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Tug safety training courses on offer using the marine navigation simulation suite at the Port of Milford Haven, south Wales
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The Welsh port of Milford Haven in south Wales, is offering tug safety training courses that uses a powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, which will assist tug boat operators from across Britain. The Navigation Suite, based at Milford…
Harland & Wolff bidding for work on £1.25bn MoD shipbuilding scheme. The yard hasn't produced a ship in around 14 years when the last to leave Queen's Island was the £40m Anvil Point at the start of 2003.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A bid has been placed by Belfast yard Harland & Wolff on a £1.25bn MoD shipbuilding scheme. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the UK Government wants to build five new ships, each worth £250m. In September, the newspaper…
INSS Looks Back Over Action-Packed 2017 Ahead Of 40th Anniversary
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#INSS - The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has posted a video looking back at what was a busy 2017 on the water in Dun Laoghaire. Highlights of the last 12 months include over 2,500 children sailing on the…
Solo sailor – Former GP14 world champion Shane MacCarthy in his Solo dinghy
Dublin Bay
A modest fleet of 25 boats opened the second half of the 2017/18 Frostbite Series hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club earlier today, Sunday 7th January writes Cormac Bradley. While XCWeather had a forecast for 14:00 of 11 – 16…
A screenshot of M.V. Ziltborg taken this morning while berthed in the frozen icy waters of the Finnish Port of Kokkola located on the Gulf of Bothnia. Temperatures at the port are currently -4° and are to drop further overnight to -6° (feeling like -9°). Last year, the port participated in celebrating the nations independence a century ago with the 'Finland 100' years campaign, which involved the installation of a new crane “Karsten” during the jubilee year.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - A Corrib Shipping cargoship loaded concentrates from Boliden Tara Mines facility in Dublin Port late last year, arrived at a Finnish port this first week of 2018 and where the sea is currently frozen over, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#DLHarbour - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has issued its first notices to mariners for 2018, superseding all previous marine notices. Regarding fairway priorities, the harbour fairways and approaches are generally to be kept clear and free. It is prohibited to…
Princess Cruises 'Grand' class cruiseship, Caribbean Princess arriving on Belfast Lough and seen bound for the city's dedicated cruise berth at Stormont Wharf.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - The biggest cruise season in Belfast Port took place last year and 2018 is set to be even busier as cruiseships call in several months time, writes Jehan Ashmore.  A total of 94 cruise ships according to Belfast Harbour…
Dublin Port Company Seeks Marine Pilot For Vacancy Panel
Jobs
#Jobs - Dublin Port Company invites applications from Marine Pilots for inclusion on a panel from which future permanent and temporary vacancies in the Dublin Pilotage Service will be filled. The panel will be active for a period of two…
Planning Permission Sought For Bus Depot In Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#DunLaoghaire - Planning permission is being sought to park as many as 20 buses overnight for up to seven years at the former Stena HSS vehicle compound in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Details of the application on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County…
Artist’s impression of the planned regeneration of Heartbreak Pier in Cobh. A new phase of investment will see the creation of a contemporary walkway structure to provide a viewing point for visitors.
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - An historic pier in Cork Harbour, where an estimated 1 million Irish emigrants bade farewell to loved ones as they left for America and Canada is about to be saved in a major €500,000 restoration project. According to…
Full Rig Laser Sailors young and old are welcome,” says Charles Dwyer of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club which is organising the series
Cork Harbour
Laser sailors will kick-off the New Year’s sailing season this Saturday in Monkstown Bay in Cork Harbour where the local club will start its Laser Winter League writes Tom MacSweeney. First Gun for the first race on Saturday morning will…
Pat Farnan
Royal Cork YC
Former Cork Port Harbour Master Pat Farnan will take over as the next Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club Crosshaven at its annual general meeting on Monday, January 22. He has been Vice-Admiral, writes Tom MacSweeney. John Roche, who…
Tom Roche’s Meridian won the St.Stephen’s Day cruiser race at Kinsale Yacht Club for the Gunsmoke Bell
Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club will start its Frostbite Series on Sunday, February 4. This will be raced over six Sundays until March 11, writes Tom MacSweeney. Registration will take place on the opening day. First Gun each Sunday will be at…
Galway Bay SC sailor Aaron O’Reilly sent us this brief video of the clinker-built fishing boat which ended up perilously balanced – but miraculously secured – right on top of the pier across the Corrib from the Claddagh
Galway Harbour
It will take some time to fully assess the many damaging effects of Storm Eleanor, which this week barrelled into Galway Bay in a very focused tunnel of extreme winds just as an exceptionally high Spring Tide was hitting the…
P&O Ferries “always looking for new opportunities” of a Scotland-Scandinavian service. Above the operators Pride of Bruges which serves the England-Belgium route of Hull-Zeebrugge. Currently the only ferry route linking Scotland and Europe (Afloat adds that is run by DFDS) is Rosyth-Zeebrugge but the service became freight-only in 2010.
Ferry
#FerryNews - According to the Edinburgh News, a ferry company has said it is willing to enter talks with the Scottish Government about a new ferry route between Scotland and Scandinavia. P&O Ferries said it was “always looking for new…
A pair of tugs fore and aft assist newbuild Arklow Venus yesterday along the freshwater Eemskanaal Canal, having departed the inland shipyard in Hoogezand to the salt waters in Delfzijl. Sea trails of the 'V' class short sea trader began today.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Venus, the newest ship of the fleet that was launched in October is currently undergoing sea trials on an estuary along the Dutch-German border, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 89m Arklow Venus is part of the continues upgrading…

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