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East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour where contractors using heavy machinery on board a barge with tug Vanguard on station just offshore in Scotsman's Bay last month. Since then granite rocks continue to be placed in position shoring up previous damage caused by Storm Emma in 2018.
Works to repair damage at the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Dublin Bay, that began last year on coastal defences should be completed in the coming weeks, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council the works to replenish…
File photo of the latest newbuild Arklow Ace (in centre, when still in construction) is the third of six A-series ships launched from a shipyard in the Netherlands. AFLOAT adds note the barge delivering a load of hatch covers and gantry to be lifted on board the newbuild.
The latest and third newbuild of the Arklow 'A' class series which is a bulk orientated general cargoship was launched at a Dutch yard, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Ace (Nb.439) took to the water for the first time as the…
Cobh's cruiseship berth proved ideal for the visiting French Naval Frigate Latouche-Tréville
The visiting French Naval Frigate Latouche-Tréville was alongside in Cork Harbour at the weekend moored at the Cruise Liner berth in Cobh. As Afloat previously reported, the frigate and her crew of 244 were in the south coast port in…
As part of celebrating IWD2020, UK operator CMV Cruises in recognition of historic achievements of pioneering female explorers and adventurers is to name cruise ships to join the fleet in 2021 with Amy Johnson (above as flagship in new livery) and second ship Ida Pfeiffer. As for this year's season, CMV continue cruises for the Irish market with regulars Magellan and Marco Polo based out of Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh and Ringaskiddy).
In celebration of today's International Women’s Day 2020, and their theme Each for Equal, UK operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has launched the ‘Introducing Inspirational Women’ series, writes Jehan Ashmore. The series (each Wednesday on facebook: see also today)…
French frigate FASM Latouche-Tréville visits Cork Harbour, where female crew joined in a local charity event at the Naval Base opposite Cobh as pictured above.
Female crew from a French Navy (Marine Nationale) frigate visiting Cobh, Cork Harbour joined the Naval Service Women’s Network as guests for a charity event, writes Jehan Ashmore. The event to in aid of the 'Denim Day 4 Dementia' took place…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) publishes statistics for committee meeting gender balance for 2019.
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, tomorrow, Sunday (8 March), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published the statistics for their committee meeting gender balance for 2019. All technical committees together, overall 31,76% of port professionals attending…
LÉ Niamh under the command of Lieut Cdr Claire Murphy
Near gale force and gusty south-west winds have forced a  change of venue for a Galway 2020 International Women’s Day event on board the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh on Sunday morning. The patrol ship was to have hosted…
The embarkation of King George IV at Kingstown by artist William Sadler II
The embarkation of King George IV at Kingstown by artist William Sadler II on September 3rd 1821 is one lot offered at Whyte's forthcoming Irish Art Sale at the RDS on March 9th. The work shows what some describe as…
Carlingford Marina in Co Louth
Following the most recent update on white diesel supply for leisure vessels around the Irish coast, Carlingford Marina informs that it will shortly install a second diesel tank for white diesel. While the marina on the Cooley Peninsula in…
Lieut Commander Roberta O’Brien
Lieut Cdr. Roberta O’Brien the first female captain of an Irish Naval Service patrol vessel, LÉ Aisling in 2008, is among speakers at an International Women's Day Luncheon event held today in Cork, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish event in association…
The Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, Scotland which was nationalised. Scottish Government officials have denied claims of impropriety in the procurement of two ferries. AFLOAT adds above the first of the pair, Glen Sannox, for operator CalMac's Isle of Arran route from Ardrossan.
The director of aviation, maritime, freight and canals, Fran Pacitti of Transport Scotland, and head of the ferries unit, Chris Wilcock, rejected the allegations as they appeared before MSPs. In August last year, the Port Glasgow (Ferguson Marine) yard was…
ICG's Irish Ferries newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats came into operation last year and as AFLOAT adds is seen berthed at Dublin Port's Terminal No.1
Irish Continental Group, parent company of Irish Ferries has reported higher revenues and earnings for the year to the end of December, as its new ferry, the W.B.Yeats, came into service. As according to RTE News, ICG's revenue for the year…
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Kieran Crowley, Chairman and Yvonne Shields O’Connor, CEO, Irish Lights at the Baily Lighthouse on the Howth Peninsula in north Co. Dublin.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights were also delighted to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday to the Baily Lighthouse, Howth Peninsula (see story: Marine Institute) as part of the UK Royal couple's first official visit to Ireland which…
Howth Peninsula forms the backdrop as Stena Superfast X enters Dublin Port for the first time in 2015 having sailed from Holyhead, Wales and in that same year the UK periodical, 'Ships Monthly' (November issue) published the photo of the ferry to introduce their 'Ship of the Month' feature. The former Greek ferry launched as Superfast X followed in the wake of sisterships, (Stena) Superfast VII & VIII albeit they have served on the North Channel route of Belfast-Cairnryan since 2011 and continue to do so on services to Scotland.
The last sailing operated by Stena Superfast X took place on Tuesday from Cairnryan, Scotland to Belfast Harbour from where the ferry departed for the final time last night bound for Greece, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was the turn of…
Second on the left: Chairman of European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Eamonn O’Reilly during the EPSO Award 2019 ceremony which was presented to the Port of Dover. Submission entries for this year are open until Friday 26 June.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports is entering its 12th edition. The theme of this year is “Enhancing the port-city relationship by encouraging innovators and local start-ups to be part of the port ecosystem”.…
Drilling-rig ship Geoquip Saentis run by a Swiss based offshore geo-technical solutions company, has berthed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The 3,404 gross tonnage vessel is to be used for work at the Dundalk Bay Wind Farm project off Co. Louth. Note above the bow and bridge is a heli-pad.
A drilling-rig ship operated by a Swiss-based offshore geo technical data solutions company is currently berthed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the drilling-rig ship Geoquip Saentis is in the harbour to mobilise…

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