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The Rankin dinghy is renowned in Cobh in Cork Harbour
As darkness fell and the lights came on at the RCYC Marina on Friday night I was a happy man. We had sailed our first club evening race in Cork Harbour the UK Sailmakers Ireland League, without any hassle. We…
Dolphins playing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It does the heart good
The National Yacht Club's Mal Nowlan couldn't believe his eyes on Saturday afternoon when a pod of dolphins came into the harbour to play around his boat. 'I was calibrating my RIB’s compass when DBSC’s Committee Boat 'Freebird' came into the harbour…
The Manx Government is to acquire the Isle of Man Steam Packet (otherwise known as the Steam-Packet) whose pair of ferries (one fast-ferry) are seen above docked in Douglas Harbour. BBC News adds that in 2017, the government rejected the Steam Packet company's offer which included investing £65m in "two state-of-the-art vessels"
#FerryNews - In an announcement today, the Manx Government has plans to acquire the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IoMSPC) for £124m. If approved by Tynwald later this month, BBC News writes the deal would see the government commit…
Connemara (note in revised all-white livery) makes a first call to Cork Harbour yesterday morning having arrived without passengers nor freight from Santander, Spain. Today, the chartered ropax made a debut for Brittany Ferries, albeit on the French route from Cork but instead of calling to Roscoff, the ferry diverted to Brest and berthed this afternoon.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries new chartered Connemara has completed a maiden voyage overnight from Cork however instead of arriving in Roscoff, the ropax ferry diverted to Brest from where the ship this afternoon has just berthed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Dublin Port ahead of deepwater channel dredging operations that began late last year
#DublinBay - All planned diving expeditions in Dublin Bay have been cancelled due to silt from dredging operations clouding the water, it has been claimed. The Irish Times reports that Irish Underwater Council members have abandoned all scheduled dives, as…
A reader enquires about sailing on lovely Lough Allua
Dear Editor, I moved to Inchigeelagh, Co Cork last October. My first Summer here is being filled with admiring all of the beautiful scenery. I've got a bug about sailing in the local lake that just won't go away, I'm…
The J24 association have been targeting a number of areas to reach 30 boats for this year's national championships on the Shannon Estuary
The J24 Association has been growing its fleet steadily over the past few years and last year had an impressive 26 boats at the National Championships in Sligo. This year the J24 Association are keen to improve on that number…
The first cruise ship to call to Cape Clear, off West Cork took place last Thursday when Ocean Nova anchored offshore
#CruiseLiners - For the first time ever a cruise ship called to the West Cork island of Cape Clear last Thursday morning with a group of 70 bird watchers. Guests on the cruise ship Ocean Nova, writes the Evening Echo,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#DLHarbour - Solicitors for Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company called for the retraction of “damaging and disparaging statements” made at a council meeting on the transfer of the port to local authority control, it has emerged. According to today’s Sunday Times (6 May), the…
Not the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead ferry but the 'Howth' Ferry operated by Dublin Bay Cruise excursion vessel St. Bridget (as depicted on the advert) displayed at the beginning of the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the background is docked the imposing presence of Stena Carrier, the largest ever ro-ro (freight-only ferry) ship to enter the south Dublin Bay harbour. On the left is the National Yacht Club, one of four yachts clubs situated between the East and West Piers of the harbour which last year marked a bi-centenary when construction began in 1817 on the south Dublin Bay 'asylum' harbour.
#DublinBay - As Afloat previously reported the recent arrival of Stena Carrier to Dun Laoghaire Harbour was a surprise to many an onlooker as the imposing vessel towered above Carlisle Pier, writes Jehan Ashmore. Stena Carrier is the largest ever…
The project will double landing space on Dinish Island   
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today welcomed the formal granting of planning permission for a 216 metre quay extension project on Dinish Island, Castletown Bere. Welcoming the decision by Cork County Council the Minister…
Making an impression: MSC Meraviglia, leadship of a new next-generation of 5,700 passenger capacity cruiseships. The giant cruiseship will be the largest to visit Irish waters as the vessel is scheduled to call to Dublin Port in the early hours of tomorrow, Saturday, 5 May
#DublinPort - MSC Meraviglia is set to break a record (in passenger capacity) as the largest ever ship to visit an Irish port with a maiden call to Dublin Port in the early hours of tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. At…
Above the venue for European Sea Ports Conference (ESPO) Conference 2018 will be in Rotterdam for two-days: 31 May-1 June
#Ports&Shipping- The European Commission proposal for the Multi Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 adopted on Wednesday, reserves a similar budget for the Connecting Europe Facility, the financial instrument for Transport, in the current financial period. The proposal foresees 12,8 billion EUR…
The Royal Princess will hold a commanding presence in the city’s port with her size more than two-and-a-half times the length of Dublin’s Spire
The 330m Royal Princess cruise ship arrived in Dublin this afternoon carrying more than 3,000 passengers and crew. Her arrival kickstarts a record cruise season for Dublin Port with 151 cruise calls confirmed for 2018, bringing just over 270,000 visitors…
Silver Muse Is Galway’s First Cruise Call Of 2018
#CruiseLiners - Galway’s first cruise call of 2018 is the Silver Muse currently anchored off Mutton Island, as Galway Bay FM reports. The flagship of Silversea Cruises made her maiden Irish port of call off Dunmore East last September, just…
Lieut Cmdr Anthony Geraghty on board LE William Butler Yeats in Dublin Port yesterday, where Afloat adds the OPV90 class vessel remains in port as a trio of European navalships arrive in the capital today and over the May Bank Holiday weekend. (See story: Naval Visits)
#Navy - Ireland’s military engagement was given strong support in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations it was heard at two separate events held in Dublin. As The Irish Times writes, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told a meeting of the Irish…

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