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Port of Cork Award Safehaven Marine New Pilot Boat Contract
Port of Cork
The Port of Cork has today announced that local Cork Company, Safehaven Marine have been awarded the contract to build the Port of Cork's new pilot vessel. Due to be delivered in 2012, Safehaven Marine beat off strong competition from…
Sponsorships of Ice-Sea Giants
Ferry
A two-year title sponsorship deal has been signed by Irish Sea ferry operator, Stena Line and the ice-hockey team the Belfast Giants, writes Jehan Ashmore. Next month the team are to play in a special pre-season game against the Nottingham…
Russian Naval Destroyer Departs Dublin
Navy
After making a rare Irish call, the Russian Navy anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Chabaneko (650) departed Dublin Port, this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pilot cutter Dodder escorted the 8,950 tons full load displacement Udaloy II class destroyer out into Dublin…
Port of Cork
Port of Cork

Port of Cork

25th July 2011
The Port of Cork is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and is one of only two Irish ports which service the requirements of all six shipping modes i.e. Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Break…
'Reasonable' Performance by Port of Cork in 2010
Port of Cork
The Port of Cork Company have today announced their annual results for 2010 and despite the current economic climate the Port of Cork delivered a reasonable performance with total traffic at the Port of Cork amounting to 8.8 million tonnes,…
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…

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