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The first cruiseship of the Cork Harbour cruise season Astoria which AFLOAT adds is operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages had berthed in Cobh. The veteran vessel dating to 1948 is one of the oldest operational cruiseships.
#corkharbour - A picket by protestors held at Port of Cork sites in Cobh due to a dispute over public rights of way have been asked to stop, due to concerns that it is giving a bad impression to cruise…
A Class One start at the 2017 Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
With three months to go to the first gun off Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour, 410 boats are already entered — and more than half the entries are visiting craft to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. It is an early-season marine…
 Busy Frostbite mark rounding at the DMYC Frostbites
Is it still the Annalise effect, now morphing perhaps into the Finn Lynch effect? Is it the Laser Master Worlds effect from last September on Dublin Bay writes Sean Craig? Is it the emergence of the Radial rig as what…
A 'Solstice' class cruiseship adds Afloat operated by Celebrity Cruises during a call to Cobh in lower Cork Harbour.
#cruiseliners - The Port of Cork writes the Irish Examiner, is expected to take advantage of a lack of space in Dublin Port for large cruise ships when Brexit forces authorities in the capital to handle increased amounts of freight…
Boskalis Westminster's trailing suction hopper dredger 'Freeway' (4,500m3) recently alongside Belview container terminal at the Port of Waterford which is undergoing dredging operations to maintain sufficient depths at all stages of tide for ships calling along the estuary.
#Irishports - The Port of Waterford have issued a Marine Notice in recent days to advise all ship owners, shipmasters, agents, fishing vessels, pleasure craft users, seafarers and fishery organisations of a dredging campaign, writes Jehan Ashmore. The dredging operation…
The Shipman 38 “Gusto” berthed in Hanö an island off southern Sweden
#lectures - ‘North Sea Odyssey –3,600nm in a Shipman 28’ by Christine Heath is the title of the next Friends of Glenua presentation to be held in Dublin in aid of the RNLI. The Presentation on Thursday 4 April at 8pm will…
The P&O European Causeway passenger ferry where a fire broke out while in Larne Port yesterday. Above AFLOAT adds the Japanese built ferry is seen in recent years off the Scottish coastline bound for Cairnryan.
#ferries - On board a passenger ferry a fire broke out when berthed in Larne Port yesterday, just months after lorries toppled over on the same P&O ship. As The Irish News reports, emergency services were tasked to a blaze…
Port of Cork (Ringaskiddy) could handle a ferry service or two to the UK most likely to Fishguard, Swansea or Bristol immediately after a no-deal Brexit.
#portofCork - One or two ferry services, reports The Irish Times, could be run through the Port of Cork to the UK should a no-deal Brexit lead to congestion at Dublin Port, according to the executive of the southern port.…
Wilson Blyth with the first cargo of wood-pulp imported from South America at the Port of Silloth in Cumbria for the English port's new customer, the Japanese packaging manufacturer Futamura Group. In 2015 AFLOAT reported on the 3.713dwt cargoship which delivered huge fermentation tanks for the Guinness St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, however for logistical purposes the ship docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour to unload the project cargo.
#ports - The Irish Sea Port of Silloth operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) has handled the first delivery of wood pulp for its new Japanese customer. According to ABP, the Futamura Group manufacture cellulose and polymeric films for the…
James Matthews and his crew on Diamond on starboard at the finish line
The final race of the Frank Godsell sponsored March League took place in gentle spring conditions in Kinsale Yacht Club writes Commodore Dave O’Sullivan. For the third week in a row, the weather favoured the lighter boats and James Matthews and…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
Marine Minister Michael Creed announced on Friday (29 March) details of a €2.2m package to assist 12 coastal local authorities undertake and complete 39 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them. The package provides funding for…
Pont-Aven's Wärtsilä's EnergoProfin system has led to fuel consumption and emissions cut by around 2% on every crossing. AFLOAT adds this afternoon the cruise-ferry returned to the Cork-Roscoff  seasonal service which resumed last weekend when fleetmate ropax Connemara operated the Ireland-France connection. Connemara also serves the year-round operated Cork to Santander service linking Spain.
#ferries - Brittany Ferries Cork-Roscoff cruise-ferry Pont-Aven began today its first sailing in 2019 on the seasonal route and will save energy and reduce fuel consumption thanks to the installation of two innovative devices on the ship's propellers. Wärtsilä‘s EnergoProfin…
The catamaran, Manannan will also begin routes to Belfast and Dublin in April.
#ferries - Fast craft sailings of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's catamaran resumed daily sailings (yesterday) to Liverpool for the summer. As BBC News writes the catamaran Manannan will also begin routes to Belfast and Dublin in April.…
MV Astoria
The first of 102 cruise liners MV Astoria will arrive into Cobh on Monday 1st April and officially commence the Port of Cork’s 2019 cruise season. Without doubt, 2019 will be a record year for the Port of Cork with…
The small cruiseship Star Legend (212 guests) AFLOAT adds is seen on arrival to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A pair of sisters are among 6 cruiseship calls this season that will visit the Victorian built harbour.
#cruiseliners - There have been calls made by local residents to open Dun Laoghaire Harbour up to more medium-sized cruise ships. As the Dublin Gazette reports, with the announcement that Dublin Port will be reducing the amount of cruise liners…
Another 'Brexit-Buster' AFLOAT adds is M.V. Laureline which arrived to Dublin Port, firstly to Alexandra Basin and then shifted to Alexandra Basin (East) yesterday. The 5,400 freight deck lane metre newbuild marks further capacity on the direct Dublin cargo routes to mainland continental Europe through the ports of Zeebrugge, Belgium and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
#dublinport - In Dublin Port today it was announced that CLdN, the Luxembourg-based short-sea Ro-Ro shipping company and owner of the “Brexit Buster” MV Celine, has added its newly built ship “MV Laureline” onto its direct Ro-Ro freight service from…

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