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Approval has been given to revision of Milford Waterfront's development's outlining planning consent. The site forms part of the Port of Milford Haven in south-west Wales which as Afloat adds celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
#Ports&Shipping - The Welsh Port of Milford Haven has welcomed Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to approve a revision to the Milford Waterfront development’s outline planning consent. The planning committee met yesterday (26th June) to discuss the application and voted unanimously…
On Friday, 6th July, St. Bridget will make its inaugural visit to Bray with 100 passengers on board
On Friday 6th July at 7 pm some local maritime history will be made in Bray Harbour when the St. Bridget will make its inaugural visit to Bray with 100 passengers on board. The St. Bridget will dock at the…
MV Lifeline, which is carrying 234 rescued migrants
#NewsUpdate - Tánaiste Simon Coveney hopes Ireland's decision to take 25 migrants from a stranded rescue ship will encourage other EU countries to do the same. As The Irish Examiner reports, MV Lifeline, which is carrying 234 rescued migrants, has…
A problem with a propeller shaft has forced the cancellation of sailings of Irish Ferries’ Ulysses flagship for the next week. Afloat adds the cruiseferry is this evening bound for Belfast to undergo repairs.
#FerryNews - Operator Irish Ferries has said all sailings on the Ulysses vessel which serves the Dublin to Holyhead route have been cancelled for the next week. As the The Irish Times reports, the ferry operator said the ship has been taken…
Captain Michael McCarthy chairman of Cruise Europe, retired from his position as commercial manager with the Port of Cork Company
#CruiseChairman - Captain Michael McCarthy chairman of Cruise Europe (CE) has retired from his position as commercial manager with the Port of Cork Company last month but, as those of us who know him are well aware, this does not…
President Michael D. Higgins, met with participants of UNCTAD's Train For Trade global port management programme, which he called "an example of internationalisation in the best sense, dedicated to the prosperity of all the peoples of the world".
#President&Ports - Senior port managers from developing countries who are passing on their expertise to colleagues met President Michael D. Higgins in Dublin, on 21 June during the week-long United Nations Conference on Trade & Development's Training of Trainers workshop. President…
The 50th anniversary banquet in full swing on Saturday 16 June
#Greystones - Greystones Sailing Club celebrated 50 years of racing and adventures from the North Wicklow harbour at the recent ‘Big Barn Banquet’. Members old and new gathered at the clubhouse compound on Saturday 16 June — including Irish Sailing…
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish In Irish Waters Are Larger Than Usual
#Jellyfish - Lion’s mane jellyfish in Irish waters this summer are much larger than usual. That’s according to zoologist Dr Tom Doyle, who spoke to The Irish Times after a recent spate of incidents that saw swimmers hospitalised by stings…
Doug Allan swims beside a Humpback Whale and her calf off the coast of Tonga in the South-Pacific
From famous ships to flyboarding, seafood and sailing, there is a host of activities on offer at SeaFest 2018, taking place in Galway Harbour from 29th June to 1st July. Here are just five of the ‘must-sea’ activities and attractions…
Noel Grealish, Independent TD for Galway West with event Chairperson Martin Breen and members of the ICRA/WIORA organising committee on board J109 Joie De Vie, Galway's Class One challenger in this year’s ICRA National Championships
This week Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) members and friends gathered at Dock 1 Seafood Bar and restaurant in Galway Harbour for the official launch of the ICRA/WIORA 2018 which will be held in Galway Harbour from August 15th –…
Dragon Boat Racing
Meitheal Mara’s 12th Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge will bring colour and competition to Cork city waters on Sunday 1 July. In this hugely enjoyable spectator event, four 40ft-long colourful dragon boats, each with a drummer aboard, will sprint against each…
A Dublin Senator has suggested next ship of the Irish Naval Service to be named LÉ Maeve Binchy
#NavyNews - A Dublin Senator has suggested the next ship to be commissioned by the Irish Naval Services should commemorate a famous Irish woman. According to The Irish Times, Neale Richmond of Fine Gael has written to Minister of State…
Keel-laying of one of the two new Stena Line E-Flexer RoPax ferries bound for the Belfast–(Birkenhead) Liverpool route in 2020
#FerryNews - One of the two new Stena Line E-Flexer RoPax ferries bound for the Belfast–Liverpool route in 2020 has recently marked an important production milestone by celebrating its official keel-laying at the AVIC shipyard in Weihai, China. The new…
Cobh in Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Planning permission is being sought for a floating jetty at Kennedy Pier in Cobh. SailCork.com shared details on its Facebook page of the planning notice for the development, being undertaken by Cork County Council and the Port of…
Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) handicap dinghy racing in Cork Harbour
A foiling Moth, National 18s, 505s, RS100s, International 14s, made up a wide range of dinghy classes for Royal Cork Yacht Club's Dognose and Miss Betty Trophy races ran jointly on Saturday for all Cork Harbour Clubs. The Dognose Trophy is…
Operator Stena Line said it did not now "have a timescale for future developments" at Fishguard. Afloat adds the ferry to Rosslare Stena Europe is seen off the breakwater.
#FerryNews - Operator, Stena Line has dropped plans for a £5m upgrade at its Port of Fishguard terminal in Pembrokeshire, south Wales. The company, BBC News reports was planning to replace the flexible ship-to-shore bridge that allows vehicles and passengers…

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