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Tanker Thun London departing the Milford Haven Waterway in Wales (a proposed UK Free-Port). The 20,499 cargo capacity newbuild launched last year is from a series of chemical tankers ordered by a Swedish lake based shipping group, which are regular callers to Dublin Port where the new vessel is berthed today.
Ports in the UK, once designated as freeports, will have no domestic taxes levied on any goods within them, according to a Multimodal news update. Taxes will only be levied when a product leaves the freeport, and enters the rest of…
Belfast Harbour Studios at Giant’s Park
Belfast Harbour has submitted a planning application for the development of six new purpose-built film and television studios at its existing Giant’s Park site. The harbour company says the plans represent an investment of £45m and will generate 250 construction…
The Diamond Princess pictured in 2017
Irish citizens are among the hundreds of passengers quarantined on a cruise liner in Japan amid the coronavirus epidemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed. According to RTÉ News, 454 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in the Diamond Princess,…
Alta aground on the Cork coast on Sunday 16 February
Ballycotton Sea Adventures is reporting that a cargo ship abandoned at sea for more than a year has run aground on the Cork coastline during Storm Dennis, writes Tom MacSweeney. An initial Irish Coast Guard inspection of the 'ghost ship'…
Dublin Port: Dockers with tea chests. AFLOAT adds the scene was taken on Ocean Pier (west) within Alexandra Basin, where currently a major redevelopment project is ongoing as part of the port's Masterplan 2040.
There has been in recent years an explosion of public interest in historical photographs. As The Irish Times reports, the profusion of social media sites dedicated to the past, and cultural institutions such as the National Library and National Museum…
LÉ Ciara failed to leave port on 30 December but eventually did so on 1 January due to illness/injury of crew members. AFLOAT adds the Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV) became the first Naval Service vessel to berth at the new marina (as above) in Bantry, Co. Cork during a call last year.
There are fears that the Naval Service due to under-resources won’t be able to combat maritime drug shipments while at the same time adequately patrolling EU fishery waters post-Brexit. As the Irish Examiner reports, concerns have also been raised that…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour: A barge laden with Cornish granite is moved by a pair of tugs, AMS Retriever and Vanguard in advance of towage to off the port's East Pier where operations took place to discharge rock-armour due to damage caused by Storm Emma in 2018.
Works have recently begun to repair damage in Dun Laoghaire Harbour caused by a storm from almost two years ago, however further bad weather looms as Storm Dennis is to sweep in this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. As Afloat reported in…
Assembling of custom built ship-to-shore cranes at the new container (lo-lo) terminal located at Ringaskiddy in lower Cork Harbour
The assembling of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes has begun at the Port of Cork's new Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy.  The new Liebherr cranes according to the port company, will improve liners’ schedule reliability, and reduce trade costs and inventory holding outlays…
A 120 tonne transformer that was in the cargo hold of veteran vessel MV Saturn (1966/627grt) was discharged by Doyle Shipping Group (DSG).  The small red hulled ship is a survivor in this day of considerably increasing sized ships.
A small cargoship built during the 'Swinging Sixties' when The Beatles were on the scene and the Hovercraft entered English Channel service, arrived into Dublin Port last week with a project cargo, writes Jehan Ashmore. The veteran vessel, Saturn completed (as…
File image of a container ship at Dublin Port
The HSE has issued instructions for ships entering Irish ports regarding new protocol in relation to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection crisis. Masters of vessels entering Irish ports are required to: Complete and submit a Maritime Declaration of Health,…
Jay Colville’s Forty Licks from East Down and RUYC is a Bangor Town Regatta entry
Bangor Town Regatta entry is now open and it’s the Sigma 33s who lead the way with five entries already for the June event writes Betty Armstrong. With Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover as headline sponsors, the event incorporates the…
Tom Roche's Meridian surfs downwind off Kinsale
Former Club Commodore, Tom Roche of Axiom Private Clients has come on board as title sponsors for this year’s Spring Series at Kinsale Yacht Club writes Brian Goggin. Tom and his wife Ursula have campaigned their Solona 45 - Meridian…
F18 catamarans on Belfast Lough
Ballyholme Yacht Club will be the venue for the Irish Multihull Association’s Weekend of Speed in mid-May. The club has extensive experience of hosting national and international sailing events on the virtually tide and hazard free waters of Belfast Lough…
UK Free Ports: Many of the 30 ports believed to be preparing bids for free port status are in UK northern areas won by the Conservatives. Above: File photo of containership Nicolas Delmas AFLOAT adds when operating between Irish and UK ports in addition connecting continental mainland Europe.
On the west coast of Ireland the little known Shannon Airport unknowingly started a trade revolution back in 1959 when it became the world’s first free trade zone. Skip forward six decades and Brexiteers are holding up this small town…
Bangor Sea Cadets after a Royal Navy parade
Among the craft in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough who have made it their home since it opened thirty years ago, are the rowing boats belonging to the Bangor Sea Cadet Unit, T S Decoy. Their shore base is an…
Outstanding trainees - (from left to right) Erin Englishby, Colaiste na Hinse & Ronan Collins, St. Joeseph’s C.B.S.
The “Drogheda Sail Training Bursary” was once again highlighted at the Annual Sail Training Ireland Awards Ceremony last week in the Mansion House. The CEO of Sail Training Ireland, Mr. Darragh Sheridan acknowledged the Drogheda bursary scheme as the first…

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