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Dublin Port: The new charges and restrictions will apply from June 1st to one of three container terminals. Above AFLOAT adds is the terminal operated by the Doyle Shipping Group (DSG) which is located in Alexandra Basin (East).
#dublinport - Measures in Dublin Port will see halving the time it will allow shipping containers to be held for free and doubling charges for subsequent storage in order to increase space for Brexit, reports The Irish Times. The State’s…
From the Land to the Sea: Jean-Marc Roué, a Breton farmer and boss of Brittany Ferries has concerns over Brexit.
#ferries - A Breton farmer and boss of Brittany Ferries Jean-Marc Roué has recently been re-elected president of Armateurs de France, the French equivalent of the UK Chamber of Shipping, writes Jehan Ashmore. This afternoon the UK Prime Minister, Theresa…
The partially completed new jetty at the Dun Laoghaire Baths site photographed this week at low tide. When finished DLR says the pier will permit swimmers to enter deep water clear of the rocks at low tide
Progress on the redevelopment of the Dun Laoghaire Baths site on Dublin Bay continues apace with part of the newly-built pier and jetty now clearly visible in the Scotsman's Bay area at the back of the East Pier. When finished…
The first ever container ship to receive 'cyber enabled ship descriptive'
Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced today – during Singapore Maritime Week – a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ST Engineering Electronics Ltd. (STEE), a leading Information Communications Technologies (ICT) provider and co-creater of Smart City Solutions, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd…
As AFLOAT reported last week the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft Manannan conducted berthing trials in Dublin Port which included approaching the above linkspan used by Stena Line. This berth is for their Holyhead service which requires the double-tier linkspan (upper tier seen on top of photo). The fastcraft ferry last month resumed seasonal service on the Liverpool link to Douglas and from the Manx capital last Sunday to Belfast. Manannan will return to Dublin next week to begin the Douglas seasonal service on 18 April in advance of the Easter Bank Holiday.
#ferries - Manx Radio reports of a political party that says the Island's public could buy shares in the Isle of Man Steam Packet to benefit from government's nationalisation of the company. The idea has been floated by LibVan as…
Class one competitor Bad Company
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina is a hive of activity today as repairs are underway to damage sustained during the gruelling two races of the Matthews Helly Hansen series last Sunday as previously reported by Afloat here. As sails are being taken away…
Liverpool Seafarers Centre CEO John Wilson with some crew members of cruiseship of MS Black Watch docked at the Liverpool cruise line terminal's seafarer centre.
#ports - An ecumenical maritime charity on Merseyside in the UK, Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) is celebrating a landmark 10th anniversary. The charity offers practical and emotional support to more than 50,000 seafarers passing through North West of England ports…
Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin Port. The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise  ship to be based from the port in 2018
DublinTown, the not for profit organisation charged with creating a welcoming and economically viable city environment in Dublin, has urged Dublin Port to provide clarity in relation to its decision to severely restrict cruise ship tourism to Ireland. Dublin Port…
The addition of Chinese shipping giant COSCO now brings the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling at Liverpool Port where above containership Jork is seen on the Mersey.
#ports&shipping - On the Irish Sea the Port of Liverpool now has the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling on Merseyside following confirmation that Chinese giant COSCO Shipping is to ship via the port. COSCO (Chinese Ocean Shipping…
The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Plans have been approved for an iconic building on the banks of the Clyde at Greenock in the North Channel of the Irish Sea to welcome cruise ship passengers. The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new…
The new RS21 keelboat is prepared for launching on Belfast Lough on Sunday
Sunday saw the first time that the brand new RS21 keelboat hit the water in Ireland with opportunities this month to get sailing on this exciting design. The Northern Ireland RS agent - Bosun Bob's brought the asymmetric keelboat over…
St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick city will host the free concert on Friday 3 May and a special ecumenical prayer service on Sunday 5 May
The Church of Ireland in Limerick city will be celebrating the traditions and legacy of Ireland’s inland waterways through story and song with a special free concert at St Mary’s Cathedral from 8pm on Friday 3 May. Radharc na hAbhann…
Cars on the uppermost vehicle deck of Brittany Ferries Armorique while approaching a linkspan at the busy UK port of Portsmouth where routes connect France and Spain. In addition AFLOAT adds the domestic services to the Isle of Wight.
#ferries - Only 10% has been put up by the Government of the cost of contingency plans being set up to avoid major disruption at one of the UK’s main cross-Channel ports in the case of a no-deal Brexit. As…
The Port Centre, Dublin Port and the stern of cruiseship Aegean Odyssey docked at the North Wall Quay Extension.
#cruiseliners - Independent.ie reports in a reduction in the number of cruise ships entering Dublin Port will cause considerable damage to the tourism sector on the island of Ireland, the leader of the DUP has warned. It is understood that…
T Burke II is a Wildcat 40 vessel and one of 19 built by Safehaven and in service worldwide
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has acquired a new inshore survey vessel for monitoring the state of mussel bed stocks on the south-west and east Irish coastlines. The 12m-long survey vessel, named T Burke II, was built by Cork company Safehaven Marine.…
Cork Harbour yachts will race against Dunmore East rivals, such as Robert Marchant’s yellow–hulled Fulmar 32 Fulmar Fever from Waterford Harbour SC, when they compete in a new Coastal Race to dominate the June Bank Holiday Weekend
Cork Harbour sailors are being offered a different opportunity this season – to turn left rather than right when they leave Roches’ Point at the mouth of the harbour… This will be a new departure for Cork Harbour boats. Apart…

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