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Cruiseship Calls to Dublin Includes Ship-to-Ship Refuelling
Cruise Liners
Cruiseships of varying size, vintage and design were all represented in Dublin Port today, as they surrounded the berths at Ocean Pier, writes Jehan Ashmore. First to make an appearance in the early hours was Princess Cruises Dawn Princess (built…
New Vessel on the Horizon for Celtic Link Ferries
Ferry
Celtic Link Ferries have named their new vessel Celtic Horizon, a 27,552 tonnes ro-pax ferry which is to enter the Rosslare-Cherbourg port route in October, writes Jehan Ashmore. A competition to name the vessel (see photo) drew a wide response…
Former Irish Sea Freight-Ferries Reach Mediterranean and Black Sea Ports
Ferry
With less than a week in service on the Larne-Troon port route, the ro-ro freight ferry Norcape has replaced the European Mariner which is reportedly sold to Turkish ship-breakers, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Norcape (1979/14,087grt) entered service on 17 July…
Loop Head: A Guiding Light for Foynes-Bound Cruise Calls
Cruise Liners
Visitors to Ireland's newest coastal tourist attraction at Loop Head Lighthouse will not only have stunning sea views but also as a place to observe seasonal cruise ships calling to Foynes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Within the next seven days, three…
Mainport Group adds Supply Seismic Support Vessel to Global Fleet
Ports & Shipping
The Mainport Group, an Irish owned integrated marine services company have bare-boat chartered the AHTS Dina Alliance from Norwegian interests, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dina Alliance is a supply seismic support vessel which is currently on duty servicing three other seismic…
'Malahide Afloat' addition to Malahide Festival
Maritime Festivals
There will be an added nautical flavour to this year’s Malahide Festival with the introduction of a new feature entitled ‘Malahide Afloat’, devised by Malahide Yacht Club and organised on Saturday 23rd July in conjunction with Malahide Marina and Malahide…
Not One Not Two but Three Cruise Callers to Cork
Cruise Liners
The Port of Cork will be a busy place this Tuesday as three cruiseships are scheduled to dock in the morning and depart this evening, writes Jehan Ashmore. Largest of the trio is P&O Cruises 115,000 tonnes cruise giant Azura, which is…
Rare Russian Naval Call Due to Dublin Port
Navy
A rare naval visitor to Dublin Port is to be made from that of the Russian Navy when the anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Chabaneko (650) is to dock next weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Measuring 8,950 tons full load displacement and 163m/ 534ft…
Two Months To Go Till Galway Ironman
Galway Harbour
There's less than two months to go till the inaugural Ironman triathlon in Galway. As reported on Afloat.ie last year, the City of the Tribes was chosen to host Ireland's first ever Ironman 70.3 event on 4 September. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/galway-harbour/item/14215-ireland-joins-ironman-calendar-for-2011/ Thirty-five…
New €1.5m Rail-Spur for Dublin Port
Dublin Port
The opening this week of a new rail-spur in Dublin Port by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar T.D.,brings a boost to rail freight competitiveness, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dublin Port Company invested €1.5m for the 1.6km long rail-spur expansion which links…
Greystones to get 'Best Launching Facilites' in Ireland says Councillor
Greystones Harbour
The 'best public boat launching facilities in Ireland' will be provided in a final Greystones Harbour Plan released today, according to Fine Gael Concillor Derek Mitchell. Having consulted with the community Sispar has produced their final plan for the Harbour…
Loop Head Lighthouse Opens its Doors for the First Time in 300 Years
Lighthouses
Loop Head lighthouse station, Kilbaha, Co. Clare opens to the public for the first time in its 341-year history this Summer. The lighthouse is being opened to visitors on a trial basis for the remainder of July and August. The Mayor of…
Brand New Marina Calls to Dublin
Cruise Liners
Dublin Port welcomed a brand new cruiseship the 66,000 tonnes Marina which docked adjacent to the veteran cruiseship, Marco Polo today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Marina is the first of a pair of mid-sized newbuilds for Oceania Cruises, her sister Riviera…
Dun Laoghaire 'Needs Master Plan To Move Harbour Forward'
Dublin Bay
In a letter to The Irish Times last week, the principal of Ireland's largest sailing school hails the introduction of the new 'master plan' for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/0709/1224300391391.html Alistair Rumball, director of the Irish National Sailing School (INSS), argues…
Ferry With 'Tourist Office' Celebrates 100,000th Passenger
Ferry
Operators of the Cork-Swansea port route, Fastnet Line celebrated their 100,000th passenger late last month, after opening the service in March 2010, writes Jehan Ashmore. While down on its initially forecasted target, it should be noted that, between January to…
Largest Vessel Transits Samuel Beckett Swing-Bridge
Ports & Shipping
With sweeping lines the 54m private motor-yacht Fortunate Sun became the largest vessel to transit Dublin's Samuel Beckett swing-bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore. The motoryacht (click PHOTO) which has luxurious accommodation for 10 guests and 12 crew had sailed from the Scottish…

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