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The floating production and storage offloading vessel, Searose FPSO which Afloat adds berthed at H&W's (BDD) Belfast Dry-Dock to undergo work that took place in recent years.
#BelfastLough - Fred. Olsen Energy, the Norwegian drillship,rig operator and owners of the yard that built RMS Titanic, is considering a debt and equity restructuring that would almost wipe out the value of its current shares, the company said. With…
At 184 metres, the CPO Germany is the biggest single screw tanker ever handled by the Port of Larne
The Port of Larne, one of the busiest ports on the Irish Sea capable of handling a wide range of cargoes and ships, welcomed the CPO Germany into port this month for routine maintenance. The vessel which regularly delivers products…
Rival freight ferries from Seatruck and P&O Afloat adds are seen departing Dublin Port. In total there are four operators providing daily supply-chain services on the Irish Sea linking between the capital and the UK ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Holyhead.
#Ports&Shipping - State agency Bord Bia has published a a strategy guide to assist Irish food and drink manufacturers to identify operations partners and establish more efficient distribution channels. As the Irish Farmers Journal reports increased lead times, especially for…
Last month, 65 recruits were called to the Naval Service headquarters (above) in Haulbowline, Cork Harbour to undertake medical and fitness tests. Just six turned up for a recruitment class that was supposed to be up to 48-strong.
#NavalService - The Irish Examiner writes of a damning report that highlights the reduced calibre of recruits in the Defence Forces, concluding that some had severe learning difficulties, others were extremely unfit, and one had been arrested numerous times by…
Stena Forerunner seen recently docked in Harwich, UK from where the 210 trailer unit ship is to depart the Essex ferryport on the North Sea coast and be deployed to Irish Sea service this month. The Chinese built ship is the third of the Stena 4 Runner MK II class and similar to half-sister Stena Carrier, which made a notable call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour earlier this summer but only for maintenance and survey related work.
#FerryNews - Responding to growing market-led demand, Stena Line is planning to upweight its freight capacity on the busy Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route this month. The operator will initially deploy the 3,000 lane metre Stena Forerunner, before replacing it…
Brexit-Buster: Celine, a giant new ro-ro vessel in October 2017 was introduced onto a Dublin-Belgium-Netherlands service which bypasses the UK. The EU has adopted proposals post-Brexit of a same links service but also inclusion of calls to Cork connecting mainland Europe. Note on the Dublin Bay horizon, Stena Adventurer sailing from the UK.
#Ports&Shipping - A post-Brexit new shipping route will see Ireland connected to Europe via the Netherlands and Belgium under EU contingency plans. The European Commission reports The Independent has adopted a proposal which will see Dublin and Cork ports connected…
Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Rescues Six From Vessel Caught On Pot Marker
#RNLI - Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a small powerboat with six onboard on Sunday evening (5 August) when their vessel was caught up on a fishing pot marker just off Dalkey. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their…
Afloat took this photo albeit during a brief shower showing Stena Scotia just days before the freightferry returned to the Irish Sea. The 1,692 lane metres capacity Japanese built ship berthed at the North Sea port of Killingholme on the Humber Estuary where Stena Line also operate freight-only routes to Hoek van Holland and Rotterdam.
#FerryNews - A former Irish Sea freightferry has in recent days returned to familiar duties running between Northern Ireland and England, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 120 trailer-unit Stena Scotia entered service on the Belfast-Heysham route to cover a sister, Stena…
Kinsale Regatta is Ireland's oldest at 222 years
Celebrating 222 years, the oldest regatta in Ireland is set in one of Ireland's most spectacular harbours writes Bob Bateman. Kinsale Regatta in County Cork was a fun packed weekend, with many land-based events in addition to the traditional water activities.…
Ballycotton Lifeboat In Medevac From Ferry Off East Cork Coast
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat on Saturday evening (4 August) around 7.20pm to a crew member on board the Pont-Aven cruise ferry. The female casualty, who became injured while working on the vessel, required a medevac while 30 miles off…
Mermaid National Champions 188 – Innocence helmed by Darragh McCormack and crew Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon
The 2018 Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championship came to a close today following four great days of racing at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary. With 22 boats competing in what proved to be an extremely competitive fleet, Race…
Sleek Profile: LÉ Róisín is open to public guided tours this August Bank Holiday Weekend while the OPV is berthed at Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal
#NavalService - L.E. Róisín, leadship of a pair of 'Róisín' or OPV80 class offshore patrol vessels will be open to the public in Co. Donegal this August Bank Holiday weekend. The OPV is berthed at Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly where…
In this view taken from CMV's cruiseship, Marco Polo, three of the four ship-to-shore gantry container cranes are visible at the Hull Container Terminal. Two of the cranes were constructed in Ireland by Liebherr of Killarney. In the foreground is ScotLine's timber products cargoship, Scot Mariner which had been a caller to Wicklow Port but these days other vessels from the fleet call including the 2017 newbuild Scot Navigator.
#Ports&Shipping - Earlier this year, Afloat highlighted the arrival of Irish built ship-to-shore container cranes worth £10.5 million to the UK North Sea Port of Hull where further business has since taken root, writes Jehan Ashmore. The growing trade of…
RCI's Brilliance of the Seas made a second call to Holyhead Port which Afloats adds is operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd. According to the Daily Post, the Welsh Government say they are hoping to attract more of the vessels to the shores of north Wales.
#CruiseLiners - In north Wales a huge cruise ship has docked - giving thousands of tourists reports the Daily Post the chance to see the region’s sights. The Royal Caribbean International ‘Brilliance of the Seas’, one of the biggest cruise…
A photomontage of the finished development at Castletownbere
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., attended the signing of a contract for a €23.5 million, 216m long quay development project and associated works on Dinish Island, Castletownbere in County Cork. Welcoming the signing of…
Afloat took this photo last Friday of a North Sea overnight ferry, Pride of York docked in King George Dock, Port of Hull. An incident took place on board during Sunday's return crossing from Zeebrugge, Belgium, that involved an ill-passenger taken off by helicopter.
#FerryNews - A North Sea ferry docking in Hull, England was delayed for an hour and a half after a man had to be airlifted to hospital. The Pride of York, operated by P&O ferries, reports HullLive was returning to…

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