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Sunday’s start will be at 11.55 a.m., as had been fixed for Saturday.
Cork Harbour
The Annual Naval Race, a major sailing event in Cork Harbour, due to be sailed tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed until Sunday due to forecast bad weather conditions tomorrow writes Tom MacSweeney. Sunday’s start will be at 11.55 a.m., as…
A windy start to the 2016 Kish Race
Dublin Bay
As of mid-day today (Friday) there has been a late surge in entries for the Kish Race this Sunday which now stands at 34 yachts, ranging from Benetau 21.7’s, J 70’s to 40 Footers, with a Falmouth Working Boat mixed in…
River Shannon Cruising can be slow or fast–paced as we discovered in a three day adventure in Leitrim and North Roscommon
Inland Waterways
Exploring the Shannon by boat with a Carrickcraft three-day cruiser hire was not the first choice for David O'Brien and family's September weekend getaway. But North Roscommon gave a lot more than expected With the summer ebbing away, my family were…
Valentia island ferry, God Met Ons III
Island News
#islandnews- An island ferry says Fáilte Ireland cannot be included, such a new ferry was felt to be crucial for tourism in the South-West, among major projects eligible for grant aid. As the Irish Examiner writes, EU rules governing state…
'Keepers of the Port' filmed and directed by Moira Sweeney is the second of two films at the IFI Temple Bar, Dublin this Saturday, 23 September. Above: Close up of the machinery used to load and unload containers at a ship docked in the port's MTL Terminal, Ringsend.
Dublin Port
#films - This Saturday, 23 September, the Irish Film Institute Temple Bar in association with Aemi Productions are to screen two films as part of Dublin Port's perspectives series port | river | city project. TIME AND TIDE: Tribute to…
The chimney stack of Anglesey Aluminium, this is a familiar landmark which is visible from Snowdonia. Afloat adds that the former plant in north Wales outside Holyhead is from where exports were made through the port using an exclusive jetty. This structure is adjacent to where rivals Irish Ferries and Stena Line currently berth at Salt Island. The Port of Holyhead is operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd, who are the statutory harbour authority which also manages visiting cruiseships.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - When the north Wales plant of Anglesey Aluminium closed its site in Holyhead there was a commitment of a ‘jobs’ legacy to bring new work into the port town. The closure of smelting (2009) and then re-melt (2013)…
Alexandra Basin where works are underway to redevelop this part of Dublin Port whose office headquarters are in the background. Berthed on the left is Doggersbank at the jetty for loading lead-zinc ore from Boliden (former Tara Mines). The jetty is to be demolished as part of the works and on the right is Novatrans alongside the agri-products facility.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - “More EU budget for transport, the best investment plan for Europe” is the slogan launched today from a coalition of thirty European transport organisations. The campaign is calling for a strong connecting Europe Facility for the next financial…
in this file photo taken earlier this year are initial construction stages of City Quays 2 development. Afloat adds that along the quay is where the old Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry terminal was located. In the background to the right of the tower under construction are the Belfast Harbour Commissioners headquarters.
Belfast Lough
#belfastlough - Belfast Harbour Commissioners has announced that ITV Broadcasting, owners of UTV are the latest tenant for its new £250 million City Quays 2 office development. City Quays 2 is a new office led development of 20 acres on…
Majority of Irish exporters trading with the UK will require help in the next month's budget to cushion the effects of Brexit. Above: Containership Sophia departing in Dublin Bay.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping -A majority of Irish exporters, more than 9 out of 10 trading with the UK writes The Irish Examiner need some sort of help in next months budget to cushion the effects of Brexit, according to the Irish Exporters’…
A new container service operated by WEC Lines (see above ship from among Dutch owners fleet) is to link ports on a Ireland-UK-Iberian network starting in late September
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - A new container shipping service connecting Dublin and Liverpool along with an Iberian network of ports is to begin later this month, writes Jehan Ashmore The company WEC Lines is a Dutch operator that will connect the Irish…
Culture Night 2017 (Friday 22 September) Among those events with a maritime setting is the Harvest Moon Celebration taking place at Hook Head Lighthouse, Co. Wexford
Lighthouses
#CutlureNight - Among the numerous events of Culture Night 2017 there are those with a distinct maritime theme. A notable event taking place on the night (Friday 22 Sept) is the annual Harvest Moon celebration at Hook Head Lighthouse, Co.…
File photo: On the left is a structure under construction at the Dong Energy site at Harland & Wolff where other renewable energy firms are engaged with manufacturing at the facility in Belfast.
Power From the Sea
#powerfromthesea - Harland and Wolff, the former giant of shipbuilding in Belfast is meeting demands from new contracts and is currently hiring a range of staff, it has emerged. As the Belfast Telegraph writes, the marine and engineering firm is…
The Connecting Europe Conference takes place in Tallinn beginning tomorrow. Afloat adds that the Estonian shipping company Tallink among its fleet operates the new MS Megastar delivered in early 2017 on the service linking Helsinki, Finland. The €230 million cruiseferry is the first in the fleet to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Following the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) attendance of last week's LISW17, the Irish government shipping agency will also be attending the Connecting Europe Conference taking place this week in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The IMDO will…
Transit Gateway: Mapping Phase 8: Dublin Port from 1965 to 1986 / Transition
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As part of “Port Perspectives”, the project Transit Gateway documents the transitional changes of the shape of Dublin Port from its medieval shoreline to its current infrastructure. The penultimate seminar takes place next week in The LAB, Foley…
Bibby Stockholm is one of two large-scale apartment barges proposed as a solution for students struggling to find accommodation in Galway
Galway Harbour
#Galway - Galway Harbour Company has ruled out any notion of floating student accommodation in the city’s docks. According to Galway Bay FM, harbour CEO Eamon Bradshaw said lack of space in the inner docks was the reason for rejecting…
While walking along the Great South Wall of Dublin Port Neil Carroll and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll who happened upon the 'Projection Support Structure' by Fiona McDonald
Dublin Port
#portperspectives - While taking a stroll along the Great South Wall was Neil Carroll and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll (pictured above) who happened upon the 'Projection Support Structure' by Fiona McDonald. The structure forms part of the final installation of Dublin Port…

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