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Winds of change? Beaufort, a tug of Dublin Port Company and astern the UK's Royal Navy 'River' class OPV HMS Mersey and Liverpool serving ropax ferry, Norbank of P&O Ferries. In addition Irish Ferries newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats going astern prior to heading to Holyhead, Wales.
#navalvisitors - A UK Royal Navy vessel deployed to patrol the Strait of Dover, due to the rise in recent months of migrants trafficked on boats from France, is currently visiting Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Tuesday, HMS Mersey…
UK Prime Minister has once again backed the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling (above) over the contract to Seaborne Freight
#ferries - The UK Prime Minister, reports Channel 4 News, has once again backed the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as he faced further criticism in parliament over the awarding of a contract to provide ferries in the event of a…
Trade at Belfast Harbour increased by more than 900,000 tonnes last year. Above Arklow Beacon a 'B' class short sea dry-bulk trader departing Belfast Lough and offshore of Co. Down. Note the orange 'free-fall' lifeboat of the Dutch flagged ship.
#belfastlough - A record 24.6 million tonnes of cargo was handled in Belfast Harbour last year thanks to a major increase in the number of freight vehicles passing through the port, which rose to a high of 532,000, latest figures…
Ulysses returns to service having had new propellers and new rudder components fitted
The MV Ulysses, the leading Irish Ferries freight and tourism vessel on the Dublin to Holyhead route, returns to Dublin today following an extensive dry dock investment at Cammell Laird shipyard in Merseyside. The four-week upgrade was undertaken to complete…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
A public meeting on the future on Dun Laoghaire Harbour will take place at the Dun Laoghaire Club on Eblana Avenue from 8pm on Thursday 28 February. ‘The People’s Harbour’ was also the topic of a recent meeting between Dun…
Port side profile of Stena Forecaster which transferred to the Irish Sea to begin Belfast-Liverpool (Birkenhead) service today
#ferries - On the Irish Sea Stena Line have transferred a ro-ro freightferry onto the Belfast-Liverpool (Birkenhead) route today.  The transfer of Stena Forecaster from Stena RoRo to the ferry firm is part of an ongoing development of the operators…
The J97 Windjammer
Windjammer crew members were in attendance for the Round Ireland Yacht Race lecture by Kenneth Rumball and John White at the Royal Irish Yacht Club last Thursday 7 February, which also highlighted a crew overboard incident on the J97 late…
Seized products bagged in the joint operation by officials that took place in Dublin Port
#dublinport - In a joint operation between the Department of Agriculture and Revenue Customs, FarmIreland writes of seized illegal meat at Dublin Port that took place recently. Some 3.7t of various meat products were seized as they did not comply with…
Following a 35 year absence the Liffey Ferry service was reinstated today reported The Irish Times which added operators confident after successful maiden voyage despite lack of passengers. AFLOAT adds the restoration of No.11 Liffey Ferry was a joint project carried out by the Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council.
#ferries  - Dublin city had for the first time in 35 years, a new ferry service writes The Irish Times.  It was a cold, bright pre-dawn morning when the Dublin No 11 Liffey Ferry left its berth beside the MV…
Kinsale Harbour
Kinsale Yacht Club is encouraging its members to make submissions on the recent licence application for a mussel farm off Castlepark Beach in the West Cork harbour. Following its previous trial in the area, Woodstown Bay Shellfish — based in…
On Channel 4 News (tonight) Arklow Shipping revealed that it had never agreed any contract (with Seaborne Freight) and blamed the UK government for pushing the deal through too fast. The Arklow Bank featured on the TV news and as AFLOAT adds the 'B' class short-sea trader cargoship is seen above docked in Dublin Port on this day exactly four years ago when berthed at the South Bank Quay.
#ferries - The UK Transport Secretary reports Channel 4 News, has been facing mounting calls for his resignation after he cancelled a £14 million contract with ferry company Seaborne Freight. The government pulled the rug on the contract yesterday after…
Phil Lawton (right) and Owen Laverty competing in a Fireball dinghy in the DMYC Frostbite Series
With the Dublin Bay Buoy recording 23 knots gusting to 34 knots seconds ago, the decision to cancel today's DMYC Dinghy Frostbites was vindicated.  The forecast for the afternoon was for winds in the high teens/low twenties but with gusts…
The Squib Allegro (134), Colm Dunne & Rob Gill, competing in a blustery KYC frostbite series second race
Another amazing sunny day greeted the sailors competing in the Custom Rigging Frostbites in Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday 10th February writes Dave O'Sullivan. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) fixed a…
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting. Downing Street said the prime minister had full confidence in the transport secretary. As for Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading pro-Brexit Tory MP, suggested Arklow (Shipping) might have ended support (for Seaborne Freight) after political pressure in Ireland.
#ferries - UK prime minister Theresa May faced cross-party calls to sack her transport secretary, Chris Grayling, last night, after the calamitous collapse of a no-deal Brexit ferry contract handed to a company with no ships. As The Guardian reports,…
Arklow Shipping one of the backers of Seaborne Freight has withdrawn from the deal to operate the proposed Ramsgate-Ostend (Belgium) service. AFLOAT adds above is file photo of the Kent port where The Viking of Sally Line operated to Dunkirk, France until the late 1990's. Another operator TransEuropa Ferries also ran to Ostend between 1998 and 2013.
#ferries - RTE News reports that the UK's Department of Transport has cancelled a contract with a company to provide extra ferries in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Seaborne Freight was awarded a £13.8m…
L É James Joyce with naval ratings Afloat adds while alongside the Oil Wharf at the Naval Service naval base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour
#navy - Reserve personnel in the Defence Forces writes the Irish Examiner are being discriminated against because they are not getting the same pay and conditions as regulars in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps. One extraordinary anomaly is…

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