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LE Niamh (P52) opens to the public for guided tours in Port of Galway today 21st March and tomorrow Friday 22 March between 13:00-17:00
#navy - LÉ Niamh an offshore patrol vessel of the Naval Service is in the Port of Galway this week and is offering the public guided tours. The OPV writes GalwayDaily will be alongside Galway this today and Friday, with…
Cruise ships Afloat adds such as Magellan and Royal Princess use Alexandra Basin into which a new ro/ro (roll on/roll off) operator will be moving into.
#dublinport - Dublin Port's CEO has defended the company’s proposal to limit cruise ship traffic because of capacity issues. Eamonn O’Reilly told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that the plan is to reduce the number of cruise ships allowed into Dublin…
The deal would see a refurbishment of the high-speed Manannan catamaran which Afloat adds operates seasonal routes including Douglas-Dublin
#ferries- Terms of a new Isle of Man sea services deal which could see foot passenger fares frozen and a ferry replaced has been approved by Tynwald the Manx Parliament. As BBC News reports, the proposed 25-year deal with the…
Quarter Tonner Diamond was Kinsale March League First Race Winner
Six boats braved the chilly morning and were soon lining up near the start line at Charles Fort for the first race of the Frank Godsell March League at Kinsale Yacht Club on 18th March 2019.  Race Officer Donal Hayes…
The Merseyside Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA) held in Liverpool's Titanic Hotel, are now considered one of the most prestigious events on the UK maritime calendar. They were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, with keynote speaker Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK.
#ports - A UK ports operator the Peel Ports Group has received the ‘Freight & Logistics’ category prize at the prestigious Mersey Maritime Industry Awards held in Liverpool. Over 400 guests attended the annual event last Thursday where accolades were…
The 2.4km /1.7mile breakwater (longest in the UK) has protected the north-west Welsh port and town of Holyhead since 1873.
#ferries - BBC News writes that action is needed to repair damaged Victorian sea defences protecting a Welsh port, experts have warned. Anglesey council has been told the 1.7 mile (2.4km) breakwater at Holyhead - the longest in Britain -…
A second protest is to be held on Saturday evening (March 23) at around 10pm, where Holyhead Port in north Wales could be blockaded.
#ports - Plans for vehicle go-slows orchestrated by a north Wales man in protest at the UK Government's handling of Brexit are now expected to take place across the country. As NorthWalesLive reports, The Brexit Protest and Direct Action Group,…
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross
#irishports - The Minister for Transport Shane Ross writes Independent.ie is under fire over the readiness of the country's main ports to cope in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Documents released to Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy under Freedom of…
Water borne festivities for St Patrick's Day in Kinsale Harbour
An astonishing array of fishing boats, motor boats and yachts gathered off Charles Fort in Kinsale Harbour at 1930 HRS on Saturday, March 16th writes Dave O'Sullivan. On the command of the Grand Marshall festive lights were switched on and…
UK shipyard closure: The Appledore yard in north Devon was founded in 1855 on the estuary of the River Torridge. AFLOAT adds the final ship to be built at the facility was the Irish Naval Service fourth OPV90 /P60 class L.E. George Bernard Shaw (P54) which was floated out last year. Above a close-up of the bridge of the P54 which is currently on a call in Cork City and will be open to the public for free guided tours tomorrow, St. Patrick's Day.
#ports&shipping- In the UK, Babcock International has closed its Appledore shipyard yesterday, bringing down the shutters on the site in north Devon after almost two centuries. As The Times reports, workers described the day as “heartbreaking” as they walked around…
A view taken from the top deck of W.B. Yeats when berthed bow-on in Cherbourg, France yesterday at the port's No.4 linkspan. To celebrate the 'maiden' crossing and to mark the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the port in Normandy was lit-up in the emerald green of Ireland, much to the delight of passengers and crew.
#ferries - Its been a momentous week for W.B. Yeats as the new €144m cruiseferry won prestigious international shipping awards ahead of completing a first round trip voyage to France having arrived back in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Yachts and motorboats in Cork Harbour
Cork Port Company says that mooring and boating fees for use of the harbour will all be reinvested in the marine leisure sector. They are being increased for this year. The port has increased the charges for having a mooring…
Restricted cruise calls planned from 2021... Afloat took a trip into Dublin Port during last year's cruise season where FTI Cruises Berlin is seen berthed at the North Wall Quay Extension (see related story below).In the foreground cruise-goers from the almost 10,000 tonnes cruiseship take a stroll on the Tom Clarke (East-Link) Bridge that spans the River Liffey.
#dublinport -  Dublin Port Company issued a statement this week in regards to its cruise ship business which showed the number calling to the Port has grown considerably in recent years. In 2018, there were 150 cruise ship calls. This…
The Faroese-flagged RSV Franklin which is berthed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour having arrived over a week ago due to space capacity restrictions in neighbouring Dublin Port.
#dublinbay- A unusual caller to Dun Laoghaire Harbour is a Faroese Islands flagged research survey vessel that is docked in the port due to berth capacity restrictions in neighbouring Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 55m RSV Franklin which is…
Left to right: Voluntary crew Dinny Kiely, David O' Leary, Chris O'Donovan, Edwin O'Sullivan and Kieran Coniry
The Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery (CCMPSAR) voluntary group recently took ownership of a second boat. The 5.8m RIB will be based at the Port of Cork City Marina and is fitted with side scan sonar, which will…
Irish Ferries owned W.B. Yeats cruise-ferry recognised for Innovative Flexible Design and Interior Architecture & Design at the Shippax Industry Awards. Above AFLOAT took this photo of a 'Premium' Suite that is among the various cabin accommodation categories available on the 18 hour overnight continental service linking Dublin directly with France through the Port of Cherbourg.
#ferries - At a major international shipping awards ceremony, Irish Ferries has triumphed by taking home both the Ferry Concept Award and the Interior Architecture Award for their recently launched cruise-ferry, the W.B. Yeats. The annual Shippax Industry Awards ceremony,…

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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