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At the French port of Calais, officials celebrate at the ceremony to mark the opening of a €863m infrastructure upgrade that aims to significantly facilitate the transit of freight and passenger traffic. Afloat adds, Irish Ferries became the newest client on the route serving Dover when in June services began in competition with rivals DFDS and P&O Ferries.
At the French channel port of Calais yesterday, a €863 million major infrastructure extension was inaugurated that aims to significantly facilitate the transit of freight and passenger ferry traffic. The port extension, which has taken six years to complete, sees…
Frank Whelan's J/122 from Greystones SC had had a fine season, winning Calves Week in August, and then following it in September with a clean sweep and the overall win in the ICRA Nats. The J/122 – first produced in 2008 – is no longer built, yet Kaya is frontline competitive with the owner-skipper supported by crew-leader Patrick Barnwell, and with Mark Mansfield as tactician for the ICRA Nats
You might say it's unnatural. Normally at this time of year, we'll be talking of the evenings and the season closing in together to facilitate a gently easing pace. But last weekend in Cork, they seemed to have so many…
Diego Negri (ITA) and Frithjof Kleen (GER) are the 2021 Star World Champions
In an incredible week for the Italian/German team of Diego Negri (ITA) and Frithjof Kleen (GER, the duo won the 99-year-old Star World Championship with a race to spare. Kiel showed its true colors this morning in the first of…
The bow of the new Irish cargoship, Arklow Clipper and prior to its launch this morning in the Netherlands.
A new Irish multipurpose cargoship, Arklow Clipper was launched this morning in a Dutch shipyard for Arklow Shipping, bringing to six in the latest of the 'C' class series, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was in 2017 when Arklow Cliff became…
New apprentices at the iconic shipyard of H&W in Belfast. Additional apprentices were also welcomed at H&W's other marine engineering sites located on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland and England.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff, with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has taken on 34 new apprentices across all of its four sites as part of its first ‘Apprentice Induction Event.’ H&W a wholly-owned subsidiary of InfraStrata…
 Ferry sailings on Stena Line's Cairnryan-Belfast route have resumed following an earlier positive test by a crew member. Above one of the North Channel route's pair of 'Superfast' ferries.
Ferry services run by Stena Line have resumed between Scotland and Northern Ireland, which were earlier disrupted due to a positive Covid-19 test among its crew. One crew member on the Cairnryan to Larne ferry received a positive result from a…
Ciaran Needham, a native of Sáile is Achill Island RNLI station’s new Lifeboat Operations Manager
Achill Island RNLI is delighted to welcome Ciaran Needham, a native of Sáile as the station’s new Lifeboat Operations Manager. Ciaran succeeds Tony McNamara, who recently retired from the role. Ciaran is an electrician by trade and is also a…
Irish ISORA coastal champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) is competing in Saturday's final long offshore race of the 2021 season
Out of an entry list of 13 boats, seven will take part in the last offshore of the Musto ISORA Offshore Series on Saturday.  The 'Long Offshore' will start from Pwllheli in North Wales at 10 am and sail a…
There was an 11-boat turnout for the final Thursday night cruiser race at Royal Cork Yacht Club
The final sixth race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's August and September Thursday League 2021 was a light air affair in Cork Harbour that saw Ria Lyden's X332 Ellida emerge as the overall winner in both IRC Spinnaker and ECHO divisions. In second…
Despite delays, there is significant progress on the refurbishment of Dun Laoghaire Baths
Works at the Dun Laoghaire Baths continue, and though many are asking when will it ever be completed (now some three years and three months duration), there is evidence of progress at the site in the latest shoreward taken photos…
With speculation mounting that Ireland increasingly looks like the venue for the 37th America's Cup in Cork Harbour, boosted by some positive Irish Government cost analysis this week, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and Defender Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ)…
Disappointed in Roscoff - Tom Dolan rues the loss of a top ten finish on leg 3
The disappointment was etched into Tom Dolan’s tired face as he docked Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan into Roscoff this afternoon at the end of a tough 624 miles Stage 3 of La Solitaire du Figaro. Having been ninth at Bishop Rock, at…
Rob and Alice Armstrong sail Ranger on Upper Lough Erne
In late August, the Snipe dinghy Ranger, restored by Fred and George Ternan after sixty years lying abandoned on the Crom Estate, County Fermanagh, had her second outing on Upper Lough Erne at Crom. Ranger was one of two Snipes…
Stephen Wynne is retiring as Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager
Fifty-one years to the day after he was rescued from a capsized dinghy and inspired to join a lifeboat crew, Stephen Wynne is retiring as Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, a position he has held for over three…
The growing international consensus that the 37th America's Cup could be sailed in Cork Harbour in 2024 will be boosted by a buoyant Irish government 'cost-benefit analysis' prediction into the possibilities of an Irish staging of the world's third-biggest sporting…
Mein Schiff 4, pictured off Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier in 2015
A new report commissioned by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council details the works required for a proposed new seasonal cruise tender pontoon in the harbour. The plans are part of upgrades to Dun Laoghaire Harbour which expects 70 cruise liner visits…
Sligo Bay RNLI’s volunteers approach the two swimmers in distress on their inshore lifeboat
Sligo Bay RNLI reminds sea swimmers of the importance of not struggling against rip currents after two people were rescued from a strong current at the ominously named Deadman’s Point. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat shortly…
A friend in need? Even with the support of friendly dolphins, the final leg of Stage 3 of the Figaro Solo 2021 has not gone well for Tom Dolan
Things had been looking good for Tom Dolan on Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan going into the final 120-mile Isles of Scilly to Roscoff leg of Stage 3 in the Figaro Solo 2021. He’d worked his way up to 8th as they made…
The tan-sailed fishing boats of Ringsend are racing for the Dublin market as they slice through the finish line of an RIYC Regatta on Dublin Bay
One of the photos released in connection with tomorrow (Friday) evening’s Royal Irish YC 190th Anniversary Pursuit Race is a story in itself. For although it looks like a close finish to a Dublin Bay regatta race around 150 years…
Only one Stena Line ferry is affected but four sailings on the Cairnryan-Belfast route were cancelled. Above AFLOAT adds a Stena 'Superfast' ferry on Loch Ryan, Scotland.
Operator Stena Line cancelled four of its ferry sailings between Scotland and Northern Ireland after one crew member tested positive for Covid-19. Its 19:30 BST departure from Cairnryan and 23:30 BST departure from Belfast were cancelled on Wednesday. On Thursday,…

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