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The former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena, a passenger-cargoship Afloat adds was confirmed by the St. Helena Government with a sale of the ship concluded in London yesterday. The 6,000 gross tonnage ship is now to serve as an anti-piracy security transfer vessel in the Middle East.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK's last working postal ship, RMS St. Helena, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled…
Azamara Pursuit, which formerly sailed as Adonia, will be completely refurbished in Belfast between now and August
#CruiseLiners - The cruise liner Azamara Pursuit is now in Belfast Lough in preparation for its refit at Harland & Wolff, according to the Belfast Telegraph. All eight decks of the 600m cruise ship will be refurbished over this summer,…
The existing port at the island’s capital Douglas
#IsleOfMan - A new deepwater berth for visiting cruise liners is on the cards for the Isle of Man, following the green light for an £80 million (€91.1 million) project to develop the Irish Sea island’s ports. IBI Plus reports…
MV Astoria is the first 2018 Cruise Ship arrival into Port of Cork today
MV Astoria arrived into Cobh today, the first of 94 cruise liners to visit the Port of Cork in 2018, a 30% increase on 2017 calls. The Port of Cork anticipates with 94 cruise calls the total passenger numbers to…
More cruise ships at sea every year but what about their navigation lights
There have been a number of warnings about seamanship and navigational issues in the past few weeks that are important as the sailing season draws nearer. I wonder if the boating community takes enough notice of them? Gail McAllister, who ran…
Cruise ship lighting on two vessels in port. Is cruise ship lighting a hazard while at sea? A yacht skipper has complained it is difficult to distinguish navigation lights amongst other deck lights.
The deck lights used by cruise ships have been identified as a potential navigation risk at sea at night, in the investigation of a complaint by a yacht Skipper following an encounter with a cruise vessel, writes Tom MacSweeney. It…
Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is as Afloat adds is seen above in Belfast Harbour which is expected to welcome 117 cruise calls this year.  In the immediate foreground to the right can be partially seen the Titanic Studies.
#CruiseLiners - According to Cruise Belfast 2018 will be another record cruise season for Belfast Harbour with 117 ships expected to dock in the city bringing more than 200,000 visitors to Northern Ireland. 25% more ships are booked to arrive…
MJM Group director Naoimh McConville
#CruiseLiners - Fit-out firm MJM Group has said it will be looking increasingly to China after completing its first dry-dock project there. As the Business Telegraph writes the group's director Naoimh McConville says she hopes the company's recent deal to fit-out an…
RMS St Helena prior to her final leg of the round trip voyage (No. 268) in James Bay off the capital of the South Atlantic island. Afloat adds the RMS last Saturday returned to Cape Town, South Africa marking the end of an era.
#Ports&Shipping - RMS St. Helena, the last ever Royal Mail Ship completed its last ever journey – and it was surprisingly emotional, says Jonathan Hollins writing in the UK's Independent newspaper. The word “lifeline” is one too often bandied about…
Under the 'Northern Lights' of the Arctic Circle, Saga Pearl II which on this Valentine's Day afternoon is to depart Portsmouth, UK on a 15-night cruise including whale-watching off Norway. AFLOAT adds the small cruiseship of 18,581grt is currently at the same berth previously occupied by a heavy-lift crane barge as depicted in today's FerryNews piece: 'Investment of £1bn to boost UK ferry industry'
#CruiseLiners - On this Valentine’s Day the yacht-like cruiseship Saga Pearl II is due to depart Portsmouth International Port (PIP) at 17.00 this afternoon to see the Northern Lights in Norway. It won’t just be guests on board hoping to see…
Cruise market potential highlighted for tourism market in district on Carlingford Lough. Afloat adds above is the small cruiseship Saga Pearl II (449 passengers) which has called to the Co. Down port in recent years.
#CruiseLiners - In the pipeline are moves to try and sell Warrenpoint in Co. Down as a key destination to cruise ship operators. As the Armaghi writes, the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is considering spending £5,340 to send…
Saints say goodbye & farewell to RMS St Helena – on what was a beautiful day for a sad farewell. The flotilla of small boats circle the 'RMS' off Jamestown, St. Helena last Saturday prior to the final departure. The passenger-cargoship however returned to the island yesterday following an emergency on board while en-route to South Africa.
#Ports&Shipping – An emergency on board the Royal Mail Ship RMS St. Helena forced the return of the ship to St Helena Island in the South Atlantic yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The passenger-cargohip returned to St. Helena, a UK overseas…
RMS St Helena made a final call to Ascension Island after serving the remote community in the South Atlantic Ocean for almost 30 years. Above: RMS at anchorage in Jamestown Bay, St. Helena where islanders also known as 'Saints' are having final farewell celebrations in advance to the passenger-cargoship departing the island for the final time next Saturday, 10 February. This will mark the last round trip voyage to South Africa by the RMS which is only one of two ships designated the title of 'Royal Mail Ship'
#Ports&Shipping - According to the St. Helena Government, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena returned to the island following a final round trip to Ascension Island yesterday. During her call at Ascension and in commemoration of her long and established friendship…
Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is eagerly awaited its return to the UK in May as the ship's homeport is Southampton. The giant cruiseship operated by Princess Cruises has in recent years called to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh).
#CruiseLiners - Two million cruise passenger visitors made for a record breaking year at the Port of Southampton in 2017 according to AB Ports, the owner-operators of the UK's leading cruiseport. The visitors brought with them a massive multi-million pound…
RMS St. Helena at anchor off Jamestown, St. Helena having completed a final Cape Town, South Africa voyage to the remote UK overseas territory today. The deep-sea voyage took five days and the return leg next Saturday to the South Africa port will mark the final ever passenger and cargo-ship sailing.
#Ports&Shipping - RMS St.Helena, the last ship from a mighty fleet that once bound Britain’s scattered empire together will arrive today (Monday, 29 January) after its final voyage to St Helena. As the UK newspaper, The Times reports the isolated British…
MSC Cruises won the 'Best Main Stream Cruise Company' pictured with other winners at the annual ITAA's Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with Aer Lingus.
#CruiseLiners – The cruise and ferry industries were among those gathered at the annual Irish Travel Industry Awards held in association with Aer Lingus. The prestigious gala awards of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) ceremony took place recently in…

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