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To mark Hapag Lloyd's first cruise to Dublin Port by newbuild Hanseatic Nature, the 15,560 gross tonnage vessel was 'dressed overall' to celebrate the occasion last Thursday while berthed at the North Wall Quay extension. The 230 guest 'Expedition' class ship operates at the high-end of the cruise market had on board German only-speaking clientele who are currently on Dublin-Hamburg (9-day cruise) which returns to the city port on Saturday, 1 June.
A quartet of cruiseships called to Dublin Port last week among them a brand new ship operating at the higher-end of the market for German based clientele, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 15,560 gross tonnage newbuild named Hanseatic Nature had sailed…
The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by a prohibition placed by Galway City Council.
High levels of bacteria detected in inner Galway Bay have resulted in swimming restrictions being imposed on four Galway city beaches writes Lorna Siggins. The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by…
Commodore David O'Sullivan (left) with the victorious EOS crew
With the Kinsale Yacht Club Fastnet Race safety inspection (WS Cat 3 with Liferaft) and last minute, adjustments complete, the ten boat fleet lined up for a 1400 HRS start last Saturday writes Dave O'Sullivan. It was a tough beat into…
Delayed repairs to Brittany Ferries' Pont-Aven mean the flagship won't sail until at least June 14, the company says as AFLOAT reported yesterday.
Customers in their thousands due to travel with Brittany Ferries are facing holiday disruption with the company's flagship Pont-Aven ferry now out of action until June 14. The cruise-ferry, writes, which sails from Cork to Roscoff in France, has…
Ferries from DFDS and P&O docked in the Port of Dover, the UK's biggest & busiest ro-ro ferryport.
Operator P&O Ferries is seeking almost £33m in damages from the UK government over its handling of a challenge to ferry contracts under a no-deal Brexit. The British-based shipping company, BBC reports, also wants courts to cancel the Department for…
Dr Tara Shine, Environmental Scientist and Climate Change activist with Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn ahead of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit which takes place at City Hall Cork on 9 & 10 June.  Government representatives and  ambassadors from more than 30 island nations around the world will convene at the Summit in Cork to discuss the impact of climate change on islands and our oceans
More than 30 Heads of State and Ministers, UN Representatives and Ambassadors from island nations around the globe will convene in Cork Harbour for this year’s Our Ocean Wealth Summit to discuss the impact of climate change on island nations.…
Dublin Port Cruise Ship Evidence Before Oireachtas Committee Today at 1.30pm
The All-Ireland Cruise Ship Action Group will be appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport today at 1.30pm. The Group says it will be giving evidence on the impact the Dublin Port Company’s ban on cruise ships will…
At the Port of Barrow, Associated British Ports (ABP) Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan (far left) and his team with the UK Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP (second from the left) and John Woodcock MP (centre)
At the Irish Sea Port of Barrow the UK Shipping Minister was welcomed at the Cumbrian port for an informative tour to showcase its operations and facilities. The visit hosted by Associated British Ports (ABP) Divisional Port Manager - North…
Brendan Keating, CEO of the Port of Cork at the British Irish Chamber event Business Beyond Brexit - "We have to survive as an economy now".
As the Irish Examiner writes the Port of Cork is poised to set up a special "border control" facility to help ease congestion at Dublin and Rosslare should Britain crash out of the EU. A British-Irish Chamber of Commerce meeting…
With the backdrop of Cobh, Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven passing Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour. Due to ongoing repairs required the French operator had to cancel sailings on the Cork/Roscoff route this weekend (Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June) and the following weekend (Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June). In addition to a number of sailings operating from the UK: Plymouth/Santander and Plymouth/Roscoff routes.
The operator of the Cork/Roscoff route, Brittany Ferries regrets its flagship cruise-ferry Pont-Aven, which has been out of service undergoing repairs since Friday 17th May, will now not be able to resume sailings until Friday 14th June. As a consequence…
Cork Harbour Festival & Ocean To City Race This June Weekend
Cork Harbour Festival is sure to make a big splash this June Bank Holiday Weekend. And the festivities are only beginning on Saturday 1 June, with nine days celebrating all things maritime taking over Leeside and Cork Harbour — for…
The oil terminal jetty at Cloghan Point south of Whitehead, Co Antrim
Locals in Whitehead, Co Antrim have been vocal in their opposition to plans that would see the oil terminal at Cloghan Point upgraded to a large-scale distribution hub, as Belfast Live reports. LCC Group, the company behind the Go petrol…
When Three Becomes A Crowd: Stena Nordica within the Port of Fishguard and where cruiseship AIDAvita (left) is a scheduled caller to the Welsh port. Whereas Seabourn Quest (foreground) made a call to the scenic Pembrokeshire location at short notice and also took anchorage offshore.
On Monday of last week Afloat tracked a ferry arriving in the Port of Fishguard, Wales where two cruiseships one scheduled the other totally unexpected called to the scenic north Pembrokeshire port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ferry Stena Nordica (deputising…
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports Group which has acquired Quality Freight (UK) Ltd located in Ellesmore Port (connecting the River Mersey) in Cheshire
A UK ports operator, Peel Ports Group which includes the Port of Liverpool, has announced it has acquired Quality Freight (UK) Limited for an undisclosed amount. The company acquired provides chartering and a range of port services operating from a…
Sporting the new Brittany Ferries livery is flagship Pont-Aven when in Cork Harbour before technical issues began to beset the cruiseferry as sailings once again are cancelled on the Cork-Roscoff route next weekend (Sat. 1 June)
Brittany Ferries have been forced yet again to cancel sailings on its Cork-Roscoff route due to operational reasons as flagship Pont-Aven continues to be beset with technical issues, writes Jehan Ashmore. Currently Pont-Aven remains in dry-dock at Damen Shiprepair, Brest,…
A modular stern section is about to be assembled to a hull AFLOAT adds which became the completed OPV90 (P60 class) L.E. George Bernard Shaw (the final ship to be built) by Babcock's Appledore Shipyard is seen in the covered building hall at Bidna. The north Devon shipyard near Bideford closed in March but now a campaign through crowdfunding is underway to reopen the UK shipyard.
A Plymouth businessman Connor Johnson reports North Devon Gazette has launched a critical campaign through crowdfunding to raise £400,000 by the end of May to seed the revitalisation of the Appledore shipyard which closed in March. Mr Johnson says he…

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