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The new look for Yannick Lemonnier's Mini 6.50. Original designer Sam Manuard has done away with the single canard daggerboard, and replaced it with two asymmetrical foils
Quite a few of us still think of Yannick Lemonnier as the keen young French guy who came to Galway by way of Dingle, and in time became the Irish branch of Quantum Sails, with a new loft in the…
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An abandoned lighthouse on the largest Aran island off Galway bay is for sale for over half a million euros. As Times.ie reports today, the lighthouse and ruined buildings command a view of the Atlantic from the island’s highest point.…
'Med' ferry: Mega Express Four has been operating in very wintry weather on the Dublin-Holyhead link and last weekend the Irish capital-Cherbourg connection to mainland Europe from where the ferry normally operates France-Corsica. Afloat understands this is the first time the Corsican operator has chartered a ferry to Irish operators. In 1980 the former B+I Line chartered Expresso Olbia,  registered in Cagliari, Sardina, but two years later renamed for operator Corsica Ferries as Sardinia Nova. The above scene shows Mega Express Four and a 'Rickmers' 1970's built fleetmate in the Mediterranean Sea where a sister serves for rivals as Moby Vincent. The former Sealink British Ferries St. Brendan/ Sealink British Rail chartered in Stena Normandica served Fishguard-Rosslare (see 'Europort' call for a single Pembrokeshire ferryport) 'Ferry News' 3rd Feb.
Afloat tracked Mega Express Four, which normally serves in the Mediterranean Sea is currently on charter to Irish Ferries, however strong gale force winds required towage assistance prior to a debut Ireland-France crossing, writes Jehan Ashmore. The towage scene last Saturday…
Cruise ships in future visiting the Port of Holyhead will use a jetty upgraded that will make it 'more attractive' to passengers. In addition the £500K investment will also help Orthios get the jetty (above with cruiseship Silver Wind) also ready to receive recycled plastics. AFLOAT adds the jetty leads off the north Wales's ferryport at Salt Island located in the centre of the outer harbour. Afloat tracked today the new UK polar research vessel Sir David Attenborough berthed at the jetty.
Cruiseships that had used the deep water jetty at the Port of Holyhead, NorthWalesLive reports, is now receiving an upgrade that will make it more attractive for passengers and prepare it for a new use. Work has begun on the…
Irish Exporters Association welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s renewed trade strategy which puts 'sustainability' central stage in the EU trade agenda.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s renewed trade strategy which puts sustainability central stage in the EU trade agenda. The Commission’s renewed strategy comes at a crucial time for businesses throughout the EU…
annual National Yacht Club lift-in of cruisers
National Yacht Club Commodore Martin McCarthy has issued a cautious note of return to the water and summer sailing plans in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Subject to Government restrictions that see Level 5 currently extended to April 5th, McCarthy told members in…
Adverse weather conditions have led to the temporary closure of Dublin Port's load-on/load-off (lo-lo) terminals, among them the MTL Terminal (also above: the East-Link Bridge) on the south bank quays, close to Ringsend. For updates also on the affected access for pedestrians to the Great South Wall, consult the links below and live weather data from the Dublin Bay Buoy's 'twitter' account.
As Afloat reported, Dublin Port Company yesterday announced delays to some shipping activity and pilotage due to bad weather that also led to temporary closure for pedestrians to the Great South Wall (until to Wed 24 Feb, at 4am), writes…
File image of Poolbeg Lighthouse at the end of the Great South Wall
Dublin Port Company has announced a temporary closure of pedestrian access to the Great South Wall Due to forecasted high winds and tides in Dublin Bay from tonight, Monday 22 February. Access will be closed from tonight at 10pm until…

A newly installed seabin, the device acts as a floating rubbish bin
The Seabin Project is providing funding for a Seabin and its installation in the UK, ideally in the London area to support cleaning up the capital’s waterways. This funding package is worth over £5,000. An award-winning piece of technology, the…
The newly-built emigrant ship Tayleur, bound from Liverpool to Australia in 1854, got no further than a tragic wrecking on Lambay
Dublin Bay Old Gaffers’ Association invites all to join their next Zoom session on Shipwrecks Around Dublin Bay, which will be given by Cormac Lowth on Thursday 25th February at 20.00hrs. Following on from his extremely popular talk on the…
North Down Borough Council plans to create within the harbour a 'recreational area' (in blue) outside of the inner portion but still within harbour limits
The opinion is divided in Donaghadee about the Ards and North Down Borough Council plans to create within the harbour a 'recreational area' outside of the inner portion but still within harbour limits. The recreational area would be a safe…
Galway RNLI lifeboat
Galway RNLI lifeboat rescued a swimmer who got into difficulty off Blackrock beach in Salthill this afternoon during very challenging weather conditions. The alarm was raised at 12.25 pm by a pedestrian who saw the woman struggling in the water…
It was expected the Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) would replace the Naval Service's aging flagship LÉ Eithne (built 1984), which is currently tied up along with inshore coastal patrol vessel (CPV) LÉ Orla (also 1984). Both were taken off operations in June 2019 due to crew shortages. Above AFLOAT adds the flagship Helicopter Patrol Vessel (HPV) is seen early in its career given the presence of a 'Dauphin' helicopter on the aft heli-deck. These helicopters were decommissioned many years ago.
A planned purchase of a €200m Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) for the Naval Service appears to have been put on the back-burner as its number of sailors is set to drop below 900 amid further resignations, including its second most senior…
File image of Naomh Éanna at the heritage graving docks in Grand Canal Basin
The Irish Times reports that Waterways Ireland has confirmed plans to sell off the heritage graving docks at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. The inland waterways authority says it is “currently considering a range of options” regarding the sale of the…
Younger sailors have been featuring more in South Coast racing including George Radley Jnr and crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25, competing in the 2020 Cobh to Blackrock Race
More young sailors are interested in racing offshore, an encouraging trend that should be fostered. It can help to bridge the problems that have been encountered in sailing where younger sailors have been lost to the sport in bridging the…
Racing at a previous edition of Bangor Town Regatta
Northern Ireland's biggest sailing event, Bangor Town Regatta, scheduled for June has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The Belfast Lough biennial event has sadly joined the queue of cancelled sailing events this year. Chairman of the BTR Organising…

As an island economy, a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

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A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

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