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The boss of P&O Ferries, Peter Hebblethwaite, earned more than half a million pounds last year. Above: amidships of newbuild P&O Liberté, which officially joined its twin Fusion-class fleetmate, P&O Pioneer, on the company’s flagship Dover-Calais service, as Afloat previously reported.
The boss of P&O Ferries admitted at a Westminster committee hearing, that he couldn't live on the £4.87 an hour some of its crew are paid, he told MPs at the Houses of Parliament. Chief executive Peter Hebblethwaite also revealed at…
BG Freight Line (a subsidiary of Peel Ports Group) has launched four new container vessels in a bid to drive sustainability across the shipping centre. The newbuild quartet, named to reflect their striking colours, BG Green (in service, with ‘scrubber’ at the stern), BG Blue, BG Red, and BG Orange, uses state-of-the-art scrubbers and is designed to help its customers significantly reduce carbon emissions. They will operate between Liverpool-Rotterdam, Afloat adds, as part of BG Freight Line’s network connecting UK, Ireland and near mainland Europe linking France, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Short-sea container feeder operator BG Freight Line has unveiled its greenest ships yet with four new lo-lo vessels that will help its customers significantly reduce their carbon emissions. The new ships will use a state-of-the-art scrubber to catch CO2 and…
Stena Ro Ro is to increase cargo capacity by 30% for the 2002-built freight twins, Stena Foreteller and Stena Forerunner. The vessels (Afloat add of the 4Runner class) after conversion will be ready to meet future efficiency requirements when the works are due to be completed in 2025. A half-sister Stena Carrier made a call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2018 to undergo ‘survey work’.
On behalf of Swedish ferry operator Stena Line, Stena RoRo has signed a conversion contract with China Merchants Jinling (Weihai) Shipyard for the installation of an additional cargo deck on board the Stena Foreteller and a twin, Stena Forerunner. The…
The Corncrake population increase from 161 to 218 birds in just five years is remarkable
The Corncrake population has increased by 35 per cent in the past five years, particularly in breeding areas on the Atlantic seaboard. The numbers of Corncrakes recorded in the core breeding areas of Donegal, Mayo and Galway has increased by…
American Magic's New AC75 Patriot - the new boat is bristling with design features and quirks and plenty of system upgrades, translated from their warhorse AC75 of the last America’s Cup. Now, it’s all on to try to bring the famous trophy back to West 44th Street in Manhattan, home of the New York Yacht Club
The New York Yacht Club American Magic rolled out its new AC75, named 'Patriot' for the 37th America's Cup Competition in Barcelona, Spain. The deck layout places the helms and trimmers side by side and well forward. The boat has…
Cunard's Queen Anne arrived in the UK at the Port of Southampton for a blessing by Bishop Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Winchester. The newbuild’s captain is Inger Klein Thorhauge, and an exchange of plaques to officially welcome the cruise ship took place at the vessel’s home port of Southampton, Hampshire, from where the newbuild made its maiden voyage on 3 May
Cunard Line’s Queen Anne, the newest cruise ship addition to their prestigious fleet, arrived in the UK at the Port of Southampton. This historic moment took place on the last day of April, and the occasion marks the first time…
A Fethard RNLI Lifeboat crewman rescues the sheep on the Waterford Estuary
In a dramatic rescue operation, a sheep fell from a ledge in the Waterford Estuary and was saved from being engulfed by the rising tide. The incident occurred on Wednesday, prompting the Irish Coast Guard to dispatch the volunteer lifeboat…
An adult kittiwake and a semi-fledged chick on a North Sea energy production platform
A new Offshore Nesting Bird Census (ONBC) has been initiated by the North Sea oil and gas industry to research how endangered seabirds use oil and gas platforms for nesting and rearing chicks. The census which has been created by…
Gill McIlmoyle, a former bank manager from Portstewart, joined the RNLI’s face-to-face fundraising team in 2021
Applications are now open to become one of the RNLI’s face-to-face fundraisers along the Causeway Coast in Antrim, and in counties Down and Dublin. This vital role helps the lifesaving charity reach thousands of people every year, sharing safety messages…
File image of Rathmullan Pier in Co Donegal, which will be closed for upgrade works until the end of November
The Department of Transport has been advised by Donegal County Council that it intends to begin refurbishment works at Rathmullan Pier and viaduct on the Fanad Peninsula north-east of Letterkenny. These works are starting with immediate effect and will be…
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Waterways Ireland wishes advises masters of vessels on and users of the Shannon Navigation that the Office of Public Works’ hydrometric section is holding a water flow measurement regatta next Wednesday 15 May. The event will take place from 8am…
RNLI trustee and coxswain Paddy McLaughlin (centre) receives the Ireland Medal with Dunmore East RNLI volunteer Peter Grogan (left) and head of water safety Gareth Morrison
RNLI trustee and Red Bay lifeboat coxswain Paddy McLaughlin has been presented with the Lifesaving Foundation’s Ireland Medal in recognition of his outstanding work in saving lives from drowning. The medal was presented by Commodore Micheal Malone, Flag Officer Commanding…
The IRC 2 boat, the French J/111 SL Energies (Laurent Charmy) winner of the 2022 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race is returning to defend her title next month in the biennial race
Fastwave, the French 2022 winner of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race, is returning to defend its title. The addition of SL Energies Groupe Fastwave to the race has bolstered the already strong line-up. Skipper Laurent Charmy will sail his…
Cork Harbour's Séafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan from Royal Cork Yacht Club have scored 41 points and are in 27th place after the first day of racing at the 49er European Championships in La Grande Motte, South of France. Their scores for the day were 20, 6 and 15. They are currently competing against Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, who are leading the Irish selection trials for the single Irish 49er place at the Paris Olympics
The outcome of the final Irish Olympic sailing selection trial for Paris 2024 remains finely balanced between two rivals after the first qualifying races in La Grande Motte in the South of France. Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove from Dublin's Howth Yacht Club and Skerries…
Chloe Ní Mháille, bainisteoir or manager of Comhar Caomhán Teo, the Inis Oírr Co-op
The dangerous situation of Inis Oírr pier is due to be discussed at a meeting between the island co-op and Galway County Council officials today (Wed). The local authority’s islands committee is travelling to Inis Oírr, weather permitting, for discussions.…
Pip Hare pictured dockside during the Bermudes 1000 race in Brest in 2022
Pip Hare’s Vendée Globe campaign is sailing into some choppy waters with news that the veteran offshore solo sailor needs more funding by this summer or the boat likely won’t race in November. As Marine Industry News reports, Hare’s team…
File image of Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Youghal RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers in East Cork launched twice over the May Bank Holiday weekend, to join the rescue efforts for a boat aground on rocks and a kayaker in difficulty. Late on Saturday afternoon (4 May) the crew were…
Houston Yacht Club in Texas is no longer the only HYC to own a Melges 15 as a done are on their way to Dublin's Howth Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club in Ireland is set to receive a full container of 12 Melges 15s next week, as the class continues to grow rapidly. This arrival will double the Irish fleet to 24 boats, with a strong fleet of…
May's RORC Myth of Malham Race Winner Rob Craigie’s Sun Fast 3600 Bellino will again be racing Two-Handed with RORC Commodore Deb Fish in June's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow Sailing Club
The overall winner of RORC Myth of Malham Race, after IRC time correction, was June's Round Ireland Race entry Rob Craigie’s Sun Fast 3600 Bellino, racing Two-Handed with RORC Commodore Deb Fish. It's another win of a RORC points championships…
J109 Jukebox was the  IRC Class 2 Warsash Spring Championships winner
Cork Harbour tactician Mark Mansfield maybe setting his sights on the upcoming European Championships, as part of the JCup Ireland at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and the IRC European Championships the following weekend at the same…

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