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Serving members of the Irish Naval Service who spend at least 80 days at sea will be eligible
A special tax credit by the Government is to introduced for sea-going naval personnel from next year. Serving members of the Naval Service, who spend at least 80 days at sea, will be eligible for the credit worth €1,270 per…
Master Mariner Paddy Boyd says the County Council needs to show more commitment to its Large Scale Sports Infrastructure fund application to fund a National Watersports Campus
A leading maritime figure at Ireland's biggest boating centre on Dublin Bay has called on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to plan for the appropriate development of the harbour as a maritime leisure centre. Expert advice on strategic advice and…
The East Tip of Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour won the Engineers Ireland National Engineering Project of the Year 2019. The Mayor of Cork thanked all involved in the remarkable transformation of the former industrial site and all who voted.  Adjacent to the project site is the Irish Naval Service (headquarters) and basin where several patrol vessels are berthed.
The East Tip Haulbowline Island Remediation Project in Cork Harbour, was voted the National Engineering Project of the Year for 2019 at a ceremony held in Dublin.  As Afloat previously reported, Engineers Ireland invited members of the public to cast…
Belfast Lough will, from 25th till 28th June next year, see a repeat of the 2018 reincarnation as Bangor Town Regatta, a four-day multi class event
A ‘Town’ Regatta in Bangor first saw the light of day a century ago and Belfast Lough will, from 25th till 28th June next year, see a repeat of the 2018 reincarnation as Bangor Town Regatta, a four-day multi-class event…
A Cork T.D. has claimed a plan to store fracked gas in Cork could be illegal
A plan to store fracked gas in Cork could be illegal a Cork TD has claimed. It comes as more than 2,000 signatures writes EchoLive.ie, have been gathered on an online petition opposing the potential Cork Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southern shore of Dublin Bay
Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s former chief executive Gerry Dunne received a redundancy payment of €670,000 from the local authority that now owns the harbour, it’s been reported. According to East Coast FM, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillors were told at a 2020…
Condor Ferries has been sold to Brittany Ferries and Columbia Threadneedle Investments. AFLOAT's photo is of ropax Commodore Clipper (larger version of Isle of Man Stream Packet's Ben-My-Chree).  The ferry is seen approaching St. Peter Port, Guernsey having sailed from Portsmouth in the UK. In the background is the island of Herm.
Channel Islands operator Condor Ferries has been sold to an investment consortium involving Brittany Ferries, ending months of speculation. The French ferry operator reports ITV News, have acquired a 25% stake alongside new majority owner, Columbia Threadneedle Investments. The current owners,…
New French Naval vessel BMAS Rhône currently on call to Cork City this weekend
To those in Cork City this weekend and travelling down J.J. Horgan's Quay may have noticed a sleek new naval arrival making its way upriver to the quay. According to CorkBeo, the shiny arrival is a new French Naval ship,…
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (above) detained the fishing vessel about 59 nautical miles north-west of Valentia Island
A Spanish registered fishing vessel has been escorted into Galway by the Naval Service after it was detained off the Kerry coast writes Lorna Siggins. The vessel was inspected by the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats and…
Dubbed the 'Brexit-buster', is the freight-only ro-ro Celine berthed in Dublin Port from where the vessel operates on direct routes to mainland Europe (Zeebrugge, Belgium and Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Arriving AFLOAT adds is Norbank, a ropax serving on the Irish Sea link to Liverpool as part the UK 'Landbridge' to the continent via the North Sea and Port of Dover (see: 'Ports & Shipping) ESPO Award winner for 2019.
A workshop event in preparation for Brexit was hosted by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) with the support of the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). The aim of the workshop was to allow shipping and port companies,…
Reverend Stephen Miller, Senior Chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers, based in Hong Kong, blesses the Stena Estrid at the signing ceremony in China, for Stena Line’s newest ferry. The leadship of the E-Flexer-class is expected to enter the Dublin-Holyhead route in January
The first of five new ferries from China, Stena has received and expects to have the vessel (see: following trials) operating on the key Dublin to Holyhead route by January. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Stena Estrid will be formally…
The RV Celtic Voyager hosts the Floating University from 19-25 February 2020
The EurofleetsPlus project is calling for applications from early-stage researchers of marine-related sciences to take part in a ‘Floating University’ on the RV Celtic Voyager next spring. Applications are open until next Friday 22 November for the scheme co-ordinated in…
The ESPO Award winner is the Port of Dover which was presented with the annual award during a ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels, Belgium.
This year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award winner is the Port of Dover in recognition of its successful strategy to reach out to the local community and to directly communicate with the port citizens. Using social media as a…
Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody explores the influences of Connemara’s Atlantic landscape and Galway on seven artists, including novelist Mike McCormack (left) and comedian Tommy Tiernan
Galway’s “edge of the world” situation between river, lake and sea has inspired a documentary which secured a top award earlier this week at the Irish Film Festival London writes Lorna Siggins The documentary entitled Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody…
A rainbow on Belfast Lough as viewed from the Harbour's Window on Wildlife
As you make your passage west through Belfast Harbour to the Marina you probably don’t realise that on your port side near the cruise liner terminal is gem of a wildlife sanctuary just a hundred metres away writes Betty Armstrong.…
Among projects in the work pipeline for the Merseyside based shipyard of Cammell Laird (which in October 2018), won two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) worth an estimated £619 million. Above AFLOAT adds apprentices at the dry-dock facility in Birkenhead with the veteran RFA Fort Victoria (A387) an auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship which also transports ammunition, fuel, food and supplies to the UK's Royal Navy.
In the UK along Merseyside is shiprepairer, shipbuilder, and engineering services company Cammell Laird which has recruited 20 new apprentices to its workforce. The famous shipyard on Birkenhead, says it has completed the most rigorous recruitment process ever undertaken with…

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