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One of the new signs in place at Whitestrand at Miltown Malbay in West Clare
Permanent signage now in place at Spanish Point and Whitestrand Miltown Malbay beaches in west Clare hopes to rid the beaches of the scourge of plastic litter. The signs (not made of plastic) ask beachgoers to take away three pieces…
Sally Line's Ramsgate to Dunkerque ferry. AFLOAT adds this former operator at the Kent port (near to the UK's largest and busiest ferryport at Dover) was served by ferries among them The Viking (above) which during 1989, Sally chartered to B&I Line and deployed on the Dublin-Holyhead route. The state operated line was in 1992 acquired by ICG, parent company of Irish Ferries which is to introduce newbuild W.B. Yeats on the core Irish Sea route this month.
#ferries - On the UK south-east coast, the Port of Ramsgate "can not be ready" for extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the councillor for the harbour area. Seaborne Freight according to BBC News,…
The new ships include ferries for passengers and vehicles (among those to serve on the Irish Sea is W.B. Yeats as above), as well as the largest catamaran to operate in London. Afloat also adds the Irish Ferries new cruiseferry is seen docked in Dublin Port on 21 December (winter solstice). In the background is Oscar Wilde arriving from Holyhead, Wales, though this ferry had operated Rosslare-based routes to France.
#ferries - Nine new passenger ferries are planned to be launched on Ireland and UK routes which shows the industry is “continuing to thrive”, a trade body has claimed. Irish Ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries the Independent.ie reports are…
Hull registered tanker, Keewhit transferring bunkers to Oscar Wilde which had operated out of Rosslare (above) to France, is currently serving Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead route. AFLOAT also adds the route's main cruiseferry, Ulysses is due for an annual dry-docking this month when W.B. Yeats is to make a debut on the Ireland-Wales route.
#ferry - Minister for Transport has been accused of not doing enough to get a replacement for the Irish Ferries service linking Rosslare with Cherbourg. The company according to the Irish Examiner, announced just before Christmas that it was unlikely…
P&O have stopped flying the Red Ensign on two of their cross Channel ferries. AFLOAT adds as previously reported in 2012 it was then P&O's 175th anniversary. Seven years before, the famous global shipping company was divided, following the sale in 2005 of the ferry division to Dubai based DP World for £3.3 billion which operates P&O Ferries. As for cruise operations, they were sold off to Carnival UK, a subsidiary of the US owned Carnival Corporation which includes P&O Cruises and other leading brand names.
#ferry - UK flagged ships are taking down the Red Ensign to fit in with EU financial regulations as they sail through the English Channel. Southampton based P&O, writes the Express, has raised the flag of Cyprus instead of the…
Dredger Freeway which AFLOAT reported on Monday, took a lay-over period during the festive period in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The dredger departed yesterday to resume duties in Dublin Bay (above) where also seen last month (Dec.20) the Cypriot flagged W.B. Yeats made a maiden arrival to the capital.
#ferry - In Wexford, an independent local councillor claims that there is “a lot of smoke and mirrors” around the decision by Irish Ferries to halt its service from Rosslare. As Breaking News reports, Cllr Ger Carthy says that the…
Naval officers at commissioning ceremony held on Haulbowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour
#NavalService - Organisation that represents Defence Forces officers says it doesn’t have confidence that the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) will deliver much-needed pay increases for lowly-paid sailors, soldiers, and aircrews. As the Irish Examiner writes, the warning from Raco…
The Pod Marine Ltd premises at the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire
Dun Laoghaire will get a new 'boat engine showroom' if planning permission is granted at a West Pier site in the Harbour. According to a planning application received by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, applicant Pod Marine Ltd is seeking planning…
 Flossie and the Beach Cleaners on New Year's Day
Dublin Bay youngster Flossie Donnelly made a great start to the New Year with a Killiney Beach Clean Up as part of her ongoing campaign to rid Dublin Bay of plastics. As Afloat.ie previously reported, young coastal litter crusader Flossie…
Jalapeño from the National Yacht Club helmed by Paul Barrington was the RIYC Charity Race winner
There were 20 entries in a light southwesterly breeze for the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Annual Charity Race on Sunday, 30th December 2018 Race officers Henry Leonard and Paul McCarthy laid a triangle/sausage/ triangle course which was completed in an hours…
Dredger Freeway seen in Dublin Port, on the first day after arrival in October. Recently due to berth space restrictions, the hopper-dredger had sought permission to dock in Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the festive period.
#DublinBay - A dredger docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour just days before Christmas Day, remains in port due to space restrictions in neighbouring Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The hopper dredger Freeway which Afloat tracked upon arrival to Dublin Port…
The small red hulled workboat, James, was used to assist in work carried out at the Kish Lighthouse in Dublin Bay. The vessel is fitted with a bow loading ramp and is seen with a navigational aid on deck while in Dublin Bay inbound for Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
#Lighthouses - A workboat operating from Dun Laoghaire Harbour which was used to assist the Commissioners of Irish Lights has completed duties offshore at the Kish Lighthouse, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Westport registered workboat, James, Afloat spotted since the summer…
UK to spend more than £100m chartering extra ferries to ease congestion at Dover. Ireland is in danger of becoming over reliant on Dublin Port (where W.B. Yeats above approaches) while reducing the potential of the port (Rosslare) closest to the EU, Labour party leader Brendan Howlin has said.
#FerryNews - The Irish Times writes the Government needs to “immediately move” to bolster and diversify transport links to the European Union, the Labour Party has said. Labour party leader Brendan Howlin said the Government is “standing idly by” while…
LÉ George Bernard Shaw is to open to public tours in Galway Docks
#NavalService - LÉ George Bernard Shaw, the latest ship to join the ranks of the Irish Navy, will be open for the public to look around next week in Galway Docks. As the Galway Daily writes, LÉ George Bernard Shaw…
DFDS is one of the companies to sign a contract with the UK Government in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. The ro-ro freight ferries will operate from ports such as Felixstowe in Suffolk where AFLOAT spotted in the summer, a DFDS North Sea serving Gardenia Seaways (262 trailers / 4,076m load space). The 210m vessel that operated on the Vlaardingen, Netherlands route, was launched last year was built by FGS, the same German yard that constructed Irish Ferries cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. The cruiseferry last week arrived to Dublin Port following a delivery voyage that involved the North Sea.
#FerryNews - The British government has spent more than £100 million on ferries to ease potential problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Department for Transport (DfT) reports RTE News, has signed contracts with French firm Brittany Ferries,…
Additional capacity could ease congestion in Dublin Port, says chief executive of SFPC. The largest port on the estuary is at Foynes where above is bulker Foxtrott
#ShannonEstuary - The port of Shannon Foynes writes The Irish Times, could take any post-Brexit strain off Irish east coast ports should Border checks lead to congestion, its chief executive has said. Pat Keating, chief executive of Shannon Foynes Port…

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