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Dun Laoghaire Harbour in south Dublin is set for long-awaited transfer to local authority control
#DLHarbour - “All assets and liabilities” of Dun Laoghaire  Harbour Company will transfer to the local authority upon its pending dissolution — with no additional State funding available, the Minister for Transport has confirmed. Shane Ross was responding in writing…
The former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena, a passenger-cargoship Afloat adds was confirmed by the St. Helena Government with a sale of the ship concluded in London yesterday. The 6,000 gross tonnage ship is now to serve as an anti-piracy security transfer vessel in the Middle East.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK's last working postal ship, RMS St. Helena, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled…
The main Isle of Man-UK ferry, Ben-My-Chree has begun a regulatory overhaul for three weeks. Replacement services are operating including those serving on the Belfast-Douglas route today and is to be repeated on April 25.
#FerryNews - The main Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry, Ben-my-Chree departed Douglas for Merseyside where yesterday the ropax entered dry-dock in Birkenhead for its regulatory overhaul. According to the operator, the ferry will undergo a scheduled three-week dry-docking…
Afloat has identified two ports in Ireland that have been PER certified as part of Eco-Ports, the main environmental initiative of the European port sector. Below are Eco-Port members that attended the ESPO Conference held last year in Barcelona, Spain
#IrishPorts - Since its establishment, EcoPorts has for the first time reached the number of 32 ports certified with the environmental performance standard of the network (PERS). Among the Port Environmental Review System (PER) certified ports, Afloat has identified two…
Some of the 20 transition students from counties around Ireland, who learned about 'Blue Skill's training at the Marine Institute.
#MarineScience - A group of transition year students from five counties around Ireland, including Galway, Clare, Mayo, Roscommon and Meath, recently completed a week of marine science and technology training at the Marine Institute. Now in its fourth year, the…
Wreckage from the Westerly on Claremont Beach in Sutton. A hull plate Number ST2 is visible
Debris from the break–up of Holyhead Marina on the north coast of Wales continues to wash ashore along the County Dublin and Wicklow coasts.  Afloat.ie reader Peter Cunning found debris from on Sutton beach on Dublin Bay this week, which he believes…
Containerships docked in Ireland's largest port, Dublin where annual volumes of goods is expected to rise to 77.2 million tonnes by 2040. Afloat adds the containerships are docked at the DFT Terminal, one of three Lo-Lo facilities located in the port estate.
#DublinPort- Expansion in Dublin Port will happen at a faster than expected pace over the next 20 years as population growth boosts volumes passing through the country's main goods gateway, the semi-state company behind the port said. As the Independent.ie…
National Ferry Fortnight is underway and continues to 28 April. Among participating ferry operators is the Isle of Man Steam Packet whose ropax Ben-My-Chree is seen with a spectacular sunset over the island.
#FerryNews - Among ferry operators serving the UK, is the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which is encouraging more people to rediscover the joy of travelling by sea. The ferry operator has teamed up with Manx National Heritage to…
Milford Waterfront in Pembrokeshire, south Wales is a key part of the Port of Milford Haven diversification strategy
#Ports&Shipping - The Port of Milford Haven in south Wales has published its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts. The report highlights how strategic long term investments have supported the growth of alternate business streams. It also demonstrates the role of…
The Masterplan document, which covers 2018-2043, aims to build on the port’s position as the second largest port in Northern Ireland and as a major economic driver for the region.
Warrenpoint Port has unveiled a major 25-year growth plan as it forecasts a continued growth in trade following Brexit. The Masterplan document, which covers 2018-2043, aims to build on the port’s position as the second largest port in Northern Ireland…
Development works at Dublin Port are already advanced with construction of the ABR Project well under way and capital investment of €1 billion planned over the next decade
The first review of the Masterplan commenced in 2017 with the purpose of ensuring that the Masterplan 2040 remains relevant and achieves its central objective of providing a clear vision for the sustainable development of Dublin Port into the future.…
Denis Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo dominated Class One
A strong south east breeze provided Kinsale Yacht Club's Matthews Helly Hansen sponsored Spring Series with two excellent races. Race one got away promptly at noon with the round the cans course finishing at Charles Fort. Race two got away…
LÉ Samuel Beckett seen underway heading upriver off Blackrock Castle to Cork City-centre quays.
#Navy - Leadship of the Irish Naval Service OPV90 class, LÉ Samuel Beckett is departing today for the Mediterranean to take part in 'Operation Sophia'. As The Irish Examiner reports, Ireland first joined the EU naval operation against smugglers and…
Cllr Ossian Smyth (Green Party) doesn't want Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to take on Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company's liabilities
#DLHarbour - The proposal by Transport Minister Shane Ross to transfer Dun Laoghaire  Harbour’s liabilities to the local authority along with its assets is “not acceptable”, according to a local councillor. Last Monday 9 April, Green Party Cllr Ossian Smyth…
At close quarters: the amidships of Arklow Mill, a 14,990dwt bulk-carrier at the Aughinish Alumina facility's jetty from where the majority of bauxite processed at the plant on the Shannon estuary is imported from Guinea in west Africa, with the remainder of the rock sourced from Brazil.  The finished product, alumina, is then exported for further processing through smelting.
#ShannonEstuary -  A private meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and management of the Russian-owned alumina producing plant in Askeaton, Co Limerick, was held yesterday as “concern” mounted over the plant’s continued operations, and the future of its 450 workforce. As…
The former Westpac Express (as above) a high-speed craft since renamed 'Dublin Swift' for Irish Ferries is to be introduced on the Dublin-Holyhead route in advance of the high season
#FerryNews - Irish Ferries soon to be introduced high-speed-craft Dublin Swift which since January has been in Belfast for a major refurbishment arrived in Dublin Port last night, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat monitored Dublin Swift when offshore of Co. Down…

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