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Seimic-survey ship Mainport Pine seen in Asian waters made her maiden Irish port of call to owners Mainport whose homeport is located in Cork
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - An unusually high concentration of Mainport Group vessels among them a seismic-survey ship made a maiden Irish port of call to her owners homeport of Cork Harbour this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored the arrival of…
John Twomey, with crew, at the helm of his Sonar keelboat
Olympic
John Twomey, Ireland’s most decorated Paralympian athlete, to host exclusive black-tie ball in Cork in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland.  The Cork Jazz Ball in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland is set to take place at the Clayton Silver Springs…
Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO
Ports & Shipping
“Connecting Ships, Ports and People” is the theme of World Maritime Day which is today, September 28, as marked by the International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations maritime agency. Does anybody notice anything being done officially by the Government here,…
Sally is heading for warmer waters in October
Marine Wildlife
'After almost five months of giving her tender loving care, the latest sea turtle rescued in Kerry is to head for Warmer Spanish waters'. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, writes Tom MacSweeney, says that the turtle, brought to the Aquarium “for some much-needed…
The pair of cargoship steamers S.S. Hare (top) and S.S. Adela (bottom) that were attacked in separate incidents by German submarine U-Boats a century ago that led to the combined loss of 36 crew. A joint commemorative public plaques unveiling ceremony for descendants of the victims takes place this Saturday, 30 Sept (13.00hrs) at Custom House Quay, Dublin.
Dublin Port
#WWIcargoshipsCeremony - To mark the centenary of the sinking of two merchant cargo steamships in the Irish Sea and loss of life, an unveiling of plaques are to take place this Saturday in Dublin, writes Jehan Ashmore.    Family descendents…
An old image of Crane 292 while it was still in use. Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port Company, Paddy Paisley, Liam O’Brien and Tony Forde who all worked on the cranes and are still employees of the port.
Dublin Port
#dublinport- A striking change to the capital's skyline that been based downriver has been made possible with the Dublin Port Company resurrecting one of its iconic 1960s cranes. The 115 feet tall Crane 292 has been lovingly restored to its…
Making a rare visit by a cruiseship to Warrenpoint Harbour, Co. Down is Saga Pearl II. The small 'yacht-like' cruiseship with only a 449 capacity had called to port along the scenic Carlingford Lough.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Warrenpoint Harbour welcomed the return call of a cruiseship to the Co. Down port that first launched this trade in recent years, writes Jehan Ashmore. Saga Pearl II had arrived into the scenic surroundings of Carlingford Lough last…
New pilot boat for the Port of Holyhead, the St. Columba will be used to transfer pilots and crew to ships (not ferries) but visiting cruiseships arriving and departing
Ferry
#ferryport - An investment in a new pilot boat to be used at the north Wales ferryport of Holyhead Port took place last month. The boat built by Holyhead Marine Services Ltd is to a design created by Camarc Design…
Superyacht Air, a 265–foot Feadship, during her Kinsale visit in June 2015. The yacht also visited Kinsale again in 2016 and is part of a growing fleet of superyachts coming to Irish waters
Cork Harbour
In a move to broaden the base of its operations even further, and capitalise on the ever growing global Superyacht market, the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) has made significant investments in developing its course programmes for this exciting…
Stowaways: The men were found on board the Epsilon ferry, between Cherbourg and Dublin.
Ferry
#ferry - An airlift to hospital took place of two stowaways with hypothermia after being found hidden in a fridge of a passenger ferry. As the BBC News reports, Kingsbridge Police said the Afghan men were on board a Cherbourg,…
RCYC General Manager Gavin Deane was also helming a National 18 dinghy in the end of season crews race at Crosshaven
National 18
Last Friday evening saw the last races of the National 18 season that consisted of two races in front of Royal Cork Yacht Club and with buoys at the rear of the RCYC marina for an unusual course configuration on the Owenabue…
A Spring tide helped carry the fleet into the harbour at 3pm for the end of the Naval Race
Cork Harbour
Kieran & Liz O'Brien's MG335 Magnet was the IRC all–in winner of Cork Harbour's Naval Race on Sunday. White Sails IRC was Pat Barrett/Roy Hanan's Plumbat writes Bob Bateman. As well as a race in itself this year's 15-boat Naval Race formed one of…
The Grand Soleil 44 Race 'Eluthera', Frank Whelan of Greystones SC, won with a very comfortable margin
Dublin Bay
47 boats entered the 2017 edition of the DMYC Kish Race which, in this particular instance, should have been renamed the DMYC North Burford Race as the Race Officer of the day, Neil Colin, adequately judge that there was not…
Scenic Ulster: Ferries Part of Ireland’s Largest Domestic Operator
Ferry
#ferry –This summer saw the much awaited launch of Scenic Carlingford Lough service, however the Limerick based owners introduced another ferry in Ulster this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. To recap firstly is the new historic first Carlingford service which saw operator,…
The PV Mary Ann of Dunloe, pictured here, was carrying its maximum of 12 passengers with four bicycles at the time of the incident
MCIB
#MCIB - Marine investigators have highlighted a series of poor practices in their report into the flooding of a small passenger ferry on Lough Leane last September. Twelve passengers and the boat’s master were tipped into the water when the…
Guy Perrem Trophy winners at Monkstown Greensleeves Crew Skipper Jim Doyle, Denis Long and John Creagh
Cork Harbour
The memorial sailing race for the Guy Perrem Trophy,part of the annual cruiser racing schedule at Monkstown Bay SC had Cove SC boats joining the MBSC fleet for the start at Monkstown under Race Officer Alan Fleury. This was part…

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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