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Pictured at Greystones Sailing Club are from left to right: Steven Waller, Hon. Treasurer  Daphne Hoolahan, Commodore  Barry Keogh, Vice Commodore  Gabrielle Igoe, Hon. Secretary
Speaking at the Clubs 2019 launch, the incoming Greystones Sailing Club Commodore, Daphne Hoolahan, said that “2019 is looking like a busy year. Greystones Sailing Club is honoured to be hosting the Wayfarer World Championships in July and we expect…
Thunder Child II cutting through the waves off Cork over the weekend
This past weekend saw the successful launch in Cork of Thunder Child II, the next-generation wave-piercing monohull from Safehaven Marine designed to set a new powerboat world record. Crafted at Safehaven’s boatyard in Youghal, the XSV20 cruised into East Ferry…
The Standard Club chooses Dublin (port above) for strong talent pool and proximity to UK, EU and US. The ship insurer generates about $290m of premiums annually.
#dublinport - Ship insurer Standard Club based in the UK, estimates that about 40% of its business will be written through its new Dublin unit, which has been set up to allow the business to continue to service customers in…
Squibs at the start of the second lap in the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites
A strong SW breeze greeted our competitors on the third morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series in Kinsale writes Dave O'Sullivan. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Michele Kennelly (welcome back) and Siobhan Keane Hopcraft aboard Destiny (Bruce &…
Gregor McGuckin helming his Golden Globe 2018 yacht with the intention of rescuing an injured fellow competitor. He was under jury rig after capsizing and dismasting in the Southern Ocean.
#lectures - A Glenua talk by Gregor McGuckin entitled: “Gregor’s Golden Globe Race 2018” Thursday 21 February at (20:00hrs) will take place at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin 4. There will be an entry fee of €5…
MBSC Laser winners from left:  Harry Pritchard Radial winner, Chris Bateman Overall Winner "Yard of Ale Trophy" And Ronan Keneally Organiser and second overall. Scroll down for photo gallery
Saturday, February 16th saw the Laser sailors of Cork gather for the final day of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League, sponsored by CH Marine writes Chris Bateman. The morning began with a mixed sky over the bay. Patches of blue were…
The magic atmosphere of classic boat-building - the Dublin Bay 24 Zephyra under re-construction at the Apprenticeshop in Maine, USA.
Dublin Bay has an unrivalled continuous history of One-Design sailing and racing writes W M Nixon. It runs in a golden thread all the way back to 1887, when Ben Middleton launched his little class of Water Wag dinghies to…
Presenting a sleek profile: LE George Bernard Shaw (P64) with a crew of 44 personnel, made a first visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend when alongside Carlisle Pier.
#navy - A first-ever visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour of the Naval Service newest OPV P60 class took place last weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fourth of the Offshore Patrol Vessel class sisters to enter service, LÉ George Bernard Shaw…
Eamonn O'Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port Company
#cruiseliners - The Port of Dublin is to greatly curtail cruise ships using its facilities and may axe the business altogether. Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port Company told the Sunday Independent that rising freight volumes and the need to…
Rapporteur Deirdre Clune, an Irish MEP. The EPSO welcomes new regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe).
#ports&shipping- The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the agreement reached on 7 February between the Parliament and the Council on the new regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe). With the new framework, which will repeal…
Winds of change? Beaufort, a tug of Dublin Port Company and astern the UK's Royal Navy 'River' class OPV HMS Mersey and Liverpool serving ropax ferry, Norbank of P&O Ferries. In addition Irish Ferries newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats going astern prior to heading to Holyhead, Wales.
#navalvisitors - A UK Royal Navy vessel deployed to patrol the Strait of Dover, due to the rise in recent months of migrants trafficked on boats from France, is currently visiting Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Tuesday, HMS Mersey…
UK Prime Minister has once again backed the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling (above) over the contract to Seaborne Freight
#ferries - The UK Prime Minister, reports Channel 4 News, has once again backed the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as he faced further criticism in parliament over the awarding of a contract to provide ferries in the event of a…
Trade at Belfast Harbour increased by more than 900,000 tonnes last year. Above Arklow Beacon a 'B' class short sea dry-bulk trader departing Belfast Lough and offshore of Co. Down. Note the orange 'free-fall' lifeboat of the Dutch flagged ship.
#belfastlough - A record 24.6 million tonnes of cargo was handled in Belfast Harbour last year thanks to a major increase in the number of freight vehicles passing through the port, which rose to a high of 532,000, latest figures…
Ulysses returns to service having had new propellers and new rudder components fitted
The MV Ulysses, the leading Irish Ferries freight and tourism vessel on the Dublin to Holyhead route, returns to Dublin today following an extensive dry dock investment at Cammell Laird shipyard in Merseyside. The four-week upgrade was undertaken to complete…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
A public meeting on the future on Dun Laoghaire Harbour will take place at the Dun Laoghaire Club on Eblana Avenue from 8pm on Thursday 28 February. ‘The People’s Harbour’ was also the topic of a recent meeting between Dun…
Port side profile of Stena Forecaster which transferred to the Irish Sea to begin Belfast-Liverpool (Birkenhead) service today
#ferries - On the Irish Sea Stena Line have transferred a ro-ro freightferry onto the Belfast-Liverpool (Birkenhead) route today.  The transfer of Stena Forecaster from Stena RoRo to the ferry firm is part of an ongoing development of the operators…

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