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Spruce Shipped: Operator DFDS which in a month's time launches a new direct ro-ro freight ferry route between Ireland-mainland Europe (Rosslare-Dunkirk) in northern France to bypass Brexit, recently transported the iconic London Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree. The tradition of this annual gift from Norway to the UK is in recogition of strong ties during WW2. Above: Stern of DFDS ship Ficaria Seaways at the Port of Immingham in the UK from where the unique cargo of a Norway Spruce was bound for the UK capital.
Shipping giant DFDS which this date next month launches a new direct Ireland-mainland Europe ro-ro freight ferry route to bypass Brexit congestion, continued a decades old tradition in transporting from Norway a Christmas Tree to the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore…
CH Marine Chandlery Recruit Marine Industry Sales Personnel
CH Marine—one of Ireland's leading marine equipment supply companies—is seeking applications for full-and part-time sales personnel to join our sales team. We have vacancies in our technical sailing & general marine equipment sales departments. Preferred applicants will have the following…
European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) has welcomed the EU Parliament's Transport report which reflects well on the organisations views on upcoming TEN-T review. EPSO also recognised the strategic and complex role of Europe’s seaports and the need to put maritime on equal footing with the land modes and the call for sufficient funding.
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the European Parliament’s own-initiative report on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines by rapporteur Jens Gieseke (German, EPP), which was adopted yesterday, 1st December. “I would like to congratulate the…
Traditional boats at this time of the year when tradition takes centre stage. Galway hookers moored in the Claddagh Basin across the River Corrib from the famous Spanish Arch are (left to right) the Naomh Cronan, the Manuela, and the Croi an Cladaigh
Although the much-anticipated Galway 2020 Festival was one of the many aspects of 2020 which has been severely curtailed by the pandemic, the spirit of the great western city and its maritime traditions lives vibrantly on. A recent ceremony in…
Vessels can avail of the Winter Moorings facility by applying online
Waterways Ireland advises the following reopening of facilities will occur on Thursday 03 December 2020. Navigational Use Shannon Navigation - Locks and Bridges will be open on Winter Hours. Times are available on the Waterways Ireland website. There continues to…
RNLI inshore lifeboat crew and Irish Coast Guard on scene at Bullock Harbour, Dalkey on Dublin Bay
Last night Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI lifeboat station’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard to respond to reports of two missing divers near Bullock Harbour The volunteer crew of three launched swiftly into the darkness…
CalMac became the first ferry operator in the UK to receive a top industry verification for its compliance of high standard for infection risk management having worked closely with DNVGLearning the right to use their 'My Care' Readiness Mark. AFLOAT adds CalMac with 34 ferries is the the largest fleet in UK waters albeit only in Scottish seas serving West coast islands. Above: CalMac's Clyde based Argyll Flyer was the former Irish ferry 'Banrion Chonamara' which Aran Island Ferries sold almost a decade ago to Argyll Ferries but operations of their Gourock-Dunoon route transferred to CalMac last year. As Afloat previously reported, Aran Island Ferries in 2021 is to introduce Ireland's largest domestic ferry 'Saoirse na Farraige' notably using Galway Harbour.
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is the first ferry firm in the UK to receive a top industry verification for its infection risk management processes. The operator of Scotland's lifeline services to west coast islands has been found compliant to a high…
Paul Barrington at the helm of the National Yacht Club J109, Jalapeno
National Yacht Club members were on award-winning boats in the Dublin Bay Sailing Club's list of prizewinners for the cut-short 2020 summer season. In Cruisers One IRC racing, Paul Barrington's J109 Jalapeno was the Saturday race champion while John O’Gorman's Sunfast…
2020 gave North Sails the opportunity to start a new operation in Newcastle, Co Wicklow close to the biggest sailing centres in Ireland
I am delighted to share the latest report from Shane Hughes and our North Sails service team here in Ireland. 2020 gave us the opportunity to start a new operation in Newcastle, Co Wicklow close to the biggest sailing centres…
Two Weekends, One Great Regatta: 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Notice of Race is Published
The Notice of Race (NOR) for next July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has been published this morning. The NOR is downloadable below as a PDF document. As regular Afloat readers will know, what is Ireland's largest regatta will now be…
Kevin Escoffier, left, was rescued by Jean Le Cam and the pair appeared via video link from Le Cam’s yacht
After being rescued from his liferaft by fellow Vendée Globe competitor Jean Le Cam in big seas and strong winds the early hours of this morning some 840 nautical miles South West of Cape Town, South Africa, Kevin Escoffier has…
Kowloon Bridge: Her cargo of 160,000 tonnes of iron ore pellets, said to have been insured for stg£2.7m., still lies on the seabed.
The Beacon at Baltimore can be a miserable place. It's nice to see on a good Summer's day sailing by and bound for the harbour entrance, but it's different in nasty weather. That's what I had remembered this past week…
HMS Enterprise (also below) as spotted in Kilkeel Harbour recently
Afloat.ie reader Lee Maginnis has sent us images of the old minesweeper HMS Enterprise looking worse for wear in Kilkeel Harbour. The former Royal Navy minesweeper was previously anchored in Carlingford Lough, and made the news nine years ago when…
Skerries RNLI en route to Donabate on Saturday afternoon
Skerries RNLI’s volunteer crew were tasked on Saturday afternoon (28 November) after a call to emergency services reported concerns over a group of sea swimmers off Donabate. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson was launched shortly before 3pm to…
Marcus Spillane – keen sailor afloat, efficient administrator ashore
The election of Marcus Spillane – originally of Cork – to a Vice Presidency of World Sailing in November is the latest step in an extraordinary involvement in sailing which has seen him compete in many world championships – most…
Donal O'Sullivan – his personal sailing experience and breadth of general knowledge bring an extra dimension to his sailing histories
Anyone who writes the history at the Centenary of one of his long-affiliated sailing clubs in 1984, and then writes the history of his other club at its 150th (Sesquicentennial) some 36 years later in 2020, is clearly someone profoundly…
Stena Embla in Weihai, China
Swedish ferry company Stena Line has officially taken ownership of its newest ferry, Stena Embla, following a handover ceremony in Weihai, China. The vessel is the third of five new next-generation E-Flexer RoPax vessels that are being constructed at the…
A yacht with both a sprit and a pole of the same length
IRC specialist and Olympic helmsman Mark Mansfield analyses the rating rule changes agreed for next season. Following the IRC Congress earlier this month, chaired by Ireland's Michael Boyd, changes were agreed for the 2021 season. The two main areas of change deal…
Achill Yawls racing by artist Pete Hogan
Maritime artist and round the world sailor, Pete Hogan is inviting you to a virtual Open Studio tonight in Dublin by Zoom at 8 pm.  Hogan's popular sailing paintings include all manner of craft including works entitled 'Red Sails' that…
After much deliberation, the IOMSPCo was excited to announce their new vessel is to be called Manxman! Throughout November, the public had the opportunity to voice their preference for the name of the new purpose-built ferry to enter service in 2023. The newbuild will replace Ben-my-Chree that during a career since 1998 had served the main route, Douglas-Heysham and as AFLOAT highlights on 'seasonal' routes moreso serving on the Belfast route compared to calling to Dublin otherwise operated by a succession of fastcraft.
Manxman is the name chosen for the new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry following an online public consultation. The announcement follows months of deliberation by the Manx ferry company, which in October announced a shortlist of four potential…
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