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DUTY-FREE SHOPPING: The ferry firm, Stena said they had built new retail areas and expanded their offering on the Irish Sea (as above) Afloat adds is a ferry having departed Holyhead Port off Anglesey, north Wales
A return to Duty free on Irish Sea ferry routes, as Afloat previously reported, between Wales and Ireland is set for the first time in more than 20 years on Friday. The end of the Brexit transition period will see…
The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey
Efforts are underway to refloat a newly built 150m oil tanker which ran aground close to the mouth of Lough Foyle earlier this morning.  The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey was leaving Lisahally terminal in Derry for Milford Haven when the…
Coast Guard Helicopter services, provided under contract by CHC Ireland, operate day and night services out of Bases at Sligo, Shannon, Dublin and Waterford
In an end of year commentary, the Coast Guard has highlighted, that despite the impact of Covid-19, 2020 has proven to be a relatively busy year. Overall, the Coast Guard coordinated 2643 incidents in comparison with 2490 incidents in 2019.…
The largest container terminal on the Irish Sea is located at the Port of Liverpool's deep-water container terminal of 'Liverpool2', which broke a record twice this year in handling containers from a single vessel. Also according to port operator Peel Ports, the giant gantry cranes of the terminal tower 92m high, more than four times the height of London's Tralfalgar Square Christmas Tree (20m), an annual gift from the Norway to the UK (see: Ferry News story)
Across the Irish Sea at the Port of Liverpool’s deep water shipping container terminal at 'Liverpool2' located on the banks of the Mersey, is where the facility broke a record for the second time this year. Containership MSC Tamara had…
Holyhead Port in north Wales is the second busiest ro-ro port in the UK, behind only Dover in Kent. Around 600 lorries and trailers leave the port on ferries bound for Dublin Port every day. Above AFLOAT adds traffic conjestion on the main road (A55) linking Holyhead.
On a major road leading to Holyhead Port, (ferry) traffic measures have been introduced as the UK prepares to enter its new trading relationship with the EU. As BBC News writes, the Welsh Government has said the plans are aimed…
Scottish Sailing Tourism to Get a Boost from Restart Funding Scheme
Scotland’s struggling aquatic tourism sector is set to be boosted by a £2.5m pandemic support package from the devolved government, as Marine Industry News reports. Sail Scotland and Wild Scotland have secured the £2.5m restart grant scheme aimed at supporting…
Rescue 117 lowers its winchman amid high winds off the Old Head of Kinsale on Sunday 27 December
Cork Beo reports that a body was recovered off the West Cork coast in a multi-agency operation for a missing person on Sunday (27 December). Thermal imaging was used to locate the remains in the area of the Old Head…
A number of Irish listed companies, including Irish Ferries owner, Irish Continental Group (ICG), were expected to get a lift when the stock market opens today.
Stock markets in Ireland and the UK are expected to jump this morning on the first day of trading since the Christmas Eve post-Brexit trade deal was secured. They will also get a boost after US President Donald Trump finally…
File image of Fenit Harbour in Co Kerry
Open-air diving is set to return to Fenit in Co Kerry after a near 20-year gap, as RTÉ News reports. The move follows a three-year campaign to revive a long history of diving at the harbour town just outside of…
Schull Harbour in West Cork
Hopes for funding for a massive regeneration of Schull Harbour have been dashed as its planning permission is running out. According to the Southern Star, in the West Cork sailing centre has twice been proposed by Cork County Council for…
The Brendan currach – "36ft of Cow & Gate" – made for a challenging east-west crossing of the northern North Atlantic in 1976-77
When the Courtmacsherry Harbour Boat Club was founded ten years ago, the late Tim Severin - the neighbourhood's own legendary sea adventurer and explorer of international renown - found himself in several roles at the inaugural gathering. Naturally, he was…
Baltimore Sailing Club will hold its 2020 agm next March due to COVID restrictions
There will only be one item on the agenda when Commodore Charlie Bolger opens Baltimore Sailing Club's agm on December 31st and that's the adjournment of the meeting. The West Cork club's agm is traditionally held at the end of…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Early Bird Draw Deadline is December 31st
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta organisers are reporting entries are 'streaming in' for next July's new two-weekend format big sailing event on Dublin Bay.  Changes to the split the regatta over two weekends to ensure COVID regulation compliance have been given…
Vendee Globe Leader Bestaven Building his Margin in 40-knot Winds
On the Vendée Globe front line the Christmas truce is over. Days of light winds and mild temperatures have been summarily replaced by 30-35 knot winds. Deep reefed sails are the order of the day. It is cold, miserable and…
Arklow's Trent Class RNLI lifeboat is lifted for maintenance at MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire
MGM Boats lifted Rosslare's Severn and Arklow's Trent Class RNLI Lifeboats for maintenance purposes late in December, just part of the busy lift-in/out schedule kept by its boatyard services at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The firm operates the only dedicated boat…
ICG's container divison EUCON is to add a containership MV Music to boost capacity on its Ireland-continental mainland Europe services this Friday, New Year's Day.
An additional load-on/ load -off (lo-lo) containership MV Music has been announced by Irish Continental Group (ICG) to serve their container division EUCON, writes Jehan Ashmore. Music starts the new career this Friday, 1 January 2021, by operating a weekly…
Younger brother Peter Lawless (left) aims to complete a solo circumnavigation in 2021, a year before his brother Pat (right) departs on the 2022 Golden Globe Race
A second son of the late solo circumnavigator Pat Lawless from Limerick has announced plans to follow in his father's wake and sail solo around the world. Peter and his brother Pat, both based in County Kerry, are embarking on separate solo…
EU Has Created "New Fisheries Policy" with Brexit, Irish Fishing Leader Says
A “Brexit concession” by the EU to Britain on fish stocks should be extended to all coastal states including Ireland, according to a leading Irish industry organisation. The Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO) says that the EU…
Happy 48th Birthday, Yannick
(Day 49 - One week to Cape Horn) Yannick Bestaven (Maître CoQ IV) shows again today why he is the leader of the Vendée Globe as he has positioned himself well to take the best advantage of a long-awaited low-pressure…
A body was recovered in the vicinity of Dun Laoghaire's Coal Harbour area  on Christmas Eve
Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances following the discovery of a body of a male in the water at Dun Laoghaire's Coal Harbour pier on Thursday 24th December. Gardai say the man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at…
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