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A Multihull start at the Festival of Speed weekend at Ballyholme Yacht Club
The Irish Multihull Association introduced an innovative approach to their National Championships this year by inviting the 49er and 29er fleets to join them in a high-speed weekend of competitive sailing on Belfast Lough where we hosted the World F18…
Star Breeze which made a recent return cruise call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. This visit took place during the hosting of the Laser Masters World Championships which was a contributory factor in the ship berthing at St. Micheal's Pier instead of the customary use of Carlisle Pier.
#Cruiseliners - Star Breeze concluded the cruise season to the former ferryport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend, having already made a second call earlier this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Star Breeze arrived on 15 September following an overnight passage…
Iconic bridge: New Ross councillors favour Kennedy as the name of the bridge over Pink Rock by a small majority. Afloat adds that the structure to span the River Barrow, is located downriver of the Port of New Ross which is Ireland's most inland port at 32km from the sea via Waterford Estuary.
#InlandWaterways - The longest bridge in Ireland will finally be named in a fortnight's time after councillors in Piltown and New Ross voted by a small majority last week in favour of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy name at separate council…
Dublin Port is awarded the winner of 'Port of the Year', the prestigious title was presented at the Seatrade Cruise Awards, part of the Seatrade Med Cruise conference held in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
#DublinPort - Dublin Port is the winner of the 'Port of the Year' having competed from among three ports in contention for the coveted international award presented at the Seatrade Cruise Awards 2018. The awards ceremony this week took place…
Holyhead in north Wales is the UK's second busiest ferry port. Afloat adds above is Irish Ferries new Dublin Swift which entered service this season on the core central Irish Sea route linking Dublin Port.
#FerryNews- The locals in the north Wales Port of Holyhead call it hum: it's the sound of refrigeration units attached to lorry trailers waiting, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the next ferry bound for Dublin. This…
There will be no shortage of thrills 'n' spills at the Autumn League next week with a big fleet of 1720 sportsboats expected to qualify for some new fun RCYC awards
With just over one week to go to the 2018 Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn Series, things are heating up with good entries from all the south coast clubs including Kinsale Yacht Club, the newly founded Great Island SC, Monkstown…
The 2016 DMYC Kish Race departs Dun Laoghaire in breezy conditions
Holding their nerve in the face of forecast stormy conditions for the weekend, the DMYC in Dun Laoghaire now report the weather conditions now look very favourable (if a bit wet) for the last major event on Dublin Bay this…
The Destination County Cork stand at Southampton. The boat show runs till this Sunday
#MarineTrade - Cork Harbour is ably represented at the Southampton Boat Show this week. The Port of Cork has teamed up with the Royal Cork Yacht Club and Bantry Bay Port Company to promote the Rebel County’s marinas and cruising…
The Dublin Bay Dinghy Final Fling event takes place on Saturday, September 29th
The mixed Dublin Bay dinghy fleet will have a four-race final race day on September 29th to round out the summer sailing season. According to organiser Ross O'Leary, the event will provide 'fun sprint racing' for all levels with a party…
Mona (Denis Aylmer) and Tir na nOg (Sean Walsh) racing in the inaugural event for the DBOGA’s Leinster Plate in 2013. This Sunday’s planned staging at Dun Laoghaire of the Leinster Plate Race 2018 may be affected by the inclement weather, and a decision will be taken on Saturday morning
This year's Centenary of the wartime sinking of the mailboat RMS Leinster on 10th October 1918 will see a significant Dun Laoghaire and national commemoration on the day itself writes W M Nixon. As part of the buildup to those…
The sheer force of Storm Ali forced the cruiseship Nautica to detach, Afloat adds from moorings at Greenock Cruise Terminal on the Clyde, Scotland. Afloat has identified Nautica is docked in Belfast Harbour today and is scheduled to make a visit to Dublin Port this Saturday.
#CruiseLiners - A cruiseship which due to Storm Ali was forced to detach from its moorings in Scotland as the severe winds (yesterday) unleashed chaos across the country. The cruiseship writes the Express, tore away from its moorings in Greenock,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#DLHarbour - Dun Laoghaire County Council is currently involved in final negotiations over the takeover of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In his response to a Dáil question on the timeline for transfer of the port to the local authority, Transport Minister…
Launch of forest products cargoship Scot Carrier at a Dutch shipyard in Groningen.
#Ports&Shipping - Forest products shipping carrier Scotline whose vessels can be seen in Irish Ports, among them Wicklow, had their latest newbuild launched in the Netherlands. Newbuild Scot Carrier which at 4,800dwt will be the largest in the fleet, was…
Signing on the dotted line for Dublin Port’s new Pilot Boat were: Michael McKenna, Harbour Master, Dublin Port Company, Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, Alan Goodchild, MD, Goodchild Marine, Steve Pierce, General Manager, Goodchild Marine.
Dublin Port Company has announced that the leading UK boat builder Goodchild Marine Services Limited has secured the contract to construct a new Pilot Boat for Dublin Port. The deal will see a new 17.1 metre ORC vessel delivered to…
Last year's winners of the Port of Milford Haven scholarship scheme and the port chairman Chris Martin. In addition to serving as a ferryport (in Pembroke linking Rosslare) the UK port is widely recognised as the energy capital of the country, handling around 20% of seaborne trade in oil and gas.
#Ports&Shipping - Undergraduate students from Pembrokeshire, south Wales are invited to apply for a Port of Milford Haven Scholarship. The Port of Milford Haven’s annual Scholarship Scheme is now receiving applications for the programme. Four students will be selected to…
Associated British Ports (ABP) working with digital logistics enabler MTI using 'blockchain' technology to ease supply-chain points at the Port of Hull
#BrexitBlockchain - A leading UK port operator, Associated British Ports (ABP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work with digital logistics enabler Marine Transport International (MTI). This is to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programmes to…

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