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The Carlisle Pier (delineated by red line) are in temporary use. The circa 1.1 hectare historic waterfront site is available for imaginative proposals subject to planning
Dublin Bay
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is considering how best to proceed with the regeneration of the Carlisle Pier, a major leisure and cultural site that is located between the National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club. The pier is…
 Aer Lingus flight EI 712 had left from Cork Airport at 10:32 a.m. on a direct service to Heathrow Airport, London. The 50th anniversary of the St.Phelim Aer Lingus tragedy in which the 4 crew and 57 passengers all died is to be commemorated at Rosslare on Saturday, March 24
Rescue
The 50th anniversary of the St.Phelim Aer Lingus tragedy in which the 4 crew and 57 passengers all died is to be commemorated at Rosslare on Saturday, March 24 next. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the crash site…
Despite going to sea, the DBSC Spring Chicken Series was one of three sailing fixtures cancelled yesterday due to strong winds
Racing
Strong and bitterly cold north-westerly winds scotched racing in Dublin Bay and Kinsale yesterday. Winds gusting to 30–knots in snow showers. it was more than enough to put paid to the second race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series, the…
Peter and Robert O'Leary sailing their new Star boat Dafnie were clear winners of the American Mid Winters in Miami
Star
Cork Harbour brothers Peter and Robert O'Leary have stunned the international Star Keelboat fleet by winning the 'Walker Cup' as part of the Star American mid-winters championships in Miami in their new boat 'Dafnie', beating the famous America's Cup helmsman…
DFDS ro-ro freighter Ark Dania which operates a UK-mainland Europe service: Immingham (Humber estuary)-Esbjerg (Denmark). AFLOAT.ie adds the giant Danish operator in 2014 closed the Harwich-Esbjerg route, marking the last direct 'passenger' UK-Scandinavian service, though as previously reported on Afloat, P&O Ferries are considering new opportunities to revive a North Sea link given the background of Brexit.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Danish shipping giant, DFDS has just reported another record result for 2017, the year followed the 150th anniversary of the shipping company established in December 1866.  The operating profit according to DFDS was DKK 2.7 billion. The record…
The bow of Dutch patrol vessel Barend Biesheuvel berthed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The 61m 'Kustwacht' /coastguard vessel is visiting the port this weekend, however will not be open to the public. The patrol craft can be easily observed from the public plaza beside the disused ferry terminal.
Dublin Bay
#DublinBay - An unusual visitor to Dun Laoghaire Harbour is a Dutch patrol vessel not to be confused with their navy but belongs to the coastguard service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 61m patrol vessel Barend Biesheuvel operated by the Netherlands…
A replacement ro-ro ferry, Stena Carrier is to take over in a freight-only mode, sailings on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route while routine ropax ferry Stena Horizon is drydocked. Afloat adds Stena Carrier is operated by a subsidiary of the ferry group, Stena Ro Ro which charters vessels to third parties.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Around 35,000 calves are expected to be exported via the replacement ferry on the Rosslare-to-Cherbourg route during the four-week period that the Stena Horizon is out of action. According to Agriland, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the…
To showcase the opportunities on offer, the Louth based events company in partnership with the ferry firm are to host an open day (15 February) on board the Pride of Hull.  The cruiseferry one of the largest serving in UK waters operates the Hull-Rotterdam route.
Ferry
#FerryNews - A Louth based events company is riding on crest of a wave after being hand-picked to work in partnership with P&O Ferries on an exciting new venture. As the Louth Leader reports the company First Media will be…
Tory Island’s 150 inhabitants will be served by a 40-year-old ferry come April
Island News
#IslandNews - Residents of Tory Island opposed to the introduction of a 40-year-old vessel for their only ferry service to the mainland are set to take their protest to the Dáil next week. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, residents were…
Simon McGibney has been appointed the new manager at Kilrush Marina in Co. Clare
Irish Marinas
West coast sailor Simon McGibney, originally from Tarbert in Co. Kerry has been appointed the new manager at Kilrush Marina in Co. Clare. As Afloat.ie reported at the time, the marina came under new ownership in 2014 and has undergone…
The Great South Wall of the Port of Dublin which won the ESPO Award in 2015. Is your port creating a better working environment for all?... if so submit your project for ESPO Award 2018!
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - This year marks the tenth edition of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration in which Afloat adds the Port of Dublin won in 2015. The theme for 2018 is “ports as a good work…
At the Irish boatyard of Safehaven Marine, (Cobh) Cork is the officially named ‘HMS Magpie’ for the Royal Navy. Afloat adds the name given for the Wildcat 60 catamaran was announced in recent days by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.
Boatyards
#Boatyard - On Irish shores in Cork a boat being built for the UK's Royal Navy reports the Evening Echo has been named and is only a few weeks away from being launched. It was revealed in August that Cobh…
RMS St Helena made a final call to Ascension Island after serving the remote community in the South Atlantic Ocean for almost 30 years. Above: RMS at anchorage in Jamestown Bay, St. Helena where islanders also known as 'Saints' are having final farewell celebrations in advance to the passenger-cargoship departing the island for the final time next Saturday, 10 February. This will mark the last round trip voyage to South Africa by the RMS which is only one of two ships designated the title of 'Royal Mail Ship'
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - According to the St. Helena Government, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena returned to the island following a final round trip to Ascension Island yesterday. During her call at Ascension and in commemoration of her long and established friendship…
Ferry operator Stena Line confirmed that it has chartered a vessel as a temporary replacement ship for the Ireland-France route ropax Stena Horizon during its planned maintenance.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Ferry operator, Stena Line is still awaiting approval to carry animals for live export on the vessel that is set to replace their Ireland-France route ship Stena Horizon. According to AgriLand which previously reported in recent weeks that…
Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is eagerly awaited its return to the UK in May as the ship's homeport is Southampton. The giant cruiseship operated by Princess Cruises has in recent years called to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh).
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - Two million cruise passenger visitors made for a record breaking year at the Port of Southampton in 2017 according to AB Ports, the owner-operators of the UK's leading cruiseport. The visitors brought with them a massive multi-million pound…
Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson (third from left) attended the official keel-laying ceremony of new RoPax vessels for the ferry operator at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China. The Ropax vessels are to be deployed to Irish Sea services.
Ferry
#FerryNews - An official keel-laying ceremony of a new RoPax for Stena Line took place at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China last Friday. The traditional maritime event marks the start of the construction phase of the hull and the…

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