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As container carriers have done well during the (Covid-19) pandemic, cargo owners have faced inflated transport costs and lower service quality, with many shippers reporting cargo roll-overs and carriers prioritising higher-paying spot cargo, Drewry notes. Above AFLOAT photo taken of a deep-sea containership.
As container lines have done relatively well financially during the Covid-19 pandemic, cargo owners have faced inflated transport costs and lower service quality, with many shippers reporting cargo roll-overs and carriers prioritising higher-paying spot cargo, according to container shipping consultancy…
SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy on the resumption of yacht racing on the south coast in the podcast below
The South Coast Offshore Racing Association and Kinsale Yacht Club have agreed to run a SCORA-based race from Kinsale to the Fastnet Rock and back to Kinsale which will act as a qualifier for the Round Ireland Yacht Race in…
The Vendee Artique fleet sail close to the south-west coast of Ireland
It was a tough night off Ireland in the Vendee-Arctique- Les Sables d'Olonne as an international fleet of racers navigated the West Cork coast. During their second night at sea, on their way from Les Sables d'Olonne to Iceland, the…
The DBSC West Pier starters hut has not been installed at Dun Laoghaire this season
All Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) racing this COVID hit sailing season will start from the club's Committee vessel(s) as the club's West Pier starters hut has not been installed due to the difficulty of maintaining government safety rules including…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
Irish Navy ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained a French registered fishing vessel approximately 25 miles west off the Great Blasket Island this afternoon. The detention was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations. LÉ William Butler Yeats…
Dun Laoghaire Baths project in Scotsman's Bay
Shoreward photography taken at the weekend of the new Dun Laoghaire Baths shows that significant progress has been made in all areas of but overall progress is slower than anticipated meaning the project that began two years ago will not…
Laser racing at Strangford Sailing Club
Strangford Sailing Club enjoys a stunning location on the northern shore of Strangford Lough Narrows in the Castleward Estate and has occupied that site for about 40 years. After the long layoff due to COVID 19, members have been back…
Yacht racing resumes in Cork Harbour this Friday
For the present, there will be two clubs running Friday night whitesail racing in Cork Harbour. The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven resumed last Friday evening and Cove Sailing Club will begin this Friday, with FG at 1900. The…
Cobh People’s Regatta Cancelled For 2020
Organisers of the Cobh People’s Regatta have announced the cancellation of the 2020 event. The regatta had been due to take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August in Cork Harbour, and its cancellation follows that of the Cork…
Portroe Dive Centre reopened at the weekend after the coronavirus shutdown
Two brothers who died in a diving tragedy in Tipperary yesterday afternoon (Sunday 5 July) have been named locally as Fergus and Philip Brophy. The incident occurred at the Portroe Dive Centre, in a former quarry near Lough Derg, which…
Lough Ree RNLI crew
Lough Ree RNLI brought a drifting motor cruiser to safety on Saturday night. At 9.35 pm on Saturday, (4 July) Lough Ree RNLI volunteers were requested by Malin Head Coast Guard to reports of a motor cruiser adrift near Portrunny…
On Thursday evening the Coastguard and the Police Service investigated reports of concern for a kayaker seen the Ballywalter area of County Down
Last Thursday and Friday were busy days for Bangor Coastguard on Belfast Lough with an incident on both days. On Thursday evening the Coastguard and the Police Service investigated reports of concern for a kayaker seen the Ballywalter area in…
Arranmore RNLI Coxswain Jimmy Early with his son Lee
A new all-weather RNLI lifeboat, which will be permanently based at Clifden in Connemara, will proudly carry the names of up to 10,000 people, placed on it by their loved ones. The Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, which will be built…
 The recently delivered Zodiac Open 5.5 RIB is a useful size for diving, fishing, underwater hunting, work or pleasure trips
MGM Boats have delivered a new Zodiac Open 5.5 to a customer at Ireland's biggest marina at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. The Dublin yacht broker, who took on the agency for the leading French RIB range in December 2019…
Euroports: Containers on board a lo-lo vessel along with those stacked ashore at the Tivoli Container Terminal, Port of Cork.
Ports in the European Union fully endorse the idea to help private investors to prioritise green and sustainable investments by providing them a clear manual with common definitions. According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), however they have asked…
First sight of Dun Laoghaire from the sea: A shoreward view of vacant buildings are blighted by graffitii on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier. The council says graffiti poses a significant problem throughout the Dun Laoghaire area
Graffiti continues to be a problem for Dun Laoghaire's heritage harbour with extensive ugly, anti-social daubs on the walls of the pier and its disused buildings on the West Pier Head. Expert advice on an economic plan for the harbour…
A new chairman (cathaoirleach) has been voted in to New Ross Municipal District which also has responsibity for the town's port. AFLOAT adds New Ross is Ireland's most inland port located 32kms away from the sea on the River Barrow. Also above in this photo is the general cargoship, Cito unloading at Raheen Jetty, a dry-bulk facility located on the east bank of the Barrow.
New Ross Standard reports on the handing over of the chains of municipal council power was a mere formality (last) Monday as Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Whelan was voted in as cathaoirleach for the second time, two days after his…
George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race winner
George Sisk's XP44 WOW took an emphatic win in the first ISORA race of the 2020 season yesterday when racing got off to a decidedly tricky start in the first of four Viking Marine Coastal Series races on Dublin Bay.…
Rathlin Island is open again to visitors
The Island of Rathlin in the Sea of Moyle off Ballycastle is now open to resident and visiting boat owners and overnighting is allowed. The ferry is also operating. This popular destination is six miles long, one mile wide, "L"…
Barry Cowen on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme on Sunday
Newly appointed marine minister Barry Cowen has said he regrets an incident where he was disqualified from driving four years ago after being breathalysed. The Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly and brother of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was appointed…

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