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RMS Leinster was torpedoed by a German submarine not long after it had left Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) harbour on its way to Holyhead
A pre-centenary gathering of families and relatives of those who were aboard the RMS Leinster when it sunk in 1918, was held in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, today. Hundreds of relatives and friends of the Mail Boat Leinster…
A 2015 artists Impression of How the Port of Cork's new container terminal will look once complete
The Port of Cork marked a major milestone for the company today with the launch of the new Cork Container Terminal development in Ringaskiddy, as Afloat.ie first reported in 2015. The Cork Container Terminal will initially offer a 360 metre…
rom left: Captain Toledo, MJM group chairman Brian McConville, Larry Pimentel, head of Azamara Club Cruises and Damien Morgan, MJM
#BelfastLough - Chief executive of Azamara Club Cruises, the firm which has docked its Azamara Pursuit in Belfast for a £50m makeover, said the project could see the "renaissance" of a bygone industry here, writes The Belfast Telegraph. Larry Pimentel,…
The Parade of Sail for the Maritime Festival began at the Mouth of the River Boyne at Drogheda
It’s as if it were a mirage. For the last three days, Drogheda’s Town Quays have been lined with four Tall Ships, tugs, lifeboats and yachts while Tom Roe’s Point hosted three French Naval Vessels. For one weekend every year,…
Kinsale's Darragh O'Sullivan leads Johnny Durcan into a mark rounding by half a boat length at the Connacht Laser Championships
Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan (Standard), Howth Yacht Club's Jamie McMahon (Radial) and Lough Ree's James Delaney (4.7) were the three division winners of the Laser Connacht Championships held in Cork Harbour at the weekend. Although there were no Royal Cork…
SeaFest supporters say no to plastics for this year’s festival in Galway from Friday 29 June
#SeaFest - Businesses across Galway are saying ‘No to Plastic’ in our oceans to support SeaFest, Ireland's national maritime festival, taking place in Galway Harbour from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. This year, the festival aims to highlight…
National 18 418 Shark II, skippered by Charles Dwyer was the winner of the Dwyer Trophy for National 18s. Scroll down for Gallery of images
Charles Dwyer's 'Shark II' was the winner of the National 18s Dwyer Cup sailed from Royal Cork Yacht Club at the weekend. Racing on the Whitegate side of Cork Harbour, second overall in the relatively small fleet was Ewen Barry's GBNB.…
Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point for generations of sailors
Today's Crosshaven Traditional Sail pursuit race attracted all types of plus keelboats for a harbour pursuit race, just part of this weekend's line up of attractions in Cork Harbour this weekend.  Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point…
Testing conditions for the Laser Connacht fleet off Cuskinny in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery below
Munster sailors are in control of the 14-boat Standard Rig fleet after three races sailed on the first day of the Irish Laser Connacht Championships 2018 at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan leads the host club's Nick Walsh…
The Irish Ferries Webpage on June 13th with an image of the “WB Yeats”. The ferry company tried to rent another vessel of comparable size through international brokers
#FerryNews -Irish Ferries last September announced that work had started in a German shipyard on a €144 million ship that would be the pride of its fleet. It said that, in accordance with tradition, a specially commissioned ceremonial coin would…
Guests of the high-end luxury operated Star Pride have an opportunity to visit the wheelhouse to examine navigation charts with the Captain, which is Windstar Cruises Open Bridge Policy. Afloat adds the above bridge is from either of the sail-assisted sisters, Wind Star and Wind Spirit.
#CruiseLiners - A boutique yacht-like cruiseship just shy of 10,000 tonnes docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning as the first of just three callers this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The inaugural caller, Star Pride operated by US based Windstar…
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
#Jellyfish - Bathers have been put on alert in Galway Bay after a number of swimmers were hospitalised for stings by lion’s mane jellyfish. According to the Connacht Tribune, one woman was stung in the face on Saturday 9 June,…
Prince Charles at the NMCI's simulator in Ringaskiddy where nearby is the Irish Naval Base, also where the historic visit was made in Cork Harbour
#NavyNews - On visit to Cork Harbour writes the Irish Examiner, the Prince of Wales discovered that piloting a ship is like riding a bike – you never lose the knack. More than 40 years after he commanded a British…
Above signage taken in Rosslare Europort, which along with the Port of Cork according to MEP Liadh Ní Riada said the plan potentially uses these existing ports for "Brexit preparedness"
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission has drawn up proposals for developing maritime links between Ireland and continental Europe as part of contingency plans for a possible 'no deal' Brexit outcome. As RTE News reports, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada…
Some 29,000 passengers and their crossings are cancelled due to delayed delivery of newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats
#FerryNews - The National Transport Authority (NTA) which regulates sea travel to and from Ireland has said it is examining whether thousands of passengers impacted by Irish Ferries cancelling its summer sailings on the WB Yeats are entitled to compensation.…
Peel Ports, a UK ports group, is calling on cargo owners, hauliers and others to look at two potential solutions to inevitable congestion at Dover (above) learning lessons from a model commonly used for Irish Sea freight and using capacity at ports across the country.
#Ports&Shipping - UK trade with continental Europe is likely to be gridlocked when Britain leaves the customs union without a fundamental rethink of English Channel roll-on roll-off (RoRo) services. Peel Ports [a UK ports group incl. Liverpool] is calling on…

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