems with the ramps mean vehicles are unable to drive off it. The ramps on the vessel reports BBC News which…
Autumn on the River Shannon
Inland Waterways
#Shannon - The latest meeting of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group in Carrick-on-Shannon saw the unprecedented decision to develop a plan for a strategic maintenance programme on the River Shannon. Programmed maintenance works have not been…
Aran Islands Lifeline: Cargoship Bláth na Mara (1983/330grt) is the main Aran Islands freight-only vessel that is based out of Galway Port as seen berthed at the harbour's outer pier.
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#AranIslands – As talks today to resolve the ongoing Aran Islands ferries dispute over passenger levies with Galway County Council, takes a snapshot of a separate but freight-only operator providing vital supplies to islanders, writes Jehan Ashmore. The affected…
Online Entry Opens for Irish Cruiser Nationals 2017 at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Both the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) have just launched their respective websites for the ICRA National Championships which will take place at the Crosshaven club from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June.…
A view from the bridge: RMS St. Helena's cargo deck hatch hold covers as seen in June when moored during a 'first ever visit' to the UK capital at the Pool of London. In the background the historic financial district of the City of London and skyscraper of 20 Fenchurch St. nicknamed the 'The Walkie Talkie' building given its unique shape.
Ports & Shipping
#MarineMoney - Four days after the inauguration of the new US President in early 2017, Marine Money together with Anchor Sponsor KMARIN/KOTAM will host the 8th Annual Marine Money London Forum on Wednesday 25th January. Amongst the Forum topics will…
Bulker Xo Lion berthed at Port Talbot's deepwater jetty predominantly used to importing coking coal, minerals and ores to the Tata Steel plant in south Wales. The last such steelworks in Ireland, ISPAT Irish Steel closed in 2001, though the legacy of heavy industry remains at the site on Haulbowline Island where remediation works on waste spoils are to be completed by mid-2018.
Ports & Shipping
#SteelPort - Upgrading infrastructure work at ABP’s port of Newport, south Wales involved an engineering firm from Port Talbot where also located is the giant steelworks of Tata Steel whose 4,000 strong workforce recieved much welcomed news yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Ben-My-Chree is the Isle of Man's only main year-round ferry that operates the Douglas-Heysham route. In regards to Irish services the ropax this month returns to Douglas-Dublin services on selected dates over the festive season.
#FerryFuture - Nationalisation or acquisition of the Isle of Man Steam Packet, franchising of ferry services to a private operator and keeping or extending the user agreement are among options being reviewed as part of a proposed new sea services…
The upgraded cranes at Newport, south Wales is to boost cargo capability capacity plus where cruise operator CMV's Magellan is to offer direct cruises to Dublin and Norwegian fjords in season 2017
Ports & Shipping
#Cranes&Cruises – Two ports in south Wales operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) have invested over £2.8 million in the refurbishment of five cranes at Newport and Swansea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The work which took 14 months to improve operational…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - has learned that the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs (DLCC) will not seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s approval of a scaled-down cruise berth for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. DLCC members, who welcomed the 250m limit on…
Clipper Point added freight capacity on the Dublin-Heysham route in October. Overall Seatruck's freight levels through the UK port saw a 30% rise with further growth expected following opening of a relief road.
#FreightRise - Freight levels at Seatruck have grown by a third with further gains expected in the coming months as the Port of Heysham now has a new £125m Bay Gateway relief road. The operator headquartered at the port according to…
34 Optimists raced in Kinsale
This weekend Kinsale Yacht Club had its Christmas Regatta for Junior Sailors. 34 Optimists, and 12 mixed dinghies, comprising of Laser‘s (Radial & 4.7’s) and Toppers braved the chilly conditions over the two days. Saturday got off to a rather…
The Naval Service aided the rescue of migrants from a rubber vessel off Libya this morning
#Navy - The Naval Service’s LÉ Samuel Beckett assisted in rescuing 140 migrants from the Mediterranean off Libya this morning (Saturday 3 December), as The Irish Times reports. Food, water and medical treatment were provided to the people who were…

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