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Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) council report says funds not available for urban beach and cruise ship facility. Above: Swimmers enjoy Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
#dublinbay - Multimillion-euro projects planned for Dún Laoghaire Harbour, reports The Irish Times, have been thrown into question, including a €5 million urban beach, a €51 million diaspora centre, and a €30 million cruise berth facility. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council…
A Little Tern flying in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow
#irishports - Independent.ie writes Birdwatch Ireland is "alarmed" at emergency orders that could be utilised by the Government to override planning procedures for a no-deal Brexit scenario at Dublin and Rosslare ports. The group is concerned for the safety of…
Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites Ends, March Sailing League for Cruisers Beckons
There was no Kinsale Yacht Club Custom Rigging Frostbite racing yesterday due to high winds writes Dave O'Sullivan. The overall positions at the end of the series are below. The next KYC event is the Frank Godsell sponsored March League scheduled for…
The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit.
#irishports - The State faces legal and logistical complications in managing a crash-out Brexit and is relying on emergency orders to bypass normal planning procedures to prepare, internal Government documents reveal. As The Irish Times reports, work on a wide…
CIT Third at Port of Los Angeles Harbour Cup
A Cork Institute of Technology sailing team has finished third overall at the Port of Los Angeles Harbour Cup event held this weekend.  As Afloat.ie reported previously, Led by 29er dinghy ace Harry Durcan of Crosshaven on the helm and captain…
Linnea Berg, 2nd officer of the Stena Scandinavica which operates in Scandinavia between Sweden and Germany on the Göteborg-Kiel route.
#ferries - On International Women’s Day yesterday, Stena Line launched a new sustainability focus area – Equality and Inclusion. This is part of the company’s increased commitment to creating a sustainable working environment and an important step on the journey…
The port has increased the cost of having a mooring in Cork harbour from €95 to €100 per year
Boat owners in Cork Harbour, receiving their renewal bills for moorings and for the use of the harbour by their boats are being hit with increased charges by the Port of Cork. The port has increased the cost of having…
Plans for a larger marina in Cobh faltered a number of years ago
Cobh may finally get a new marina in what’s being touted as a major boost to marine tourism in the Cork Harbour town, as plans are prepared for public display. The East Cork Journal has details on the new €450,000…
The Manx government bought the ferry firm for £124m in May 2018
#ferries - Ferry fares at cheaper rates could, reports BBC News, be introduced if a new sea services agreement is approved, the Manx government said. A new 25-year deal between the government and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company…
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s detailed proposal for key dredging areas and spoil infill at Howth Harbour
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has updated local Fingal councillors on its proposals for the dredging of Howth Harbour. On his Facebook page, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan says the meeting with the department and the Howth Harbour Master…
The delivery of Irish Ferries' WB Yeats ferry was delayed last year
#ferries - The Irish Continental Group has reported lower revenues and profits for 2018 on the back of disruption to its ferry schedules and higher fuel costs, writes RTE News. Revenues at ICG, which owns Irish Ferries, slipped by 1.5%…
Russian vessel Seagrand hits a bridge head on
The Russian vessel Seagrand hit a bridge in the South Korean city of Busan yesterday as depicted in this tweeted video below. There were no casualties according to reports but there was 'severe' damage to the bridge. Police detained Russian sailors onboard.…
Calls By Cruise Liners Face Threat of Pickets When Arriving in Cobh
#corkharbour - The Irish Examiner writes that a battle over rights of way in a Cork Harbour town could lead to pickets being placed at its deep water quay when cruise liners start to arrive for the new season in…
Ray Ryan, assistant principal in the customs division of the Revenue Commissioners, speaking at the Freight Transport Association Ireland conference at Johnstown House, Enfield, Co Meath
#irishports - Speaking to The Irish Times, Jon Goodaker does not believe it is actually possible to have a no-deal Brexit. It would just lead to too many delays, too much chaos. “There are too many variables,” said the logistics…
A local inshore fishing boat moored alongside the precise stone-cut granite blocks that form Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey located on the south side of Dublin Bay. Offshore at anchor is a bulk-carrier, uncharacteristically painted in bright colours when compared to those normally calling to Dublin Port.  .
#lectures - As part of the Bullock Harbour Bicentenary celebrations, the next lecture is to be held on Tuesday (12 March) in the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. The free lecture programme which began last year has been organised by…
Nation Transport Authority issued Irish Ferries with two notices over cancellations of sailings to France. Afloats adds above on the horizon of Dublin Bay is W.B. Yeats which since January has operated the Dublin-Holyhead, however the €144m newbuild cruiseferry is due to enter service next week on the direct continental route linking the capital and Cherbourg.
#ferries - Operator Irish Ferries has brought a High Court challenge over a finding it must pay compensation to thousands of passengers affected by the cancellation of sailings between Ireland and France last summer. As The Irish Times reports, the…

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