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One of the new solar and wind powered light installed in Belfast Harbour, where AFLOAT adds above on the opposite bank of the Lagan is berthed freight-only Stena Forerunner. Last year the ro-ro ship was transferred from North Sea service onto the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route.
#belfast -  Yesterday in the UK was held the National 'Cut Your Energy Cost Day' and where Belfast Harbour contributed in implementing measures. This has seen the harbour install solar and wind powered lights along their quays. As can be…
Samson and Goliath the shipbuilding gantry cranes are iconic landmarks situated at Queen's Island, Belfast
#belfast- Business advisers are carrying out a valuation of Belfast's Harland & Wolff ahead of a likely disposal by its parent company this year, the Independent can reveal. Accountants have been sent in to carry out the work to establish…
One of the Stena vessels in dry dock at H&W Belfast, which AFLOAT adds is Stena Lagan, the first of a pair that operates Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) is docked for works. During the refit programme, Stena Horizon from the Rosslare-Cherbourg route is covering in for the dry-dockings. In turn Stena Nordica operates the French route in addition freight-only Stena Forerunner (of Liverpool route) last weekend provided a boost in capacity given Irish Ferries reduced sailing frequency of recent months based out of Dublin. Also above behind the gangway is Stena Forerunner, which Afloat last year covered in its deployment from North Sea service.
#ferries - Work has begun on ferries from Stena Line which involves a £5 million refit programme of its local fleet at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard. The 10-week upgrade schedule reports the Irish News, will see five Stena vessels…
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Mark Mansfield will talk at Kinsale Yacht Club
Cork Olympian and sailing professional Mark Mansfield from UK Sailmakers will be giving a talk at Kinsale Yacht Club on helming and sail trim tips on Thursday 17th, January at 8 pm.  Mansfield will be joined at the club by Figaro sailor…
2,800 lane metres of freight (165 vehicles) will first be made available to freight hauliers when W.B. Yeats (biggest ferry in tonnage terms on the Irish Sea) finally enters service on the Dublin-Holyhead route this Sunday, January 13th. As for the maiden crossing accommodating passengers and motorists this is scheduled to take place later this month, on January 25th.
#ferries - Irish Ferries new cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is finally to enter service by making a maiden commercial sailing on the Dublin-Holyhead route this Sunday, albeit the giant ship will only take freight vehicles and drivers, writes Jehan Ashmore. According…
89 trucks took part on Tuesday, in a no-deal Brexit test to see what delays there would be if there were checks at the Port of Dover above, where AFLOAT adds are ferries from rival firms, DFDS and P&O.
#ferries - Representives from Irish hauliers the Journal.ie reports, have said that the no-deal Brexit test run at the Port of Dover was too little too late, and wasn’t representative of how bad the tailbacks could be. On Tuesday, the…
The Irish championship winning J109 Juggerknot is up for sale
The Irish Championship winning J109 Juggerknot campaigned so successfully last season by Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is up for sale. The boat is offered for sale at €99,000 Tax Paid or US$ 114,355…
Dun Laoghaire Marina is one of few Irish marinas offering petrol supplies
We’re all well aware of the difficulty for leisure boats in sourcing diesel on some parts of the Irish coast, but what’s the situation for petrol for large outboards? Can anyone help Afloat.ie powerboat enthusiast Pete with this query? I’m…
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New sail loft for Galway (from L to R) Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor, Managing Director Donal Small and Director/Loft Manager Yannick Lemonnier on their visit to the Doyle Sails HQ in Auckland, New Zealand
Doyle Sails International has announced a new loft opening in Galway.  The new loft is operated by Managing Director Donal Small and Loft Director Yannick Lemonnier and Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor. loft opened for business on 1st January 2019. The loft,…
The “Founding Fathers” of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in 20005 were (left to right) the late Owen McNally, (Rear Commodore Royal St George YC), Tim Goodbody (Rear Commodore, Royal Irish YC), and Ronan Beirne (Rear Commodore, National YC)
The sad death of Owen McNally a few days before Christmas deprived the Dun Laoghaire sailing community of one of its most active and devoted participants, an enthusiast who put even more into our sport than he took from it…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara as seen on TG4’s Bádóirí
#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4. Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of…
Cork Harbour Festival Coordinators Required by Meitheal Mara
The Cork Harbour based Community based boatyard 'Meitheal Mara' is seeking applications for the position of Marketing, PR and Programme Coordinator plus a Maritime Event Coordinator for the 2019 Cork Harbour Festival. These are temporary positions and full details are given…
Cork Harbour Laser Racing
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club has announced that their Laser Winter Series will be run again this year, starting this Saturday, with First Gun for a boat start at 10.15 a.m. The start, according to the club, will be “as close…
Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine competing in the Turkey Shoot Cruiser Racing Series on Dublin Bay
If Santa had read my letter I guess I would be penning this piece mid-ocean so guess he just couldn’t read my handwriting! Being asked what my top three wishes are for 2019 came very easily: Improved access to the…
The deck hatch covers where beneath wheat was carried on the ‘Blue Six’ en-route to the Port of Silloth, located on the Irish Sea along the Solway Firth which borders England and Scotland.
#ports - According to Associated British Ports (ABP) which operates the Port of Silloth on the Irish Sea, has celebrated a record-breaking year in 2018 by handling the highest cargo volumes since 2015. This year the north-west English port handled…
According to Belfast Harbour, the ‘Mantsinen 300M’ due to be delivered in the Spring will be managed by Cooper Specialised Handling
#Belfast - An investment by Belfast Harbour costing £3m has led to the world's largest hydraulic crane that is due to be delivered in the Spring. The 40-metre high Finnish machine reports Belfast Telegraph weighs 370 tonnes and can manage…

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