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The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin in 2017
Chairman of Irish Cruise Liner body Cruise Ireland, Mr Conor Mowlds said; “Cruise Ireland welcomed the positive meeting held with Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and…
Red Kestrel made a 'maiden' arrival this morning to Solent waters in the UK having sailed from Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird. The 265 freight lane metre newbuild ro-ro freight ferry is to operate on the Southampton-East Cowes (Isle of Wight) route.
#ferries - In the UK the newest addition to the fleet of an Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel's freight ferry Red Kestrel has arrived this morning to berth at its new home in Southampton. The new freight-only Ro-Ro (roll…
Prof Andrew Bowie, TCD with Minister of State Sean Canney and Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland
Inland Fisheries Ireland and the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU will enable both institutions to collaborate across fisheries research projects. Sean Canney, Minister of State with responsibility for…
Fastcraft Manannan has returned to Dublin Port this morning to resume seasonal service on the route to Douglas. The Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft is seen earlier this month in the port to conduct berthing trials at the Stena Line (Terminal 2) linkspan which is adjacent to the ferry's routine berth at Terminal 1.
#ferrries - The Manx Parliament is to receive proposals ahead of the summer recess. The future finances of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company reports Manx Radio are expected to be considered by the parliament (Tynwald) ahead of the…
Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV) LÉ Orla is one of a pair of Peacock class in the Irish Naval Service and is seen berthed yesterday in Kinsale Harbour. Vehicles of the Irish Coast Guard are parked on Customs Quay which AFLOAT adds is the sole commercial quay in the south-west Co. Cork harbour.
#coastalnotes - Communities along the coast reports Independent.ie have been warned that local intelligence is critical if Ireland is to win the battle against drug-smuggling gangs. Gardaí, Customs and Excise, and the Naval Service urged people suspicious of any activities…
Close-fought GP 14 action on Lough Owel at Mullingar. The class starts its national programme at this central location on April 27th-28th
The keenly-run GP14 Ireland Association starts its national season in the final weekend of April (27th & 28th) in the central location of Lough Owel at Mullingar Sailing Club with the prestigious O’Tiarnaigh Trophy championship writes W M Nixon. The…
A rare call of a tanker to Dun Laoghaire Harbour came in the form of Thun Gemini. Take another look at the stern and note the splash!... following an exercise held alongside Carlisle Pier as the ship's free-fall lifeboat was launched. The 7,500 tons dwt 'G' class tanker - is a popular class within the Thun Tanker fleet which has resulted in 12 such ships built since 2000.
#irishports - A most unusual caller to Dun Laoghaire Harbour took place recently with the arrival of a tanker marking a rare event that has not occurred in three decades, writes Jehan Ashmore. Early on Sunday afternoon the 4,107 gross…
Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle follow Australia's Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot at the Genoa Hempel World Cup Series in the 49erFX class
Laser Radial racing commenced on the third day of competition at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa and Line Flem Høst (NOR) and Switzerland’s Maud Jayet took the first race wins of the series to share an early lead. It wasn't a particularly…
John Kerry will deliver the keynote address in Cork
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has been announced as a keynote speaker at Ireland’s flagship blue economy conference Our Ocean Wealth at City Hall Cork on June 9th & 10th. The determined environmentalist and former presidential candidate is…
The veteran ferry of the Irish Sea, the 1981 built Stena Europe of the Rosslare-Fishguard route is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit in Turkey as AFLOAT previously reported. The Gemak Shipyard in Tuzla is located outside Europe on the Asian side the of the nation. A replacement ferry on the St. Georges Channel route is Stena Nordica which can carry hazardous cargo capacity that requires an 'open deck' (otherwise not normally available) on this service.
#ferries - The Rosslare-Fishguard ferry Stena Europe is off service and is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit at a shipyard located outside Europe. Last month Afloat monitored the Ireland-Wales ferry having left familiar waters when off Spain and…
Junior sailing out of the National Yacht Club
The National Yacht Club is currently seeking to recruit a team of committed and enthusiastic assistant instructors for its 2019 summer courses for junior sailors. Prospective candidates must apply before next Monday 22 April. This is a great opportunity to…
Optimist sailors will gather in Howth on Good Friday
Howth Yacht Club’s annual Brassed Off Cup is once again being held on its traditional date of Good Friday, which falls this coming Friday 19 April. The Optimist dinghy event is a great opportunity for junior racers to dust off…
Record Skipper Numbers For Transat Jacques Vabre With Seven Months To Start
#Offshore - A record 46 competitors have confirmed entry for the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 with seven months yet to go till the start. The numbers are already close to what organisers expected in January would be the full fleet…
Hoylake RNLI volunteers and other emergency services worked together to free the trapped horse on the Wirral coast
Horse riders and owners have been warned over taking their animals to beaches or mudflats after two separate rescue incidents in the UK in recent days Last Saturday (13 April) two horses and their riders were rescued from thick mud…
Whitegate Celebrate Being Chosen as Hosts for Irish Coastal Rowing Championships
#Rowing: Whitegate Rowing Club are delighted to have been selected to host the 2019 Irish Coastal Rowing Championships.  This event is one of the largest rowing regattas in Ireland and it is an honour for the club to have been…
Cormac Lowth is one of Ireland’s leading amateur maritime historians. The support of his late wife Barbara has enabled him to develop a remarkable collection of material
The heartfelt sympathies of all those with extensive interests in the culture and history of the maritime world are with Cormac Lowth of Dublin and his sons on the sad loss of his wife and their mother Barbara, writes W…
Marshall King's Soak Racing
Warsash Spring Championships on the Solent Ian Wilson & former Greystones-based sailor Marshall King's Soak Racing started the J/70 UK Grand Slam Series in style, winning the opening round of the nine-regatta Grand Slam Series. The Irish Olympian (1996 Soling sailor) scored…
Finn Lynch racing in Genoa
On form Laser sailor Finn Lynch took a fifth in the first and only race of the day yesterday in light winds at the World Sailing Cup in Genoa, Italy."Very tough race and a great start to the regatta", the National Yacht…
Ross O Leary (right) was rewarded for his excellent work as Laser class captain. He has encouraged many new members to the Laser classes and this in turn has resulted in new club members due to the training he has organised. Every sailor feels supported and encouraged with the training sessions. Most of all he ensured that everyone has fun both on and off the water.
The Royal St George Yacht Club hosted its Annual ‘Sailing Oscars’, the Sailing Awards for 2018 earlier this month. As Afloat previously reported, the awards are a celebration of the Royal St George Yacht Club's Sailing Achievements of 2018, and of…
Dublin Port says fewer cruise ships would use the port from 2021. Above AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Silhouette departing the capital. In the foreground is the Irish flagged ketch Rinn Voyager (built locally in Ringsend) berthed at the Poolbeg Y&BC's marina pontoon. Also in this scene is a skiff from the Stella Maris Rowing Club of Ringsend.
#cruiseliners - RTE news reports of efforts to be made to reduce any effect fewer cruise ships entering Dublin Port from 2021 will have on Dublin, it's retailers and ancillary businesses. That's according to a spokesperson from Department of Transport…

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