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European Causeway one of a pair of P&O Ferries serving the North Channel route between Larne and Cairnryan. The ferry is seen approaching off the Scottish coast .
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#ferry - The highest number of lorries and trailers travelling on P&O Ferries between Larne and Cairnryan was reached in the third quarter of the year than it has in any Q3 since 2011. As the News Letter writes the…
The seemingly doomed yacht narrowly avoids collision with Monkstown's quay wall then disappears downwind in the spume. Scroll down for video
Cork Harbour
A video of a yacht that broke free of its mooring in the teeth of Storm Ophelia in Cork Harbour, has recorded over 50k views on social media. The Ensign Bar in Monkstown Co. Cork posted the vid on Facebook…
Ophelia: Information issued from Met Eireann, the National Emergency Coordination Centre, Dublin Port and AA Newsroom advise of safety precaution, updates on ferry travel and incidents
Dublin Port
#OpheliaDublinPort - Met Eireann and the National Emergency Coordination Centre are advising everyone throughout the country to stay away from coastal paths, cliffs and harbours during the forecasted extreme weather event. Dublin Bay  For safety reasons there will be no…
Well over 1,000 people are still employed directly in the port of Holyhead
Ferry
#ferry - A ‘hard Brexit’ writes Daily Post could see jobs lost at the north Wales port of Holyhead, the Island’s AM has warned. Speaking at the Senedd this week, Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth warned that some of…
Cargo operations are suspended until further notice at the Port of Cork
Port of Cork
All Port of Cork shipping movements have been suspended in the harbour since 0600 this morning. Cargo operations are suspended until further notice, all cranes and cargo handling equipment have been secured until the storm passes. All persons are advised…
The Queen Mary 2, pictured here in Norway, was en route to Southampton from New York at the time
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#Medevac - Shannon’s Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was involved in a medevac from the cruise liner Queen Mary 2 some 60 nautical miles off West Cork on Thursday morning (12 October), as BreakingNews.ie reports. An elderly passenger understood…
The “Álvaro de Bazán” class frigate belongs to the 31st Escort Squadron based in Ferrol, Corunna in north-west Spain.
Navy
#SpainScotland - French Navy ships are currently visiting Dublin Port with more to come among them the Spanish that also participated in Joint Warrior 172, Europe's largest military exercise for some time that had taken place off Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Pano wind trubine cargo at Warrenpoint Port
Ports & Shipping
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA) has published an Economic Impact Assessment which has highlighted the port’s value to the local economy and confirmed its position as the second largest port in Northern Ireland. The report carried out by independent economist, Ryan…
An Taoiseach Mr. Leo Varadkar TD, pictured at the official ‘opening up’ of Port Centre following completion of a 12 month project to soften the Port’s boundaries with the city which included the unveiling of the new art insulation entitled “The Sphere” by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha
Dublin Port
Guests of Honour Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath and Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Mícheál Mac Donncha and An Taoiseach Mr. Leo Varadkar TD were in attendance at the official opening of Dublin Port Centre. The project which began last November…
Command and tanker ship Somme in Toulon. The Mediterranean port is one of several bases of the French Navy.
Navy
#FrenchFriday- A flotilla from the French Navy are all scheduled to have arrived to Dublin Port this Friday and in the capital the French embassy will on Saturday take part in 'Open House Dublin' this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Originally a…
Though no longer in the boatbuilding trade, Crosshaven Boatyard employs seven as a storage and servicing facility
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Crosshaven Boatyard manager Matt Foley has confirmed to Afloat.ie that the Cork Harbour facility is for sale as a going concern only, and not with vacant possession as advertised by the auctioneers and in the Irish Examiner. Foley…
The port estate of Belfast Harbour from where the IOMSPCo are to remain operating ferry services connecting the Isle of Man
Ferry
#ferrynews - Plans to overhaul ferry services between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been dropped writes BBC News after a three-week public consultation. The Steam Packet Company had considered re-routing sailings (as previously reported on Afloat) to…
A 50–foot Viking longboat is lifted off a trailer in advance of filming on Lough Dann in County Wicklow for the Viking TV series. Plans are afoot to locate one of the Norse boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
INSS
Go–ahead Irish Sailing School, the INSS, are planning to moor a 50–foot Viking Ship in front of their Dun Laoghaire Harbour premises at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. In August, School Principal Kenneth Rumball co-ordinated a 'Battle of Dun…
Arklow Resolve belongs to the most common class cargoship in the ASL fleet which in July notably berthed along Dublin's old inner city commercial quays. Note in the background the gap between these 'Docklands' buildings, where a ship related warehouse once stood until demolished earlier this year. Afloat will have more to report on this in addition to other port premises that held a shipping connection.
Dublin Port
#DublinDocklands - Afloat recently reported of Arklow Shipping's latest acquisition, Arklow Dawn that brings the fleet to 52, the majority of these cargoships comprising 13 in total are of the remaining R class sisters however there are differences between them,…
Ilen Boatbuilding School CityOne dinghies racing on the Shannon in the heart of Limerick city – just one aspect of a remarkable organisation’s many activities
Historic Boats
Many people have dropped by the Old Cornstore on the riverside at Oldcourt in West Cork to see work progressing on the restoration of the 1926 Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen writes WM Nixon. And naturally they’ll have the impression that…
Top - the new Irish Ferries William Butler Yeats and above the Navy's new patrol vessel William Butler Yeats
Tom MacSweeney
Hello and you’re welcome to the weekly MacSweeney Podcast… The procedures and practices involved in the naming of ships once appeared to be the product of evolution and tradition, then became the choice of politicians – at least as far…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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