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Stern view of Mette Maersk, a giant containership captured in this photo taken by AFLOAT while berthed in the UK at the Port of Felixstowe on the North Sea. The 18,000TEU capacity ship registered in Rømø, a Danish island, had docked in Britain's biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe.
#shipping - The collaboration between Maersk and MSC of the 2M shipping alliance, formed from the two biggest container lines in the world by market share, has committed to a permanent transatlantic shipping route connecting Liverpool, UK, with several US…
Leadship: Stena Estrid launched in China yesterday is to enter Dublin-Holyhead route in early 2020, as the first of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea by 2021.
#ferries - It was an important milestone for ferry operator, Stena Line as its major new fleet investment programme involved the ‘launching’ ceremony of the first of its next generation RoPax vessels that took place in China yesterday, 16th January.…
Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, where the south Dublin Bay harbour marks its bicentenary since construction began in the winter of 1818/1819. Above the harbour's main pier breakwater which suffered damage from Storm Emma in March last year has undergone preliminary works in recent months by the Dublin Port Company.
#lectures - As part of the Bullock 200 Bicentenary, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association and Dublin Port Company resume a series of talks held in the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. Next week, on Tuesday, 22nd…
Shane Ross identified the Irish, UK and French ports, in particular Dublin, Rosslare, Dover in England and Calais in France, the main “pinch-points” where delays would emerge.
#ferryports - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport writes The Irish Times, has admitted that there would be checks on lorries coming into the Republic of Ireland from the UK via Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.…
Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
#irishports - Leading experts along with Irish businesses say the Government needs to tap special funds from the EU to help offset the effects of Brexit. As the Irish Examiner reports, for hauliers, Aidan Flynn, who heads up Freight Transport…
Aoife Deane UCC and Sara Mackeown Port of Cork with Caomihe Mc Sweeney, Emily Rose and Caoimhe Ni Bheara of Scoil Bhríde Crosshaven Co Cork pictured with their 'Bloom of Plastic Jelly Fish'
For the last 13 years the Port of Cork has delivered a schools initiative to 5th class primary schools across Cork City and County, with a particular focus on the harbour area. For the first time this year, the Port…
Rock armour deposited in the vicinity of the newly constructed jetty on Scotsman's Bay, which forms part of the Dun Laoghaire Baths Redevelopment Project
#dublinbay - Rock armour delivered for the Dun Laoghaire Baths redevelopment project, has been completed, though further work on the foreshore is underway to position boulders into place, writes Jehan Ashmore. Around 4,300 tonnes of granite which was transported by…
The Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club on Plymouth Sound is putting its stunning club house on the market after more than 120 years to secure the future of the club
Plymouth's historic Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club is set to go up for sale. Built in 1688 as part of the Royal Citadel, the imposing property that has its own access to the water, has been used as a clubhouse since…
A big fleet of Squibs for last year's KYC Frostbite Series
12 races over six weekends for Squib, Laser, Topper, and mixed Dinghy fleets gets the 2019 sailing season off to a flying start in Kinsale next month. Racing will be on laid courses within the harbour off Charles Fort with a First…
Container and ferry operations at the Port of Hull on the North Sea, where AFLOAT adds above is the freight and passenger cruiseferry Pride of Hull. The P&O Ferries operated ship serves on the continental route to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands which is Europe's largest port.
#ports - A leading UK ports operator, Associated British Ports (ABP) recently announced an additional investment to boost facilities at its Port of Hull, bringing the group’s total investment to £250 million since the EU referendum in 2016. This programme…
The 1913-built Colin Archer gaff ketch Sandefjord on which Tim Magennis sailed round the world in 1965-67
Tim Magennis, the doyen of the traditional and classic boat movement on Ireland’s east coast, and one of the main movers in many significant historic sailing events in Ireland and the Irish Sea, was acclaimed with elevation to Honorary Life…
W.B. Yeats on two separate occasions berthed within Alexandra Basin (above), where 'Brexit-Buster' sisters Delphine and Celine call routinely in between operating CLnD's direct services connecting Dublin and mainland Europe. Last year leadship, Celine was christened in a ceremony in the port with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attending the proceedings.
#ferries - It's almost a month ago when W.B. Yeats made a delivery voyage to Dublin Port, since then the Irish Ferries new cruiseferry has until recently included occupying a quayside where the 'Brexit-Busters' routinely berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Hauliers have grave concerns over a hard Brexit, above truck trailers parked in Holyhead, north Wales.
#ferries - Deep concerns have been expressed by Irish hauliers that a no-deal or hard Brexit will lead to unworkable delays at UK ports. They are already delivering huge quantities of non-perishable goods which are being stockpiled in both Ireland…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Could Brexit present an opportunity for Dun Laoghaire’s harbour? In a letter to The Irish Times last Tuesday 8 January, local Fine Gael councillor John Kennedy spells out his reasons why the port could be positioned as an additional resource…
Night-time scene of W.B. Yeats while alongside the North Wall Quay Extension (close to East-Link bridge) in Dublin Port.
#ferries - W.B. Yeats maiden sailing as previously reported on Afloat.ie has changed date according to the Irish Ferries freight website, though the rescheduled sailing remains based on a freight-only basis, writes Jehan Ashmore. Orginally, the first sailing was due…
The Dunleary returned to home port in the autumn of 2017, 80 years after moving across the Irish Sea for lifesaving service in Lancashire
The Dunleary Lifeboat Project is the subject of a new exhibition at the DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire from next week. Running from Tuesday 22 January to Monday 4 February, the exhibition is being held in partnership with Advanced Tourism…

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