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Onwards and upwards….the new Ship of Dreams for offshore racing hopefuls is making its debut at Dusseldorf Boat Show. A CGI of the new Pogo Classe Mini Proto Foiler, which will provide a potential access point for Mini-Transat, Figaro Solo, Class 40 and IMOCA 60 enthusiasts
In the Great Halls of Dusseldorf, where the colossal annual Boat Show opens today with its Golden Jubilee providing multiple opportunities for appropriate Wagnerian accompaniment for hyper-glossy boats on the grand scale, a specialised level of interest will focus on…
The state of the art facilities at Lir include four wave tanks that can replicate real ocean conditions and enable testing of various marine innovations
Ireland’s ocean energy test facility, Lir, was officially opened today in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cork TD Simon Coveney. Located in the €20 million UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building, Lir – the…
Paal Janson at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Paal Janson has been elected as the Chairman of the Irish Marine Federation (IMF), the trade body representing marine leisure interests in Ireland. In one of his first roles, Janson (43) has framed the IMFs submission to the Government's Marine…
Landing craft James with vehicle ramp lowered onto Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin and where heavy machinery transfers rock armour to Shanganagh Cliff (as seen behind) and the backdrop of the Little Sugarloaf, Co. Wicklow.
#coastal - Works to protect the cliffs along Killiney Beach, in south Co. Dublin, from erosion, have stepped up in recent weeks as sea born rock armour from neighbouring Co. Wicklow is been delivered directly ashore, writes Jehan Ashmore. Integral…
A 2015 artist’s impression of how the Port of Cork’s new container terminal will look once complete
Maritime Journal reports that work has begun on the Port of Cork’s new Cork Container Terminal at Ringaskiddy. Afloat.ie previously covered the development at its launch last June, where plans were revealed for its first phase of a 300-metre quay…
Dun Laoghaire Marina on Dublin Bay is Ireland's largest marina facility with over 800 berths
International marine industries body, ICOMIA, has developed a policy paper giving recommendations to governments and investors worldwide on marina lease tenders. Marinas around the world provide essential boat storage; associated infrastructure and amenities; public access to waterways and many economic and…
Limerick Boat Club received funding towards replacing the original roof it lost in the 2014 winter Storm Darwin
Four aquatic sports-related projects will share in the €7 million in grants announced under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) for schemes previously deemed invalid in 2017 but since corrected. In Cork, Lee Valley Rowing Club will receive €12,000 for the…
The Port of Dover says it is "prepared" for Brexit having dealt with disruption like Operation Stack which has helped the Kent port. Above AFLOAT adds is berthed one of P&O Ferries 'Darwin Project' vessels that operate to Calais, France.
#ferries - Kent Online writes that the Port of Dover says it is ready to handle "whatever comes its way" as uncertainly over Brexit continues - but lorries firms must be told what documentation they need. The port's new chief…
Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle competing in the 49er dinghy. Their campaign has been set back by injury
Selection criteria for the Tokyo Olympics have been announced by Irish Sailing this week in the knowledge that with 553 days to Tokyo, Ireland has yet to reach country qualification in any class. Ireland still has to qualify in the…
2018 was the fourth successive record year for trade at Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company has today reported full-year trading figures for 2018. The latest figures show that cargo volumes through Dublin Port hit record levels for the fourth year in a row with growth of 4.3% to reach a new record…
The all new J99 design is Dublin Bay bound according to Afloat.ie sources
Could the latest design from J Boats, the new J/99, a 9.9 meter (32.6') 'crew-friendly', 'offshore-capable' speedster be on its way to Dublin Bay this season? J/Boats launched the new boat the under development at J/Composites in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.…
Stern view of Mette Maersk, a giant containership captured in this photo taken by AFLOAT while berthed in the UK at the Port of Felixstowe on the North Sea. The 18,000TEU capacity ship registered in Rømø, a Danish island, had docked in Britain's biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe.
#shipping - The collaboration between Maersk and MSC of the 2M shipping alliance, formed from the two biggest container lines in the world by market share, has committed to a permanent transatlantic shipping route connecting Liverpool, UK, with several US…
Leadship: Stena Estrid launched in China yesterday is to enter Dublin-Holyhead route in early 2020, as the first of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea by 2021.
#ferries - It was an important milestone for ferry operator, Stena Line as its major new fleet investment programme involved the ‘launching’ ceremony of the first of its next generation RoPax vessels that took place in China yesterday, 16th January.…
Sailors Turned Swimmers Are all Kitted Out for Drop in Temperatures at Viking Marine
Some of us here in Viking Marine are braving the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay every morning and have to admit to nearing addiction on the daily plunge writes Ian O'Meara. Porridge is even back on the breakfast…
Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, where the south Dublin Bay harbour marks its bicentenary since construction began in the winter of 1818/1819. Above the harbour's main pier breakwater which suffered damage from Storm Emma in March last year has undergone preliminary works in recent months by the Dublin Port Company.
#lectures - As part of the Bullock 200 Bicentenary, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association and Dublin Port Company resume a series of talks held in the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. Next week, on Tuesday, 22nd…
British Marine at Boot Düsseldorf 2019
British Marine has reported an increased level of interest from UK businesses looking to exhibit on its prominent Showcase stand at boot Düsseldorf 2019 with space selling out in record time and a waiting list of companies who missed out…
The ICRA Committee met in Portlaoise. The executive pictured are (L-R): Simon McGibney, Ric Morris (seated), Liam Lynch, Peter Ryan, Richard Colwell – Commodore (seated), Johanna Murphy, Dave Cullen  John Leech (seated), Rory Carberry, Cxema Pico, Missing from picture are Kieran O’Connell and Mark Mills
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) held its first meeting of 2019 in Portlaoise on Wednesday, 16th January. The Committee wasted no time in the new year to get together to finalise objectives for the year and discuss new initiatives…
Shane Ross identified the Irish, UK and French ports, in particular Dublin, Rosslare, Dover in England and Calais in France, the main “pinch-points” where delays would emerge.
#ferryports - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport writes The Irish Times, has admitted that there would be checks on lorries coming into the Republic of Ireland from the UK via Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.…
Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
#irishports - Leading experts along with Irish businesses say the Government needs to tap special funds from the EU to help offset the effects of Brexit. As the Irish Examiner reports, for hauliers, Aidan Flynn, who heads up Freight Transport…
The Square sail set on Ilen in Limerick
Joseph Conrad wrote many stories and novels with a nautical setting, based on his time in the British and French merchant marine and in the old sailing ships. They depict trials of the human spirit and one of his memorable…
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