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Symbol for a voyage – the Salmons Wake logo inscribed on Ilen’s squaresail in the Ted Russell Dock in Limerick
The historic ketch Ilen of Limerick puts to sea again from her home port this weekend at the beginning of a complex 2019 sailing programme which will see the restored ship voyage in July towards southwest Greenland writes W M…
Keel failure - just how much attention do owners give to that vitally important part of the boat and its structure?
“We write to remind you that, due to the age of your vessel, Underwriters require an update of the last survey and valuation report, to be carried out ashore by a qualified marine surveyor who carries professional indemnity cover, prior…
The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin in 2017
Chairman of Irish Cruise Liner body Cruise Ireland, Mr Conor Mowlds said; “Cruise Ireland welcomed the positive meeting held with Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and…
Red Kestrel made a 'maiden' arrival this morning to Solent waters in the UK having sailed from Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird. The 265 freight lane metre newbuild ro-ro freight ferry is to operate on the Southampton-East Cowes (Isle of Wight) route.
#ferries - In the UK the newest addition to the fleet of an Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel's freight ferry Red Kestrel has arrived this morning to berth at its new home in Southampton. The new freight-only Ro-Ro (roll…
Fastcraft Manannan has returned to Dublin Port this morning to resume seasonal service on the route to Douglas. The Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft is seen earlier this month in the port to conduct berthing trials at the Stena Line (Terminal 2) linkspan which is adjacent to the ferry's routine berth at Terminal 1.
#ferrries - The Manx Parliament is to receive proposals ahead of the summer recess. The future finances of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company reports Manx Radio are expected to be considered by the parliament (Tynwald) ahead of the…
A rare call of a tanker to Dun Laoghaire Harbour came in the form of Thun Gemini. Take another look at the stern and note the splash!... following an exercise held alongside Carlisle Pier as the ship's free-fall lifeboat was launched. The 7,500 tons dwt 'G' class tanker - is a popular class within the Thun Tanker fleet which has resulted in 12 such ships built since 2000.
#irishports - A most unusual caller to Dun Laoghaire Harbour took place recently with the arrival of a tanker marking a rare event that has not occurred in three decades, writes Jehan Ashmore. Early on Sunday afternoon the 4,107 gross…
The veteran ferry of the Irish Sea, the 1981 built Stena Europe of the Rosslare-Fishguard route is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit in Turkey as AFLOAT previously reported. The Gemak Shipyard in Tuzla is located outside Europe on the Asian side the of the nation. A replacement ferry on the St. Georges Channel route is Stena Nordica which can carry hazardous cargo capacity that requires an 'open deck' (otherwise not normally available) on this service.
#ferries - The Rosslare-Fishguard ferry Stena Europe is off service and is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit at a shipyard located outside Europe. Last month Afloat monitored the Ireland-Wales ferry having left familiar waters when off Spain and…
Marshall King's Soak Racing
Warsash Spring Championships on the Solent Ian Wilson & former Greystones-based sailor Marshall King's Soak Racing started the J/70 UK Grand Slam Series in style, winning the opening round of the nine-regatta Grand Slam Series. The Irish Olympian (1996 Soling sailor) scored…
Dublin Port says fewer cruise ships would use the port from 2021. Above AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Silhouette departing the capital. In the foreground is the Irish flagged ketch Rinn Voyager (built locally in Ringsend) berthed at the Poolbeg Y&BC's marina pontoon. Also in this scene is a skiff from the Stella Maris Rowing Club of Ringsend.
#cruiseliners - RTE news reports of efforts to be made to reduce any effect fewer cruise ships entering Dublin Port from 2021 will have on Dublin, it's retailers and ancillary businesses. That's according to a spokesperson from Department of Transport…
Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony today of Stena Edda, the second vessel of its next generation E-Flexer series. The name Stena Edda follows the Scandinavian heritage decided for the five new vessels that are being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.  Stena Edda is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020. This is the second of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021
#ferries -  Operator Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony of the second vessel in its next generation E-Flexer series. The second vessel will be named Stena Edda* and follows…
Conor Doyles’s fifty foot X yacht Freya in action in race two of the KYC league
East and South East winds gusting to over 40-knots led to the cancellation of this morning's third round of Kinsale Yacht Club's Mathews Centre Spring cruiser League where Denis Murphy's Nieulargo (pictured above) leads class one in IRC and ECHO divisions in a…
Pictured in a visit to Dublin hosted by The Commissioners of Irish Lights is HRH The Princess Royal with Ms Yvonne Shields O’Connor, Chief Executive, Commissioners of Irish Lights and Captain Robert McCabe, Director of Coastal Operations,Commissioners of Irish Lights at The Baily Lighthouse on Dublin Bay
HRH The Princess Royal visited Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Howth in a weekend visit to Dublin Bay. She was visiting in her role as Master of Trinity House as part of the ongoing 150-year relationship between Irish Lights and the Lighthouse…
File photo of the French Navy's High-Sea Patrol / Patrouilleur de haute-mer (PHM) Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff (F 789) a corvette which called to Dublin Port in recent years at Sir John Rogersons Quay. A sister, PHM Premier maître l'Her (F 792) is currently on a visit to the port but berthed downriver in the main port located beyond the Tom Clarke (East-Link) bridge.
#navalvisitors - Navies from three EU member states have become the first foreign naval visitors of the year to call to Dublin Port having taken up berths since mid-week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Over the previous two days, French, British and…
The Francop (882TEU) to operate W.E.C. Lines new UK-Iberian service connecting two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain.
#ports&shipping - According to the Port of Liverpool, Dutch company West European Container Lines (W.E.C.) is beginning a new service connecting the UK port with two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain. The new weekly service will…
Shipbuilding returns on Merseyside: Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, built the ro-ro freight-ferry Red Kestral which this month carried out sea trials. AFLOAT adds the 265 freight deck lane metre capacity vessel is seen while off Liverpool's more modern cityscape where previously shipping related activity dominated these quays.
#ferries - In the UK at the Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird which has completed building its 1393rd vessel, the previously reported £10m freight-ferry Red Kestrel for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel. The Red Kestrel, a new ro-ro freight-only…
MacAndrews whose origins date to 1770 had operated the containership Ranger (circa 800TEU) docked in Dublin Port at the DSG terminal before the merger took place on 1 April with CMA-CGM's subsidiary Containerships which also operate out of Belfast and Cork on intra-European multi-modal transport services.  The 803 TEU containership was next bound for Setúbal, Portugal.
#ports&shipping - In what was considered to be the oldest existing shipping company and originally Scottish based has merged this month with a French owned container giant's Finnish subsidiary, writes Jehan Ashmore MacAndrews which was established in 1770 dissapeared from…

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