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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…
The start of the Triangle Race from Kinsale
The Triangle Race double-handed challenge open to cruiser and cruiser-racer monohull yachts of 25ft LOA or over, organised by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club had a successful stop over at Kinsale Yacht Club over the last few days. The fleet…
Conor Fogerty, the current owner of Silver Shamrock, former shipmates Dick Gibson and John McWilliam with Ron Holland
A unique gathering at Royal Cork Yacht Club last night brought yacht designer Ron Holland's tour of south coast Irish yacht clubs to a close. Midsummer night’s brought together old Crosshaven shipmates from way back but the star of the…
Howth 17s are one of several fleets travelling to compete in Saturday's National Yacht Club Regatta sponsored by Davy Group
The National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is gearing up for its Open Regatta this weekend. Sponsored by Davy Group, the annual club highlight will have over 160 boats racing across three courses. As part of the fleet, the NYC will…
At the Launch of Childrens book "You'd Be Filled With Wonder", published to commemorate the Bicententenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. L to R front : Susan Gibney BEC director, Jean Duffy Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D., Eithne Scott-Lennon Dun Laoghaire Harbour Co chairperson, Grainne O'Malley co-author of the book and Ileane Pierce. L to R back: Gerry Dunne DLHCo CEO, Noel Brien, Carolyn Hanaphy DLHCo commercial executive, Rob Goodbody, Colin Scudds co-author of the book, Seamus Cannon, Author of "You'd Be Filled With Wonder" and Anna Scudds also a co-author.
#DunLaoghaireBook - “You’d Be filled With wonder, The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour! is the title of a new publication to celebrate last year's Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The harbour which began construction in 1817, has caught the imagination…
Arklow Ruler (2006/2,999grt) became the first agri-bulk vessel for clients in Glasgow (Clydeport) which is operated by the Peel Ports Group. The 'R' class cargoship is seen been discharged in King George V Dock which Afloat adds is a stone's throw from the site of the former Govan Shipbuilders that during the 1970's built bulk-carriers for Irish Shipping Ltd which went into liquidation in 1984.
#Ports&Shipping - An Irish flagged cargoship became the first agri-bulk vessel for global animal feed trader ADM Arkady, a client of Peel Ports Glasgow (Clydeport) where a facility has undergone upgrading. According to the UK ports group, the Arklow Ruler…
The three-man Sportsboat Championship will be held over three days (29th 30th June & 1st July) at the National Yacht Club
Current form shows Royal St. George and Royal Irish Yacht Club crews are the ones to watch when the SB20 National Championships sets sail on the home waters race track of Dublin Bay at the end of this month. In a busy…
Stena RoRo's freight ferry Stena Carrier which had spent a stint earlier this year carrying livestock on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service. The 2,715 freight lane metre ship is seen above at anchor in Dublin Bay after another charter but this took place on the Irish Sea.
#FerryNews - The animal rights Group Compassion in World Farming Ireland is to target key ferry operators in their latest bid to halt live exports. The group writes Independent.ie is to target Niclas Martensson CEO of Stena Line and Eamonn…
Sailing at last year’s SeaFest in Galway Docks
#SeaFest - This year’s SeaFest in Galway is offering activities specifically for children with sensory issues as well as watersports sessions for children and adults with disabilities or impairments. Irish Sailing and its team of volunteers from sailing clubs across…
The move will see the four-deck Seatruck Precision and Seatruck Performance (above) replace the current three-deck vessels
A €100 million investment by Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea freight specialist, will increase capacity on Warrenpoint to Heysham route by 30%. Seatruck will deploy two larger freight ferries on the route later this summer, in direct response to growing…
At the RS Elite Irish Championships there was strong competition on the start line of a 16–strong fleet
Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough hosted the RS Elite Championships last weekend. There was strong competition on the start line of a 16–strong fleet. The Current UK Champion Mike McIntyre on Foudafafa was over from England to get the feel of…
A second newbuild to be named Scot Explorer is being built by the same Dutch yard to where Scot Carrier is to be launched from in July. The ship is also similar to the Scot Leader (pictured above)
#Ports&Shipping - Forest products operator Scotline Ltd whose vessels are regular callers to Irish east and south coast ports, have announced in partnership with a Dutch yard to exercise an option for a second newbuild of the 4785dwat Bodewes Trader…

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