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Bryan Dobson and Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Games in Kinsale. Scroll down for photo gallery
Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Watersports Inclusion Games 2019 at Kinsale Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. The event, set to take place in Kinsale harbour and environs on 24th and 25th August, is…
Greystones Harbour is the focus of a protest by fishermen who argue they’ve been excluded amid recent redevelopment
Recent redevelopment of Greystones Harbour has effectively shut the fishing industry out of the Co Wicklow town, local fisherman have told The Irish Times. A group of 10 fishermen say they were promised new arrangements when the €300 million development scheme…
Vintage Barges Bring ‘Floating Fringe Festival’ To Mountshannon For June Bank Holiday Weekend
Vintage barges and fantastic events are promised in the line-up as the Mountshannon Arts Festival returns this June Bank Holiday, Thursday 30 May to Monday 3 June. Inspired by this year’s theme, ‘Roots and Wings’, the festival features all facets…
A containership at sea which play a vital role in US-China Trade, however as Lloyd's Loading List report it is Import representatives who warn it is impossible for companies to switch sourcing to other countries in the short term, predicting further front-loading of inventories, as experienced ahead of tariff rises last year.
In the US importers and their logistics providers are preparing for further US-China tariffs and a possible fresh rush to front-load deliveries to beat the next tariff deadline, after the US confirmed its intention to impose 25% duties on further…
Over 90% of shareholders approve remuneration levels of the ferries operator which in recent months introduced newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. Above AFLOAT adds is ICG's managing director Eamonn Rothwell and master of ceremonies Glenda Gilson at a reception held on board to welcome the new cruiseferry in Dublin Port.
The Irish Continental Group (ICG) has said it is totally prepared to meet the challenges posed by Brexit, whatever way those challenges emerge. At the group’s annual general meeting, John McGuckian, ICG chairman, said, “we’re confident that whatever happens, we…
The 3,600-passenger Celebrity Reflection cruiseship is due to dock in Belfast today, however AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Cruises ship actually sailed to Greenock, Scotland following a call to Dublin Port yesterday (see related story). The 'Solstice' class cruiseship is seen above on a previous call when on Belfast Lough along with port regular Stena Scotia which operates a ro-ro freight only service to Heysham, England.
An enormous cruiseship Celebrity Reflection sails into Belfast this morning, bringing thousands of deep-pocketed North Americans to the city's visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants, there are fears it could be the 'end of an era' for this type of…
Alexandra Basin, Dublin Port where major work is ongoing among them at Alexandra Quay West (AFLOAT adds see top of basin) where berth restrictions are to be introduced from 2021 to 2023. At this berth is seen the small cruiseship, Marco Polo. On the right is a larger 'Solstice' class cruiseship in which the fifth and final of this series is Celebrity Reflection (which today) is occupying this same berth during a 'turnaround' cruise.
#cruiseliners - The arrival of thousands of well-travelled North American visitors on a huge cruiseship today could signal the ‘‘end of an era’’ due to actions of the Dublin Port Company, that's according to a group of businesses from across…
Haulbowline Island where the site of the public park that is to open is located at the East Tip (left side) noting this file photo Afloat adds shows waste deposits mounds from the former Irish Steel Plant.
#corkharbour - Set to open on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, is a public park despite warnings in a 2017 report that chemical contamination at the island’s former steel site has the potential to cause risks to users of a…
Holyhead was adopting a “suck-it-and-see approach” to dealing with post-Brexit life, the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly heard.
#ferries - The Port of Holyhead has shown “no sense of emergency” about Brexit, while Dublin Port bemoaned the huge expense preparing for a no-deal exit that might not happen, the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly heard. As The Irish Times writes…
Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives from the 21m platform at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday 11 May
Red Bull’s official media partners have shared some specular footage of the action from this past weekend’s Cliff Diving World Series stop in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Crowds numbering some 145,000 were in attendance over Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May,…
Fanad Head Lighthouse in Co. Donegal
#lighthouses -  Contributory feedback from marine users of navigational aids is been sought from Irish Lights of its Aids to Navigation provision around the coasts of Ireland.  Every five years, the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA), comprising Irish Lights, Northern Lighthouse…
The former operator of the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route, Stena Line whose fastcraft HSS Stena Explorer above in Dun Laoghaire Harbour AFLOAT adds carried out a final crossing in 2014. The following year the operator confirmed it would not return to operations on the historic Ireland-Wales link dating to 1835.
#dublinbay - Potential developers numbering seven in total have registered their interest in the disused ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The building at St Michael's Pier, reports Herald.ie, has been empty since 2014, and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council invited applications…
Cove Sailing Club Celebrates Planning Approval For New Marina At Whitepoint
Cove Sailing Club has announced that Cork County Council gave approval on Monday (13 May) to its plans for a new 25-berth marina located at Whitepoint. Earlier this year saw the display of new plans for the marina, scaled down…
Among the numerous Sustainability measures is 'Partnerships' as Stena Line signed the UK Chamber of Shipping pledge “Women in Maritime” and introduced a long-term partnership with EuroPride
#ferries - Artificial Intelligence (AI) assisted vessels to save fuel, battery power propulsion, huge reduction of single use plastic on board, continued low level of crew and passenger accidents and an increased rate of female leaders. These are some of…
The Public Service Pay Commission is likely to propose increases in military service allowances for Army personnel and to patrol duty allowances for Naval Service members, sources said. Above L.É. William Butler Yeats annual inspection recently held in the Port of Galway.
#navy - An increase in take-home pay for members of the Defence Forces is likely to be recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission when it reports to the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe today (yesterday). The commission, The Irish…
‘No public right of way’ exists over the deepwater quay in Cobh, says the Port of Cork Company
The Port of Cork has issued a “clarification” over its closures of the deepwater quay in Cobh after gardai were called to a recent protest at the facility. The Irish Examiner reports that there was what gardai described as a…

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