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Dinghy racing at the DMYC
Dublin Bay
After two Sundays of excessive wind, the wind gods looked more favourably on the Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and allowed two races to be sailed. However, the waterscape at the DMYC end of the harbour did not lend itself…
Blue skies and great breezes for Kinsale's first races of their Frostbite Series
Kinsale
Blue skies and a cold northerly breeze greeted the fleets in Kinsale Harbour yesterday as the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series got underway. RO John Stallard assembled his usual crack team to ensure that the racing is top notch. Bruce…
An artist's impression of the urban beach for Dun Laoghaire
Dublin Bay
#UrbanBeach - A funding dispute over the proposed ‘urban beach’ development for Dun Laoghaire is going to the High Court. According to Fora, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) is taking legal action against the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to annul…
The Monkstown Laser League fleet jostle for position at the start of one of yesterday's three races in Cork Harbour
Laser
Another three race wins at the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser League in Cork Harbour on Saturday means Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan has it all sewn up before the final race and he'll claim the traditional 'Yard of Ale' first…
Heavy lift operations at Cork Dockyard involve the loading of cargo onto the vessel ‘HHL Lagos’
Port of Cork
Since Friday (2nd February 2018) planned heavy lift operations at Cork Dockyard involve the loading of cargo onto the vessel ‘HHL Lagos’. Last February, as Afloat.ie reported at the time here, the same Cork Harbour dockyard was the site selected…
Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus (above in Dublin) called to Cork City yesterday and is docked along J.J Horgans Wharf from where passing motorists on the parallel N8 road leading into the city centre can see the naval visitor subject to tides on the River Lee.
Naval Visits
#NavyVisits - HNLMS Walrus which is one of the world's most sophisticated submarines arrived in Cork City yesterday for a courtesy visit this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The non-nuclear powered submarine is the leadship of the 'Walrus' class which was…
The Jacksons To Headline Dun Laoghaire’s Beatyard Festival This Summer
Maritime Festivals
#Beatyard - The Jacksons will play their first ever Irish show as a part of this summer’s Beatyard festival in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with tickets going on sale next week. Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon will headline on Friday 3…
Belfast routes to Scotland and England are served by seven Stena ships, among them above a freight ferry astern of Stena Lagan which operates to Liverpool (Birkenhead) on Merseyside.
Ferry
#FerryNews- Services on Stena Line's Belfast-Scotland and England routes in 2017 marked another record trading year for freight and passenger operations. Freight volumes on its Belfast to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham routes exceeded a record 514 000 units, which represents…
The second Full Moon of January 2018, a "blue" moon, breaks through the clouds over Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
Photographer John Coveney captures the second Full Moon of January 2018, a "blue" moon, breaks through the clouds over Dublin Bay at dusk on 31st January. Sorrento Terrace in Dalkey is in the foreground. The Muglins Light (left) and the…
Flossie Crowdfunding For Seabin In Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#Seabin - Coastal litter crusader Flossie Donnelly has raised hundreds of euro in a crowdfunding campaign to procure a Seabin water cleaning device for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The Seabin is simple but remarkably effective, essentially a floating rubbish bin with…
Sir Kenneth Branagh on board HMS Caroline, Belfast Port where the actor film director yesterday introduced a screening of his Oscar nominated film 'Dunkirk' to unsuspecting guests. The Belfast-born actor who received the 'Freedom of Belfast' in the Ulster Hall is seen in the port above with Jamie Wilson from The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A surprise visit by Sir Kenneth Branagh was made to HMS Caroline in Belfast Harbour on Tuesday - surprising a group of movie-goers who were on board to watch his turn in the Oscar nominated Dunkirk. The actor…
ICG to sell their high-speed craft (HSC) Jonathan Swift (above: underway in Dublin Bay) to a Spanish operator. A replacement vessel in the form of another HSC, Westpac Express is to maintain Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead fast-ferry operated sailings.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Irish Continental Group (ICG) announced today they are to sell their high-speed craft 'Jonathan Swift' which has served the Dublin-Holyhead for almost two decades to a Spanish operator. ICG the Dublin based group (parent company of Irish Ferries)…
RMS St. Helena at anchor off Jamestown, St. Helena having completed a final Cape Town, South Africa voyage to the remote UK overseas territory today. The deep-sea voyage took five days and the return leg next Saturday to the South Africa port will mark the final ever passenger and cargo-ship sailing.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - RMS St.Helena, the last ship from a mighty fleet that once bound Britain’s scattered empire together will arrive today (Monday, 29 January) after its final voyage to St Helena. As the UK newspaper, The Times reports the isolated British…
Irish Sea central: Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man is where Ben-My-Chree a ropax designed ferry is seen from a window of the passenger walkway connecting the ferryport terminal. Currently, the winter schedules sees the ship serve Heysham in Cumbria and at weekends Birkenhead (Liverpool) on Merseyside. During the summer months Ben-My-Chree and fastferry Manannan share seasonal duties on the Belfast and Dublin routes respectively.
Ferry
#Ferry - Ben-My-Chree, the ropax Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry completed 2017 with a reliability record of more than 99%. Operating services throughout the year, Ben-My-Chree chiefly serves Douglas-Heysham crossings and weekend sailings to Birkenhead during the winter…
If the Bill passes, Ireland will become only the third country in the world to implement a ban on the exploration of fossil fuels, after France and Costa Rica.
Environment
#MarineEnvironment - A ban on any new explorations for oil, coal, and gas on Irish territory is through a Bill about to appear before the Dail early next month. The Climate Emergency Measures Bill writes GreenNews.ie, seeks to stop the…
MSC Cruises won the 'Best Main Stream Cruise Company' pictured with other winners at the annual ITAA's Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with Aer Lingus.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners – The cruise and ferry industries were among those gathered at the annual Irish Travel Industry Awards held in association with Aer Lingus. The prestigious gala awards of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) ceremony took place recently in…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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