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Beneteau wants to use the concept Neoliner to transport yachts across the Atlantic to its key North American market
Groupe Beneteau has confirmed its interest in a project that’s developing a revolutionary method of wind-powered cargo shipping. The French maker of top-range sailing yachts said the NEOLINE project was “a natural choice” for transporting its exports from Europe to…
 LE Eithne AFLOAT adds is seen on completion of a previous deployment in the Mediteranean Sea. The flagship was homeward bound which involved an en-route call via the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta.
#navy - The deployment of patrol vessels by the Naval Service is to end in the EU's big migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean. The move writes Independent.ie follows a decision by the EU to stop maritime patrols of the…
All-Ireland Campaign Launched to Reverse Ban on Cruise Ships Entering Dublin Port
A group of businesses across the tourism, retail and transport sectors have come together to campaign against the Dublin Port Company’s surprise ban on cruise ships entering Dublin Port from 2021. The group, which will be known as the All-Ireland…
The 330m Royal Princess  cruise ship arrives in Dublin in 2018 carrying more than 3,000 passengers and crew
Dublin Town, the not for profit organisation charged with creating a welcoming and economically viable city environment in Dublin, has urged Dublin Port to reconsider its decision to cut cruise ship calls to the city by more than 50%, from…
EPSO welcomes agreement on CEF II. The EP plenary vote of this agreement is scheduled for the 15-18 April Strasbourg session.
#ports - European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the Common Understanding between the European Parliament and the Council on the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II). With its vote yesterday, the European Parliament’s Transport and Industry Committees confirmed the partial…
The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK Afloat adds forms the central backdrop to a CGI of Brittany Ferries new chartered Stena E-Flexer design cruise ferry seen underway having departed the English south-coast port from where two sisters will be serving routes to Spain by 2022. A third sister has been chartered and is also to enter on long-haul routes in 2023.
#ferries - In an announcement today Brittany Ferries has said it is to charter a third brand new cruise-ferry to serve its long-haul routes.  The newbuild to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas), will be built at the AVIC…
Ben-My-Chree swings within Douglas Harbour
#ferries - The Isle of Man infrastructure minister reports Manx Radio, has pledged to make the findings of the Steam Packet consultation available to the public - in full. Ray Harmer recently appeared on the radio station's Perspective programme to…
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy OBE with the firm’s head of innovation Mark Gillan in Belfast last October
Artemis Technologies’ Belfast-based bid for a carbon-free yacht-building project is in line for major seed funding, according to Sail World. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the company spun off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing and led by double Olympic…
The first sailing of this year on the Cork-Roscoff seasonal route began last Monday. The Ireland-France route is served by the chartered-in ropax Connemara though Afloat adds cruiseferry Pont-Aven will return also to service next Saturday (30 March). Above: Armorique which operates on the English Channel is seen in recent years docking in Portsmouth (from St. Malo), though the cruiseferry normally operates Roscoff-Plymouth which began service on 2 January 1973, the day after the UK joined the Common Market (forerunner to the EU).
#ferries - Brittany Ferries resumed service on the Cork-Roscoff seasonal route last week and has recently revealed passenger, freight and financial results for 2018. According to figures revealed by Brittany Ferries, passengers using the Ireland-France route totalled 86,388 (2016-217) and 97,174…
Vice-Admiral Mark Mellet emphasises need for co-operation to safeguard State security
#navy - The Irish Times writes that it is the breaking down of barriers which is central to what Mark Mellett sees as his role as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. The obstacles are within the Defence Forces…
Miss Charlie (P. Beckett) is second in the March league at Kinsale
The promised light winds never materialised and the second week of the Frank Godsell sponsored, March League at Kinsale Yacht Club was sailed in a delightful 15-knot breeze writes Dave O'Sullivan. The course, taking in Sandycove and CentrePoint, was testing…
The MV Viking Sky pictured in Sète, France last December
Nearly 400 people have been airlifted from a cruise liner adrift off the coast of Norway, as RTÉ News reports. More than 1,300 passengers and crew were on board the luxury liner Viking Sky yesterday (Saturday 23 March) when it…
A cruise ship docked in Cobh last year. Afloat adds the caller is from operator Royal Caribbean International.
#portofcork - Chairman of the Port of Cork has warned that the lucrative cruise tourism sector on Leeside could take a serious hit because of Dublin Port’s decision to halve its cruise ship business. As EchoLive.ie writes, John Mullins said…
LE Niamh (P52) opens to the public for guided tours in Port of Galway today 21st March and tomorrow Friday 22 March between 13:00-17:00
#navy - LÉ Niamh an offshore patrol vessel of the Naval Service is in the Port of Galway this week and is offering the public guided tours. The OPV writes GalwayDaily will be alongside Galway this today and Friday, with…
Cruise ships Afloat adds such as Magellan and Royal Princess use Alexandra Basin into which a new ro/ro (roll on/roll off) operator will be moving into.
#dublinport - Dublin Port's CEO has defended the company’s proposal to limit cruise ship traffic because of capacity issues. Eamonn O’Reilly told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that the plan is to reduce the number of cruise ships allowed into Dublin…
The deal would see a refurbishment of the high-speed Manannan catamaran which Afloat adds operates seasonal routes including Douglas-Dublin
#ferries- Terms of a new Isle of Man sea services deal which could see foot passenger fares frozen and a ferry replaced has been approved by Tynwald the Manx Parliament. As BBC News reports, the proposed 25-year deal with the…

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