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Among ICG's container division EUCON fleet is Elbetrader, the 974 TEU capacity containership is seen berthed at the DFT terminal in Dublin Port. At the time of this posting, the Cypriot flagged vessel was docked in Rotterdam.
Ports & Shipping
#IEAexportAwards – At this year’s IEA Export Industry Awards, the winner in the category of Maritime Services Company of the Year, sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office went to Irish Continental Group’s Container & Terminal Division. The division includes…
Shane McCarthy sailed the second lap as a sausage but sailed all the way back to the gybe mark to correct his mistake
Dublin Bay
After having to call off last Sunday’s racing due to an excess of wind at the DMYC dinghy Frostbite Series, the challenge today was to get a race in in a dearth of wind writes Cormac Bradley. Though the forecast…
RCYC's Kieran O'Connell (in RIB) assists Winter league competitor Blue Oyster that went aground yesterday in Cork Harbour. Race three photo gallery below
Royal Cork YC
A yacht that went aground during racing in the O'Leary Insurance Winter League in Cork Harbour yesterday was successfully recovered by fellow competitors and Royal Cork Yacht Club officials writes Bob Bateman. The 38–foot yacht that was competing in the White Sails…
In the foreground carriages of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express alongside the quay of the berthed Orient Express in Venice. A fleetmate, Horsa had a Venice Orient Express Lounge on board when serving Folkstone-Boulogne. The ferry carried out summer support sailings in 1990 on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route.
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#OrientExpress – Orient Express is a name that conjures the famous romantic long-distance luxury train service across Europe in which was set the detective novel by Agatha Christie and where there is also a railway related connection with the Irish…
At the Maritime Ball held in Arklow are Michele Roche; Paul Roche President of the Irish Institute of Irish Mariners; Andrew Sheen President of the Irish Chamber of Shipping and Ayshea Sheen.
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeBall - From around the country over 160 people were treated to some top class hospitality as the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping held the Marine Ball in the Arklow Bay Hotel, writes The…
The main terminal at the Port of Waterford is located in Belview, downriver of the south-eastern city.  Afloat adds that the terminal was recently called to by the brand new short-sea trader Arklow Cliff which today is docked in Drogheda Port. A sister Arklow Cape completed last year is due to call to Cork today while currently in Dublin is Arklow Clan, another C class completed this year that made a maiden 'offshore' call off Arklow last Friday. See related Ports & Shipping coverage posted on Monday.
Ports & Shipping
#CounterPorts - It is the belief of management at the Ports of Waterford and Rosslare Europort that they can become ‘valuable counterpoints’ to reduce congestion in the Dublin area while also supporting a ‘robust and pragmatic’ response to Brexit. The…
Construction of an embarkation pontoon is underway in Youghal, County Cork
Irish Marinas
An 'Embarkation Pontoon' at Youghal Co. Cork is underway allowing boating visitors to get on and off their boats without having to resort to dinghies. According to the local 'Build a Marina in Youghal' Facebook page, pile driving will be…
Hugo Boss at Tower Bridge, London
Vendee Globe
British sailing team, Alex Thomson Racing, that visited Irish shores this Summer today announced that their long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership with the team for a further four years, in a deal that will take them through…
The annual National Commemoration Seafarer's Service at City Quay, Dublin to be held this Sunday, 19 November from 12 noon. The ceremony takes place at the Seafarers Memorial that is dedicated to honour seamen lost while serving on Irish merchant ships 1939-1945 in WW2.
Ports & Shipping
#SeafarersMemorial – The annual National Commemoration Service for Irish Seafarers in Dublin is to held this Sunday, 19th November. The annual service hosted by the Maritime Institute of Ireland will involve a wreath-laying ceremony at 12.00 noon on City Quay…
Brittany Ferries 2017 seasonal Cork-Roscoff route had a 4% increase in passengers compared to the previous year. Above: Cruiseferry Pont-Aven Afloat adds has 'scrubber' funnel technology to reduce sulphur emissions, is seen in Spanish waters where the 40,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry is currently operating Santander-Portsmouth sailings. The cruiseferry will resume Ireland-France sailings in late March, 2018.
Ferry
#ferrynews - Cruiseferry Pont-Aven has made its final Ireland-France voyage of the year, marking the end of the Brittany Ferries 2017 sailing season. Building on the success of 2016 when numbers were up by 3%, 2017 showed a further 4%…
DBSC fleets sail in four separate race areas, served by two state–of–the art committee boats including Freebird above pictured here on duty at the DBSC Turkey Shoot series
DBSC
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Chris Moore, reviews the 2017 sailing season on the capital's waters that will be celebrated tonight (Friday, 17th November) at the annual DBSC prizegiving at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. A full…
Galway Bay launch - Simon Mc Gibney ICRA Commodore / WIORA Commodore, Captain Brian Sheridan Harbour Master Galway Port, Gary Allen Commodore Galway Bay Sailing Club, Rory Carberry Irish Sailing Board Member, Martin Breen Event Chairperson and Denis Kiely ICRA Honorary Secretary
ICRA
The 2018 ICRA Cruiser National and WIORA West Coast Championships have been launched at the Port of Galway offices. The national cruiser championships will be organised by Galway Bay Sailing Club and will combine both the Irish Cruiser Racing top event…
Currently under construction in Germany, W.B. Yeats which ICG are to take delivery of the newbuild €144m cruiseferry next year
Ferry
#FerryNews -Consolidated revenue at Irish Continental Group (ICG) operator of Irish Ferries, increased by 3.1pc to €288.9m year-on-year in the ten months to 31 October. Total revenues writes The Independent for the group’s ferries division was €184.4m, a 1.4pc increase…
Lecture on Dun Laoghaire Harbour where construction of the first pier began in 1817. Afloat adds that originally plans for the 'Asylum Harbour' consisted of a single pier but this was revised to include a second pier to form the harbour's West and East Pier (above). It was during construction of the harbour that George IV paid a visit to the town.This led to an officially renaming to Kingstown in 1821 in honour of the British monarch's visit. A centenary later the town reverted to its ancient Irish name by resolution of the town council in 1921.
Dublin Bay
#LectureOnHarbour - A lecture by esteemed Heritage architect Grainne Shaffrey, is to be held on Thursday, 30th November as part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations. Grainne and her practice have an extensive knowledge of Dun Laoghaire harbour having…
Monkstown Bay is getting a slipway extension
Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay in Cork Harbour is getting a slipway extension which will improve boat launching and recovery. The previously narrower slipway is being renewed and widened.  The slipway is at the upriver side of the Sand Quay which is primarily…
Making a maiden call albeit offshore of Arklow, was newbuild Arklow Clan, the 5,054dwt short-sea trader had a brief stopover while en route between Germany and the UK. The port side anchor was lowered and left of the straight stem bow to maximise operational efficiency, is the entrance to Arklow and the disused gypsum factory located along the north quays.
Ports & Shipping
#ArklowAnchorage - Along Leinster's eastern seaboard, Afloat tracked newbuild Arklow Clan that made a maiden call albeit offshore of the shipowners homeport of the Co. Wicklow harbour town, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Arklow Shipping Ltd (ASL) with headquarters on the…

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