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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.
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#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.
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#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
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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…
Ferry operator raises concerns over the poor road network to and from Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan. The Scottish port handles approximately 45% of NI trade (through Belfast) with the rest of the UK.
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#Ferry - Across Northern Ireland businesses continue to be disadvantaged by poor road access to their key markets in the UK. Ferry operator Stena Line has raised concerns with local political and business stakeholders to increase the focus and necessity…
Winners of the Marina Awards included Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina that won the International Marina Award at the London Boat Show yesterday. From left: RCYC Admiral John Roche, RCYC Marina Manager Mark Ring, Simon Haigh, Chairman of The Yacht Harbour Association and RCYC's Gavin Deane
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina has won International Marina of the Year 2018 at the London Boat Show. The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) announced the winners of their prestigious NMU Marina of the Year Awards on Thursday evening (11 January) at the…
Animal welfare groups raise concerns and have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase livestock exports in 2018. A ferry operator engaged in this trade on an Ireland-France route, Stena Line is due next month to refit a ferry. The IFA want to ensure a replacement ship is available for peak export weeks during February and March.
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#FerryNews - Animal welfare groups internationally have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase the live export of Irish livestock in 2018. As the Green News.ie writes, the comments come in response to calls from…
Belfast actor Sir Kenneth Branagh in the acclaimed 2017 film Dunkirk which is to shown on board HMS Caroline, a WW1 light battle-cruiser berthed as a major visitor attraction in Belfast Harbour.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A pop-up film festival will form part of Belfast City celebrations to mark Sir Kenneth Branagh being made a freeman of the city on Tuesday January 30. The ‘Branagh in Belfast’ programme of events reports The Irish News…
This presentation introduces the background to the building of the harbour before examining how the harbour was constructed and how works progressed to the completion of the piers more than a quarter of a century later.
Dublin Bay
A bicentenary review of the Construction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour by author and historic building consultant Rob Goodbody will be held on the 1st February at the DMYC club house on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire.  'Even though it…
Exports of live cattle soared 35pc last year to over 196,000 head. Afloat adds that from next month a livestock-only vessel will replace a Rosslare-Cherbourg passenger ferry, Stena Horizon which is to undergo annual refit. During the month long refit, there will be no sailings on the Ireland-France route.
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#FerryNews - An alternative livestock export vessel is to replace a Stena Line ferry and is due to be inspected by officials this week. According to the Independent.ie, the announcement will calm farmer fears that the Stena Horizon's temporary removal…
Monkstown Laser sailor Charles Dwyer
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Monkstown Bay Sailing Club had what the sailors taking part described as a “tremendous start” to its Laser Winter League in Cork Harbour, sponsored by CH Marine. A forecast of 30 knots didn't put anyone off, as sailors were greeted…
European Causeway bound for Cairnryan while off the Scottish coast.
Ferry
#FerryNews - The highest volume of freight traffic in six years was carried on P&O Ferries Larne-Cairnryan service during 2017. The ferry and logistics company, which operates between Northern Ireland and Scotland, carried 210,533 lorries and trailers on its ships…
Babcock International Group leads a consortium wanting to construct Type 31e ships for the UK's Royal Navy - and says Devonport, Cornwall will play key role. The group also has a shipyard in Appledore, Devon where an Irish Naval Service OPV90 newbuild is currently under construction.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - Dockyard operator Babcock International Group plc has made a bid for the £1.25billion contract to build the UK’s new frigates in Devonport. The engineering giant writes the UK's The Herald, will lead a consortium which wants to construct…
MJM Group, a cruiseship refurbishment and interior fit out firm will project manage the docking, berthing and refit of Azamara Pursuit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast this April and the ship will make its maiden voyage in August.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - MJM Group based in Newry, Co. Down has landed a major new deal which will see it refit a major cruiseship at Harland & Wolff in Belfast. The move writes the Belfast Telegraph, is part of a recent…

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