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Royal Cork's Cian Byrne roll tacking in the changeable and gusty conditions of the MBSC Saturday Series sailed in Cork Harbour
Laser
Daragh O'Sullivan continues to lead the 16–boat Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser dinghy League in Cork Harbour by a margin of two points from local Chris Bateman after nine races and two discards. Charles Dwyer is third. Overall results are downloadable…
The €150 million, 54,985 gross tonnes cruise ferry will arrive into Dublin next July when it will enter year-round service on Ireland – France and Dublin – Holyhead routes
Ferry
The completed hull of the new Irish Ferries cruise ferry W. B. Yeats – ceremonially named by Ms. Rikki Rothwell – was launched into the water earlier today at the shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau–Gesellschaft in Flensburg, Germany where the vessel…
Participants in the MBSC Laser league. The fleet has been joined by some of Cork’s leading dinghy sailors. They include John Durcan, 49er sailor Cian Byrne and Nick Walsh, 2017 National 18ft British and Irish Championships winner.
Laser
The competitive instinct of Laser sailors is tightening the battle for honours in the Winter League in Cork Harbour being run by Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. The fleet has been joined by some of Cork’s leading dinghy sailors. They include…
Waves breaking over Howth’s East Pier, seen here in 2016, are a danger to walkers in stormy weather
Irish Harbours
#Howth - The response was mixed from locals for plans for storm protection works at Howth Harbour, as The Irish Times reports. The Department of the Marine hosted an information day in the North Co Dublin village yesterday (Wednesday 17…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the fact that the Commission proposal is stressing the importance of an open investment environment. Above: Ringaskiddy Deep Water Terminal located in lower Cork Harbour, is where larger and deep draft ships are increasingly calling to the Port of Cork.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation last September, establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the EU and a Communication entitled “Welcoming foreign direct Investment while Protecting Essential Interests”. The European Sea…
Artists impression of W.B. Yeats, weather permitting is due to be launched tomorrow from a German shipyard. The €144m cruiseferry is to make a debut in mid-July on the Ireland-France service linking Dublin and Cherbourg.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Weather permitting, Irish Continental Group (ICG)’s €144m newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats, is due to be launched tomorrow from a German shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The giant 55,500 gross tonnage W.B. Yeats with a capacity for 1,885 passengers and…
Royal Netherlands Navy landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious ship HNLMS Johan de Witt and a frigate is to pay a visit to Dublin Port over the weekend.  Above: The LPD is seen on a previous call in recent years when approaching the port while in the shipping channel in Dublin Bay. Note at the stern, the landing well-dock's ramp.
Naval Visits
#NavalVisits – One of the biggest Royal Netherlands Navy ships and a frigate is to visit Dublin Port, so to enable crew members time-off in addition to carrying out diplomatic and trade functions, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Rotterdam-class HNLMS Johan…
The Norwegian Breakaway sailed into the severe storm system earlier this month
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - The ‘bomb cyclone’ that hit the US east coast over New Year’s was bad news for one cruise liner that tried to beat the odds — but ended up right in the thick of it. According to Mashable,…
A model of the proposed mixed use development in Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Bartra Property is seeking planning permission at the site of the former premises of Western Marine. The above development plan (buildings marked in red by campaigners Save Bulloch Harbour) who Afloat add are to discuss at a public meeting on Tuesday 23 January (7.30pm) in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Western Marine sold the premises in 2016, however the business remains operating to include a sales office located in nearby Glenageary.
Dublin Bay
#DublinBay - A Councillor has urged Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to reject the latest plans for Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, writes the Dublin Gazette. Councillor Michael Merrigan (Ind) has called on council planners to reject the current planning application for…
Overall Growth at Dublin Port 2007 – 2017
Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company has today reported full year trading figures for 2017. The latest figures show that cargo volumes through Dublin Port hit record levels for the third successive year with growth of 4.3% to reach a new record level…
An artist's impression of Connemara, a Visentini built ropax ferry that will be chartered-in to operate the new direct Ireland-Spain route between Cork-Santander, the first ever ferry link between the countries. Operations are to start at the end of April based on schedule of two return-sailings a week.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Today, Brittany Ferries announced a new direct Ireland-Spain route, the first time ever a ferry service has linked the countries. Starting at the end of April, the service between Cork and Santander, will be making two return-sailings a…
The existing ferry terminal at the Liverpool landing stage (Princess Parade), where vehicles await loading of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-craft Manannan that operates on the seasonal link to Douglas.
Ferry
#FerryNews- Manx Radio reports on a project that has officially begun work that will eventually see a new ferry terminal for passengers. The first phase of the £5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme got under way with a groundbreaking ceremony earlier…
The long running DMYC Frostbite series makes the front page of the Irish Times this morning. The series that is running since 1969 held in harbour racing on Sunday
Dublin Bay
For the second round of Frostbite racing in Series 2, Race Officer Cormac Bradley set the 31-boat fleet a triangular course and with the assistance of one of the competitors tried to make sure that the top reach was able…
Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France
Ferry
Accessing Ireland’s most popular offshore destination, the Aran Islands, and the Cliffs of Moher by sea is to get a lot more comfortable, faster and environmentally friendly thanks to a record investment by one of the best known sea faring…
As Afloat has previously reported, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena notably made a historic once-off visit to Dublin and Cork (Cobh) during a private cruise-charter in 1995. More than two decades the 6,767grt ship made a first in 2016, by visiting London (as above alongside HMS Belfast) while on a special farewell voyage prior to the withdrawal from the South Africa-St. Helena service (due to have closed that year) but instead is to take place within weeks. The reason for the delay to decommission the 'RMS' service arose due to initial safety concerns following completion of St. Helena's first commercial airport and in which have since been resolved. Flights connecting to the remote South Atlantic island began last October.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The unique Royal Mail Ship, RMS St Helena (see related ship for sale report), will depart on a final voyage from the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena on Saturday, 10 February, having dutifully served for the…
There's a shout out for series two of the DMYC Frostbites
Dublin Bay
DMYC organiers are studying a dip in entries for its annual Frostbite series. Numbers have dropped significantly from the typical 80 – 90 boats over recent years to 52 this year, 24 of which are Lasers. Despite best efforts to…

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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