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Sarah Scowcroft a Stena Line cabin assistant, on board hospital ship Africa Mercy in Guinea, has vowed to raise funds for Mercy Ships for the rest of her life after experiencing first-hand the life-saving work carried out on by the charity.  The ferry operator is a supporter of the charity and up to 27 November, customers on all Stena Line vessels will be encouraged to 'Round Up for Charity' with their on board purchases and make a donation to Mercy Ships.
#Ferry - Sarah Scowcroft a kind-hearted Stena Line cabin assistant, has vowed to raise funds for Mercy Ships for the rest of her life, after experiencing first-hand life-saving work carried out on board hospital ship Africa Mercy in Guinea. Last…
Belview, the Port of Waterford's main terminal that adjoins the Belview Industrial Zone in south Co. Kilkenny. Containerships, short-sea traders and bulk-carriers use the facility located downriver of Waterford city.
#Ports&Shipping - The Port of Waterford have commissioned an economic impact study that shows the Belview Industrial Zone surrounding and including the port (see snapshot) supports 632 full-time jobs directly and a further 348 indirectly, a total of 980. Last year the…
Half a century ago construction began on Goliath, then the largest crane in the world which formed the first of the giant shipbuilding cranes in Belfast at the Harland & Wolff yard. The second crane Samson soon followed to become iconic symbols of the city's industrial pride and heritage known throughout the world.
#BelfastLough - This month 50 years ago, November 1968 the landscape of Belfast was forever changed when a giant yellow crane known as Goliath rose from the Harland and Wolff shipyard. As BBC News NI recalls, it would be joined…
Bantry Bay, Co. Cork looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises. AFLOAT adds above at anchorage the small luxury expedition cruiseship Serenissima. The former Norwegian 'Hurtigruten' cargo-ferry Harald Jarl, visited in May, had company in the form of a sail trainee tallship Danmark. See below link for related coverage.
#CruiseLiners - West Cork's scenic Banty Bay looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises, reports The Southern Star.  Businesses, tourism groups and Bantry Bay Port Company are working on a strategy which would appeal to what…
Irish seafarers memorial monument to those who lost their lives during WW2, is located on City Quay, Dublin where a commemorative service at 12 noon will be held next Sunday, 18th November
#WW2Seafarers - The annual Maritime Institute of Ireland held Commemoration for Irish Seafarers is to take place in Dublin next Sunday, 18th November. The wreath-laying event at 12.00 noon along the City Quay Memorial monument, is dedicated in honour of…
Commissioners of (Irish Lights) aids to navigation tender, ILV Granuaile at anchor in the vessel's homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender's aft-deck is equipped with a Liebherr 20 tonne (SWL) safe working load crane
#Lighthouses - The Research and Radionavigation team (R&RNAV) that supports the three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland - Irish Lights, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House will now be known as GLA Research and Development (GRAD).…
Which Direction? - A shipping scene in Dublin Port and from where in the capital at Leinster House, representatives from the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Exporters Association will appear before a Committee today (3.30pm). To view live televised proceedings online - see link below.
#Ports&Shipping - In Dublin, the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will meet today (Tuesday, 13th Nov.) to discuss the impact of Brexit on agriculture, food and fisheries. Representatives from the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and the…
80% of Irish freight trucks that head to Europe pass through Welsh ports
#Ferry- Ferries from Ireland, BBC News reports, could bypass Welsh ports and the UK entirely if it leaves the EU without a deal, a body representing Ireland's trucking industry has said. Verona Murphy, the President of Irish Road Haulage Association,…
Clare Guinness, CEO at Warrenpoint Port with the new crane
Warrenpoint Port has commissioned a new crane and has commenced the refurbishment of two other cranes following a major £3 million capital investment. The new crane, built and supplied by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes, will significantly improve efficiency at the Port…
Rival ro-ro freighters from Seatruck Ferries and P&O (background on right) departing Dublin Port on the Irish Sea service to Liverpool, forming part of the UK 'Landbridge' with onward connections to mainland continental Europe
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) the State agency responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of the shipping and services sector, have produced a report, "Implications of Brexit on the Use of the Landbridge". Published online yesterday…
Sotiris Raptis, EcoPorts Coordinator; Eamonn O'Reilly (re-elected) ESPO Chairman; Zeno d'Agostino, ESPO Vice-Chair; Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General
#Ports&Shipping - Eamonn O’Reilly has been unanimously re-elected as European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Chairman following a vote of the organisation's General Assembly in Brussels yesterday afternoon. For the past two years O’Reilly has been chairing ESPO in addition he…
Cetlic Spirit been loaded with Bord na Móna milled peat moss in Dublin Port during April and recently the Cardiff registered ship called to Wicklow Port to load SRF waste used for incineration. The shortsea trader is a successor to a ship of the same name when observed on a trip to Limerick Docks more than decade ago (see link below to earlier report).
#IrishPorts - Afloat previously reported recalling in Limerick Docks more than a decade ago of a general cargoship Celtic Spirit whose successor sharing the same name recently called to Wicklow Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. To recap, firstly the call of…
Pictured are siblings of Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher, Peter, Pauline, Theresa and Rosemary  with a portrait of their brother Corporal Patrick Gallagher and replica of USS Gallagher at the reception in recognition of naming of the ship USS Patrick Gallagher hosted by Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring
Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring hosted a special reception for the Gallagher family in recognition of naming of the ship USS Patrick Gallagher by US Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer earlier this year. Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher” from…
Bretagne, berthed at its homeport of St. Malo, Brittany, is a former flagship of the operator's Cork-Roscoff service, which was redeployed to cover the final Ireland-France seasonal crossing last weekend as route flagship Pont-Aven carried out race start duties at the Route du Rhum off St. Malo. The race held every four years saw the stylish Bretagne back in Cork in 2014 and on the previous occasion in 2010, it was recalled when visiting the port the cruiseferry sported a more dynamic livery scheme involving zig-zags emblazoned on the hull.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries final Ireland-France seasonal sailing saw a former flagship cover for routine route flagship Pont-Aven, which otherwise was engaged in Route du Rhum duties, writes Jehan Ashmore.  This year, Cork-Roscoff which achieved the best performing service of the…
The Royal Princess cruise liner in Cobh in Cork Harbour
With one more cruise ship left to visit in December, the Port of Cork’s 2018 cruise season is drawing to a close. A total of 92 cruise ships will have visited in 2018, the most significant cruise season ever for…
Ferry operator sets aside space on €144 million ‘WB Yeats’ as an “contingency” plan with duty-free space as the only design change ICG sought for the WB Yeats which is due to enter on the core Irish Sea Dublin-Holyhead route.  AFLOAT adds the giant cruiseferry is seen above at the pier of the German shipyard of FSG, Flensburg from where last week the newbuilld began sea trials in the Baltic Sea.
#FerryNews - Ferry and container shipping company, Irish Continental Group (ICG) has set aside space for a post-Brexit duty-free shop on its new passenger ferry, the WB Yeats (see sea trials). As The Irish Times reports, Brussels ended duty-free shopping for…

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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