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Afloat adds the new ferry is of the Stena E-Flexer series a new design built in China. One of these newbuilds will be chartered from Stena RoRo to DFDS service on the premier shortsea Dover-Calais route in 2021
#FerryNews - A new ferry for DFDS's Dover-Calais route will be able to carry 3,100 lane metres of cargo and 1,000 passengers. It will be built in China and deployed on the Channel in 2021. According to DFDS, the Channel…
Cracks and subsidence in the roundhead wall on the West Pier
#DLHarbour - “There is no immediate health and safety issue with any pier in Dun Laoghaire.” That was the message from Transport Minister Shane Ross in his reply to a Dáil question from local TD Richard Boyd Barrett earlier this…
Nicholas O'Leary's Vendee Globe entry arrives into Cork Harbour
Arriving back into Cork Harbour today, Nicholas O'Leary's IMOCA 60 has had a Winter make–over and looking very much more Irish than when she last sailed these shores as the former Great American IV. Sporting some prominent 'Ireland.com' decals, the logo…
An inflatable aqua park similar to this one in England’s New Forest could pop up in Dun Laoghaire’s Coal Harbour this year
#DLHarbour - It’s all change for Dun Laoghaire Harbour ahead of its pending transfer to local authority control — and part of that change might be seen this summer in the form of an inflatable aqua park. Big Splash Water…
Sailing Instructors at the INSS in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The INSS is launching a major recruitment drive for sailing, powerboat and cruising instructors. The positions are both full time for the summer and ad-hoc during the week and at weekends. Thankfully, says School Principal Kenny Rumball, they've seen a…
European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes agreement on CO2 reduction target of emissions from shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomed the agreement reached at global level within the IMO to peak CO2 emissions from shipping as soon as possible and reduce them by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008…
Arriving: Stena Carrier swings off North Wall Extension, Dublin Port (to a river-berth) two days before the freight-only vessel ended a charter to P&O Ferries on their Liverpool service. The quay which also forms part of Alexandra Basin is to be shortened to enable a larger turning-circle (for considerably bigger ships) to dock as part of the major redevelopment works that is Phase One of the Dublin Port Masterplan.
#FerryNews - Stena RoRo's charter of a vessel to P&O Ferries Dublin-Liverpool route ended at the weekend following the return of European Endeavour fresh from annual refit, writes Jehan Ashmore. The charter of Stena Carrier to rivals, P&O was expected…
Fire broke out in the engine room of DFDS Finlandia Seaways, which has led to the closure of the Scotland-mainland Europe (ro-ro freight) service: Rosyth-Zeebrugge. Afloat adds the Belgium port is where operator, CldN's newly christened ro-ro Celine (the 'Brexit-Buster') arrived last Sunday following a voyage from Dublin Port.
#FerryNews -A North Sea ferry operator, DFDS has axed its freight service between Rosyth, Scotland and Zeebrugge in Belgium following a fire on one of its ships. The vessel reports BBC News, is out of action following the blaze in…
A report published by the IMDO highlights a 4% increase in Irish LoLo traffic to 731,451 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units). Above containership Karin Schepers docked in Dublin Port at the Peel Ports Group operated lo-lo MTL Terminal.
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Maritime Transport Economist, a report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry, was launched recently in Dublin. The report now in its 15th year, shows that in 2017, total port traffic…
Owners are getting boats ready in Cork Harbour but this one hasn't moved for a while, it has a tree growing out of the boarding ladder
The sailing season in Cork Harbour is getting underway - slowly it has to be said - the effects of the long Winter weren’t encouraging owners to get their boats ready…… That is happening and launching is underway, but owners…
Vehicles on the bridge leading to Liverpool Landing Stage, where the Isle of Man Steam-Packet operate a seasonal fast-craft service linking Douglas the Manx capital
#FerryNews - Isle of Man Today writes of tensions rising between tourism chiefs and the Cabinet Office, after a passenger survey reported a drop in visitor numbers, boiled over into Tynwald this week. While Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas…
Four Floatel Cabins will be constructed within the marina at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire later this year
#Ports&Shipping - The south Wales Port of Milford Haven (related story) has submitted a revised master plan to Pembrokeshire County Council for its multi-million pound Milford Waterfront development. The Port received a resolution to grant planning consent in 2015 and…
Delivery of ‘WB Yeats’ cruiseferry from a German shipyard ‘likely to be delayed’
#FerryNews - Operator Irish Ferries has confirmed that in the region of 5,000-10,000 customers will be affected by cancelled bookings on a new ferry, the delivery of which has been delayed. The company writes The Irish Times, continued to make…
Frank Whelan's Eleuthera on her way to ISORA victory yesterday. The Judel Vrolijk design was a Cowes Week 2003 winner, a Rolex Fastnet 2003 class winner, an Antwerp Race 2003 and a Gotland Rund Sweden race winner too
Frank Whelan's Eleuthera, the Grand Soleil 44 yacht that broke the dominance of the J109s to win the first ISORA race of the season yesterday, is the former famous Dutch yacht 'Holmatro' with a race winning pedigree.  The Greystones crew…
In one of his first roles as RIYC Commodore, Joe Costello presented the overall prizes for the 2018 RS Feva East Coast Championships to overall winners Tim Norwood (Helmsman) left and Finn Cleary (Crew)
Counting four first places Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary of the host club won the six race 2018 RS Feva East Coast Championships by a clear margin of eight nett points at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Race over two…
Kinsale Quarter Tonner 'Runaway Bus' enjoying the great sailing conditions for today's April league at Kinsale Yacht Club. Scroll down for a gallery of photos
Wind and sun provided champagne sailing on day three of Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Sailing Series 2018. It was a perfect day for the windward leeward course with a blustery 20–knot breeze blowing from Bullen’s Bay. The 1055 first gun…

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