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Port of Felixstowe strikes a deal with ro ro operator DFDS at Britain's biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe. Above AFLOAT pictured DFDS Gardenia Seaways while alongside the Suffolk port on the North Sea., the ro-ro vessel is deployed to also operate a network of routes between the UK and mainland Europe.
#ports - As Brexit looms and all the uncertainty, the Port of Felixstowe in England, has announced an agreement (see story: UK Government contract) with Danish ferry operator DFDS to increase its roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) capacity by over 40%. According to…
Dun Laoghaire Seafront Campaigners To Hold Public Meeting On Future Of Baths & Harbour
Dun Laoghaire campaign group Save Our Seafront will hold a public meeting next Monday 28 January to discuss ongoing and future plans for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, including its baths restoration project. The meeting is scheduled for 8pm next Monday night…
Making an impressive scene as LÉ Eithne ploughs seemingly into a head sea, Afloat understands the location of the departing Naval Service flagship is Waterford Estuary
#navy - PDforra, the organisation representing enlisted personnel in the Defence Forces has said recruitment in the Naval Service has reached a new crisis point and the only way to solve it is with pay increases to retain personnel. As…
Andrew McDowell, European Investment Bank Vice President and Eamonn Rothwell, CEO of Irish Continental Group pictured at Dublin Port. Afloat adds the new W.B. Yeats is seen underway having departed the ferry terminal 1 at the start of the maiden commercial sailing to Holyhead, north Wales.
#ferries - The European Investment Bank is providing EUR 155 million to finance two new passenger and vehicle ships for the Irish Continental Group subsidiary Irish Ferries. The announcement was made as the first of the new cruiseferries, W.B. Yeats…
A full house at Kinsale Yacht Club to hear Olympian Mark Mansfield give pre season sailing tips
There was a full house to hear solo sailor Tom Dolan outline his 2019 plans in the new foiling Figaro 3 at Kinsale Yacht Club last Thursday.  As Afloat.ie previously reported, the evening also featured Mark Mansfield from UK Sailmakers Ireland…
Across the Liffey in a jiffy: the “dockers’ taxi” is back in service after 35 years
As Afloat.ie reported earlier, the No.11 Liffey Ferry aka the “dockers’ taxi” is back in service after 35 years following a restoration project involving Richie Saunders of Ringsend, the Irish Nautical Trust, Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council. It…
W.B. Yeats made its maiden sailing this morning having departed Dublin for Holyhead. The cruiseferry is seen sailing from the Welsh port to Dublin (Bay as above), though during its delivery voyage to Ireland last month.
#ferries - W.B. Yeats has finally made its maiden sailing this morning, as the €147m cruiseferry completed a Dublin-Holyhead crossing by arriving in the Welsh port before lunch-hour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The impressive 1,885 passenger and crew/300 car/165 truck capacity…
Among the short-sea traders docked in the Port of Ayr (foreground on right) AFLOAT adds is Ayress, operated by Coast Lines Shipping of Midleton, Co. Cork. On the quayside is round timber (logs) a typical cargo of the 1,713grt ship.
#ports - The Scottish south-west Port of Ayr, operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a £2.2m investment in a new state-of-the-art warehouse which will improve its customer offering. Work on the new 4,000 sqm agribulk terminal according to…
Times past: The last Liffey ferry service crossing took place in 1984 when above the ferry is seen heading to the North Wall and where along this quay now stands the National Convention Centre which is a dominate landmark on the waterside.  The ferry officially reopens service next month. AFLOAT also adds that another ferry, the 'Liffey Flyer' service did operate previously (albeit for just two years) until the Samuel Beckett Bridge opened almost a decade ago in December 2009.
#dublinport -  In Dublin’s Docklands, the historic No.11 Liffey Ferry otherwise known as the 'Dockers' ferry will today officially return to the capital’s waters after a 35-year absence. The much-loved service that linked the north and south docks is to…
An armed guard on Astute-class nuclear submarine HMS Artful in 2016. The Royal Navy has not released information identifying which submarine was involved in the near-miss.
#ferries - A Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine has been involved in a near-miss with a ferry in the Irish Sea. An investigation writes The Irish Times, has been launched into the previously unreported incident, which occurred on November 6th. The ferry…
The South Dock at the Port of Newport in south Wales can accommodate vessels of up to 40,000 dwt.
#ports- Last year, growth in ABP South Wales saw an increase in the amount of cargo handled across several commodities as a result of continued investment in infrastructure and services. Year-on-year growth of the UK ports group operator ABP at…
W.B. Yeats when berthed at Alexandra Basin (Ocean Pier) Dublin in early January. Since then the cruiseferry shifted to the pier's other side and is currently alongside ferry Terminal 1.
#ferries - Once again W.B. Yeats first scheduled sailing albeit freight-only on the Dublin-Holyhead route has been deferred, it was meant to begin today with a morning sailing bound for the Welsh port, writes Jehan Ashmore The Irish Ferries freight…
Sole Surviving 100-Year-Old Lifeboat Celebrated In DLR LexIcon Exhibition
An important piece of Ireland’s maritime history, the 100-year-old Dunleary Lifeboat, is the subject of a new exhibition in DLR LexIcon from this Monday 21 January to Monday 4 February. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, this exhibition — which has…
New directors appointed to port of Waterford board
#irishports - Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross, has appointed two new directors to the board of the Port of Waterford Company following a competitive process managed by the Public Appointments Service. Waterford Live writes, William Johnston and…
The state of the art facilities at Lir include four wave tanks that can replicate real ocean conditions and enable testing of various marine innovations
Ireland’s ocean energy test facility, Lir, was officially opened today in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cork TD Simon Coveney. Located in the €20 million UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building, Lir – the…
Paal Janson at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Paal Janson has been elected as the Chairman of the Irish Marine Federation (IMF), the trade body representing marine leisure interests in Ireland. In one of his first roles, Janson (43) has framed the IMFs submission to the Government's Marine…

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