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Anchored off Dunmore East, Waterford Estuary on a previous call, Celebrity Silhouette, note the novel half-acre 'real' grass feature beneath the twin funnels.
#Cruiseliners - Anchored off Dunmore East, Waterford Estuary this morning is the 'Solstice' class Celebrity Silhouette, which had sailed overnight from Cork (Cobh) Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dunmore East, a fishing harbour village set in beautiful surroundings is a gateway…
Replacement girder trusses are fabricated at Gallas Foundry, Isle of Man as part of the restoration of Ramsey Pier - pictured is fabricator Matthew Collister
#IslandNews  - On the Isle of Man, sparks fly as a new future for Ramsey Pier is forged. Fabrication of five replacement lattice trusses writes IOMToday, will support the decking of the Victorian landmark’s first bay is under way at…
An impression of Cammell Laird BAE Systems 'Leander' frigate underway at sea
#Shipyards - Merseyside based shipbuilder Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, has announced it has built a network of more than 2,000 suppliers as it steps up its bid to build a cutting-edge warship as Afloat previously covered.  The UK west coast…
MV Silver Wind, seen here in Cadiz, will be Galway’s last cruise call of 2018 next month. The city saw a doubling of cruise passenger numbers between 2016 and 2017
Maritime passengers arriving at Irish ports saw a 2.1% increase to 2.8 million from 2016 to 2017. That’s according to the Department of Transport’s latest Transport Trends report published earlier this week, which highlights the increasing importance of the cruise…
Launch of an Open Call for Filmmakers to respond to Dublin “Port – River – City” Brief
#DublinPort - Dublin Port and the Little Museum of Dublin have announced a new Irish film prize with a commissioning fee of €20,000 to produce a new short film. The film will be seen by over 100,000 visitors to the…
Handling of wind-turbine blades from a vessel docked at Foynes Port, Co. Limerick, the main port on the Shannon Estuary is part of SFPC operations.
#ShannonEstuary - Maintaining a strong growth pattern last year, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), delivering a record EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) of €6.6million, its annual report reveals. In what was the third consecutive year of record profits…
SMS Towage's new 72 bollard pull ton tug Superman and CMV's Marco Polo in the King George V Dock lock entrance at ABP's Port of Hull where the North Sea port has become an increasingly popular cruise calling destination. In addition to cruises departing Hull including Marco Polo visiting Irish Sea ports.
#CruiseLiners - The deep blue-hulled Marco Polo, Cruise & Maritime Voyages veteran vessel as Afloat previously featured calling to Irish ports is among seven cruiseships that will use the UK Port of Hull this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The North…
Cammell Laird Leander frigate project director Tony Graham (for images of the new class of frigate click the website link below). Afloat adds above in the background docked in the wet basin at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead is RFA Wave Ruler, a Royal Navy double hulled auxiliary tanker.
#Shipyards -  An Irish Sea based shipbuilder on Merseyside, Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has unveiled a new website for a cutting-edge warship, the 'Leander' Frigate, in a bid to capitalise on growing interest from navies around the world. The BAE…
SMS Towage's Merchantman based in Belast Harbour was deployed to the Port of Larne during CPO Germany's recent departure. Also in assistance is a local tug from John McLoughlin & Son and another Belfast based tug Strathfoyle.
#Ports&Shipping - At 184m in length, CPO Germany which became the biggest ship ever to dock in the Port of Larne, departed the Co. Antrim port recently following routine maintenance, writes Jehan Ashmore The London registered tanker at almost 20m…
Delays to a Douglas-Liverpool crossing were caused due an ill passenger while on board a sailing yesterday morning.
#FerryNews - Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastferry Manannan has been forced to turn around midway into a sailing to Liverpool (yesterday) morning. A passenger reports Manx Radio took ill on board around half an hour into the crossing, requiring…
Honfleur's first mate Fleur Le Derff, the newbuild's naval-architect Brice Robinson and head of building Michel Bollman prepares the coin for the keel-laying ceremony at FSG Flensburger. The same German shipyard Afloat adds that constructed Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats which was due to have entered service in late June in the run-up to this year's high-season.
#FerryNews - Honfleur, Brittany Ferries newbuild cruiseferry celebrated a second milestone with a keel-laying ceremony this week. The occasion marked a leap forward in sustainable design, one that is at least as significant as the ship’s innovative liquefied natural gas (LNG)…
A EUCON containership, Elbetrader makes an arrival at dusk in the outer approaches of Dublin Bay when bound for the capital, having sailed on a routine passage from the major Dutch port of Rotterdam. The photo was taken from Irish Ferries Holyhead bound Ulysses, which likewise of the containership represent divisions within ICG.
#Jobs&Careers - Eucon, part of the Container & Terminal division of Irish Continental Group (ICG) have become the first company registered for a new Logistics Associate Apprenticeship programme. The apprenticeship programme is to be delivered in association with Dublin Institute…
"Small Wonders" by Internationally published artist Karen Ingham who is to hold an exhibition 'Deluge' later this month in Milford Haven, south Wales. Deluge will depict the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem.
#MarineWildlife - Internationally published artist Karen Ingham will be holding an exhibition at Milford Waterfront, south Wales later this month depicting the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem. The exhibition ‘Deluge’ to be staged between 14th- 28th…
The floating production and storage offloading vessel, Searose FPSO which Afloat adds berthed at H&W's (BDD) Belfast Dry-Dock to undergo work that took place in recent years.
#BelfastLough - Fred. Olsen Energy, the Norwegian drillship,rig operator and owners of the yard that built RMS Titanic, is considering a debt and equity restructuring that would almost wipe out the value of its current shares, the company said. With…
At 184 metres, the CPO Germany is the biggest single screw tanker ever handled by the Port of Larne
The Port of Larne, one of the busiest ports on the Irish Sea capable of handling a wide range of cargoes and ships, welcomed the CPO Germany into port this month for routine maintenance. The vessel which regularly delivers products…
Rival freight ferries from Seatruck and P&O Afloat adds are seen departing Dublin Port. In total there are four operators providing daily supply-chain services on the Irish Sea linking between the capital and the UK ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Holyhead.
#Ports&Shipping - State agency Bord Bia has published a a strategy guide to assist Irish food and drink manufacturers to identify operations partners and establish more efficient distribution channels. As the Irish Farmers Journal reports increased lead times, especially for…

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