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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…
Revenue are also involved in the international drug smuggling surveillance operation
#Crime - Three men are in custody and their yacht impounded in Cork on suspicion of drug trafficking. As RTÉ News reports, the Naval Service detained the vessel, which had sailed from South America, off the Kerry coast yesterday (Wednesday…
A twinning ceremony for LÉ William Butler Yeats is to take place this weekend in the City of Galway. Afloat adds the newest OPV P60 class vessel in service, is seen above underway departing Cork Harbour. A newbuild sister, LE George Bernard Shaw is scheduled for sea trials this month.
#GalwayHarbour - The mid-west city of Galway is to be twinned with the Irish Naval Service newest ship, LÉ William Butler Yeats, at a reception this weekend to mark and honour the relationship between the city and vessel. As the…
Entries remain open but only to this Sunday, 16th September for the Export Industry Awards 'Maritime Competitive Edge Award'. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday 16th November in Dublin.
#Ports&Shipping - Take the opportunity to enter the Export Industry Awards 'Maritime Competitive Edge Award' sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office. The IMDO posted an update yesterday to highlight the award among 11 categories at the annual Export Industry…
The Port of Cairnryan,Scotland is used to export calves to mainland Europe via Ireland. P&O said it was ending the practice of carrying calves with immediate effect following the BBC's broadcast on Monday of "Disclosure: The Dark Side of Dairy".
#FerryNews - A North Channel ferry operator has said that it will stop carrying calves to Europe after animal welfare concerns were raised by a BBC Scotland investigation. According to BBC News Scotland, P&O said it was ending the practice…
The ICRA Nationals returns to the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay in 2019
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced dates and venues for the ICRA National Championships in 2019 and 2020 plus details of its end of year Annual Conference and AGM. For 2019 the ICRA National Championships will be held…
Along with the Port of Cork, Dublin Port needs "additional measures" to mitigate the adverse impact of Brexit, according to the Irish Ports Association
#Brexit - An Irish ports industry body has called on the European Commission to shore up measures against the adverse impact of Brexit on marine passenger and freight transport between Ireland and the continent. The commission is proposing to realign…
An artist’s impression of the completed Penrose Dock development
#CorkHarbour - The Evening Echo reports that Penrose Dock is the latest office development project to be greenlit for Cork’s city centre docklands. Located adjacent to the Horgan’s Quay project launched a year ago, the proposal by John Cleary Developments…
Work at Dun Laoghaire baths site continues on Dublin Bay. Architects say it will not only provide a connection between the People's Park (immediately behind the building above), but will also link the town of Dún Laoghaire with its seafront. Overall, the project aims to breathe new life into the seafront
Marine works continue at the new Dún Laoghaire Baths site, where the old baths buildings have now either been completely demolished or retained for the next stage of the project that will ultimately see a new public café linked to an outdoor terrace with views over the…
Warrenpoint Port, Co. Down is inviting members of the public and stakeholders to make comments and views on a dredging proposal. Above Afloat adds is Seatruck's newly introduced Seatruck Performance a FSG / 'Heysham-max' class ro-ro freightferry which operates to the Lancashire port. Ahead of the ro-ro ferry is an Arklow Shipping R class short-sea trader.
#Ports&Shipping - The second largest port in Northern Ireland, Warrenpoint Port, is inviting members of the public and other key stakeholders to comment on proposed changes to how dredged material from the harbour is dealt with. The Co. Down port…
National Yacht Club's Mark Lyttle scored two firsts in the Grand Master division to become overall leader after six races sailed
The third day of racing saw the National Yacht Club's Mark Lyttle break into the overall lead of the Standard Grand Master class after winning both races today at the Laser Masters World Championships at Dun Laoghaire. Conditions on Dublin…
Seatruck further increase capacity on their Dublin Port (terminal above)-Liverpool service with a P class ro-ro Afloat identified as Clipper Pennant
#FerryNews - Irish sea freight operator, Seatruck Ferries have further increased capacity on their Dublin to Liverpool service. In addition sailing frequencies on the central Irish Sea corridor route.  The smallest vessel on the route the Clipper Ranger, has been…
During operation “Stone and Pots”, a team of six expert technical divers joined by cameramen and biologists, recovered 57 lost lobster pots
From September 3-6, the Ghost Fishing Foundation, supported by Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine (GRD) and Scubadive West, carried out a first of its kind ghost fishing gear removal operation (Operation “Stone & Pots”) off the West Coast of Ireland.…
Scholarship students: Rhiannon Morgan, Chris Martin (Chairman, Port of Milford Haven) Isabelle Hughes and Rebecca Foster
#Ports&Shipping - Winners of the annual scholarship scheme in the Welsh Port of Milford Haven, have completed summer work placements experiencing the organisation’s wide range of activities. Rhiannon Morgan, Rebecca Foster, Elizabeth Jenkins and Isabelle Hughes were interviewed by a…
Lars Carlsson Head of Stena Line's AI and Jan Sjöström, Senior Master of Stena Scandinavia discuss the new AI model on board. Afloat adds the Swedish-Danish route serving ferry is an enlarged sister of Stena Adventurer operating on the Irish Sea: Dublin-Holyhead.
#FerryNews - Scandinavian based ferry giant Stena Line is conducting a pilot study in which artificicial intelligence is implemented on board. The use of AI is an important part of the Swedish operators efforts to reduce fuel consumption and environmental…
Spanish defence ministry tweets NATO hashtag during exercise between its frigate and LÉ James Joyce which Afloat adds is seen underway in the Meditteranean
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes the Department of Defence denied that a Naval Service patrol ship was involved in any NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) exercise or operation during a manoeuvre with a Spanish frigate in the Mediterranean earlier (last…

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