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ICG parent company of Irish Ferries, invest in a €165.2m cruiseferry for the Dublin-Holyhead route, which Afloat adds at around 67,300 gross tonnage will easily be the largest ever to serve on the Irish Sea. Upon completion at the FSG shipyard, the vessel will also be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity. The same German shipbuilder is currently building the W.B. Yeats (image as above) which is around 55,000 gross tonnage. Combined the newbuilds total a €315m investment by the Dublin based shipping, transport and leisure group.
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#FerryNews - Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, is to invest in a €165.2m cruise ferry that will be the world's largest in terms of vehicle capacity when completed by German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft (FSG). The cruise…
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade practice real life situations as part of an ongoing height training programme from container gantry cranes in a Dublin Port terminal that is operated by the Peel Ports Group. Afloat adds the facility is where a new generation of custom-built 'Ireland' max containerships for BG Freight Line (subsidiary of Peel Ports Group) will enter service this year. See related Ports & Shipping report dated 12 December 2017.
Dublin Port
#DublinPort - In recent weeks Dublin firefighters scaled 110ft high container gantry cranes in Dublin Port so to play out real life situations as part of an ongoing height training programme. Firefighters and paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade were invited…
Seafarers are strangers wherever they go, however with assistance these smiling crew members over Christmas availed of the SeaFi Dockside facility, while away from families. The free wi-fi service developed by SEA-Tech, an Irish company, is provided to seafarers (above) by the Port of Waterford at the Belview Terminal. In the background, Afloat adds is the bow of Arklow Cliff, the newest in service of the 'C' class cargoships..
Ports & Shipping
#Seafarers - Over three million seafarers, both men and women live in the twilight world of big shipping according to the Seamens Christian Friend Service (SCFS). Seafarers are responsible for most of the goods you will of had acquired over the Christmas…
Greenpeace first custom-built campaigning vessel, motor-sail yacht Rainbow Warrior with a protest banner in Hong Kong last week. According to the print version of this article from The Irish Times, earlier this year 160 containers en route from Ireland to China for recycling were stopped in Rotterdam because of contamination. Click below to link on story on Ireland which over Christmas is to generate 83,000 tonnes of packaging waste, the equivalent volume that both Galway and Limerick would produce in a year.
Environment
#Irish/GlobalWaste - The global waste industry is about to be thrown into turmoil as China is set to implement its threat to shut its door on almost all categories of plastic and poor quality cardboard and paper. It is the…
A captain was fined £1,000 after being found drunk in charge of a ship at Belfast Port
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A 'drunk' captain found in charge of his ship at Belfast Port on Boxing Day has been fined £1,000. The Irish News writes that Patryk Tetzlaff (38) was four times over the limit while in charge of a…
Victor Boyhan – the Independent Senator has called on Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who has overall government responsibly for national ports policy to make a decision on the future governance of Dun Laoghaire harbour.
Dublin Bay
A decision on the future governance of Dún Laoghaire harbour needs to be made by government without delay, according to Senator Victor Boyhan a former director of Dún Laoghaire harbour company. The Independent Senator has called on Minister for Transport Shane…
IMERC in Ringaskiddy was wound down in early 2017 following an unfavourable report commissioned by UCC and CIT
Marine Science
#IMERC - Documents seen by the Irish Examiner show that the Naval Service was against the shutting of the Irish Marine and Energy Research Cluster (IMERC) earlier this year. A joint marine research initiative of CIT’s National Maritime College of…
Norbank (above in Dublin Port) sister Norbay along with European Endeavour operate a P&O Ferries route to Liverpool. The sisters built in the early 1990's were originally commissioned for North Sea Ferries hence their 'Nor' prefix names. The North Sea operations are part of P&O Ferries services connecting Europe based out Hull (UK City of Culture 2017) linking Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Ferry
#P&[email protected] – Before another year sails by, it should be highlighted P&O's 180th anniversary took place during this year, with celebrations marking the world famous shipping company that was founded in 1837, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operating 20 ferries and employing…
State Broke EU Rules Over Seafarer Qualifications Says High Court
Ports & Shipping
#Training - A marine notice issued earlier this year on accreditation for seafarers qualifications has “no legal basis” and must be quashed, says the High Court. According to The Irish Times, the court has also directed Transport Minister Shane Ross…
A key development in the Irish maritime sector is the proposed International Shipping Services Centre (ISSC) to be based in Cork Docklands. Above berthed at the city's quays are a pair of general cargoships that called in recent years. They are the Fri Wave and astern, Avalon alongside on the South Jetties.
Port of Cork
#ShippingCentre -According to Irish Maritime Development Office, there is a proposal to create a world-class cluster of international shipping services orientated companies (ISSC) based in Cork Docklands. The proposed maritime cluster would also be a major urban regeneration scheme led…
Today, new plans are to be filed for a mixed development in picturesque Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, 10 months after a similar, controversial scheme was refused permission.  Afloat adds the site of the proposed development is where Western Marine had a warehouse showrooms, workshop and boatyard for almost 50 years until they sold the premises last year. The firm moved out and continue operating as a business.
Dublin Bay
#BullochPlans - Today, new plans are to be filed for a residential and commercial development in picturesque Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, 10 months after a similar, controversial scheme was refused permission. As The Irish Times writes, Bartra Capital Ltd, founded by…
The Royal Cork's marina in Crosshaven is a key element of the Cool Route strategy
Cruising
#CoolRoute - The growing superyacht market is a target audience of the new Cool Route initiative, which is pitching the string of coastal marinas between Ireland and Norway as a top-tier cruising destination. But is the project’s research up to snuff?…
The Naval Service base occupies most of Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Independent.ie reports that firefighters have extinguished a blaze that broke out last night (Thursday 21 December) at the Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island. The incident began around 9pm in a disused warehouse next to the officers’ mess…
Youghal Port in East Cork
Jobs
The east Cork port of Youghal will soon have its own Harbour Master following the recent advertisement posted by Cork County Council on its website. The local authority is seeking a 'full-time and pensionable' Harbour Master for the port that…
New Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore David O'Sullivan has a busy season ahead
Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club has its annual ‘Gunsmoke Bell’ race scheduled for St.Stephen’s Day. First Gun will be fired to start the race at 1325 on the Charles Fort Line. It will be an All-In Race under the ECHO handicap system writes…
Marine Minister Michael Creed walks the work site on Haulbowline Island with remediation contractors
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Marine Minister Michael Creed visited the East Tip at Haulbowline yesterday (Wednesday 20 December) to inspect progress on remediation works on the Cork Harbour island. The minister’s visit follows the signing in July of the contract to commence…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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