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Previous scholarship students with the Port’s Chairman, (L-R) Rhiannon Morgan, Chris Martin, Isabelle Hughes and Rebecca Foster.
#Ports&Shipping - Time is running out for Pembrokeshire students in south Wales to apply to the Port of Milford Haven’s annual Scholarship Scheme. The deadline for applications is at the end of this week, so don’t hesitate - apply now…
Manannan, the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast ferry craft currently in Douglas Harbour is to winter in the Manx capital until resuming seasonal services in Spring 2019. In the meantime, Douglas-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route served by a conventional ferry is set to resume service this coming weekend.
#FerryNews - Isle of Man Steam Packet's final fast-ferry craft seasonal sailing scheduled for this year ended last Sunday, the operator having confirmed the Manannan will again remain in Manx waters this winter. The Manannan is currently docked in Douglas…
Oscar Wilde approaching Dublin Port following a sailing from Holyhead last month, having repositioned from Rosslare based routes to France, is currently serving out of Dublin Port on the Cherbourg route up to 16th December.
#FerryNews - On the October Bank Holiday Monday, almost all Irish Ferries ships docked in Dublin Port from where one of the ferries earlier in the month had also been kept busy in between changing routes, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
WW1 Beacons of Light: One of Trinity House's participating lighthouses of the 'Battle's Over' event is Flamborough Head Lighthouse, England which was built in 1806 and automated in 1996.
#Lighthouses - The recent documentary series,'Great Lighthouses of Ireland' clearly demonstrated the critical role that lighthouse keepers once played for the Commissioners of Irish Lights, one of three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the UK and Ireland.  The other partners…
Pictured was Michael Stephens from The Irish Donkey Society with his donkey April, Becky Figueira from The Irish Donkey Society, Dublin Lord Mayor Niall Ring, Paddy O’Brien from Beaumont, Dublin 9 son of Mary Johnston who worked in The Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory located at Dublin Port and Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO, Dublin Port Company holding a replica 18 pdr Artillery Shell at the unveiling of a plague to the workers of The Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory located at Dublin Port during World War I
A plaque has been unveiled to remember 200 local women who manufactured 18 pounder shells in the Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory at Dublin Port.  As Afloat.ie reported earlier, a seminar to mark the centenary of the end of WWI…
According to BBC Newsline, the media were not invited but the BBC were given this photo of the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, meeting some business leaders in the ports of Larne and in Warrenpoint (as above) where AFLOAT adds is the stern of the Irish flagged Arklow Faith. The 2,988grt cargoship was in heavy seas as featured in the recent RTE TV series 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland'.
#Ports&Shipping - The Brexit Secretary reports BBC News, has pledged that the government will not sign up to any deal which could threaten the UK's constitutional integrity. Dominic Raab made the comments after a one-day visit to Northern Ireland, where…
This day last week, 27 October, marked the 30th anniversary (1988) at Rosyth Naval Base, Scotland where a pair of UK Royal Navy 'Peacock' class vessels that were based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service, where they continue to serve proudly and with distinction as LÉ Orla (P41) and LÉ Ciara (P42). However they are among the oldest in the fleet.
#NavalService - A pair of Peacock class UK Royal Navy patrol vessels that had been based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service 30 years ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair LÉ Orla (video) the former…
Stena Line closed its fast-ferry service in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during 2014. AFLOAT adds the final HSS Stena Explorer crossing took place with a sailing to Holyhead in mid-September that year. Above the custom-built terminal for the HSS and where the proposed Harbour Innovation Campus be located.
#FerryNews - There have been calls to bring a ferry service back to Dun Laoghaire Harbour after plans to turn the area into a digital technology hub fell through. As DublinLive reports, developer Philip Gannon scrapped the deal after it…
Safety Advisory For Swimmers Over Plastic Pollution At Forty Foot
#Safety - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has posted a safety advisory for swimmers in Dun Laoghaire over an incident of plastic pollution between the West Pier and the Forty Foot. According to the local authority, “small strips of plastic” that…
To mark the centenary of the end of WW1, Dublin Port is host to a talk tomorrow at the port's headquarters, however due to high demand the ticketed event is fully booked out!... however DPC highlight that further related events are planned, so check out their facebook page for updates.
#DublinPort - A seminar to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 is to be held in the Dublin Port Company's Port Centre building on Alexandra Road, tomorrow, Saturday, 3 November. The event held in advance of the 100th…
Bulk-carrier Taizhou Pioneer (32,453dwt) arriving off Port of Waterford's Belview Terminal on Sunday with assistance from local tug (name out of vision) but Afloat identified as Bargarth of Fastnet Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - A Maltese flagged bulk-carrier berthed in Belview, the Port of Waterford's main terminal to discharge 15,000 tonnes of fertiliser, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Taizhou Pioneer (32,453dwt) arrived from Avonmouth (Port of Bristol) on the Severn Estuary on Sunday.…
Artists impression of the new Half Tide Dock ferry terminal in Liverpool to be used for Isle of Man services operated by the IOM Steam-Packet
#FerryNews- The new ferry terminal planned for Liverpool the IOMToday reports have included images that have been unveiled. The pictures have been released ahead of a public display in Liverpool this week. A planning application is due to be submitted…
The UK shipyard at Appledore that built LE George Bernard Shaw AFLOAT adds would appear to be the last ship constructed at the Babcock facility in north Devon, which is to close within the next five months. Note: On the quayside to the right is the mainmast of the Irish Naval Service newbuild OPV90/P50 class where a quartet were completed at the yard.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK shipyard (that built LÉ George Bernard Shaw) is to shut despite its owner being offered a £60m contract by the MoD. Staff at Appledore Shipyard in Devon reports BBC News have been told by owner Babcock that it…
General cargo short-sea trader Celtic Spirit docked in Limerick (Ted Russell) Docks which comprises of a single dock basin, one of only two such ports in Ireland, the other is Galway. The scene in Limerick Dock was taken in 2008, just over a decade ago in the month of October, along with the Inland Fisheries Ireland patrol cutter Costantoir Bradan. Both ship and craft have since been sold. Behind the timber loading crane but not visible flows the Shannon Estuary
#ShannonEstuary - The recent return to the Shannon Estuary, almost 100 years later of restored ketch trader Ilen, which Afloat highlighted, sees the sole surviving Irish built ocean-going timber sailing vessel back home in Limerick Docks, writes Jehan Ashmore After…
LÉ Roisin one of the P50 class 'pair' to be included in the extension survey. AFLOAT adds above the OPV80 vessel in the Atlantic Ocean at the Kinsale Gas Field, off the Cork Coast. The Irish Naval Service contract awarded to Tymor Marine headquartered in Aberdeen, is the centre of Scotland's North Sea offshore oil & gas industry, a sector the consultancy is also involved.
#NavalService - A contract from the Irish Naval Service has been awarded to a Scottish based marine architecture consultancy, Tymor Marine to support the vessel mid-life overhaul programme. As Naval-Technology reports, Tymor headquartered in Aberdeen, will provide the Irish Navy with…
One of the UK's oldest commercial shipyards, Babcock in Appledore, Devon is set to make a decision on the fate of its shipyard next month, with 200 workers facing an uncertain future. Babcock is widely reported to be considering closing the shipyard whose order book is empty following completion of a contract to build a quarter of offshore patrol vessels (OPV's) for the Irish Naval Service. AFLOAT adds the final OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw (above: docked at the yard earlier this year), made a delivery passage this month across the Celtic Sea to Cork Harbour.
#Ports&Shipping - A mystery that has got the City's of London's defence and industry experts speculating: just who is behind Boatman Capital Research? As Sky News reports, Boatman last week published a damning report on Babcock, the engineering services group,…

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