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Launch of Migrant–Built Traditional Currach in Cork
In July of this year, a group of adults arrived in the boatyard at Meitheal Mara in Crosses Green in the heart of Cork City to learn about a proposed new boat-building programme. For 25 years now Meitheal Mara has…
Unite says UK shipyards like Belfast's Harland & Wolff should get work otherwise cranes could “end up as tourist attractions” if MoD contracts go overseas
#BelfastLough - Belfast's iconic cranes of Samson and Goliath could “end up as tourist attractions” if military shipbuilding contracts are awarded overseas, it has been warned. As Belfast Live reports the union UNITE made the claim as they launched a…
Large by containership standards (that is in Dublin Bay), MSC Ela of 4,900TEU capacity which made only an 'anchorage' call to collect a part following engine problems is seen departing off The Muglins Lighthouse in the south of the bay last week, Friday.  Note the pilot cutter alongside amidships. At the time regular containership caller to Dublin Port, ICG's division EUCON whose Elbstrand (circa 1000 TEU) is arriving from mainland Europe.
#Ports&Shipping - MSC Ela, the large containership which due to engine-problem was forced to divert to Dublin Bay last week while on a voyage from UK to the USA, has finally arrived in New York Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Irish Naval Service’s LÉ Niamh (above) along with sister Afloat adds, Roisin the namesake of the OPV80/ P50 class patrol vessels would undergo a mid-life refit as part of Defence Forces spending which in 2019 will increase by €47.5m to almost €1b
#NavalService - Naval Service along with the Army and Air Corps that form the Defence Forces reports The Irish Times, has received significant extra money for purchases of new equipment next year. Morale in the Defence Forces has been hit…
Relatives of S.S. Dundalk on RTE's Nationwide edition (last night also featured RMS Leinster) where a commemorative ceremony was held in advance to the 100th anniversary (14 October). AFLOAT has identified the ceremony took place on board the Isle of Man Steam Packet's Mannanan (with master above). The fastferry took a special detour to the wreck site.
#ssDundalk - Only four days after the sinking of RMS Leinster, another Irish Sea steamer S.S. Dundalk was torpedoed on 14th October 1918 just weeks before the end of World War 1. As the Dundalk Democrat writes, twenty lives were…
RMS Leinster: A waterfront walk of remembrance through the harbour town of Dun Laoghaire took place yesterday on the centenary anniversary of the WWI disaster. There was a great turnout for the special day where Afloat adds the procession passed close to the RMS Leinster (anchor) memorial opposite Carlisle Pier, from where the steamer departed but would never return.  Note appropriately those dressed to represent 'RMS' passengers walk ahead of officials prior to arriving at the state ceremony held beside the dlr Lexicon Library.
#rmsLeinster - The First Minister of Wales along with Irish dignitaries, ambassadors among them from the UK and Germany attended in Dun Laoghaire yesterday a state commemoration ceremony on the centenary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Involved to the end. The late Fred Espey in his eighties, fulfilling his longtime role as President and Chairman of the Sandycove Bathers Association. In addition to his many sailing roles, he was a lifelong swimmer at the Forty Foot, and an experienced diver
Fred Espey of Dun Laoghaire, who has died aged 85, was best-known in sailing as Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club from 2001 to 2004, the culmination of many years of service to the club in a variety of…
Proposals to move material collected during dredging at Carlingford Lough to within the bay. AFLOAT adds above cruiseship Saga Pearl II is seen off Warrenpoint Port
#Ports&Shipping - On both sides of the border, The Irish News writes campaigners are objecting to plans to deposit dredged material within Carlingford Lough, claiming it would bring nuclear substances into the bay. As covered on Afloat.ie, Warrenpoint Port is…
On the centenary anniversary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, relatives from the disaster carried out wreath-laying ceremony at the wreck site off the Kish Bank this morning. AFLOAT adds the relatives where on board excursion vessel St. Bridget having departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour and escorted by LE Orla and local RNLI lifeboat Anna Livia. This afternoon a second boat trip will bring more relatives to the scene of the single-worst maritime tragedy on the Irish Sea.
#rmsLeinster - Today, relatives of those who were on RMS Leinster when it was sunk by a German submarine 100 years ago (during WWI) have visited the site of the sinking. The mail boat writes The Irish Times was torpedoed…
Kinsale Yacht Club has a strong Squib fleet
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast ….  The Squib Class are heading for Lough Derg this weekend where the Yacht Club is holding its annual Freshwater Keelboat Championships at Dromineer. It’s an end-of-season event and, for Squib sailors, follows…
RMS Leinster - tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Royal Mail Steamer (RMS) during WWI on 10 October 1918 where the disaster lead to more than 500 lives lost. As part of commemorative events, a ferry the Stena Superfast X is to pay a salute off the Kish Bank during a routine crossing from Holyhead, Wales to Dublin Port.
#rmsLeinster - Originally a Stena Line ferry sailing from Holyhead, Wales was to make a diversion in Dublin Bay involving a sail-past off Dun Laoghaire Harbour to mark tomorrow's centenary anniversary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
RMS Leinster moored in Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) in between the East Pier and on the right of image the Carlisle Pier
#rmsLeinster - A request from the Mail-Boat Leinster Centenary Committee for use of the Naval Service largest patrol vessel to carry out a wreath-laying ceremony at the wreck site off the Kish Bank tomorrow has been declined, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
A landward view of the the works at Dun Laoghaire baths site. The marine project aims to breathe new life into the seafront and provides a new pier for boaters
Work continues apace for new boating facilities on Dublin Bay at the old Dun Laoghaire Baths site in Sandycove. Over the next couple of months, the final elements of the pier construction will be installed, including caisson units (which look like large…
UCD Sailing Club in action in Firefly dinghies in Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend
The first Irish Universtiy Sailing Association (IUSA) Team Racing event of the year will be held in Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club this weekend (12th – 14th of October) with flight sheets to be posted later this week.   One…
Norwegian Pearl a 'Jewel ' class cruiseship is to make a maiden anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in season 2019
#CruiseLiners - Among the cruise callers Dun Laoghaire Harbour in season 2019 is to welcome will be Norwegian Pearl and not as previously stated a sister, writes Jehan Ashmore The sister Norwegian Jewel is the leadship of the 'Jewel' class…
Cammell Laird apprentices with RFA ships in background
#Ports&Shipping - UK based shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird on Merseyside, says winning two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) worth an estimated £619million is a massive boost. The announcement will enable the company to continue…

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