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Connemara's maiden arrival (earlier this year) by going astern to berth in Santander, Spain where AFLOAT adds freight trucks and cars used the ropax's stern only vehicle ramp to disembark in the Cantabrian port.
#ferry - The Ireland-Spain ferry route from Cork is to be expanded to a year-round service, the Evening Echo writes, to give hauliers for export and import options due to fears over Brexit. Building on the launch of its new…
Kieran Collins and all team on Coracle IV winners of the overall league and the Irish Mist Trophy
There was another strong turnout for final race six of the O'Leary Insurance Group sponsored Winter Series at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday writes Kieran O'Connell. Course 74 was set by the Race Officer for a strong North Westerly wind…
Rock Armour Offloaded at Dun Laoghaire Baths
Rock armour has now been offloaded at the Dun Laoghaire Baths site (right in the above picture) where work on Dublin Bay's newest boating jetty is underway.  As Afloat.ie reported last week, the massive granite boulders were moved onto the…
Repair Work Shows Extent of Storm Damage to Dun Laoghaire's East Pier
Repairs are underway to the East Pier that was damaged in March's Storm Emma. The extent of the damage is visible from this landward photograph that reveals a breach in the harbour wall close to the bandstand area. There was…
J109 White Mischief going downwind in big breeze in race six of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series. German Soto 40 sailors Leif Ole Daetz and Thorben Strube were racing on Tim Goodbody's "White Mischief". Ole has moved to Dublin and is a regular part of the "White Mischief" team. Ole is trimming the kite above
A slightly reduced turnout for the strongest winds of the Winter series so far saw some fine J109 spinnaker handling in race six of DBSC's Citroen South Dublin sponsored Turkey Shoot. With northerly winds gusting to well over 25-knots, the…
Leadship of the E-Class, Thun Eos (No. 443) belongs to a new series of (LNG) powered oil/chemical tankers developed for Swedish operator Erik Thun AB. The vessel launched earlier this year is to be followed by a sister (next Saturday) with christening of Thun Evolve at Ferus Smit's Dutch yard, though through its second shipyard in Leer, Germany, is where Arklow Wave (No. 447) was launched, see Ports & Shipping (3rd Sept).
#DublinPort - A Swedish tanker operator that is a regular client of Dublin Port, through for example Thun Gratitude, which had anchored in the bay, having typically loaded in Milford Haven, Wales, departed the Irish capital yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
MV Glen Sannox prior to the launch (just over a year ago) at the Scottish shipyard in Port Glasgow on the Clyde by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
#ferry- In a row between a Scottish shipyard and operator over claims that "significant design changes" to CalMac's delayed new Arran ferry today (Friday, 7 Dec.) has escalated to legal action, reports The Scotsman.  Port Glasgow shipbuilders Ferguson Marine Engineering…
A picket by Defence Force members outside the offices of elected representatives in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
#NavalService - The Echo.ie writes of appalling pay and conditions endured by those in the Defence Forces saw retired members picketing politicians’ constituency offices across the country. In Clondalkin Village last Saturday, former Defence Forces members picketed to remind local…
The Irish Maritime Festival at Drogheda Port
Drogheda Port Company, supported by leading experts from Brady Shipman Martin, are working on a Master Plan for the future of the Port that will run from 2020-2050. Earlier this year, Drogheda Port Company published an Issues Paper and invited…
Winter? What winter? Veteran skipper George Sisk’s rejuvenated Farr 42 WOW in sparkling form in the Turkey Shoot Series in Dublin Bay
Maybe it’s the fact that the days start to get longer again in only a fortnight, but there’s mood of rising optimism in Irish sailing these days writes W M Nixon. There’s an almost measurable buzz in the air which…
Irish Ferries’ flagship Ulysses will not be sailing this afternoon or tonight due to the warning for gale-force winds on the Irish Sea
Irish Ferries has cancelled all further sailings to and from Dublin and Holyhead today (Friday 7 December) on the foot of a Status Orange gale warning for Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea. The warning from Met Éireann issued…
Afloat adds above is the IOM Steam-Packet's Ben-My-Chree which in addition to operating the island's main year-round service Douglas-Heysham, also provides winter sailings on the link to Birkenhead (Liverpool).
#Ferry - In response to an Isle of Man services survey of ferry operations this was the largest the department has seen. That's according to the Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer, reports Manx Radio The results of the survey are set…
Tugs Husky and MTS Indus which towed the barge Selina laden with boulders from the UK, is to be used as rock armour to protect the new jetty in Scotsman's Bay as part of the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths project at neighbouring Newtownsmith. The public amenity is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2020.
#DublinBay - Works on the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths project at Newtownsmith reached a significant milestone given the arrival this morning by sea of the first load of rock armour to protect a newly built jetty, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain who hails from the coastal town of Bray, Co. Wicklow, will be providing post-dinner entertainment in the UK, at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Logistics Awards in London next week
#Ports&Shipping - One of the best-known faces on Irish and British TV, comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain will be among guest speakers in the UK, at the Freight Transport Association's Logistics Awards next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Scot Carrier with tugs fore and aft prior to taking to the seas for first trials. The newbuild, the largest to join the ScotLine fleet that regularly call to Irish ports.
#Ports&Shipping- Specialist forest carrier operator, ScotLine which operates regular services to Irish ports, last week saw their latest newbuild take to the seas for first trails, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since Scot Carrier's christening launch ceremony in September, the 4,800dwt short-sea…
Detention of fishing vessel by LÉ Samuel Beckett took place off Mizen Head, Co. Cork
#NavalService- A fishing vessel has been detained by the Irish Naval Service off the coast of Mizen Head, Co. Cork in relation to “an alleged breach of fishing regulations”. The vessel writes Independent.ie was detained by the Naval Service offshore…

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