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There has been a lighthouses established at the Old Head of Kinsale since the 17th century
The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, made famous for being the nearest point of land (11 miles/18 km) to where the RMS Lusitania was sunk in 1915, was open to the public this weekend writes Bob Bateman. Under the supervision of a…
The coastguard sent lifeboats out to the MSC Matilde docked at Liverpool2 terminal in the early hours of Friday morning. The crew eventually returned to the ship at 8.30am once the vessel was righted.The containership reportedly carried millions of pounds worth of goods.
Dramatic footage shows the moment lifeboat crews arrived to the scene where a container ship was tipping over reports Liverpool Echo. The emergency services were called to assist at Liverpool2 in the early hours of Friday morning after the MSC…
Chimney stacks and Zodiacs... abaft of the funnel of polar expedition cruiseship Ocean Atlantic during its second call this week (Thursday) to Dun Laoghaire Harbour following a travel trade trip to Islay off west Scotland.. Initially the small cruise ship had anchored offshore prior to entering within the harbour where above is the East Pier.
Following a first call of Ocean Altantic to Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Monday, the small yet heavily ice-strengthened hulled vessel returned to the port a mere three days later, writes Jehan Ashmore. So why the return?... the answer lies in…
Mexican sail training tall ship Cuauhtémoc is in Belfast this weekend
Mexican tall ship Cuauhtémoc is the star attraction at the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival which continues till tomorrow, Monday 27 May. The sail training ship is among the host of vessels — including Naval Service OPV LÉ Samuel Beckett —…
Layout of Pont-Aven and where technical issues led to cancelled sailings on the Cork-Roscoff route. In addition to the French route there was an issue with Connemara which also serves Santander in Spain. In total 1,500 passengers were affected by the cancellations.
Cancellations of four Brittany Ferries services to and from Cork is unfortunate but the onus has to be to look after the passengers affected, according to chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association Pat Dawson. As reported (yesterday's)…
ESPO chairman Eamonn O’Reilly (left) and colleagues at the presentation ceremony awarded to ports among them Shannon Foynes Port Company for achieving an EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS).
At the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) annual Conference held in Port of Livorno, Italy, three ports were congratulated today among them Shannon Foynes Port Company for achieving the EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS). The other ports that received PER status…
The Irish Sea shipyard of Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside built Red Funnel's new freight ferry, Red Kestrel seen off Southampton today. The 12 HGV capacity vessel completed an inaugural sailing on Solent waters this morning to East Cowes, the Isle of Wight.  Also above is one of three 'Raptor' class ropax ferries berthed at the Hampshire port.
As Afloat featured last month the naming ceremony of UK Isle of Wight operator's Red Funnel’s new freight ferry, Red Kestrel which officially entered service today following successful sea trials in the Solent. Red Kestrel which was built by Cammell…
Eamonn O’Reilly (CEO of Dublin Port) and chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) which from today and tomorrow is holding its annual Conference this year in the Port of Livorno, Italy
In view of the European elections, which will lead to a new Commission, a new European Parliament and a new vision for Europe, European ports have prepared a memorandum emphasising the role port managing bodies can play as facilitators of…
Sailings on Brittany Ferries have been cancelled this weekend on routes linking France and Spain. AFLOAT adds this is not the first time the flagship Pont-Aven has been off-service this month as Armorique deputised on the French route twice on 4th May (as above off Cobh) and 19th May while Pont-Aven was (and currently) remains dry-docked in Brittany for repairs at Damen Shiprepair, Brest. Armorique had transferred from English Channel duties linking Portsmouth and Caen (Ouistreham) in Normandy and where on 6 June the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in WW2 will be commemorated.
Several scheduled sailings the Irish Examiner reports between Cork and mainland Europe have been cancelled by Brittany Ferries. All planned sailings to and from Roscoff, France have been cancelled until May 31. The routes affected are Roscoff to Cork tomorrow,…
The Portaferry Sails & Sounds Festival will be held on Strangford Lough from 20th – 23rd June
Portaferry is preparing for a four-day Sailing and Music and family fun festival which will be the biggest maritime event to come to Ards Peninsula since the very popular ‘Galway Hooker Festival’ of many years ago. The event is being…
WB Yeats berthed in Alexandra Basin earlier this year before its switch to the Dublin-Cherbourg route
Exporters have generally welcomed next week’s changes to ferry timetables that, between Irish Ferries and Stena Line, will see a sailing from Ireland to Cherbourg every day of the week on alternating weeks, as AgriLand reports. The change from next Monday 27…
The small cruise ship Star Legend (212 guests) arrives into Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said that “significant commercial, technical and environmental risk” had influenced its decision to withdraw a planning application for a 30 million euro cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay writes Lorna Siggins In a…
29er Sprint winners Lola Kohl crewed by Chris Bateman
A group of 29er and RS200 sailors took a well-deserved exam study break to attend the annual Royal Sprint Championship last weekend hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Two beautiful days of 29er & RS200 racing were held in…
The cruise liner Serenissima arrives at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The luxury liner is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59 cabins and a passenger and crew complement of 160 people
Tourism interests have said Dún Laoghaire will still be a cruise ship destination, in spite of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to withdraw controversial plans for a 30 million euro cruise berth in the south Dublin harbour writes Lorna Siggins…
An artist's impression of how the new City Quays 3 will look, AFLOAT adds to the left of what will be Belfast's tallest office building supporting 500 jobs, is the existing historic building belonging to Belfast Harbour Commissioners completed in 1847.
Work on building is due to start this month, writes The Irish News, on the north's tallest building, creating over 500 local construction jobs. The £50 million Belfast City Quays 3 office scheme, granted planning permission in January, will accommodate…
Afloat adds Astor's German clientele were guests on board Transcean's (Kreuzfahrten) small cruiseship which at the weekend is seen above visiting scenic West Cork.The Bahamas flagged 20.606grt ship with up to 600 passengers had sailed from the cruiseship's main homeport at Bremerhaven to arrive in Bantry Bay Harbour last Saturday. For a another close up photo of the small cruiseship pictured at Dublin Port, see related story dating to 13th May.
Councillors in west Cork say they fear that Dublin Port’s decision to reduce the number of cruise ships by 50% between 2021 and 2023 could have a negative affect on cruise tourism in West Cork. The issue writes The Southern…

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