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A trio of French Navy trainee schoolships are in Dublin Port for a weekend visit.
#NavalVisits - A trio of French Navy trainee ships docked in Dublin Port for a crew rest and recreation visit to the capital this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Léopard class school-training vessels each with 18 students, had arrived yesterday…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#DLHarbour - Transport Minister Shane Ross must ensure there is “no delay” in the transfer of Dun Laoghaire  Harbour to the local authority, as Dublin Live reports. Earlier this week it emerged that Minister Ross had made his determination that…
Rescue 115 was involved in the SAR operation in Galway Bay since yesterday, Thursday 12 April
#Galway - A body was found this morning (Friday 13 April) in the search for a swimmer missing off Salthill in Galway since yesterday. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 spotted the body on the seabed in shallow…
 MV Bremenholm is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially for the Schull to Cape route in West Cork
Cape Clear Island has a new fast ferry. The MV Bremenholm has been brought from Norway by the Cape Clear Ferry Company. Announcing its arrival the company said that it is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially…
Newbuild sisters Arklow Villa the final of 10 ships for ASN sits high and dry at a Dutch yard's fit-out quay where berthed alongside is Arklow Viking which began sea trails yesterday.
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Viking began sea trials yesterday, the brand new short-sea trader having been towed from an inland Dutch yard to the North Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 2,999grt Arklow Viking marks the 9th of ten multipurpose cargoships that…
The extent of the damage at Holyhead Marina on 2 March after Storm Emma ripped through
#Holyhead - Debris from Storm Emma’s damage to Holyhead Marina has been found across the Irish Sea south of Dublin, as North Wales’ Daily Post reports. Polystyrene from pontoons destroyed during the extreme weather event over a month ago was…
Kinvara Pier on Galway Bay
A series of public meetings will take place in Ballyvaughan, Maree and Kinvara over the coming week in relation to the work of CuanBeo (the Living Bay), a recently formed community-based organisation established with a mission of improving the quality…
Port managers in developing countries get training from UNCTAD's TrainForTrade programme (supported by Irish Aid and ports of Belfast, Dublin and Cork) to run well-functioning ports that spread benefits to local economies as well as ease international trade.
#Ports&Shipping - UNCTAD Deputy-Secretery at the TrainForTrade port management programme said ports in developing countries must be managed efficiently using modern methods to support international trade and boost local economies. The Deputy-Secretary General Isabelle Durand was at a coordination meeting…
Neil Prendiville's Mary P at Cape Clear Marina, the new facility is an added location on the West Cork coastline
South Harbour in Cape Clear is a favourite anchorage of mine. There are other beautiful West Cork locations - Schull, Baltimore, Crookhaven, Glandore and Kinsale to be enjoyed, but I have really loved a calm, moonlit night lying at anchor…
An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Tom Murphy joins dlr councillors and officials to mark the signing of the €9m contract with SIAC-Mantovani for the redevelopment of the old Dun Laoghaire Baths site
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has signed a €9 million contract with SIAC-Mantovani for the redevelopment of the old Dún Laoghaire Baths site. As Afloat.ie reported previously, the approved plans will see the retention of the existing baths building and…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the south side of Dublin Bay
#DLHarbour - Has Dun Laoghaire Harbour finally been transferred to the local county council? That appears to be the case, according to a tweet yesterday evening (Monday 9 April) from Green Party Councillor Ossian Smyth. The tweet quotes Transport Minister…
Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare
Irish Lights today launched a new five-year strategy which maps out its vision for the delivery of next generation maritime services to protect lives, property, trade and the environment, at the organisation’s HQ in Dún Laoghaire. Irish Lights is a…
Waterford Harbour visitor Slack Alice was second in class two IRC at the Kinsale Spring Series
The much promised sunshine failed to arrive on the first day of the Matthews Helly Hansen sponsored Spring Series for Sailing Cruisers in Kinsale Yacht Club. Race officer Denis Kieran aboard White Tiger got the twenty six boat fleet, with…
A large piece of stonework has been dislodged from the roundhead apron at Dun Laoghaire's West Pier
Following Afloat.ie photos showing the damage to the West Pier at Dun Laoghaire after Storm Emma, this weekend's low tide and calm seas revealed further evidence of the pressing need for repair works to the Pier's roundhead.  Damage to the…
Irish Shipping Eyes Brexit Bypass With Direct Routes To Continent
#Brexit - Irish shipping firms are making plans to bypass ports in Britain for direct routes to the continent to avoid any potential Brexit complications, as the Irish Independent reports. While freight traffic between Ireland and the UK will continue,…
Afloat adds the scene above shows the Isle of Man Steam Packet fleet docked in Douglas including ro-ro freight ferry Arrow. The operator resumed seasonal sailings at Easter to Dublin and Belfast while maintaining routine Manx-England services.
#FerryNews-  The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has reported an upturn in visitor numbers last year. Booking data reports Manx Radio from the ferry operator shows an increase of 3.4% in ferry passengers compared to 2016. It comes in…

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