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Container and ferry operations at the Port of Hull on the North Sea, where AFLOAT adds above is the freight and passenger cruiseferry Pride of Hull. The P&O Ferries operated ship serves on the continental route to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands which is Europe's largest port.
#ports - A leading UK ports operator, Associated British Ports (ABP) recently announced an additional investment to boost facilities at its Port of Hull, bringing the group’s total investment to £250 million since the EU referendum in 2016. This programme…
The 1913-built Colin Archer gaff ketch Sandefjord on which Tim Magennis sailed round the world in 1965-67
Tim Magennis, the doyen of the traditional and classic boat movement on Ireland’s east coast, and one of the main movers in many significant historic sailing events in Ireland and the Irish Sea, was acclaimed with elevation to Honorary Life…
W.B. Yeats on two separate occasions berthed within Alexandra Basin (above), where 'Brexit-Buster' sisters Delphine and Celine call routinely in between operating CLnD's direct services connecting Dublin and mainland Europe. Last year leadship, Celine was christened in a ceremony in the port with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attending the proceedings.
#ferries - It's almost a month ago when W.B. Yeats made a delivery voyage to Dublin Port, since then the Irish Ferries new cruiseferry has until recently included occupying a quayside where the 'Brexit-Busters' routinely berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Hauliers have grave concerns over a hard Brexit, above truck trailers parked in Holyhead, north Wales.
#ferries - Deep concerns have been expressed by Irish hauliers that a no-deal or hard Brexit will lead to unworkable delays at UK ports. They are already delivering huge quantities of non-perishable goods which are being stockpiled in both Ireland…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Could Brexit present an opportunity for Dun Laoghaire’s harbour? In a letter to The Irish Times last Tuesday 8 January, local Fine Gael councillor John Kennedy spells out his reasons why the port could be positioned as an additional resource…
Night-time scene of W.B. Yeats while alongside the North Wall Quay Extension (close to East-Link bridge) in Dublin Port.
#ferries - W.B. Yeats maiden sailing as previously reported on Afloat.ie has changed date according to the Irish Ferries freight website, though the rescheduled sailing remains based on a freight-only basis, writes Jehan Ashmore. Orginally, the first sailing was due…
The Dunleary returned to home port in the autumn of 2017, 80 years after moving across the Irish Sea for lifesaving service in Lancashire
The Dunleary Lifeboat Project is the subject of a new exhibition at the DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire from next week. Running from Tuesday 22 January to Monday 4 February, the exhibition is being held in partnership with Advanced Tourism…
"Brexit-busting" super-ferries sail directly between Dublin and Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, bypassing uncertainty in Britain. AFLOAT adds above is the North Wall Quay Extension (close to the East-Link bridge) where for the most part Irish Ferries new €147m cruiseferry W.B. Yeats has docked within the port since arriving for the first time last month.
#ferries - On top of the roof of Dublin Port Company's headquarters, you can see lots of building work amidst all the docked ships at the River Liffey's mouth. And while that construction is not entirely Brexit-related, management at the…
The first day of the league attracted an excellent entry of 15 boats, 12 of which were standard rig lasers
Saturday, January 12 was the kick off of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League organised by the Laser sailors of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour writes Chris Bateman. The morning was promising with patches of blue sky and a cool breeze…
400,000 lorries use Holyhead port every year - one of the major routes between Ireland and Wales.
#ferries - Parking sites in Anglesey, north Wales, could be turned into places for lorries to use in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The contingency plan, led by the Welsh Government, reports BBC News, has been drawn up in…
The cruiseship, Disney Magic docked in Cobh, Cork Harbour. The Five Foot Way was closed for over four hours during the ship’s visit in September last year.
#corkharbour - The Echo Live reports of a dispute in Cork Harbour between locals and the Port of Cork over the right of way on a long-established walkway in Cobh, could have national consequences, according to a local councillor. Locals…
LÉ Samuel Beckett opens to public tours in Galway today during the afternoon between 14.00-16.00hrs.
#navy - The Irish Naval Service offshore patrol vessel, LÉ Samuel Beckett, will be offering guided tours to the public in the Port of Galway today, Saturday, 12th January.  The Samuel Beckett writes Galway Daily is currently docked in Galway…
One of the new solar and wind powered light installed in Belfast Harbour, where AFLOAT adds above on the opposite bank of the Lagan is berthed freight-only Stena Forerunner. Last year the ro-ro ship was transferred from North Sea service onto the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route.
#belfast -  Yesterday in the UK was held the National 'Cut Your Energy Cost Day' and where Belfast Harbour contributed in implementing measures. This has seen the harbour install solar and wind powered lights along their quays. As can be…
Samson and Goliath the shipbuilding gantry cranes are iconic landmarks situated at Queen's Island, Belfast
#belfast- Business advisers are carrying out a valuation of Belfast's Harland & Wolff ahead of a likely disposal by its parent company this year, the Independent can reveal. Accountants have been sent in to carry out the work to establish…
One of the Stena vessels in dry dock at H&W Belfast, which AFLOAT adds is Stena Lagan, the first of a pair that operates Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) is docked for works. During the refit programme, Stena Horizon from the Rosslare-Cherbourg route is covering in for the dry-dockings. In turn Stena Nordica operates the French route in addition freight-only Stena Forerunner (of Liverpool route) last weekend provided a boost in capacity given Irish Ferries reduced sailing frequency of recent months based out of Dublin. Also above behind the gangway is Stena Forerunner, which Afloat last year covered in its deployment from North Sea service.
#ferries - Work has begun on ferries from Stena Line which involves a £5 million refit programme of its local fleet at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard. The 10-week upgrade schedule reports the Irish News, will see five Stena vessels…
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Mark Mansfield will talk at Kinsale Yacht Club
Cork Olympian and sailing professional Mark Mansfield from UK Sailmakers will be giving a talk at Kinsale Yacht Club on helming and sail trim tips on Thursday 17th, January at 8 pm.  Mansfield will be joined at the club by Figaro sailor…

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