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The IIMM and the Irish Chamber of Shipping's 2019 Marine Ball is set on course for the social event held in Malahide, Co. Dublin
The Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping's annual Marine Ball is to be held this week on Saturday, 16th November in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This year's Marine Ball Black Tie evening will…
AFLOAT tracked the landing-craft James berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, notably at the slipway between the Coal Harbour and Traders Wharf.  Heavy-vehicle machinery (see: digger on right) were loaded from the slipway onto the 1.6m draught craft and taken to the seaward side of the pierhead of the West Pier in addition to the East Pier where further damage of Storm Emma was inflicted in 2018.
A German built landing craft dating to 1953 but rebuilt a decade ago had been kept busy working on projects in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and on Killiney Bay, writes Jehan Ashmore. The red hulled landing craft, James, which Afloat reported…
View taken from Belfast Lough of the Harland & Wolff shipyard
The Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, Harland and Wolff is according to the Sunday Times, set to be rescued tomorrow in a £6m deal. AIM-listed company, InfraStrata has agreed to buy the historic shipyard out of administration, will tap…
Building the breakwaters at Ringaskiddy for the new Cove Sailing Club marina
Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has expressed excitement at progress being made on its new marina. Planning approval was granted this past May for the marina at Whitepoint, scaled down from a larger scheme that faltered in the planning…
The Cove Sailing Club Committee with the annual prizes
Cove Sailing Club rounded out its centenary year last night at a gala dinner in the town's Commodore Hotel in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Celebrations on the Cobh shoreline were appropriately held in the historic hotel venue that itself predates…
The Clipper race on a previous visit to Derry
Now that the city of Derry’s legendary Halloween celebrations are over, all eyes are on July 2020 which will be a key date in the Derry/Londonderry calendar when, on Saturday 25th, the eleven 70-ft yachts in the Clipper Round the…
Operating on Scotland's west coast is CalMac's Hebridean Isles as AFLOAT captured in this scene at Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre from where the ferry serves Islay. Built in 1985, the ferry is one of the oldest in the fleet which this winter will be undergoing a record £9m investment overhaul. The veteran vessel on several occasions stood in on Scotland's east coast for NorthLink Ferries where private operator Serco last month was awarded a £450m contract by the Scottish Government to continue maintaining Northern Isles services to Orkney and Shetlands Islands. See below: news update on the contract.
The largest ferry operator in Scotland, state-owned Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is to spend more than £9 million targeted at vessel resilience in a response to challenges of an increasing average age of fleet. According to CalMac, this is in addition…
The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week
The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. As Afloat previously back as 2016, the 5th edition of the IRC European Championship…
The historic UK shipyard at Appledore could reopen as early as December if a deal is secured at talks, say sources. AFLOAT adds the last vessel to be built at the north Devon shipyard was the OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw, the fourth and final of the OPV90/P60 Class, which in April this year was commissioned by the Irish Naval Service.
In the UK at the Appledore shipyard in Devon, the facility is close to reopening, 12 months after its 164-year shipbuilding history appeared to have come to an end. The shipyard could reopen as soon as December if a deal…
An Isle of Man based campaign wants people to "charge whilst you cross" when cars are on board the Steam-Packet ferry (from Heysham) as captured in this AFLOAT photo of ropax Ben-My-Chree entering Douglas Harbour.
In an aim to introduce electric vehicle charging points, a campaign has been set up to apply this on board ferries of the Isle of Man Steam Packet. David Dorricott from the Mountain View Innovation Centre based outside the (harbour town…
Two projects within the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) in Dublin Port have been shortlisted for the 'Engineering Project of the Year'. Members of the Irish public are invited to cast their votes - see details and deadline below.
Two projects in Dublin Port have been shortlisted for the 'Engineering Project of the Year' and both are located within Alexander Basin which is undergoing a major redevelopment as part of the port's Masterplan 2040. The port projects shortlisted are…
Replacing the ropax Connemara is the 1,000 passenger capacity Kerry (above), the latest addition to Brittany Ferries fleet. AFLOAT adds the 2,040 vehicle lane metre capacity Kerry is operating Cork-Santander sailings, that opened in 2018 firstly using the also Italian (Visentini) built Connemara which today was welcomed to the shipping register of France.
Brittany Ferries’ Connemara has been welcomed today to the shipping register of France, creating jobs for French seafarers and bringing to 11 the number of ships of the fleet sailing under the red, white and blue of the tricolour. Afloat…
Gantry cranes at a port connected with railway service
Experts from both sea and inland ports over the last year, have been assessing the European railway legislation from a port perspective. This has resulted in a position paper adopted by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European…
The 'Spirit of Discovery in Cobh. The brand new luxury boutique British liner carried 999 passengers into Cork Harbour in July
There is only one more cruise ship is left to visit in December, for what has been a record cruise season for the Port of Cork with 100 cruise liners visiting in 2019. In total over 243,000 passengers and crew…
A catastrophic storm during high tide which will leave thousands of homes, businesses and landmark buildings in Dublin (Port above) under water is inevitable over the coming decades, one of the country’s foremost climate change experts has warned.
The Irish Times writes, that a catastrophic storm during high tide will leave thousands of homes, businesses and landmark buildings in Dublin under water is inevitable over the coming decades, one of the country’s foremost climate change experts has warned.…
Atlee Kohl racing the Laser Radial	at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy frostbites
After three races of the Royal Cork Yacht Club Laser 4.7 Frostbites, Dawson Kohl leads from Peter Layton in a 16-boat fleet. Third is Daisy Seward writes Bob Bateman In the Laser Radial division, Chris Bateman leads Atlee Kohl with Sophie Crosbie…

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