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Ship-to-Ship Transfer of OIl Cargo Delayed Yet Again
Ports & Shipping
#SHIPPING - The transfer of hazardous cargo from the stricken tanker at the entrance to Belfast Lough has been delayed yet again due to winds nearing hurricane strength. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the Genmar Conpanion - which was redirected…
Severe Weather Disrupts Ferry Services
Ferry
#FERRY NEWS – With travel disruption to some Irish Sea ferry services due to the severe weather conditions battering across the country, the following ferry operator's website links below provide the latest sailing schedules and contact details. It is also…
Ship to Ship Transfer of Oil Cargo will Start Tomorrow
Ports & Shipping
#SHIPPING – After delays due to bad weather, the operation to remove 54,304 tonnes of Vacuum Gas Oil from the merchant vessel Genmar Companion is now scheduled to commence later today (2nd January).  The offload tanker BW Seine has now…
Naval School-Ships to take Class to Dublin
Navy
#NAVAL VISITS - The first foreign naval visitors to Dublin Port in 2012 will be the French Navy, as five of an eight-strong class of school-training ships from Brest are due to dock on Friday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The octet …
Transfer of Cargo from Stricken Tanker Delayed
Ports & Shipping
#SHIPPING - The transfer of cargo from the damaged oil tanker sheltering at the entrance to Belfast Lough has been posponed for at least two more days. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 228-metre Germar Companion - which is carrying…
Dun Laoghaire Earmarked For Stop on First MOD70 Euro Tour
Dublin Bay
#DUBLIN BAY NEWS - The inaugural European Tour for the MOD70 trimaran class is set to come to Dublin next summer, pending agreement with the relative authorities in January. The Irish Times reports that the National Yacht Club is at…
Dublin Port Cruise Sector On the Rise for 2012
Cruise Liners
#CRUISE LINERS – In 2012 the Dublin Port Company can look forward to welcoming 90 cruiseship calls, slightly up compared to this year's season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The sector in 2011 performed positively with a 7.5% increase in cruise passengers…
Seatruck Newbuild Making Progress On Irish Sea
Ferry
#FERRY NEWS -Seatruck Ferries newbuild freight-only ferry, Seatruck Progress carried out berthing trials in Dublin Port yesterday in preparation to her debut on the Liverpool route over the festive period, writes Jehan Ashmore. This was the inaugural call to the…
First Fruits of Cross-Border Project as Scotland Gets Funding for Hybrid Ferry
Ferry
#FERRY NEWS - A cross-border project to develop ferry services for island and remote communities of the Irish and Scottish coastlines has received funding in the sixth round of the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF). A grant of £450,000 (€540,000)…
Former B+I Line Freight-Ferry Bound for Turkish Breakers
Ferry
#FERRY NEWS-P&O Irish Sea's Larne-Troon freight-ferry Norcape (14,087grt) departed the Co. Antrim port last week to be broken-up at ship-breakers in Aliaga, Turkey. She originally served B+I Line as the Tipperary, but her last sailings took place on the North…
High Court Extends Protection for Cork-Swansea Ferry Operators
Ferry
#FERRY NEWS-A High Court judge has agreed to continue court protection for the companies operating the Cork-Swansea ferry service to allow for finalisation of a survival scheme, reports The Irish Times. Mr Justice Peter Kelly said yesterday he was satisfied…
Flannigan to the Fore at Ballyholme Icebreaker
Belfast Lough
#ICEBREAKER – Last Sunday saw the conclusion of Part 1 of this year's Ballyholme Yacht Club "StenaLine" Icebreaker series. The event has been a great success so far with only 2 weekends un-sailable due to weather. The numbers have been…
Portrait of R.M.S. Leinster Survivor to be Unveiled
Dublin Bay
#DUBLIN BAY NEWS-Tom Connolly, a survivor from R.M.S. Leinster which was torpedoed off the Kish Bank in 1918, will be remembered when his portrait is unveiled on 31 December. The unveiling is to take place in the Dun Laoghaire Club,…
LE Ciara Returns to Sea after Hull Repairs
Navy
#NAVAL SERVICE- The Naval Service patrol ship LE Ciara (P42) has been cleared to return to sea, following repairs to a hole in its hull, the Irish Times reports. The high-speed coastal patrol vessel (CPV) is the latest in a…
Ferry Changes on Dublin-Isle of Man Route
Ferry
#FERRY NEWS- This weekend's round-trip Douglas-Dublin sailings are to be served by fast-ferry Manannan (1998/5,743grt) instead of conventional ferry, writes Jehan Ashmore. Usually these winter sailings are operated by Ben-My-Chree (1998/12,504grt), as the Dutch built ro-pax is in dry-dock at…
Cracks in Hull Force Tanker Re-Routing to Belfast
Ports & Shipping
#SHIPPING - The Irish Times reports that a tanker carrying hazardous cargo has been allowed to berth at Belfast Port after it reported a cracked hull off the north-west coast. The 228-metre Germar Companion, which is is carrying 54,000 tonnes…

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