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In a competition in the UK to name the Port of Southampton's new dedicated fifth terminal for cruiseships, has been announced as the 'Horizon Cruise Terminal'. According to ABP, construction work is on track, and the English Channel port will be welcoming ships alongside the terminal from the summer
The UK's main cruise port, Southampton has announced that nearly 4,000 name suggestions from across the world entered into a competition, to name the English Channel port's fifth dedicated terminal, the 'Horizon Cruise Terminal'. Associated British Ports (ABP) yesterday announced…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (right) with French Ace Gildas Mahé
Next weekend Irish racer Tom Dolan and current Irish Sailor of the Year will line up at the start of the 3,890 nautical miles Transat En Double Concarneau - Saint-Barthelemy harbouring realistic hopes of finishing on the podium, possibly even winning…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI inshore lifeboat
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued a paddleboarder who got into difficulty after he could not get back to shore on Bank Holiday Monday evening. The lifeboat crew were paged following a report made to the Irish Coast Guard by a…
Inis Oírr is the southernmost of the three Aran islands with a population of just under 300
The Aran island of Inis Oírr is facing a water shortage with night-time rationing introduced this week. As The Times Ireland edition reports, Irish Water and Galway County Council have appealed to the islanders to conserve water for essential use.…
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine said it was
An environmental group has called on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to separate the State’s Sea Fisheries Protection Agency from control by the Department of Agriculture and the Marine. As The Times Ireland edition reports today, the Friends of the Irish Environment…
The Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club has confirmed its O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup from 23rd to 26th June 2021. "Having considered the recent announcement on the easing of government restrictions and after consulting all stakeholders, we have agreed that we can hold…
Cormac Devlin TD (left) and Councillor Justin Moylan at Coliemore Harbour on Dublin Bay which has been allocated €100,000 to repair the harbour following rockfall damage
Dublin harbours are set to receive over €8.4m in funding for harbours in Fingal (Loughshinny Harbour, Skerries and Balbriggan Harbours) with Howth Harbour receiving €8.2m for specific improvements and two harbours in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (Dún Laoghaire Harbour and…
File image of X-Yachts X4⁹ performance yacht on the water
X-Yachts welcomes everyone to experience first-hand the soul and heritage of its brand at the South Coast Boat Show in Southampton this coming weekend. As previously reported on, the X4⁹ will be part of X-Yachts’ presence at Ocean Village…
An image captured by drone of the third logboat spotted in the River Boyne by Anthony Murphy, this one on Sunday 2 May
A citizen archaeologist may have spotted the remains of two previously unknown medieval logboats in the River Boyne. Last week, The Irish Times reported on Anthony Murphy’s drone footage of a rectangular object in the riverbed captured on Monday 26…
WSC President Sadie Phelan (second right) with (left to right) Liam Coyne, WSC Commodore Hal Fitzgerald, and Wicklow's own Brian Flahive after the Club had conferred Honorary Membership on Liam & Brian following their overall victory in four classes in the 2014 RORC Seven Stars Round Britain & Ireland Race with the First 36.7 Lula Belle.
The sudden death of Sadie Phelan after a short illness has been a matter of great regret and sadness in Wicklow and beyond in Ireland, and in a wider world which shared her enthusiastically pursued interests. She was an active…
The former lightship ALF Kittiwake that last served on station off the Co. Down coast, was withdrawn by Irish Lights in 2005. The vessel however remains berthed in Dublin Port's Alexandra Basin. In AFLOAT's above file photo, Kittiwake is within the Basin alongside the now demolished Bulk Jetty (Boliden Tara Mines) but replaced with a new terminal at the entrance of Dublin Dry Docks that closed in 2016.
The Dublin 'docklands' developer, Harry Crosbie is launching a campaign for the return of the 134ft (floating) landmark, Kittiwake. The former lightship which he (had berthed) alongside the Liffey and (opposite) of The Point Depot, now the O2, then one…
The 38-metre Belgian trawler MFV Z576 Mare Nostru berthed at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s strategic location as an EU port in the middle of the Irish Sea may have been overlooked by commercial fishing fleets for years but since Brexit, it appears Belgian fishermen have been quick to see the advantage…
Isle of Man ferry, Ben-my-Chree is expected to remain in dry dock for a further six days following issues discovered during routine annual maintenance (Afloat adds) at Cammell Laird.  A shipyard and repairer facility as above is based in Birkenhead on Merseyside.
The main Isle of Man ferry, the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree is expected to be in shipyard dry dock for a further six days following issues discovered during a routine annual maintenance. Operator, Isle of Man Steam Packet says worn bearings on…
The Baltimore RNLI inshore lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide assistance to a yacht in difficulty in Baltimore harbour, West Cork this afternoon (Monday 3 May) in a second callout of the day. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 12.05…
The Irish Coast Guard requested Baltimore RNLI to give medical assistance and evacuation to a man living on Sherkin Island
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation in the early hours of this morning (Monday 3 May) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 00.28…
Belfast Harbour where the Harland & Wolff shipyard ‘would be very capable of building a prestigious ship of this scale’. Above the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 (QM2) berthed at its homeport of Southampton, has called to several Irish ports. AFLOAT adds the giant luxury cruiseship/liner was in 2003 built by the French shipyard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Nantes.
The naval architect who designed Cunard’s flagship cruiseship / ocean liner Queen Mary 2, has backed Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard to build a new UK flagship vessel aimed at promoting Britain around the world. Stephen Payne, a past President…
The May Bank Holiday saw the return of excursion cruises on Dublin Bay linking the harbours of Dun Laoghaire and Howth (as above with St. Bridget). In addition cruises involve around Dalkey Island and Ireland's Eye (also above).All of the 9 cruise options remains with passenger Covid19 restrictions in place.
The May Bank Holiday weekend finally marked a particularly eagerly awaited return of Dublin Bay Cruises, following Covid19's dramatic impact on last year's reduced season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Normally the season starts during the St. Patrick's Festival and so the…
The ISORA fleet are preparing for June's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race on June 9th
ISORA will be running training events this month ahead of the first big Irish offshore fixture of the season, the 320-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race on June 9th.  The training events, starting on the 15th of May, will allow boats to…
Mixed Team Racing in the Laser Radial dinghy is one of the three Alternative Event Proposals for Paris 2024 approved by World Sailing. Ireland's Annalise Murphy (above) won silver in the Radial in Rio in 2016.
After the IOC informed World Sailing that they are continuing their assessment of the Mixed Offshore Event to address challenges raised but formally requested that World Sailing propose alternative event(s). Following a request from the IOC for such proposals, MNAs,…
€6.8m has been provided for the Dinish Island pier extension at Castletownbere on County Cork's Beara Peninsula. The 2021 programme sees a 35% increase in funding for Local Authority harbours. see details below
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, announced this morning details of a €38.3m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network including 79 Local Authority Harbours across 12 coastal Local…

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