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ABCO Marine have been contracted on a project at Eastney, Portsmouth. The Northern Ireland based firm sourced and procured rock armour for the project from Norway from where vessels offloaded above in Southampton Port for temporary stockpiling. Afloat adds that in background is one of a trio of Red Funnel 'Raptor' class car ferries heading down Southampton water for Cowes (East) on the Isle of Wight.
Ports & Shipping
#PortProject - A Northern Ireland based marine civil engineering firm, ABCO Marine have been contracted to work on a project located in Portsmouth. The contract to the Lisburn firm is from Galliford Try for the construction of Fort Cumberland SST…
Fog from Dublin Bay and spells of sunshine formed the weather yesterday when the first Finnish Navy vessel made a visit to Dublin. This involved the minelayer flagship FNS Hämeenmaa that is to remain in port till Friday.
Naval Visits
#FirstFinnish – For the first time the Finnish Navy made a historic visit to Dublin yesterday when flagship FNS Hämeenmaa arrived on the Liffey quays to begin a four-day call, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,300 displacement minelayer had sailed from…
Fanad Lighthouse on the stunning scenery of the Donegal coastline
Lighthouses
#lighthousePics - The guardians of some of Ireland's most iconic lighthouses, the Commissioners of Irish Lights are looking for new and exciting images of Lighthouses located along our stunning coastline. Whether you are a professional photographer or just a budding…
Master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary and Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South. They are pictured on the bridge of Stena Europe that operates the new Rosslare – Fishguard route timetable that began this week
Ferry
#NewTimetable - The launch of the new timetable on Stena Line’s Rosslare – Fishguard route has begun this week. The revised timetable now gives customers the chance to avail of three day sailings and one extended overnight crossing. The operator…
Seatruck Ferries 'Clipper Point' arrives into Dublin Port
Ferry
Seamus Leheny will join Seatruck Ferries as its new Commercial General Manager. Leheny leaves his current role as Policy and Membership Manager for the Freight Transport Association in Northern Ireland. Prior to working for the FTA he worked for both TR and Hamilton…
Dun Laoghaire harbour - should there be a place for contributions from some other very real harbour users in a soon–to–be–laid time capsule?
Dublin Bay
President Higgins will mark the beginning of the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour next Wednesday (May 31st) by installing a new time capsule in the harbourside George IV Memorial. The Memorial already has a time capsule from May 31st 1817,…
The British registered 2002–built navy hulled yacht Song of the Sea travelled up the Irish Sea before anchoring just off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this afternoon
Dublin Bay
As soon as the sea fog lifted on Dublin Bay this evening, it revealed a magnificent 112–foot Swan type yacht, Song of the Sea, at anchor in Scotsman's Bay on the south side of the capital's waters. The sailing yacht…
The King George IV monument gets a make–over at Dun Laoghaire ahead of the Bicentenary opening ceremony at 14:30 on Wed 31st May 2017
Dublin Bay
Two hundred years after the foundation stone was laid to build Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the President Michael D Higgins, accompanied by his wife Sabina, will officiate at the Bicentenary opening ceremony at 14:30 on Wed 31st May 2017, at the…
The bow of the Dutch flagged cargoship Crown Mary that had been detained during its call to Wicklow Port.
Ports & Shipping
#DetentionLifted – The detention of a Dutch flagged general cargoship in Wicklow Port since the weekend has finally been lifted as the vessel is no longer currently listed by the Paris MoU, writes Jehan Ashmore. Crown Mary had arrived to…
Paul Kehoe refuses to comment on criticism from Italian authorities of LE ‘Niamh’ in not entering territorial waters of Libya during a refugee rescue operation in August 2015. Above a RIB dispatched from LE Samuel Beckett assists a rescue last year.
Navy
#MinisterDefends - Paul Kehoe Minister of State for Defence has said he was immensely proud of the Naval Service as the LE Eithne and its crew prepared to depart for the Mediterranean to assist in the rescue of refugees fleeing…
ISORA Competitor Rockabill VI, a JPK 10.80, skippered by Paul O'Higgins, was the winner of the third race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire
ISORA
Once the ISORA fleet completes its fourth race to Arklow on Saturday, organisers have cooked up a novel and unique race five in the Averycrest sponsored series. Originally, it had been intended that ISORA would join with Howth Yacht Club…
The new flagship for CMV, the 63,000 gross tonnage Columbus had operated previously as Pacific Pearl for P&O Cruises in Australia. The 775 passenger cruiseship is seen at Damen Dry-Dock in Rotterdam before a naming ceremony in London (Tilbury) next month by TV presenter Angela Rippon.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship - Columbus, the latest addition to the fleet of Cruise & Maritime Voyages that will also become their new flagship, arrived in Rotterdam just before mid-May for a three week dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard. A delivery…
Naval Service flagship LE Eithne underway on exercise. The HPV is to depart today on its second deployment to assist in humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean
Navy
#EithneToMed - Patrol vessels of the Naval Service will be deployed for a third summer of humanitarian operations in the Mediterranean. As Independent.ie writes the Naval Service flagship, LE Eithne, has been assigned to begin the rotation of three ships in…
A quiet evening at the Claddagh, with a classic Galway hooker gliding along on a calm sea. But the peacefulness is going to be rudely shattered with a Viking invasion in the days ahead, just as the many traditional Galway Bay boats are gathering for their annual festival
Historic Boats
When the Vikings were busy at the day job raiding along the Irish coast, they relied on a considerable element of surprise to achieve success writes W M Nixon. So much so, in fact, that they occasionally worked overtime, and…
J109 Storm, a former ICRA class one champion
ICRA
As this Friday's entry deadline looms for the ICRA National Championships on June 9, Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers say they will finalise racing divisions closer to the start of the event and will endeavour to make the splits as…
Detained Dutch flagged cargoship Crown Mary has since the weekend remained tied up in Wicklow Port
Ports & Shipping
#Detained - A Dutch flagged general cargoship that was due to Dublin Port last night remains under detention in Wicklow Port having discharged packaged timber, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish maritime authorities detained the 2010 built Crown Mary on behalf of…

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