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The plaque to mark the opening of the new Belfast Cruise Terminal which took place yesterday
A dedicated cruise terminal the first on the island of Ireland, reports ITV News, has opened in Belfast. A partnership between Visit Belfast and Belfast Harbour, the terminal has been created to cater for the growing number of cruise passengers…
Save Our Shipyard: protesters yesterday brought a shipping container to the front gates of Harland and Wolff for shelter for workers who say they will protest all day and all night until a solution is found to save their jobs
Harland and Wolff workers, writes BBC News, have closed the shipyard's gates as part of a protest following news that the business is up for sale. They have demanded Boris Johnson's government renationalise the yard and saves their jobs. The…
Topper dinghies prepare to launch at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club will host its fifth annual Try Sailing/Sail Against Suicide event on 3rd August from 10 am to 6 pm. Welcoming the fifth year of the event, the Commodore of Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club Aidan…
Dalmore, the latest Interceptor 48 launch for Cork’s Safehaven Marine
Safehaven Marine’s latest Interceptor 48 launch is ‘Dalmore’, built for the Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland. Powered by a pair of Volvo D13 500hp engines, the pilot boat has an operational speed of 25 knots and accommodates seven crew…
Two Star keelboats training in Cork Harbour
It looked like we were seeing double when we spotted two Star keelboats in Cork Harbour yesterday writes Bob Bateman Both boats bore the same sail number 8527 of the O'Leary's 'Dafne', the high-end Irish Star that has featured so…
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A Naval Service ship on Mediterranean rescue several years ago was unable to recover a migrant’s body that it had located in the water for several hours until it could confirm which EU state would accept it, a former mission…
Sea Sunday at Crosshaven - Rev. Isobel Jackson of Holy Trinity Church Crosshaven and the Very Rev. Patrick Stevenson PP of St. Brigid’s Church Crosshaven
The Cork Harbour Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service held on Sunday commemorated those who have died at sea and offered prayers for the safety of those who work at sea and enjoy leisure pursuits on the water and this year a 'blessing…
The Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales supports a wide range of industries. Behind the Cleddeu (A477) Road Bridge AFLOAT adds is berthed (on left) at Pembroke Dock, Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore which links Rosslare Europort.
The Welsh Port of Milford Haven located in Pembrokeshire is offering stakeholders the chance to comment on its performance, priorities and future plans. The annual Stakeholder Survey has been launched to gauge how the public view the UK’s largest energy…
As a company founded by farmers, Brittany Ferries is committed to sustainable development across all aspects of ferry operations, from building new ships to reducing single-use plastics on board. To help the French operator move forward with this, they have appointed their first eco-responsibility manager, Claire Artagnan. AFLOAT adds also pictured above is Armorique which earlier this year operated several sailings on the Cork-Roscoff route while routine flagship Pont-Aven was dry-docked.
Kerry has been announced as the name of Brittany Ferries ropax vessel that Afloat.ie previously reported is to be introduced in November 2019.  The ship Afloat adds is a Visentini-class designed ropax likewise to the existing Ireland-Spain serving Connemara. Kerry…
Ailing Belfast shipyard Harland & Wollf said to be just ‘days’ from closing doors. The yard has been in existence in the city for 158 years.
Leaders from trade unions in the North are appealing to the new UK prime minister Boris Johnson to nationalise Belfast’s historic Harland & Wolff shipyard to save it from closure. As The Irish Times reports, unions have warned the yard,…
CGI image of the Bartra development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey on the coast of south Dublin Bay
Dublin Gazette writes, that the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association has announced it has begun fundraising to file for a judicial review of An Bord Pleanala’s (ABP) decision to grant planning permission for a property development on Bulloch Harbour. Earlier this…
Located on the existing Pwllheli Marina fuel quay pontoon, the standalone and sturdy HTEC Outdoor Payment Terminal is linked to two pumps that both serve petrol and diesel.
A new 24-hour self-service fuel pump and payment system has been installed at Hafan Pwllheli marina in North Wales. Berth holders and visitors to the Irish Sea facility can now serve themselves petrol and diesel when it suits them. The…
The iconic cranes of Samson & Goliath at the Belfast shipyard
The Belfast shipyard at Harland and Wolff could go bust within days as fears mount over its future, it has emerged. Unions and sources familiar with ongoing negotiations at the shipyard, reports Belfast Telegraph, have said that the company could…
The ADCPs will be depleted from vessel An tOileanach
Marine Notice No 25 of 2019 from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport advises that there will be a deployment of ADCP current meters on the sea floor in Castletownbere, Co Cork from tomorrow, Thursday 25 July. Current meters…
Arriving to Dublin Port after a three-year absence, Italian Navy's training ship Amerigo Vespucci returned to the capital, with the ship’s commanding officer, Captain Stefano Costantino. AFLOAT adds the tallship the oldest ship in the Italian Navy (launched in 1931) had departed this morning with assistance of port tugs Beaufort and Shackleton. The next port of call is Bergen, Norway.
Italian tallship Amerigo Vespucci, once described by US sailors as the most beautiful in the world, (on Monday) docked at Dublin Port. As The Irish Times reported, Amerigo Vespucci is a training vessel for Italian Navy cadets who sail for…
The Harland & Wollf shipyard in Belfast employs around 130 people, specialising in energy and marine engineering projects.
Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast reports BBC News, can only survive until the end of the month without a deal, Unite the Union has said. The business has been up for sale amid serious financial problems at its Norwegian…

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