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Cork Harbour Festival grows each year, and its flagship event Ocean to City - An Rás Mor, now in its 14th year, has received a record-breaking entry! Over 200 boats and 600 participants from Ireland, U.S, Holland, Germany, Spain and…
The trio of ferries that CMAL are involved in a deal with the Northern Isles service operated by NorthLink's network of routes between Scotland, Orkney and the Shetland Isles in the North Sea.  In the top photo is MV Hamnavoe: Scrabster-Stromness (Orkney) and below larger half-sisters MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey that serve the main longer Aberdeen-Orkney-Shetland routes.
#FerryNews - Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) with loan funding from the Scottish Government has agreed to acquire three Northlink passenger ferries serving the Northern Isles, writes Jehan Ashmore. The deal announced in rcent weeks, sees CMAL purchase outright the…
Queen of the Fleet – the East Wall racing skiff An Tulcha
Cormac Lowth of Dublin is a one-man Maritime Institute writes W M Nixon. He has an incredible memory, encyclopaedic knowledge, and an exceptional collection of nautical memorabilia. There’s always something of special interest when one of his missives pings into…
Holyhead marina in north Wales, with project images for the waterfront development planned by Conygar Stena Line at Newry Beach
#Holyhead- Holyhead, north Wales is where a developer behind a £100m marina development is in talks to take full control of the scheme by acquiring the stake of ferry giant Stena Line. As the Daily Post reports, Conygar Stena received…
Young anti-litter campaigner Flossie Donnelly’s hard work has paid off
#Seabin - Young coastal litter crusader Flossie Donnelly is celebrating the installation of Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s first Seabin after a successful fundraising campaign. The 11-year-old was on hand at noon today (Tuesday 22 May) to see the first of two…
Tim Farron, the British M.P (on left) who recently visited the Irish Sea Port of Barrow, Cumbria. Afloat adds accompanying the former Liberal Democrats leader until July 2017, is Carl Bevan, North West Divisional Port Manager at Barrow, part of the large UK ports group, Associated British Ports (ABP).
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Sea Port of Barrow in north-west England, welcomed Tim Farron, the British MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, who had an exclusive tour of the Cumbrian port and to find out more about its history and operations.…
The Class One XP 33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one of the cruiser type yachts that qualifies to race in the DMYC's King of the Bay Coastal Race on June 9
June is Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Regatta season for the town's four yacht clubs and the DMYC, who is first up, has launched its regatta with the opening of an online entry system. The DMYC, based at the town's West Pier,…
A ship transformed. While she is still very much a serious seagoing proposition, the restored 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen will take to the waters this weekend in Baltimore with her new and positive educational purposes emphasised by a fresh colour scheme and a brighter style
The restoration of the 56ft 1926-built ketch Ilen by Liam Hegarty and Fachtna O’Sullivan and their team in the boatyard at Oldcourt near Baltimore in West Cork, working in concert with the Gary Mac Mahon-directed Ilen Boat-Building School in Limerick,…
An 8-acre waterfront site up for sale at the former Royal Victoria Dockyard located in Passage West, Cork Harbour. The site is owned by Doyle Shipping Group (DSG). Afloat adds that the property includes a quay (see cargoship's bow) that extends eastward (not included in the photo) to the left.
#WaterfrontProperty - Victoria Dockyard an eight-acre site in Passage West which is up for sale needs to be purchased by the State or Cork County Council in order for a development that benefits the town centre to be built there,…
IOM Steam Packets' ropax ferry Ben-my-Chree sailing in rough seas.
#FerryNews - Manx history was made as the islands parliament, the Tynwald voted to take the Isle of Man Steam Packet into public ownership (last) week. Following a three-hour debate, reports IOMToday, Tynwald voted by 23 votes to one in…
At the CEF Motorways of the Sea seminar on Understanding the Opportunities from the EUÕ, hosted at the Savoy Hotel in Limerick by Shannon Foynes Port Company, were from left: Prof Peter Balaz, European coordinator for the Ten - T North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor, Brian Simpson, European coordinator Motorways of the sea and Pat Keating, Chief Executive Officer at Shannon Foynes Port Company
#IrishPorts - A leading EU official overseeing a key element of the CEF ‘Motorways of the Sea’ project has confirmed that Ireland will have increased funding opportunities under the programme after plans for it were rewritten to take into account…
Volunteers at last year’s SeaFest in Galway
#SeaFest - Volunteers are wanted for Ireland’s largest maritime festival, SeaFest 2018, taking place in Galway Harbour from 29 June to 1 July. “A wide range of organisations and agencies come together to take part in this festival, including businesses across…
This morning Arklow Villa makes a final splash as the newbuild short-sea trader is the final of 10 commissioned for Arklow Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The final newbuild of 10 short-sea traders commissioned for Arklow Shipping, the Arklow Villa was launched at a Dutch shipyard this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Yard no. 730 Arklow Villa is singledecker built at Royal Bodewes shipyard in…
Two Days Till Red Bull Flugtag Returns To Dun Laoghaire
#Flugtag - The long-awaited return of the Red Bull Flugtag to Dun Laoghaire Harbour is just two days away. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the event this Sunday 20 May will see over 50 teams attempt to push the limits…
Under construction the New Ross (Co. Wexford) bypass including above a new bridge to cross the River Barrow. Afloat adds on the right side of the river (used by ships to reach the inland Port of New Ross) is Pink Rock on the Co. Kilkenny side.
#InlandWaterways - The scale of the New Ross bypass project for the layperson is as dizzying as its bridge over the River Barrow is going to be high. For starters, the Killkenny People writes the scheme is 26 years in…
DFDS closed the only Scotland-Belgium 'ro-ro freight-only' route last month. Afloat adds that the original service began in 2002 with 'passenger' and freight sailings served by Superfast's Blue Star Ferries whose Blue Star 1 passes under the Forth Bridge en-route for Zeebrugge. This port is where 'Brexit-Buster' ro-ro only vehicle giant Celine (operated by CLnd)  has a direct service to Dublin and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
#FerryNews - Scottish M.P. for Dunfermline and West Fife, Douglas Chapman has held "positive" talks about a new passenger and freight ferry service between Rosyth and Belgium. As the Dunfermline Express writes the M.P. believes Brexit could actually enhance the…

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