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Corsica Ferries, the 7th largest ferry company in the world in terms of passenger capacity, is investing a stake in Neoline Armateur to build a 136m cargo ship, the 'Neoliner' powered mainly by wind, saving 80% of fuel compared to a conventional ro-ro ship . The newbuild with 1200 linear meters, 400 cars or 265 containers representing up to 5,000 tons of goods is to enter service in 2024 and operate across the Atlantic from St. Nazaire, France to Canada and the USA. Among commitments from shippers are the Renault Group, Hennessy and Michelin.
Mediterranean operator Corsica Ferries has announced this week it is investing in Neoline Armateur, a company that will build a 136m cargo ship powered mainly by wind to save more than 80% of fuel compared to a conventional ro-ro vessel.…
P&O Ferries moves to Terminal 5 & Seatruck to Terminal 4 effective January 23rd 2023
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has announced that P&O Ferries and Seatruck will move locations within Dublin Port from January 23rd 2023. The move will see P&O Ferries relocate from existing Terminal 3 (East Wall Road) to Terminal 5 (T5), at…
MGM Boats at boot Düsseldorf 2023 graphic9
MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire will have a full sales team at boot Düsseldorf from 21-29 January — the largest indoor boat show in the world. Aside from their dedicated brokerage stand (E45 in Hall 5), MGM Boats will have…
International maritime expert Michael Kingston is calling for fresh inquests into the deaths of 50 people in the 1979 Betelgeuse tanker explosion on Cork’s Whiddy Island
A call for fresh inquests into the deaths of 50 people in the 1979 Betelgeuse tanker explosion on Cork’s Whiddy Island has been made by international maritime expert Michael Kingston. Kingston, whose father Tim died in the explosion, has written…
Solo circumnavigator Conor O’Brien on board the Kelpie
Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary welcomes Vincent Murphy on Friday evening, 13th January, at 7.30 pm, to give a 100th-anniversary presentation on the life of the late circumnavigator Conor O’Brien. In 1923-25, O'Brien became the first amateur skipper…
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue has said he is increasing the budget for scrapping whitefish fishing vessels from 60 million to 75 million euros. As Afloat reported earlier, offers will be made to 57 owners, he said, and tax reliefs…
The Irish Coast Guard Rescue 115 search and rescue helicopter team demonstrated as the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter took off from the Aran island of Inis Meáín for the University Hospital, Galway
The Irish Coast Guard Rescue 115 search and rescue helicopter team has sought to enlighten people on one frequently asked question about its flying techniques. A video posted on its Facebook page aims to explain why the helicopter lifts off…
The Lower River Lee in Cork city
To boost conservation efforts, anglers who wish to catch and keep wild salmon from Cork’s Lower River Lee in Cork in 2023 are advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland that ‘brown tag’ regulations are coming into force from Wednesday 1 February.…
Norwegian pelagic fishing trawler M/S Havsnurp
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue on Tuesday (10 January) today met fishing industry representatives at the Marine Institute in Galway and discussed the negotiations ongoing this week, between the EU and Norway, on a fisheries agreement. The minister said: “Our interests…
MaritimeUK has appointed Port of London Authority (PLA) chief executive Robin Mortimer as its new chair. Above Afloat adds arriving in the Pool of London is HNLMS De Zeven Provincien, one of a flotilla of Royal Netherlands Navy vessels after a previously callling to the Port of Cork in November. The PLA looks after navigational safety on the tidal Thames and oversees port, passenger and freight operations on the river, as well as recreational events.
The umbrella organisation for the UK’s maritime sector, Martime UK has appointed Robin Mortimer as its new chair and Tom Boardley as vice chair. Robin was nominated by the British Ports Association and UK Major Ports Group whilst Tom was…
Although World ARC is a rally not a race, friendly competition was already evident as Salt (SWE) and Lover of the Light (USA) were over the course start line as the horn was blown
The World ARC 2023-24 fleet set off from Saint Lucia at 12 noon on Saturday, January 7, beginning their adventure of a lifetime following years of dreaming, thinking, planning and preparations. 19 yachts took the start from the 23-strong fleet…
The Spring series of the HYC Dinghy Frostbites kicked off on Sunday, 8th January, after a brief hiatus since the Winter series wrapped up before Christmas. A New Year’s Day Race had bridged the gap for some of the competitors,…
Big wave surfing at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal
The surfing world has paid tribute to Brazilian big wave surfer Marcio Freire after his death at Nazaré last Thursday (5 January). According to RTÉ News, Freire fell into the water while surfing at the Portuguese swell regarded as producing…
The new Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat “Val Adnams” is due to arrive in Courtmacsherry, led by a flotilla of local boats on Sunday
The West Cork community of Courtmacsherry are set to welcome the latest RNLI lifeboat to be based in Ireland to their village next Sunday, 15th January. This Shannon class lifeboat is unique in the RNLI's fleet as it has been…
Register now... for the hybrid event of the NMCI's annual Seafarers Conference which takes place on 23rd February in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Co. Limerick
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) has announced the launch of its second annual Seafarers' Conference which is take place on 23 February and be held in Co. Limerick. This year's theme is 'Thriving Fishing, Thriving Offshore Wind, Thriving Ports'…
eSailing World Champion Alexandre Kowalski (left) receives his prizewinning cheque from World Sailing's Scott Over
Alexandre Kowalski (AlexK – RS) of France swept to victory in the 2022 eSailing World Championship Final in front of a live crowd at the Ocean Live Park in Alicante, Spain, to take home the title and a cash prize…
Glandore Harbour in West Cork
Glandore Harbour Yacht Club members, at their annual general meeting, gave their award for Exceptional Service to Orla Sheehan. Re-elected as Commodore of the West Cork club Tim Forde, said the club was “blessed with the great number of dedicated volunteers”…
Ferry sailings on the Antrim coast between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle were cancelled on Thursday due to strike action, however further industrial action is to continue with the majoriy of sailings to be cancelled for the remainder of January. Above, the 6-vehicle capacity ferry Spirit of Rathlin at the slipway in Ballycastle Harbour.
Ferry workers on the service to Rathlin Island, some six miles of the Antrim coast are to continue strike action this month over a dispute on pay and conditions. At the weekend, the Unite the Union announced industrial action would…
Gybe mark action at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour; Dwyer (Aero 3433), Harris (Aero 1067), Team ter Horst (FB 14790), Team Long (IDRA 161), Fisher & Keegan (FB 14676)
The weather forecasts during the week leading up to Round two of the post-Christmas DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire, sponsored by Viking Marine, might have led one to believe that racing would not be possible. Indeed, on Thursday and Friday,…
The Defence Forces is examining the possibility of hiring ‘marine specialist talent acquisition agency’ to address the crewing crisis.  Above, former Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne was one of a trio of patrols vessels decommissioned, leaving a current fleet of six ships.
To address the persistent crew crisis in the Naval Service, the Defence Forces is considering attempting to recruit sailors from outside the country. The Naval Service which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, is almost 300 below its establishment strength…
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