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IOM Steam Packet's fastferry Mannanan operates the Liverpool link on Merseyside.
#FerryNews - There have been concerns raised that the new Liverpool landing stage for the Isle of Man ferry will not be ready in time. As IOMToday reports passenger watchdog TravelWatch has released a statement in which it states its ’concern’…
The discovery of five beaked whales in a single day has been described as 'highly unusual'
#MarineWildlife - Five dead whales have been found along Ireland's west coast and as BBC News reports, they may have been caused by naval sonar, an expert has said. Dr Simon Berrow, of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG),…
Ciara Browne and Ciara Moynihan of the Ireland Junior Double with coach Ray Morrison
#Rowing: Ireland’s junior men’s quadruple took fourth in their heat and the junior women’s double fifth at the World Junior Championships at Racice in the Czech Republic.  Two boats qualified for the semi-finals from the heats of the quadruple, and…
A EUCON containership, Elbetrader makes an arrival at dusk in the outer approaches of Dublin Bay when bound for the capital, having sailed on a routine passage from the major Dutch port of Rotterdam. The photo was taken from Irish Ferries Holyhead bound Ulysses, which likewise of the containership represent divisions within ICG.
#Jobs&Careers - Eucon, part of the Container & Terminal division of Irish Continental Group (ICG) have become the first company registered for a new Logistics Associate Apprenticeship programme. The apprenticeship programme is to be delivered in association with Dublin Institute…
"Small Wonders" by Internationally published artist Karen Ingham who is to hold an exhibition 'Deluge' later this month in Milford Haven, south Wales. Deluge will depict the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem.
#MarineWildlife - Internationally published artist Karen Ingham will be holding an exhibition at Milford Waterfront, south Wales later this month depicting the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem. The exhibition ‘Deluge’ to be staged between 14th- 28th…
The floating production and storage offloading vessel, Searose FPSO which Afloat adds berthed at H&W's (BDD) Belfast Dry-Dock to undergo work that took place in recent years.
#BelfastLough - Fred. Olsen Energy, the Norwegian drillship,rig operator and owners of the yard that built RMS Titanic, is considering a debt and equity restructuring that would almost wipe out the value of its current shares, the company said. With…
The Ireland coxed four which qualified directly for the semi-finals in Racice with coach Fran Keane
#Rowing: Ireland had a good start to their campaign in the World Junior Championships. The Ireland coxed four of Conor Mulready, James O’Donovan, Fintan O’Driscoll, Eoin Gaffney and cox Eoin Finnegan took a good second place in their heat, comfortably…
The Olsen 30 Coracle (Kieran Collins) is competing in Calves Week Class Two
The weather gods continued to shine on PRO Alan Crosbie and his well-drilled team at sunny Gas Calves Week in Schull, West Cork as the large fleet lined up in a 15–knot westerly wind for another inner harbour start on day…
Aoife Hopkins took a Laser Radial World Championships race win today in Aarhus
Aoife Hopkins from Howth Yacht Club won today’s only race in the Laser Radial event at the Sailing World Championships. It repeated Finn Lynch’s win on Tuesday in the men's Laser class to give both Irish front-runners some fine individual…
At 184 metres, the CPO Germany is the biggest single screw tanker ever handled by the Port of Larne
The Port of Larne, one of the busiest ports on the Irish Sea capable of handling a wide range of cargoes and ships, welcomed the CPO Germany into port this month for routine maintenance. The vessel which regularly delivers products…
Ireland is nearing a time when we will have to rely on the kindness of strangers for supplies of natural gas given dwindling gas supplies notably at the Kinsale Gas Field. Afloat adds above Naval Service L.E. Róisín patrols with the backdrop of one of the facilities two production platforms offshore of Co. Cork.
#CoastalNotes - In the The Irish Times, Cantillon comments that The Irish Academy of Engineering is not a body given to over-reaction or wild predictions. In fact, the organisation behaves much like the professionals in its ranks, carefully assessing problems…
Rival freight ferries from Seatruck and P&O Afloat adds are seen departing Dublin Port. In total there are four operators providing daily supply-chain services on the Irish Sea linking between the capital and the UK ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Holyhead.
#Ports&Shipping - State agency Bord Bia has published a a strategy guide to assist Irish food and drink manufacturers to identify operations partners and establish more efficient distribution channels. As the Irish Farmers Journal reports increased lead times, especially for…
Last month, 65 recruits were called to the Naval Service headquarters (above) in Haulbowline, Cork Harbour to undertake medical and fitness tests. Just six turned up for a recruitment class that was supposed to be up to 48-strong.
#NavalService - The Irish Examiner writes of a damning report that highlights the reduced calibre of recruits in the Defence Forces, concluding that some had severe learning difficulties, others were extremely unfit, and one had been arrested numerous times by…
In class one of Calves Week Frank Whelan's Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club had a first in both IRC and ECHO divisions
Following the celebrations at the opening ceremony on Monday evening, it was a far cry from Quail and Cork Dry Gin as the sixty-three boat fleet took to the water in Schull Harbour for race one in Calves Week. The…
The moment Irish Laser sailor Finn Lynch crosses the line to take his first ever World Championship race win. Scroll to 33 seconds on the video below to see more of the Irish win in Aarhus
On the penultimate day of Gold fleet racing for Irish sailors competing at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Denmark, elation for a race win by Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club in the Laser event was later matched…
Dorothy Matthews took first place in Kinsale Regatta just before heading to Longcheer, Shenzen, China for the Topper World Championship
It’s great to see young sailors enthusiastic about the sport. Watching Topper dinghy sailors training for their big challenge, with determination and focus, is encouraging. The sport has a future if it can hold onto young sailors. This weekend young…
The Dublin Bay B211 fleet were racing on Tuesday evening
Cruiser 3 Tuesday: 1. Maranda, 2. Saki, 3. Pamafe Combined Cruisers Tuesday: 1. Elandra, 2. Hot Cookie, 3. Jalapeno Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Ruff Diamond, 3. Diane II B211: 1. Yikes, 2. Ventuno, 3. Beeswing B211: 1. Yikes, 2. Beeswing,…
Stena Forerunner seen recently docked in Harwich, UK from where the 210 trailer unit ship is to depart the Essex ferryport on the North Sea coast and be deployed to Irish Sea service this month. The Chinese built ship is the third of the Stena 4 Runner MK II class and similar to half-sister Stena Carrier, which made a notable call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour earlier this summer but only for maintenance and survey related work.
#FerryNews - Responding to growing market-led demand, Stena Line is planning to upweight its freight capacity on the busy Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route this month. The operator will initially deploy the 3,000 lane metre Stena Forerunner, before replacing it…
Marc Lyne and Dean Watson mid challenge on board the Scorpion RIB Ocean Devil on Friday 13 July
#Record - Marc Lyne and Dean Watson have smashed the longstanding under-30ft Round Ireland powerboat record by almost half an hour, pending UIM ratification. On Friday 13 July last the duo set a provisional time of 18 hours and 12…
Brexit-Buster: Celine, a giant new ro-ro vessel in October 2017 was introduced onto a Dublin-Belgium-Netherlands service which bypasses the UK. The EU has adopted proposals post-Brexit of a same links service but also inclusion of calls to Cork connecting mainland Europe. Note on the Dublin Bay horizon, Stena Adventurer sailing from the UK.
#Ports&Shipping - A post-Brexit new shipping route will see Ireland connected to Europe via the Netherlands and Belgium under EU contingency plans. The European Commission reports The Independent has adopted a proposal which will see Dublin and Cork ports connected…

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