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#NEWBUILD – Gardline Marine UK returned to Arklow Marine Services, having placed an order for a third windfarm service vessel, though on this occasion to a totally new design, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 19m newbuild is to be constructed with a flexibly mounted deckhouse and wheelhouse in order to reduce noise absorbtion. Work will commence in early January and delivery date is July 2013.

Last June, the boatyard launched Guardian 10 on the River Avoca, this second 20m wind farm transfer service vessel was commissioned for Gardline and Alicat.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie she made her delivery promotional voyage the following month via the North Channel to her homeport of Great Yarmouth.

Currently at the yard is the Geological Survey of Ireland's RV Keary, which is undergoing modifications. She was recently lifted onto the quayside and where work is due to be completed with the vessel scheduled for re-launching early in the New Year.

Published in Boat Sales

#CAREERS AT SEA - The two multi-purpose heavy cargoships that last month discharged windmill components in Dublin Port, are owned by Dutch based Abis Shipping who are currently offering traineeship opportunities, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The pair had met together in the port the same morning, where the newer and larger D-class Abis Dover arrived first followed by the smaller B-class Abis Belfast. As previously reported, they belong to a 14-strong fleet managed in Harlingen, where a local shipyard is to complete newbuild Abis Dublin with a delivery scheduled for this month.

With an expanding fleet of newbuilds, the progressive company which only formed in 2007 is seeking to grow with professionals in training or to those just finished studying. They, regularly have traineeship vacancies run through a nautical support department so to meet demands of charterers. Vacancies currently available are for Captain (D.P.O.), Chief Engineer and Chief Officers (D.P.O.). For further details visit this LINK.

Published in Jobs

#CAT FOR SALE- Killybegs based Sinbad Marine Services have put up for sale the 12m SMS Coastal Cat, a 2010 built specialized survey and workboat completed at the local yard of Mooney Boats.

The 4-tonnes bollard pull vessel has a 25m sq. deck working area where there is a load capacity of 2 tonnes per sq. m. She is powered by Twin Perkins Sabre M215C engines delivering 430bhp coupled to Twin Disc 5061 gearboxes.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Dublin Port Company's Voith Schneider tug Deilginis was acquired earlier this year by the Donegal integrated marine services company.

Among her new roles are 'Guard Vessel' duties and since her introduction after an upgrade, she has served in offshore waters at the Corrib Gas Field.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#FERRY AWARD – For the sixth year in succession Irish Ferries has won Best Ferry Company at the Irish Travel Trades News travel awards ceremony held in Dublin recently.

It is also the 15th occasion in the last 18 years on which the award has been presented to Irish Ferries. The award was presented to Irish Ferries on foot of votes cast by travel agents and their staff employed in offices across Ireland, north and south.

Accepting the award at a ceremony held in Dublin recently, Irish Ferries head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan thanked travel agents for their recognition, adding that the award "reflects the high level of service which we strive to provide for our passengers."

Published in Ferry

#MANX FERRY- In preparation for the busy festive season, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. (IOMSPCo) are to deploy Ben-My-Chree to operate two round-trip Douglas-Dublin Port crossings, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The ro-pax (90-freight trailer/630 passenger) ferry is scheduled to depart Douglas on Saturday 22 December at 19.30hrs with an arrival in Dublin Port at 00.15hrs on the morning of Sunday 23 December. The return sailing departs the Irish capital at 01.00hrs.

On the following weekend, Ben-My-Chree heads for the 4 hour 45 minute Irish route again on Saturday 29 December, departing Douglas at 19.30hrs and arriving in Dublin just after mid-night at 00.15hrs. The return crossing on Sunday 30 December to the Manx capital departs 01.00hrs.

For updates on sailing schedules to include Manx-UK routes between Douglas-Heysham and the winter only operated Douglas-Liverpool (Birkenhead) route visit: www.steam-packet.com/en/LatestSailings

Published in Ferry

#PORTS & SHIPPING REVIEW - Over the last fortnight Jehan Ashmore has reported from the shipping scene where Celtic Link Ferries sailings between Rosslare and Cherbourg resumed operating, following mooring issues encountered in Cherbourg.

Memorial services were held in Dublin and Cork for the National Commemoration Services for Irish Seafarers. In addition to church services held, wreaths were laid in the capital at the memorial to Irish Seafarers at City Quay.

The Naval Service Base on Haulbowline, was the setting for an historic occasion as three women were promoted to the rank of Petty Officer.

Retaining to a naval theme, in Belfast, where WWI cruiser HMS Caroline is berthed, veterans and relatives of those who served on board are being invited to contribute memories to a project carried out by National Museum of the Royal Navy (NRMN).

In the latest analysis released from the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) the volume of port and shipping traffic remained relatively stable in the third quarter of 2012, in which a breakdown of the five main shipping sectors is outlined.

Carl-Johan Hagman has been appointed new CEO of Stena Line, the 46-year old replaces Gunnar Blomdahl, who has served in this role for more than a decade of the Swedish owned ferry giant which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The IMDO sponsored the Short Sea Shipping Company of the Year 2012 which went to Stena Line in Rosslare, at the annual Irish Exporters Association's Export Industry Awards. In the category for Deep Sea Shipping Company, sponsored by the Port of Cork Company the award went to Hapag-Lloyd while in the Seafood Exporter Award, the honour went to Errigal Seafoods.

Sailings on the winter season service between Douglas-Liverpool (Birkenhead) were resumed by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.'s ro-pax Ben-My-Chree.

Abis Dover, a new Dutch built multipurpose heavy-cargoship unloaded wind-turbine components in Dublin Port. The D-class 6,000 tonne newbuild is to be joined by a sister Abis Dublin which is due for delivery this December.

Published in Ports & Shipping
28th November 2012

Have a Ferry Merry Cruise

#FESTIVE CRUISE – A Christmas Party Night Cruise with resident DJ playing your favourites from the 70's to the present day will be a night out with a difference, as you set sail onboard Mersey Ferries.

The Royal Daffodil, which is often used for party nights with its dance floors and large inside saloons will too during the Christmas Cruise cater for office parties, groups of friends or even families. So if you fancy a giggle get out your favourite clothes from your favourite era and you could win a bottle of champagne, there are prizes for best male and female costumes.

The cruise on 15th December departs Liverpool's Pier Head at 8.30pm and Seacombe at 8.45pm and lasts approximately 3½ hours. Tickets are £16.00 per person and can be purchased at the terminal of Mersey Ferries or Tel: 0151 330 1444 or online by visiting this LINK

Published in Ferry

#SHIPPING AWARD – Hapag-Lloyd was awarded Deep Sea Shipping Company of the Year Award at this year's Irish Exporters Association's Export Industry Awards.

The category was sponsored by the Port of Cork Company which recognises the strategic role that deep sea shipping plays in Ireland's economy. The other nominees were: CMA-CGM Shipping Ireland Ltd., Dublin and MSC Ireland, Dublin.

For information on the other categories and the overall winner of Exporter of the Year Award, click HERE.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#FERRY AWARD – At the annual Irish Exporters Association's Export Industry Awards, among the categories was for the Short Sea Shipping Company of the Year 2012, which was awarded to Stena Line in Rosslare, Co. Wexford.

The award, sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), recognises the strategically important role of short sea shipping to our island economy. The other nominees were: Eucon Shipping and Transport Ltd., Dublin and Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics, Dublin.

Published in Ferry
22nd November 2012

Stena Line Appoints New CEO

#FERRY NEWS –Stena Line has appointed Carl-Johan Hagman as the new CEO, replacing Gunnar Blomdahl, who has been serving in this role for more than a decade of the Swedish owned ferry giant which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Hagman has since Autumn 2011 been responsible for all shipping operations in the Stena Group, until he takes his new role of CEO on New Year's Day 2013. The 46 year old will continue to hold this position in the Stena Group in the future.

Carl-Johan Hagman commented: "Stena Line is one of the linchpins in Stena AB. The company's strategy remains in place and our continuous efforts to offer comfortable, cost-effective and environmentally efficient ferry transport, to both private travellers and industry, will continue".

"I would like to congratulate Gunnar on successfully leading the company through a sometimes volatile period and thank him for handing over a very well-managed company."

Gunnar Blomdahl took over as Stena Line's CEO in 2003. During the years with Gunnar as CEO, Stena Line has developed into one of the world's largest ferry companies, including the best years historically in terms of profit.

The company has invested around SEK 11 billions in new tonnage and geographic expansion, e.g. through the acquisition of Scandline's five Baltic routes a few months ago.

As a consequence of this change, Carl-Johan Hagman will relinquish the role as Chairman for Stena Line and Dan Sten Olsson (son of Stena Line founder Sten A. Olsson) will once again take on this role.

Published in Ferry
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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore.

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

Dublin Bay FAQs

There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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