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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…
The basin of Dun Aengus Dock, Galway Port
#GalwayHarbour - The Connacht Tribune writes that the final part of the jigsaw for the Galway Harbour Company in the protracted planning process for a €126 million port extension will be submitted this month. Consultants are to lodge details of…
The Belgium Navy's frigate BNS Louise-Marine (F931) one of three European naval visitors that are today to arrive in Dublin Port and remain over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
#NavalVisits - Navies from neighbouring nations of France, Belgium and the Netherlands are to arrive in Dublin Port today in advance of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, with one ship from each navy visiting, writes Jehan Ashmore. First to arrive…
Andrew Alego's J109 'Juggerknot' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will race as RNLI Baltimore with Olympian Peter O'Leary on board for the 2018 Beaufort Cup
After the success of the inaugural Beaufort Cup for Military and Emergency teams in 2016, this year's entries are approaching 20 boats already, including no less than eight J109's for the Cork Week event. There's an excellent line up of…
A close up view of Douglas Harbour's ferry terminal and visible (on the left), one of two ro-ro ramp linkspans and associated covered passenger walkways.
#FerryNews - IOM Today reports of a newly-formed lobby group that says it has ’serious concerns’ about the ’strategic vulnerablility’ of Douglas port. Isle of Man Maritime Ltd, a not-for-profit company which has replaced the Isle of Man Shipping Association,…
Baltic Sea cruiseferry Viking Grace with newly installed 'rotor' sail, the first passenger ship to have this sail-assisted feature in the world. Afloat adds at time of writing the 57,565grt cruiseferry is on the final (eastbound) leg of the routine Stockholm (Sweden)- Åland Islands-Turku (Finland) service. The cruiseship was built in the west Finnish port.
#FerryNews - Scandinavian operator, Viking Line based in Finland, has announced that its LNG fuelled cruiseferry M / S Viking Grace has become the first passenger ship in the world to utilize wind power through mechanical rotor driving. The rotor sail…
Ulysses, Irish Ferries 50,938grt cruiseferry on the Dublin-Holyhead route where sailings are cancelled on those operated by the largest ro-ro ferry on the Irish Sea. In this file photo the Finnish-built Ulysses is seen berthed at Dublin Ferryport Terminal 1.
#FerryNews - Ulysses, Irish Ferries cruiseferry on the Dublin-Holyhead route has sailings cancelled today (2 May) and up to Friday (4 May).  According to the operator's website this is due to technical reasons. All of the cruiseferry's operated sailings in…
Royal St. George at the Millennium Bowl: Ben Cooke, Jennifer Andreasson, John O'Connor, Owen Laverty, Martin Byrne, Stephanie Bourke, Paul Maguire, Neil Hegarty, Clare Hogan, Peter Bowring, Charlie Bolger and Ailbe Millerick
This biennial tri-club team racing event championed by the late Harry Maguire for many years was run over the weekend in the Gareloch, Scotland and hosted by the Royal Northern and Clyde YC. The holders Royal St George YC travelled…
The Dong Energy site (left) and behind the famous gantry cranes of Harland & Wolff, Belfast
#BelfastLough - Chief Executive Robert Cooper has stepped down from his position in Harland & Wolff Group after a 44-year career at the shipyard, where he has been replaced by Jonathan Guest. As The Irish News reports, he began his…

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