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Coastguard Issues Warning After Surfer Close to Belfast Lough Ferry Prompts Rescue Attempt
Bangor Coastguard has issued a warning after a surfer was spotted close to an inbound Stena ferry in Belfast Lough on Monday (25 January) as Afloat reported earlier here. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, a team from Bangor Coastguard kept…
Isle of Man new ferry: Despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic, plans for the newbuild Manxman, due to replace Ben-my-Chree in 2023, are progressing well. AFLOAT adds the 'Ben' has operated on the Irish Sea since 1998 and occasional served Dublin Port during peak-times and on the mainly summer service linking Douglas.
As Afloat previously reported plans for a newbuild ferry to be named Manxman and due for delivery in 2023 replacing Ben-my-Chree, are progressing well according to the Isle of Man Steam Packet. The detailed design of both the external and internal features…
The workboat will have a cruising speed of 25 kts, a top speed of over 30 kts, and an impressive range of 60 NM at cruising speed.
Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies has moved to the next phase in the development of its Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, announcing plans to launch a technology demonstrator in 2021. Announced by Artemis Technologies COO, Prof. Mark Gillan, during a…
Hauliers departing from Ireland on routes to France will need evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Thursday following a French government decision. Above:  AFLOAT adds berthed at Rosslare Europort is the DFDS operated Optima Seaways which opened a new route to Dunkirk in early January and Brittany Ferries which only last week also began a new service to Cherbourg, initially launched by Cap Finistère (with Connemara due to take over next month) which serves Spain too from the Irish port to Bilbao. In addition providing a service is Stena Line on the route to Cherbourg.
Hauliers travelling to France from Ireland will have to have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Thursday. The development follows a decision of the French government. As a result, the Irish Government says the testing protocol will apply to…
The Stena Superfast ferry
Belfast Coastguard Rescue team was contacted this week by the Stena Superfast ferry inbound to Belfast in the shipping channel near Holywood. On Monday, January 25th the ferry had encountered a lone paddleboarder dangerously close to the vessel. Holywood is…
Conor Mowlds said shippers want a secure route that by-passes the UK landbridge.
At the Port of Cork there has seen a 10% increase in container traffic in the past six weeks. With a new €86m container terminal due to be commissioned in Ringaskiddy later this year, the port company said it is…
Mermaid Week 1982 at Galway Bay SC with (left to right) Pierce Purcell (GBSC), 1982 Champion Jim Dempsey (Skerries SC), and Mermaid Association President Michael Lysaght
The recent death of Skerries SC stalwart and longtime Mermaid Class ace Jim Dempsey has evoked fond memories throughout Irish sailing, and Galway Bay SC's Pierce Purcell speaks for many with his insights into Jim's special qualities of encouragement and…
The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford (right) has held a bilateral meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney amid Holyhead port fears. Afloat adds the north Wales port since Brexit has experienced a decline in freight traffic on services linking Dublin provided by two ferry operators which has led Irish Ferries to redeploy months in advance W.B. Yeats on the Dublin-Cherbourg route which recently was added by a new service by Stena Line on the direct Ireland-mainland Europe link.
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has held a bilateral meeting with the Irish Foreign Minister amid reports that Brexit is damaging the ferry port of Holyhead. As Nation.Cymru reports, Drakeford discussed the port with Simon Coveney, who has said…
A former assistant (Garda) commissioner called on the Government to send Naval Service vessels to assist drug patrols off West Africa as the region has become the main supply route for cocaine trafficking into Europe and Ireland. Afloat add given today’s wintry weather an apt tweet from the Naval Service: “Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.” — George Bernard Shaw. Above: View from the patrol vessel named after the Irish playwright while offshore of Benbulbin, Co. Sligo (Yeats Country) this cold Monday morning when conducting Maritime, Defence & Security Operations along the western seaboard.
Minister of Defence, Simon Coveney is considering a request to send Irish Naval Service vessels to help drug patrols off the West African coast which has become the main supply route for cocaine trafficking into Europe and Ireland. As demand…
Trucks drive on board the newest ferry on the Irish Sea, Stena Embla which made a maiden crossing on the Belfast-Liverpool service last night, boosting both passenger and freight capacity. The newbuild joined Stena Edda and this brings to three E-Flexer Ro-Pax class ferries on service including Stena Estrid on the Dublin-Holyhead route. As AFLOAT highlighted yesterday, this E-Flexer was scheduled to return to the Irish capital (this morning) following a first round trip of Stena’s new route to continental mainland Europe via Cherbourg, France and during weekdays the ‘leadship E-Flexer’ serves on the route to Wales.
The newest Stena Line ferry on the Irish Sea made its inaugural crossing on the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) service last night and as Afloat adds this follows a debut albeit temporarily on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route to enable extra capacity. Stena Embla joined…
A new weekly service sees Samskip launch today a new Dublin route connecting Irish businesses direct to importers and exporters via Amsterdam in the key European hinterland. The Dutch company with its headquarter in Rotterdam (route to Dublin too and other Irish ports) was in 1990 founded originally in Iceland. As reported by AFLOAT in 2017, it is in Icelandic waters where the former and final Galway-Aran Islands passenger/cargo ferry the Oileáin Árann operated. The 40m ferry also handled hoisted-vehicles, was sold by O’Brien Shipping in 2006 to Samskip and renamed Sæfari where it remains in service.
In addition to the recent dramatic boost in direct ferry routes to mainland Europe, Samskip is ramping up its shortsea container services by introducing today an additional dedicated link connecting Amsterdam and Dublin Port. The weekly connection will mean Irish…
A new Dublin-Cherbourg service sold out on its first commercial sailing operated by the one year old Stena Estrid. The leadship of the E-Flexer ro-pax class ferry is to complete its first round trip on the Ireland-France route with a scheduled arrival AFLOAT adds tomorrow, Monday morning.
Ferry operator Stena says its new Dublin-Cherbourg service sold out on its first day, with 175 trucks booked to sail. However, hauliers say direct routes to Europe cannot take the place of the British landbridge because of the lack of…
The 550 berth Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough is switching its electricity to a renewable source with immediate effect.  Marina Manager Kevin Baird said the marina takes its responsibility to the environment seriously and is constantly looking at ways in which it can reduce…
The Irish Optimist Trials will be staged by the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May
The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host the IODAI Optimist dinghy Trials on the May Bank Holiday  Weekend, 1st – 3rd May 2021. The trials event is a great opportunity for younger sailors to compete…
SoundYard will celebrate Belfast's maritime heritage, add to the animation, accessibility, and vibrancy of the Maritime Mile
The Maritime Mile is an initiative developed by Maritime Belfast Trust and is a curated experience that connects and celebrates Belfast's vibrant heritage waterfront. It was set up originally to deliver the Titanic Belfast Visitor attraction and now includes many…
Filmmaker and Aosdána member Bob Quinn
Galway Film Fleadh has confirmed it is extending its online film festival which includes the Atlantean series of documentaries by film-maker Bob Quinn. The documentaries explored Quinn’s theory that our maritime links were part of a common “Atlantean” culture extending…

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

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

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