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2018 East Coast Rowing Fixtures Published
Coastal Rowing
Following yesterday’s AGM of the East Coast Rowing Council, the fixture list for their 2018 regatta season has been released. (Downloadable below). Crews of men, women, and children from Skerries in the north to Arklow in the south will compete…
Recording record trade in Belfast Harbour. Above: loading aggregates on to a short-sea trader, exports in this cargo surpassed 1.5 million tonnes for the first time.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - Recording record trade levels, Belfast Harbour reached 23.7 million tonnes passing through the port in 2017. The port writes The Irish News, handles more than 70 per cent of the north's seaborne trade, has seen a 3 per…
A £4m upgrade by Stena Line at the Port of Holyhead has begun
Ferry
#FerryNews - More than £4m by Stena Line is to be spent on upgrades to improve infrastructure at the Port of Holyhead after recording a record year for freight growth. The upgrades will include the creation of additional freight space at…
A computer rendering of the proposed Páirc na Mara in Connemara
Galway Harbour
#PáircNaMara - Galway County Council is seeking further details on the Páirc na Mara development for Connemara, following an objection from a local group opposed to salmon farming. New plans for the ‘marine innovation park’ were submitted late last year by…
Heavy-lift ship, HHL Lagos with fully-assembled Irish built gantry cranes on board is assisted by tugs on the Humber Estuary
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The arrival from Cork Harbour of two state-of-the-art cranes worth £10.5 million to a UK North Sea port will double the volume of trade handled at ABP's Hull container terminal. The increase in capacity is according to Associated…
Image illustration shows starboard side elevation of the €150m cruiseferry W.B. Yeats in which the pre-assembled superstructure (comprised of 3 x blocks) where brought by barge from Poland to the FSG yard in Germany. In a major operation heavy-lift cranes lowered the blocks onto the completed hull last week.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Progress on Irish Continental Group's €150m cruiseferry W.B. Yeats has considerably moved on since the launch of the completed hull at a German yard almost a month ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. Construction of the newbuild's hull (photos) was…
Unchanging icon? The Fastnet Rock with the coast of West Cork beyond.
Lighthouses
The Fastnet Rock and its lighthouse – the most southerly part of Ireland - make up one of the best-recognised maritime structures in the world writes W M Nixon. Symbol, icon, emblem, signpost of the ocean – you name it,…
Under the 'Northern Lights' of the Arctic Circle, Saga Pearl II which on this Valentine's Day afternoon is to depart Portsmouth, UK on a 15-night cruise including whale-watching off Norway. AFLOAT adds the small cruiseship of 18,581grt is currently at the same berth previously occupied by a heavy-lift crane barge as depicted in today's FerryNews piece: 'Investment of £1bn to boost UK ferry industry'
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - On this Valentine’s Day the yacht-like cruiseship Saga Pearl II is due to depart Portsmouth International Port (PIP) at 17.00 this afternoon to see the Northern Lights in Norway. It won’t just be guests on board hoping to see…
Massive investment have been called at the deepwater port facility of Ringaskiddy in lower Cork Harbour
Port of Cork
#PortofCork - An expert on regional economics has said that balanced development cannot be achieved and trying to achieve it would be counter-productive for national prosperity. As The Irish Examiner reports, Economics lecturer at University College Cork (UCC), Frank Crowley…
Map of Traders Wharf at the western side of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#Watersport - Proposals for a national watersport centre in Dun Laoghaire Harbour have been revived with the launch of a preliminary market consultation. Afloat.ie previously reported on plans in 2015 for a ‘National Watersports Academy’ on the site of the…
Upper vehicle deck of Brittany Ferries Armorique taken in recent years when approaching a linkspan at Portsmouth International Port. On the right a heavy-lift barge at work in carrying out infrastructure improvements at the ferryport which continues as a £9 million double decked linkspan is the latest development. The Armorique at the time, which normally serves Plymouth-Roscoff was operating Portsmouth-Caen route while Mont St. Michel was receiving 'scrubbers' at the Astander yard in Spain.
Ferry
#FerryNews - The ferry industry in the UK according to a recent report is gearing up for growth with more than £1 billion pounds worth of new investments planned in the next four years.  Portsmouth International Port has long realised…
Alexandra Basin and the main channel fairway of Dublin Port where can be seen ro-ro ferries, lo-lo vessels and a trio of cruiseships
Dublin Port
#DublinPort - "Overdependence" on Dublin Port for trade traffic raises significant supply security issues in the context of Brexit, the Irish Academy of Engineering has argued. As The Independent writes, Dublin Port's share of Ireland's roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) traffic has…
One of the most attractive boats to be built in Ireland in the past decade, the 25ft Shannon Estuary cutter Sally O’Keeffe will be the focal point of a pub gathering in Carrigaholt on the Loop Head peninsula on the night of Friday 23rd February.
Shannon Estuary
Though it may not look it on a map which emphasises the extensive low water limits, at high water the Loop Head Peninsula in southwest County Clare is almost an island writes W M Nixon. Only a couple of small…
Trawler fleet moored at Ros a Mhil in Connemara.
Fishing
#Fishing - Funding for a new slipway has been allocated for the harbour at Ros a Mhil in Connemara. According to Galway Bay FM, it’s part of a 27.9 million euro fund for 2018 Capital projects at Ireland’s six fishery harbour…
Cruise market potential highlighted for tourism market in district on Carlingford Lough. Afloat adds above is the small cruiseship Saga Pearl II (449 passengers) which has called to the Co. Down port in recent years.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - In the pipeline are moves to try and sell Warrenpoint in Co. Down as a key destination to cruise ship operators. As the Armaghi writes, the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is considering spending £5,340 to send…
Saints say goodbye & farewell to RMS St Helena – on what was a beautiful day for a sad farewell. The flotilla of small boats circle the 'RMS' off Jamestown, St. Helena last Saturday prior to the final departure. The passenger-cargoship however returned to the island yesterday following an emergency on board while en-route to South Africa.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping – An emergency on board the Royal Mail Ship RMS St. Helena forced the return of the ship to St Helena Island in the South Atlantic yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The passenger-cargohip returned to St. Helena, a UK overseas…

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