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Afloat adds Astor's German clientele were guests on board Transcean's (Kreuzfahrten) small cruiseship which at the weekend is seen above visiting scenic West Cork.The Bahamas flagged 20.606grt ship with up to 600 passengers had sailed from the cruiseship's main homeport at Bremerhaven to arrive in Bantry Bay Harbour last Saturday. For a another close up photo of the small cruiseship pictured at Dublin Port, see related story dating to 13th May.
Councillors in west Cork say they fear that Dublin Port’s decision to reduce the number of cruise ships by 50% between 2021 and 2023 could have a negative affect on cruise tourism in West Cork. The issue writes The Southern…
An Antarctic explorer in the form of cruiseship Ocean Atlantic which was escorted into Dun Laoghaire Harbour by pilot cutter this morning when a maiden call took place in the port which welcomed a new client Albratros Expeditions to the south Dublin Bay harbour.
A cruiseship with an international ice class rating of 1B and regarded as one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica has made a maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operated by Albratros Expeditions which describes…
In this view at the Port of Sligo, the port side of Sea Harmony is shown as is the extent of the cargoship's open hold which is clearly demonstrated given the fully retracted hatch-covers are stowed in an upright position. Stacked on the Deepwater Quay were round timber (logs) currently in the process of export as the ship today is bound for Birkenhead, Merseyside in the UK.
A cargoship which first visited the Port of Sligo in recent months featured on RTE News when docked again in the port at the weekend which coincided with the National Famine Commemoration, writes Jehan Ashmore. At the remembrance event attended…
The Subaru-sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September
The National Yacht Club has issued a call for volunteers to assist in its hosting of the Flying Fifteen World Championships from 1-13 September. As many as 86 boats expected to enter the event, which will take place 50 years…
Warrenpoint Port CEO Clare Guinness joins, from left, Colin Trundley, European Operation Director - Liquid CO2, Nippon Gases and Gerard Dore, Commercial and Logistics Manager – Ireland, Nippon Gases to announce a €11 million investment by the Japanese firm that will establish a major liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) import and distribution terminal at the harbour.
Japanese industrial gas company Nippon Gases is to establish a major liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) import and distribution terminal at Warrenpoint Port. The €11 million (£9.5m) project represents the first major investment in Ireland by the firm since it purchased…
Fast ferry Dublin Swift which operates a seasonal only service on the Dublin-Holyhead route is accompanied by conventional tonnage that sail year-round.
Irish Continental Group (ICG) which own Irish Ferries have through their shareholders unanimously backed under-fire chairman John B. McGuckian and supported the group's executive pay policy. Earlier this week, shareholder advisory firm Glass Lewis, writes The Irish Examiner, called for…
Former Cove Sailing Club Commodores were part of the gathering in Cobh to mark the centenary of the Cork Harbour Club on Friday. From left Adrian Tyle, Richard Marshall, Johanna Murphy, Noel O'Regan, Dave Doyle, Kieran Dorgan and Robert Keating. Missing from photo is John Doyle. Scroll down for photo gallery
Cove Sailing Club launched an exciting centenary programme at Cork Harbour's Sirius centre in Cobh, the former clubhouse of the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday, May 17 writes Bob Bateman. In order to mark the special occasion, CSC Commodore Kieran Dorgan…
The National 18s racing in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
Following the launch of the Cove Sailing Club centenary programme on Friday, the club race to Ballinacurra in Cork Harbour had a strong fleet of Royal Cork Yacht Club National 18 dinghies competing yesterday. Bob Bateman photographed the fleet and…
Bryan Dobson and Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Games in Kinsale. Scroll down for photo gallery
Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Watersports Inclusion Games 2019 at Kinsale Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. The event, set to take place in Kinsale harbour and environs on 24th and 25th August, is…
Greystones Harbour is the focus of a protest by fishermen who argue they’ve been excluded amid recent redevelopment
Recent redevelopment of Greystones Harbour has effectively shut the fishing industry out of the Co Wicklow town, local fisherman have told The Irish Times. A group of 10 fishermen say they were promised new arrangements when the €300 million development scheme…
Vintage Barges Bring ‘Floating Fringe Festival’ To Mountshannon For June Bank Holiday Weekend
Vintage barges and fantastic events are promised in the line-up as the Mountshannon Arts Festival returns this June Bank Holiday, Thursday 30 May to Monday 3 June. Inspired by this year’s theme, ‘Roots and Wings’, the festival features all facets…
A containership at sea which play a vital role in US-China Trade, however as Lloyd's Loading List report it is Import representatives who warn it is impossible for companies to switch sourcing to other countries in the short term, predicting further front-loading of inventories, as experienced ahead of tariff rises last year.
In the US importers and their logistics providers are preparing for further US-China tariffs and a possible fresh rush to front-load deliveries to beat the next tariff deadline, after the US confirmed its intention to impose 25% duties on further…
Over 90% of shareholders approve remuneration levels of the ferries operator which in recent months introduced newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. Above AFLOAT adds is ICG's managing director Eamonn Rothwell and master of ceremonies Glenda Gilson at a reception held on board to welcome the new cruiseferry in Dublin Port.
The Irish Continental Group (ICG) has said it is totally prepared to meet the challenges posed by Brexit, whatever way those challenges emerge. At the group’s annual general meeting, John McGuckian, ICG chairman, said, “we’re confident that whatever happens, we…
The 3,600-passenger Celebrity Reflection cruiseship is due to dock in Belfast today, however AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Cruises ship actually sailed to Greenock, Scotland following a call to Dublin Port yesterday (see related story). The 'Solstice' class cruiseship is seen above on a previous call when on Belfast Lough along with port regular Stena Scotia which operates a ro-ro freight only service to Heysham, England.
An enormous cruiseship Celebrity Reflection sails into Belfast this morning, bringing thousands of deep-pocketed North Americans to the city's visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants, there are fears it could be the 'end of an era' for this type of…
Alexandra Basin, Dublin Port where major work is ongoing among them at Alexandra Quay West (AFLOAT adds see top of basin) where berth restrictions are to be introduced from 2021 to 2023. At this berth is seen the small cruiseship, Marco Polo. On the right is a larger 'Solstice' class cruiseship in which the fifth and final of this series is Celebrity Reflection (which today) is occupying this same berth during a 'turnaround' cruise.
#cruiseliners - The arrival of thousands of well-travelled North American visitors on a huge cruiseship today could signal the ‘‘end of an era’’ due to actions of the Dublin Port Company, that's according to a group of businesses from across…
Haulbowline Island where the site of the public park that is to open is located at the East Tip (left side) noting this file photo Afloat adds shows waste deposits mounds from the former Irish Steel Plant.
#corkharbour - Set to open on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, is a public park despite warnings in a 2017 report that chemical contamination at the island’s former steel site has the potential to cause risks to users of a…

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