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Minister Ross reassures Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast trying to fill gap left by Dublin’s ship limits where above AFLOAT adds is Astor berthed in Alexandra Basin. This part of the port is undergoing a major redevelopment to handle larger cargoships and reconfiguration of quays for increased capacity.
#cruiseliners - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport has sought to reassure DUP leader Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast would fill the gap left by Dublin Port’s reduction in cruise ship arrivals. As The Irish Times writes, Mr Ross…
£15 million is to be invested at Belfast Harbour's Victoria Terminal 2 (VT2), which currently services Stena Line's popular Belfast to Liverpool route. Afloat adds above is Stena Lagan which along with a sister operate the passenger service
#belfastlough - In an announcement Belfast Harbour is to invest £15 million to re-develop one of its ferry terminals. The project, reports The Irish News, is part of a long-term investment strategy in port infrastructure will see the transformation of…
The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee will this week in London discuss an EU proposal on exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).
#ports&shipping -  The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) is to commence this week in London, a discussion on an EU proposal on exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers). The proposal, which has been submitted by the…
Dragon racing at the open keelboat Regatta
Calendars in Kinsale fill quickly and Sunday saw the annual Ecumenical service of Sea Sunday attract sailors and fishermen and first responders to the seaside town. The annual vintage car rally added character and colour and one mile South of…
A ten boat fleet contested the J109 Easterns on Dublin Bay
After a mix of coastal and inshore races, Tim and Richard Goodbody's White Mischief of the Royal Irish lived up to her pre-championship billing as favourite and won the J109 Eastern title but only after a tie-break on Dublin Bay this afternoon. …
Bottlenose dolphin playing with a paddleboarder in front of Dalkey Island
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is currently carrying out a visitor survey for Dalkey Island to assist in the long-term management and protection of a key historical and ecological site in Dublin Bay. Dalkey Island, which is owned by the council,…
Diving at the iconic Northbank Lighthouse in Dublin Bay on 2 May to celebrate the return of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series to Ireland
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series makes its long-awaited debut in Dublin this afternoon (Saturday 11) with events kicking off at Dun Laoghaire’s Carlisle Pier at 5pm. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, entry is now free for the two-day…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD inspecting harbour works at the official opening of the harbour administration building in Castletownbere with harbourmaster Cormac McGinley, Tony O’Sullivan, engineer and Kelly Guiney, Engineer
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., officially opened the new Harbour Administration building in Castletownbere and took the opportunity of his visit to the town to inspect progress on the €23.5m, 216-metre long fishing quay…
The Fló Beo team are experienced open water swimmers ready for the challenge ahead
A trio of self-described ‘ordinary’ women will be attempting the extraordinary later this summer when they set out to swim the length of the River Shannon for charity. Fló Beo, which means ‘the living flow’, developed from an idea that…
Port of Cork 'Highly Commended' at Seatrade Awards in 'Deal of the Year' Category
The Port of Cork and its partners were ‘highly commended’ at last night’s Seatrade Awards in the ‘Deal of the Year’ category in recognition of its work in securing significant funding for the development of the new Cork Container Terminal…
Galway Harbour – waterfront heart of a significant Atlantic port
Lorient in Brittany was the first city to sign up as a twin to the proud citizens of Galway as far back as 1975. It was a statement of friendship and a commitment to exchange cultural experiences between the people…
At close quarters: Gone is the grey hull colour of former owner's Flinter Group whose cargsoship is now Arklow Dusk. The Irish flagged ship had made its first call to Dublin Port and was one of seven ships that presented a busy scene in Dublin Bay over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
#dublinbay- It was a busy scene in Dublin Bay during the May Bank Holiday as up to seven ships were at anchorage among them an Irish flagged cargo which stood out with its distinctive green painted hull, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Bus & Boat: The new joint ferry service involves Bus Eireann in a partnership with Doolin Ferry Company. Afloat adds the Co. Clare based operator's Doolin Express (introduced in 2017) is seen berthed alongside the quay.
#ferries - A new service has been launched by Bus Éireann in partnership with Doolin Ferry Company for people to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, reports GalwayDaily. The new Route 350 which operates from Galway offers a combined bus and…
File photo of the the ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire Harbour when in use by Stena Line on their service to Holyhead, Wales which closed in September 2014. In the background the fastcraft HSS Stena Explorer is departing the harbour when bound for the UK port.
#dublinbay - The Irish Times writes that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has rejected a proposal from $5 billion US children’s entertainment giant Hasbro to bring “Hollywood production” to the Dublin suburb with a studio in the harbour's former Stena Line terminal.…
Wicklow sailor Shane MacCarthy (left) was third overall in the Spring Solo event in Medemblik
Greystones Solo dinghy sailor Shane MacCarthy took third overall in the Spring Cup OK Solo 2019 in Holland last weekend. GP14 world champion Shane MacCarthy is known for his exploits across a number of sailing classes, including the Fireball dinghy, but perhaps less known is his Solo…
The Town Dock House works will include a complete refurbishment of the existing building and an extension which will provide additional office space and board room facilities.
Work has commenced on the redevelopment of the landmark Town Dock House at Warrenpoint Port, the flagship project in the harbour’s £4 million capital investment programme.The building, which fronts onto Warrenpoint Town Square, will be returned to its former use…

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