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There is live streaming to the European ShortSea Network conference tomorrow (29 September) and Port & Shipping Tech 2022, for details to access see links below.
The European ShortSea Network (ESN) Conference as part of Naples Shipping Week will start tomorrow, 29 September. The Conference is organized by RAM Spa – SPC ITALY in the framework of the 2022 ESN held during the Italian Presidency. The…
Swedish based ferry operator, Stena Line celebrates its 60th anniversary today. Above the Port of Gothenburg with Afloat adds ferries Stena Scandinavia (larger version of Irish Sea serving Stena Adventurer) and Stena Danica.
Ferry company Stena Line celebrates its 60th anniversary today having established itself as a trusted link between people, places and societies. Sten A. Olsson, the founder of Stena Line, began operating a shipping service from his hometown Gothenburg in Sweden…
The Prince and Princess of Wales meet crew members at RNLI Holyhead
Holyhead RNLI volunteers were honoured to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales on Tuesday, during a whistle-stop tour that brought them back to the island they once called home. The Royal couple met lifeboat crew members…
Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson were the 2022 winners of the Fireball World Championships on Lough Derg. Read how they prepared for the event in the Q and A below
The GUL Fireball World Championship 2022 took place last month at Lough Derg Yacht Club. The event was a huge success, with 79 boats from eleven countries competing. While the Irish Nationals pre-event was distinctly windy, with gusts of over…
National Yacht Club Head Coach Thomas Chaix
Thomas Chaix has been appointed Head Coach overseeing Sailing Development in the National Yacht Club, one of the country's most prominent clubs.   The new role has been created due to a comprehensive workshop regarding the club's needs and direct feedback…
The BIM report, for 2021, says that the data indicates an increase in landings by weight from 2020 (+6%) and a decrease in value of landings (-7.5%) due to decreasing fish prices and changes in quota allocation
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has confirmed the serious economic situation for the Irish fishing industry. In its annual report, the State fisheries board says there will be a decrease in landings, revenue and profitability. It says, "In the long-term, decommissioning will…
East Antrim Boat Club in Larne is a haven of peace and quiet in busy commercial town, manufacturing centre and ferryport
East Antrim Boat Club is a haven of almost rural peace and quiet on the point of land with the remains of historic Olderfleet Castle at the south side of this commercial town. For Larne is a bustling manufacturing centre…
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 starts on Saturday, October 8th
A four-week Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 will take place in the National Yacht Club starting on Saturday, October 8th.  Up to 30 of the 20-foot keelboats are racing on Dublin Bay, most NYC-based, so a strong entry…
Boats at sail on Dublin Bay
Afloat.ie understands that there was little representation of sailing stakeholders at a public meeting earlier this month to discuss Ivana Bacik’s Dublin Bay Bill. As previously reported on Afloat.ie last December, the Dublin Bay South TD’s bill proposes establishing a dedicated…
Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers (right) with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath ahead of today’s Budget announcement
Sports in Ireland have received a relatively modest €8 million funding boost in today’s Budget announcement, as The Irish Times reports. About half of this figure will go towards supporting sailors, rowers, paddlers and other athletes’ preparations for the 2024…
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D, today delivered a record Budget provision for the seafood sector and coastal communities for 2023 of €335 million. The allocation represents a 62% increase in funding from 2022. This covers fisheries, aquaculture, seafood processing, fishery…
Today, strike returned at the Port of Felixstowe, where about 1,900 people took action at the UKs biggest container port for eight days last month. Above, AFLOAT's file photo of the 14,000TEU capacity Toledo Triumph berthed at the Suffolk port in south-east England where the North Sea port has 'feeder' and global container services.
According to BBC News, further strike action has begun at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port. Workers at the Port of Felixstowe are walking out between 27 September and 5 October, as Afloat reported after the union Unite rejected an…
Ian Davies, Head of UK Port Authorities and Stena Line Ports highlights the return of cruise liners this year in added an expansion of Holyhead next year to enable cruiseships to berth directly again in port and enable passengers to disemabark at a deep-water jetty.
Eagle-eyed ship-spotters in Wales are used to seeing ferries coming in and out of Holyhead Port on and a daily basis, but this year they may have noticed more activity that usual. This is because the north Wales port has…
IOM Ship Registry secures four ship deal with fellow Manx based ship owner MX Bulk whose newbuild Maye Manx (registered in Douglas) was recently delivered. Credit: IOMshipregistry
The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) is expanding its fleet after securing a new deal with fellow Douglas based ship owner MX Bulk. The agreement will see the IOMSR flag four new 63,878 MT bulk carriers presently being built…
Warrenpoint Port congratulate the Seatruck team on their acquisition by CLnD. The Seatruck brand will be retained by CLnD and the team will continue to be led by Alistair Eagles.
Operator Seatruck Ferries announced last week that, subject to regulatory approval from the Irish competition authorities, it is to be acquired from Clipper Group by CLdN. CLdN, headquartered in Luxembourg is one of Europe’s leading multimodal logistics providers with three…
Charlie Frize on his Corby 33 Banshee
The 2022 Vantage Health and Life RC35 Championships is a wrap! Another very close season with tight racing in a great variety of locations and conditions.  The season started with a great turnout of 10 boats at Kip Regatta, where one…
North Sails One Design clients have had a stunning 2022 with our fantastic customers recording victories in so many World, European, National and Regional championships here in Ireland. For the month of October, we are running our 15% off season…
An unallocated five million euro in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund could be used as a support measure, with EU approval, the organisations have pointed out
Fishing industry representatives have said they are “ confounded and disappointed” by the Government’s repeated refusal to draw down EU-approved fuel aid for the Irish fleet. As Afloat reported previously, the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation (IFPO) and Irish Fish Processors’…
Iain Murray’s role will see him take charge of all aspects on the water of the 37th America’s Cup and all AC World Series Events in the lead-up to the regatta’s start in September 2024
In a double announcement by America’s Cup Events Limited (ACE) it is confirmed today that Iain Murray has been appointed as Independent Regatta Director for the 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona alongside Richard Slater who continues in the role as…
Another big entry is expected for November's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the advance notice of its popular 'Turkey Shoot' winter sailing series that starts on Sunday, 6th November. Now in its 22nd year, the AIB-sponsored seven-race series will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club…

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