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Exhibition: ‘SS Dundalk’ recounts tragic sinking and loss of life on the Irish Sea a century ago
#CoastalNotes - The economic, emotional and communal effects is encompassed in an exhibiton about the sinking of the SS Dundalk 100 years ago which was officially launched recently at the County Museum, Dundalk, by UK Defence Attaché, Colonel Darren Doherty.…
Relatives of S.S. Dundalk on RTE's Nationwide edition (last night also featured RMS Leinster) where a commemorative ceremony was held in advance to the 100th anniversary (14 October). AFLOAT has identified the ceremony took place on board the Isle of Man Steam Packet's Mannanan (with master above). The fastferry took a special detour to the wreck site.
#ssDundalk - Only four days after the sinking of RMS Leinster, another Irish Sea steamer S.S. Dundalk was torpedoed on 14th October 1918 just weeks before the end of World War 1. As the Dundalk Democrat writes, twenty lives were…
Proposals to move material collected during dredging at Carlingford Lough to within the bay. AFLOAT adds above cruiseship Saga Pearl II is seen off Warrenpoint Port
#Ports&Shipping - On both sides of the border, The Irish News writes campaigners are objecting to plans to deposit dredged material within Carlingford Lough, claiming it would bring nuclear substances into the bay. As covered on Afloat.ie, Warrenpoint Port is…
Passenger infrastructure since demolished at the former Stena HSS ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the foreground the 820 boat capacity marina.
#DLharbour - People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown are getting “a gift and a jewel” in the transfer of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour company to the county council, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has insisted. As The Irish Times reports, the…
A new date has been set by Warrenpoint Port on a public open day (15 Oct) event consultation on proposed dredging plans on Carlingford Lough, for further details read below.
#Ports&Shipping - A new date has been set by Warrenpoint Port (Monday 15th October) for a public drop-in event to allow members of the public and other stakeholders to learn more about proposed changes to how dredged material from the…
Asbestos and three years of legal proceedings hinder disposal of Shingle. The seized vessel, Afloat pictured above in Dublin Port at a berth close to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) toll lift-bridge.
#DublinPort - Four years ago a ship was seized with illegal cigarettes and tobacco has cost the Revenue Commissioners €410,000 and they cannot sell it because it contains asbestos, according to the State’s financial watchdog. As The Irish Times reports,…
Foyle Port’s day-to-day operations straddle Derry and Donegal, above Afloat adds is the port's main terminal in Lisahally in Northern Ireland
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Times writes that Foyle Port, which has operations on both sides of the Border, plans to use its “unique” position to its advantage after Brexit, its chief executive said on Thursday. Brian McGrath said the port,…
Join in a lunchtime lecture on the theme of 'Dublin Port & Dockers' held every Tuesday during October in Dublin City Hall. Above a painting of another historic landmark in the capital, the Customs House located on the north banks of the River Liffey.
#DublinPort - A lunchtime lecture programme based on the theme of 'Dublin Port & Dockers' will bring five fascinating talks held throughout next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The programme of talks guest-curator is Francis Devine who along with speakers will…
Ship Snapshot: Bulk-carrier Farania loaded with animal feed from Romania arriving with tugs, Mourne Shore (at stern) when approaching Warrenpoint Port.
#Ports&Shipping - A Panamanian flagged bulk-carrier loaded with 18,000 tonnes of animal feed arrived in Warrenpoint Port, Co. Down following a voyage from a Black Sea port in Romania, writes Jehan Ashmore. The bulker, Fanaria according to Warrenpoint Port was…
Short sea-traders line the South Jetties in the docklands of Cork City.
#Ports&Shipping - The European Parliament's Transport Committee supported yesterday the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth. The Ertug report on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in…
EPSO welcomes the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment. Above: A busy shipping scene in Dublin Port where contrasting ship types are seen docked at Ocean Pier.
#Ports&Shipping - The European Sea Ports Organistion (ESPO) has welcomed the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (COM2018 278 final). For European ports though, reducing the administrative burden in maritime transport and facilitating trade…
Launch of forest products cargoship Scot Carrier at a Dutch shipyard in Groningen.
#Ports&Shipping - Forest products shipping carrier Scotline whose vessels can be seen in Irish Ports, among them Wicklow, had their latest newbuild launched in the Netherlands. Newbuild Scot Carrier which at 4,800dwt will be the largest in the fleet, was…
Last year's winners of the Port of Milford Haven scholarship scheme and the port chairman Chris Martin. In addition to serving as a ferryport (in Pembroke linking Rosslare) the UK port is widely recognised as the energy capital of the country, handling around 20% of seaborne trade in oil and gas.
#Ports&Shipping - Undergraduate students from Pembrokeshire, south Wales are invited to apply for a Port of Milford Haven Scholarship. The Port of Milford Haven’s annual Scholarship Scheme is now receiving applications for the programme. Four students will be selected to…
Associated British Ports (ABP) working with digital logistics enabler MTI using 'blockchain' technology to ease supply-chain points at the Port of Hull
#BrexitBlockchain - A leading UK port operator, Associated British Ports (ABP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work with digital logistics enabler Marine Transport International (MTI). This is to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programmes to…
Saga Pearl II (with previous funnel livery) seen in Belfast Lough also called to ports on the island of Ireland in addition to the south Wales region this season. The small cruiseship at 18,000 tonnes has an intimate guest capacity of just 449 and is exclusively adults only.
#CruiseLiners - The 2018 season was successful at the ports of Swansea and Cardiff, according to port owner and operator ABP which is to further develop the cruise sector in the south Wales region throughout 2019 and beyond. Representatives from…
Containerships in Dublin Port: BG Ireland (a former regular to the port and Cork) and Manfred berthed at Southbank Quay of Peel Ports Group operated MTL Terminal.  In the foreground is the funnel and upper vehicle /cargo deck of P&O Ferries ro-ro Norbank bound for Liverpool.
#IrishPorts  - The Irish Examiner writes that exports to EU countries rose 15% over the past year with more than half of Irish goods going to the Continent in July, official figures have shown, as calls grow for Irish ports…

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