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Auxiliary veteran of the Belgian Navy, command and support ship BNS Godetia (A960) built in 1965 at the Boelwerf in Temse. The ship is seen in Osstende in early April loading humanitarian supplies for West Africa from where the vessel had been deployed on anti-drugs and humanitarian mission. The naval visitor called to Dublin Port over last weekend along with BNS Bellis a minecounter measures vessel which remains in port.
#NavalVisits - A Belgian Navy 'Tripartite' class minecounter measures vessel remains in Dublin Port whereas an accompanying command logistics supportship which had been on a mission to west Africa, departed the capital yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Also taking place yesterday,…
Irish Olympic diver Ollie Dingley
Dublin Port Company is helping Irish Olympic diver Ollie Dingley (26) to scale new heights as the first corporate sponsor to support the rising star as he bids to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  Dingley is an international diver…
Twelve Quays Terminal in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside where major works are to take place to enable 'next-generation' ro-ro ferries that Stena Line are to introduce on the Belfast route from next year
#FerryNews - Major works are to be carried out at an Irish Sea ferryport at the Wirral dock connecting Merseyside with Northern Ireland, as a scheme to accommodate bigger ferries is completed. As the Wirral Globe reports, the works will…
The expansion will create capacity for the worlds largest cargo vessels to travel and unload at Foynes where above Afloat adds is the bulk-carrier Foxtrot. Also berthed are Mainport Group's Celtic Rebel and Celtic Isle - the latter tug is currently in Cork City Quays.
#ShannonEstuary - This month work will begin on the first element of a major restructuring of the port of Foynes in Co Limerick. According to RTE News, it is part of a €50m investment in transforming the port into one…
Fine Gael Group Leader, Councillor Barry Ward. A group letter from DLR Councillors says “such a move will mean your own constituents will see reductions in the Council’s provision of public facilities such as parks, libraries, sports pitches, road, footpaths, lighting, and a range of other things that we currently provide for the businesses and residents of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.”
Councillors on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have unanimously agreed to send a highly critical letter to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, taking him to task over his attitude to the transfer of Dún Laoghaire harbour to the Council. Download…
A 2013 aerial image looking northwards from Dun Laoghaire Harbour out into Dublin Bay and beyond
Local yacht clubs, marine businesses and sailing schools were among the attendees of the first ever meeting of Dun Laoghaire Harbour tenants and stakeholders that took place at Ireland's largest boating centre last week. A draft agenda, seen by Afloat.ie,…
The late Henry Lupton of Galway was enthusiastically generous in his interaction with every aspect of sailing
If you sought a multi-faceted example of contemporary Galway and the way the city and its surrounding area interact both with the sea and the most modern research industries, then the late Henry Lupton would be an eloquent example. He…
Deal to safeguard 'strategic sea services. Above: Afloat adds the Isle of Man Steam Packet's ropax Ben-My-Chree is seen swinging within Douglas Harbour.
#FerryNews - A state-owned Isle of Man Steam Packet would be better for passengers as well as the economy, the Manx Chief Minister believes. Howard Quayle speaking on Manx Radio has advocated a government takeover of the company since he…
Dragon Winner Little Fella (211)
Sunshine and sparkling waters provided the backdrop to an excellent sailing weekend at Kinsale Yacht Club. Sponsored by Barry Ryan, the Kinsale Keelboat Regatta was sailed over two days and provided championship windward leeward competition with a particularly stiff wind…
The Water Wag season Started in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a bang last Wednesday
The Water Wag season Started in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a bang on Wednesday last, with a fleet of 22 Water Wags coming to the start line, making it the strongest dinghy class within Dublin Bay Sailing Club. The wind…
Berthing Licences Join White-Water Course As Part Of Draft ‘Water Animation Strategy’ For Dublin Docklands
#Docklands - The recent design tender for a white-water kayaking course at Dublin’s George’s Dock is part of a wider ‘Water Animation Strategy’ for the city’s Docklands. Submissions are due this Tuesday 15 May for parties interested in another phase…
Capt. Kurt Buchholz in 2013 when he outlined plans for Ellan Vannin Line at a public meeting
#FerryNews - A shipping line that was set up by a businessman as a planned rival to the Isle of Man Steam Packet has poured scorn over the Manx government’s takeover plan. As IOM Today reports, Kurt Buchholz founded the…
The Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones on a visit this week to Holyhead Marina on Anglesey. The Welsh Government is to fund £100,000 to help businesses and promote tourism after havoc wreaked by Storm Emma took place in March.
#Holyhead - The north Wales marina in Holyhead wrecked in a storm which saw dozens of vessels sunk or damaged is to receive a £100,000 Government cash injection to help with the ongoing clean-up. Storm Emma reports Daily News, battered…
Arklow Shipping acquires a third sister from the former Flinter Group B.V. The secondhand tonnage cargoship Flinter Arctic above anchored in Dublin Bay (with the backdrop of Dalkey) was renamed Arklow Dale. The 132m cargoship is currently operating in the Baltic Sea.
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Dale is the first cargoship to bear the name for the Co. Wicklow based shipowner which acquired the secondhand tonnage that forms as the third D class sister, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had been trawling through the…
Ireland-Spain: a historic first as ropax Connemara operated by Brittany Ferries makes a maiden arrival to Santander Bay this afternoon off the northern Spanish coastal region of Cantabria. The 'direct' continental route opens up new tourism potential and improved trade access opportunities.  Up to 2014, there had been an Ireland-Spain service (albeit via France) operated by LD Lines.
#FerryNews - Connemara, Brittany Ferries chartered ropax completed a maiden Cork-Santander crossing this afternoon, marking the historic first arrival of an Ireland-Spain ferry service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Under glorious blue skies, Connemara arrived into Santander Bay and docked at the…
Dredging works to deepen channels for larger cargo and cruise vessels started last autumn
#DublinBay - Murky seawater in Dublin Bay should not be blamed on dredging, according to Dublin Port Company’s CEO. Earlier this week, it emerged that all planned diving excursions in Dublin Bay by Irish Underwater Council members had been cancelled…

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