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Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is inviting tenders for expert economic and strategic advice for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, which came under its control late last year. The request for tenders (RFT), which is open until Tuesday 17 September, says the local…
View of the area proposed for land reclamation by Harry Crosbie
Clontarf residents will likely be wide-eyed at a recent “radical” proposal by Docklands developer Harry Crosbie to reclaim land from the sea off the North Dublin suburb. According to The Irish Times, the property mogul suggests using Dutch engineering knowhow…
Among the finalists in the first ever Maritime UK Awards to be held during the Southampton Boat Show will be the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferry port. AFLOAT adds above is a DFDS ferry serving Calais/Dunkerque and cruiseship of Hapag Lloyd, Europa. Noting beyond the Strait of Dover is the coastline of France.
Recently announced were the finalists for the inaugural Maritime UK Awards which will be held next month during the Southampton Boat Show. According to the British Ports Association (BPA) the winners will be announced in front of 400 of the…
Detention of a fishing vessel took place off Dublin coastline by the LÉ George Bernard Shaw
The Irish Defence Forces, reports Journal.ie, have detained a fishing vessel off the coast of Dublin (yesterday) for allegedly breaching fishing regulations. The vessel was stopped 20 nautical miles northeast of Howth in Co Dublin by the Naval Service Vessel…
Pacific Princess complete with 'Princess' motif adorning both bow and funnel is seen during a previous call to Dublin Port - from where the small cruiseship had sailed overnight from Welsh waters following high winds that prevented a visit yesterday to Pembrokeshire.
High winds played there part in determining cruiseship destinations among visiting vessels that were scheduled to call to Irish and Welsh ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. Most recently to become subject to the conditions involved Princess Cruises smallest ship, the 670…
PORT OPERATIONS TOWER: On a recent tour of the Port of Dover AFLOAT adds is pictured the UK Government's Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, Home Secretary, Priti Patel and the Chancellor, Michael Gove. The three cabinet ministers talked of the importance of keeping traffic moving freely across borders in addition to meeting representatives from the haulage, freight and port industries so to discuss plans to ensure the UK is ready to leave the EU on 31 October.
The UK and Europe's busiest ferryport the Port of Dover has recently appointed a chief operations officer.  On an annual basis the English Channel port according to the Port of Dover handles 18,000 vessels in a 24/7 operation enabling to…
Freight trucks at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford which in addition to linking UK ports serve directly to mainland Europe (i.e. AFLOAT adds above Stena Horizon sails to Cherbourg, France). Industry groups warn delays at English Channel ports could hit the transport of fresh food and time-sensitive produce.
Increasing pressure, writes The Irish Times, is building on the Government to advance plans for alternative shipping routes bypassing Britain to avoid severe delays at English Channel ports stemming from a possible no-deal Brexit. Potential risks to the key “landbridge”…
Scottish Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay, at the now newly nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard located at Port Glasgow on the Clyde. AFLOAT adds in the background is MV Glen Sannox, the first of a pair of CalMac ferries which have incurred a huge over-run on a contract with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) ferries.
Additional jobs,The Scotsman writes, could be created at newly nationalised Ferguson Marine in order to complete the two vessels which nearly sank the shipyard, Scotland's economy secretary Derek Mackay has announced. Speaking after the first meeting of the Programme Review…
The shipyard of Harland & Wolff
Two "credible" bids, reports Belfast Telegraph, have now been received for the stricken shipyard Harland & Wolff, it's been claimed. DUP leader Arlene Foster and the party's East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson made the claim following a meeting with business…
The 113-year-old Water Wag ‘Pansy'
The theme of this week's National Heritage Week for 2019 is ‘Pastimes'. In recognition of this, the 113-year-old Water Wag dinghy‘Pansy,’ will be put on public display on the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay on Tuesday 20th August…
The impressive firework display in Cork Harbour on Sunday evening
Two days of racing for both dinghy and cruiser at the Cobh Peoples Regatta came to a climax last night with a 10 pm firework display watched by throngs of people along the Cobh shoreline and dozens of boats afloat…
Canoeing and sailing at the Watersports Inclusion Games
More than 250 people with physical, sensory, intellectual and learning disabilities are set for a ‘splashing’ good time this weekend when they take to the water for the third annual Watersports Inclusion Games in Kinsale this weekend. This year’s participants…
Commodore John Kavanagh, formerly Officer Commanding Naval Service. In 1979 as Captain John Kavanagh, he was in command of the LE Deirdre which played a central role in the Fastnet Disaster Rescue and was on station for longer than any other vessel
The significant role played by the Irish Naval Service in the 1979 Fastnet Race Disaster has sometimes been overlooked in the dramatic images of helicopters and lifeboats in direct action writes W Nixon. But in fact the LE Deirdre under…
Employees of Harland and Wolff during their protest at the gates of the shipyard in Belfast
The administrators for Harland & Wolff have extended the temporary unpaid lay-off of workers in what a trade union said was a "light at the end of the tunnel" for the stricken shipyard. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, business advisers…
Cobh People's Regatta Celebrates Cork Harbour Sailing
Today's “Cobh Peoples Regatta” was a celebration of sail with boats vying to win Cork Harbour’s most valuable silverware writes Bob Bateman. Today's cruiser racing followed yesterday's Cobh People's dinghy regatta, as Afloat reported here. A blustery day with a…
A Rankin dinghy is made ready to launch for the Cobh Peoples Regatta. Scroll down for more photos below
Blustery conditions in Cork Harbour for the Cobh Peoples Regatta meant today's dinghy division racing did not include a fine turnout of the historic Rankin class. Regatta organisers, Cove Sailing Club, who celebrate 100-years this season, will race cruisers on Sunday…

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