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Another By-Pass Brexit Route? Operator, Brittany Ferries, is considering its options as plans are in progress for a further Ireland-France freight route connecting with the Breton ports of Roscoff and St Malo using the ro-pax cruiseferry Armorique. Could both Cork and Rosslare be the benefactors? As for Armorique, AFLOAT has tracked to Le Havre where it is laid-up along with Bretagne, the first 'cruiseferry' to operate the Cork-Roscoff route in 1989.
With fallout of post-Brexit, demand from hauliers for direct ro-ro freight routes has led to 20 interventions by shipping companies notably between Ireland-France and another new route may be added to the fast-changing ferry scene, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to…
New arrival - RMS Veritas, Samskip’s first direct container sailing between Amsterdam and Ireland. See slideshow below
Dublin Port today welcomed Samskip’s first direct container sailing between Amsterdam and Ireland, with RMS Veritas arriving into Dublin Port at lunchtime, marking the start of a new weekly shortsea container freight service between Dublin and North Continental Europe, while…
The new berth for Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather Trent class lifeboat
Working for the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre and liaising closely with the RNLI, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) has designed, manufactured and installed a new berth for Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather Trent…
Dun Laoghaire Optimist Group (training) at the the harbour mouth. The Royal St. George Yacht Club will host the Irish Optimist Trials at Dun Laoghaire in May
Former Optimist dinghy champion Peter Fagan is coaching the 'Dun Laoghaire Optimist Group' (DOGs) for May's Irish trials hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club and here Fagan outlines how he aims to prepare the sailors for the demands of competing…
Sub-Lieut Tahlia Britton from Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal,
“We’ll always give our best, treat every incident as if it is one of our own.... and try our utmost to get a missing family member back to their loved one.....” The words of Lieut Stephen Stack, head of the…
Youth Laser sailing in Cork Harbour
Less than a week after Irish Sailing said it was 'proceeding as planned' with its Youth Sailing Nationals event in April at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the national governing body announced yesterday it was shelving its Easter date for Cork…
Vendee Globe Winner Yannick Bestaen - The skipper of Maître CoQ IV was one of the two skippers who led the fleet for the longest time: 26 days
Yannick Bestaven, the 48-year-old French skipper of Maître Coq IV, is the overall winner of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe. Although he actually took the gun for third place off Les Sables d’Olonne, France at 03hrs 19mins 46…
German skipper Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) reports damage to his starboard foil
At 1950 hrs UTC this evening while racing in third place, some 90 miles from the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, German skipper Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) came into collision with a fishing boat. He…
Charlie Dalin First To Finish The Ninth Vendée Globe
After an immaculately executed race, at 20h 35m 47s UTC this evening, 80 days 6hrs 15 mins 47 secs since the start on Sunday 8th November, French skipper Charlie Dalin emerged from a damp, misty Bay of Biscay to break…
Howth's Eve McMahon in action in Lanzarote
Annalise Murphy has dropped to fourth overall in the ILCA 6 class after a penultimate day of lighter wind conditions at the Olympic classes Lanzarote Winter Series in the Canary Islands. The 2016 Irish Olympic silver medalist had overhauled regatta leader Anne…
Coastguard Issues Warning After Surfer Close to Belfast Lough Ferry Prompts Rescue Attempt
Bangor Coastguard has issued a warning after a surfer was spotted close to an inbound Stena ferry in Belfast Lough on Monday (25 January) as Afloat reported earlier here. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, a team from Bangor Coastguard kept…
Ireland's Blue Edge: Marine Ireland Industry Network is to launches new website with an online event tomorrow featuring case studies of MII companies and much more.
The Marine Ireland Industry Network which represents and promotes interests of members working in Ireland's blue economy is tomorrow (Thursday) to hold an online event featuring case studies from three MIIN companies and much more. The trio of companies are…
Old dinghy sails are upcycled into bags for the Picker Pals initiative
Primary pupils in Ireland are taking a stand against litter in their area via a unique schools-based programme that makes used of upcycled sail cloth. And organisers are appealing for donations of used dinghy sails to transform into specialised bags…
Isle of Man new ferry: Despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic, plans for the newbuild Manxman, due to replace Ben-my-Chree in 2023, are progressing well. AFLOAT adds the 'Ben' has operated on the Irish Sea since 1998 and occasional served Dublin Port during peak-times and on the mainly summer service linking Douglas.
As Afloat previously reported plans for a newbuild ferry to be named Manxman and due for delivery in 2023 replacing Ben-my-Chree, are progressing well according to the Isle of Man Steam Packet. The detailed design of both the external and internal features…
French skipper Dalin, 36,  was one of the outstanding favourites to win, has been the 24,400 nautical mile race’s most consistent, regular leaders
With less than 80 miles to the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo non-stop round the world race the leader Charlie Dalin (APIVIA) is expected to complete his race around 1800-1900hrs UTC. French skipper Dalin, 36, who was one…
Offshore wind turbines used by Simply Blue Energy off the Cork coast
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has welcomed Irish offshore energy Simply Blue’s deal with multinational Shell to develop its floating wind farm in the Celtic Sea. Simply Blue Energy and Shell confirmed today that the multinational is acquiring a…
The workboat will have a cruising speed of 25 kts, a top speed of over 30 kts, and an impressive range of 60 NM at cruising speed.
Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies has moved to the next phase in the development of its Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, announcing plans to launch a technology demonstrator in 2021. Announced by Artemis Technologies COO, Prof. Mark Gillan, during a…
Racing at the 2019 Scottish Series
Following the earliest ever opening of registration for the Clyde Cruising Club's Scottish Series 2021, ninety-five boats had entered by Monday last for the event scheduled for 28th till 31st May at Tarbert on Loch Fyne in South West Argyll,…
RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead, an active member of that club for over 45 years
It is time to look at renewing club memberships. With lockdown continuing and no certainty about when the country will "re-open", renewals are easy to forget. But clubs need them and many saw a reduction and slowness in paying those…
A diver with a bottle from the Irish Sailing Ship 'Providentz' that sank in Norway in 1720
Norwegian divers have discovered a 300-year-old shipwreck of an Irish sailing ship on the sea bottom outside Mandal in Southern Norway. The Irish ship, named "The Providentz", sunk in November 1720. It is reported by the Norwegian NRK journalist, Siv Kristin…

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