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'Spirit of Discovery in Cobh; this brand new luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers. Scroll down for photo gallery below
The latest cruise ship from Saga Cruises, the highly anticipated 'Spirit of Discovery' has docked in Cobh on her make her maiden call to a wet Cork Harbour today. As Afloat's Jehan Ashmore wrote yesterday, this brand new, luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers on…
Participants in the Frances Thornton Memorial swim in 2016
Close to 130 hardy souls will take to the waters of Galway Bay tomorrow (Saturday 20 July) for the 14th annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the early sell-out event is one of Ireland’s…
 Spirit of Discovery will make her maiden call to Cobh today
The latest cruise ship from Saga Cruises, the highly anticipated Spirit of Discovery will make her maiden call to Cobh on Friday 19th July. As Afloat's Jehan Ashmore wrote yesterday, this brand new, luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers…
Rankin dinghies in Cork Harbour
There is satisfaction in being associated with a good news story about sailing, so the latest step in the Rankin dinghy development, which we have followed for four years on the Afloat website is the announcement that the revived, restored…
Arklow Abbey was launched at Ferus-Smit's Dutch shipyard at Westerbroek this morning as the first of six slightly modified sisters of the 'B' class.
Another newbuild for Arklow Shipping was launched today as the first of six in a series from a Dutch shipyard that also built a version of a previous cargoship class, writes Jehan Ashmore. Leadship Arklow Abbey was launched this morning…
Saga Cruises first custom-built cruiseship, Spirit of Discovery docked at the UK's busiest ferryport, Dover, where the newbuild departed from the Kent port last week on a maiden cruise of the UK and Ireland including today's first visit to Dublin Port.
Saga Cruises first ever cruiseship built for the UK operator made a maiden port of call to Dublin Port this morning as part of an inaugural round Britain and Ireland cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Discovery departed Dover last…
Tynwald (Manx Parliament) has approved £38m of the Isle of Man's government funding for the (ferry terminal) development AFLOAT adds at the Princes Dock site in Liverpool, England.
Manx government funding has been approved for a £38m passenger ferry terminal in Liverpool despite costs spiralling by more than a fifth. The project according to BBC News, which received planning permission in April, will cost £6.5m more than originally estimated.…
Cork City Quays: A (CGI) image of the proposed new 25-storey JCD Group residential development on the Carey's Tool Hire and former Sextant bar site AFLOAT adds is located at Albert Quay. Opposite at this stretch of the River Lee is the Port of Cork City Marina located on South Custom House Quay.
A former Fine Gael candidate Julie O’Leary has started a petition in favour of high-rise, high-density development in the docklands. The petition, reports EchoLive, was signed by close to 400 people in its first few hours online, comes after a…
File photo of works in Dublin Port where the first infrastructure phase of the Port Masterplan is the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project. AFLOAT also adds this work which is ongoing involves reconfiguration of quays to accommodate increasing trend in ever larger freight ships to cope for increased capacity in trade coupled with the consequences of Brexit. The works along this particular quay above (seen from ro-ro freight ferry Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster') have since been completed noting at the neighbouring river berth at Ocean Pier is berthed Celtic Spirit. The general cargoship was loading peat moss for UK operator, Charles M. Willie & Co. (Shipping) Ltd based in Cardiff, Wales.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said a no deal Brexit is now a live possibility and his party would honour its promise to continue with the Confidence and Supply Agreement to provide stability. However Mr Martin speaking on RTE…
The Crown Princess cruise liner alongside in Cobh
Cruise Critic awards the highest-rated cruise destinations in 18 cruise regions across the globe in its annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards 2019 Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of its…
On the bridge: Red Funnel's Thomas Weise, Commander and John Singleton, Chief Officer, celebrate Red Jet 7's one year anniversary of service AFLOAT adds on the Southampton-Isle of Wight (West Cowes) route. The ferry operator founded in 1861 has operated Hi-Speed craft over the past 50 years which also is to be celebrated with a Red Funnel Fireworks display on 16th August during Cowes Week. The world famous regatta event which began in 1826 is held on Solent waters.
Afloat has followed the launch of an Irish Sea shipyard built freight ferry Red Kestrel onto an Isle of Wight service for Red Funnel which also operates Hi-Speed passenger catamaran, Red Jet 7 which today marked one-year of service on…
Repairs are underway to the main pier at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey where Storm Emma damaged the small scenic south Dublin Bay harbour last year. A Masterplan for the harbour along with neighbouring Sandycove is currently open to the public to make submissions and observations.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie works to repair Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey along south Dublin Bay is focused on a pier damaged by Storm Emma in March of last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Bullock Harbour Preservation Association the…
The new Spike Island ferry operated by Doyle Shipping
A new Cork Harbour ferry has been launched to Spike Island to coincide with the opening of a major new exhibition there, and it's hoped these initiatives will lead to a rise in tourist visitor numbers writes Bob Bateman. The ferry, named…
Pictured enjoying the official launch of the annual South Docks Festival were Lisa Kelleher, coordinator at St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Paul McAuliffe, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Clown Johnie K (front), Dolores Wilson, chairperson of St Andrew’s Resource Centre South Docks Festival, and Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company.
This month's South Docks Festival in Dublin is celebrating community and heritage and taking pride in the identity inherent in the South Dublin Docklands area. This year’s festival is run by staff and volunteers at St. Andrew’s Resource Centre in collaboration…
Bobby Nash (centre) & crew out side the Bulman Bar in Kinsale
A pursuit race can be a fun thing. Instead of all boats starting together, the goal is for all boats to finish together. So, the slow boats head off first and the fastest last writes Dave O'Sullivan, Commodore of Kinsale…
Custom House Quay development. AFLOAT adds the CGI image of the proposed tower development (on right) at the Port of Cork site where existing and historic bonded warehouses are located in the city's 'docklands'
EchoLive reports of an artist who has campaigned against a skyscraper development at the historic Port of Cork site has described new images of the proposed 34-storey tower as “dreadfully ugly”. Cobh-based painter John Adams has garnered over 1,700 signatures…

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