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MSC's containership MSC Messina berthed at Liverpool2 the newest lo-lo terminal on the Irish Sea is a major investment by Peel Ports. AFLOAT adds among the group's portfolio, they operate Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) a container facility in Dublin Port located in Ringsend. Also above Afloat has identified P&O Ferries Norbank/Norbay transiting in Gladstone Lock. The ropax pair along with fleetmate European Endeavour operate to Dublin using Terminal 3 located almost opposite of the MTL terminal.
#ports - A German stakeholder of a major UK ports group is considering selling its part of the business. As the UK newspaper The Times reports, Deutsche Bank is considering selling part of its stake in Peel Ports Group, Britain’s second-biggest port…
Great sailing in today's Kinsale Yacht Club Spring league. Scroll down for photo gallery below
"Men Plan, God Laughs", a proverb well illustrated this afternoon in Kinsale when the elements stole away a racing mark and forced RO Donal Hayes to abandon the race and start all over in the Kinsale Yacht Club Matthews Helly…
A fresh new look for Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven as seen off Cobh during a departure from Ringaskiddy on the Cork-Roscoff route. The resumption of the service comes in a season that no longer includes rivals Irish Ferries Rosslare based routes to France, though Stena Line continue to operate to Cherbourg.
#ferries - It's a busy time for Brittany Ferries as the Easter Holiday is well underway with passengers travelling on the Cork-Roscoff seasonal service, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Good Friday the flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven departed from France to arrive in…
The restored 137 year-old Gleoiteog, the Lovely Anne, sails to Claddagh Quay during it's re-launch in Galway city. The boat, built in 1882, was restored as part of a community training project between Bádóirí an Cladaig and Galway Hooker 2020.
King of the Claddagh Michael Lynskey (88) and his community took to the Galway waterside at the weekend to welcome home a historic workboat which plied the Atlantic during two world wars writes Lorna Siggins The 8m-long gleoiteog named Lovely Anne has…
Jedi, the highly competitive J109
#dublinbay - An illustrated lecture: “Man Overboard Recovery-Volvo Round Ireland 2018" is to be presented next week in Dublin by John White and Kenneth Rumball. This final lecture in the present series, organised by Friends of Glenua is to be…
The 2,850-guest Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin to become the first cruise ship to be based at the port.
#cruiseliners - Cruise passenger numbers from Ireland and the UK hit a record two million last year, figures from the Cruise Lines International Association show. As the Irish Times reports the association bundles together Irish and UK numbers as most…
Symbol for a voyage – the Salmons Wake logo inscribed on Ilen’s squaresail in the Ted Russell Dock in Limerick
The historic ketch Ilen of Limerick puts to sea again from her home port this weekend at the beginning of a complex 2019 sailing programme which will see the restored ship voyage in July towards southwest Greenland writes W M…
Keel failure - just how much attention do owners give to that vitally important part of the boat and its structure?
“We write to remind you that, due to the age of your vessel, Underwriters require an update of the last survey and valuation report, to be carried out ashore by a qualified marine surveyor who carries professional indemnity cover, prior…
The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin in 2017
Chairman of Irish Cruise Liner body Cruise Ireland, Mr Conor Mowlds said; “Cruise Ireland welcomed the positive meeting held with Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and…
Red Kestrel made a 'maiden' arrival this morning to Solent waters in the UK having sailed from Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird. The 265 freight lane metre newbuild ro-ro freight ferry is to operate on the Southampton-East Cowes (Isle of Wight) route.
#ferries - In the UK the newest addition to the fleet of an Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel's freight ferry Red Kestrel has arrived this morning to berth at its new home in Southampton. The new freight-only Ro-Ro (roll…
Fastcraft Manannan has returned to Dublin Port this morning to resume seasonal service on the route to Douglas. The Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft is seen earlier this month in the port to conduct berthing trials at the Stena Line (Terminal 2) linkspan which is adjacent to the ferry's routine berth at Terminal 1.
#ferrries - The Manx Parliament is to receive proposals ahead of the summer recess. The future finances of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company reports Manx Radio are expected to be considered by the parliament (Tynwald) ahead of the…
A rare call of a tanker to Dun Laoghaire Harbour came in the form of Thun Gemini. Take another look at the stern and note the splash!... following an exercise held alongside Carlisle Pier as the ship's free-fall lifeboat was launched. The 7,500 tons dwt 'G' class tanker - is a popular class within the Thun Tanker fleet which has resulted in 12 such ships built since 2000.
#irishports - A most unusual caller to Dun Laoghaire Harbour took place recently with the arrival of a tanker marking a rare event that has not occurred in three decades, writes Jehan Ashmore. Early on Sunday afternoon the 4,107 gross…
The veteran ferry of the Irish Sea, the 1981 built Stena Europe of the Rosslare-Fishguard route is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit in Turkey as AFLOAT previously reported. The Gemak Shipyard in Tuzla is located outside Europe on the Asian side the of the nation. A replacement ferry on the St. Georges Channel route is Stena Nordica which can carry hazardous cargo capacity that requires an 'open deck' (otherwise not normally available) on this service.
#ferries - The Rosslare-Fishguard ferry Stena Europe is off service and is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit at a shipyard located outside Europe. Last month Afloat monitored the Ireland-Wales ferry having left familiar waters when off Spain and…
Marshall King's Soak Racing
Warsash Spring Championships on the Solent Ian Wilson & former Greystones-based sailor Marshall King's Soak Racing started the J/70 UK Grand Slam Series in style, winning the opening round of the nine-regatta Grand Slam Series. The Irish Olympian (1996 Soling sailor) scored…
Dublin Port says fewer cruise ships would use the port from 2021. Above AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Silhouette departing the capital. In the foreground is the Irish flagged ketch Rinn Voyager (built locally in Ringsend) berthed at the Poolbeg Y&BC's marina pontoon. Also in this scene is a skiff from the Stella Maris Rowing Club of Ringsend.
#cruiseliners - RTE news reports of efforts to be made to reduce any effect fewer cruise ships entering Dublin Port from 2021 will have on Dublin, it's retailers and ancillary businesses. That's according to a spokesperson from Department of Transport…
Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony today of Stena Edda, the second vessel of its next generation E-Flexer series. The name Stena Edda follows the Scandinavian heritage decided for the five new vessels that are being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.  Stena Edda is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020. This is the second of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021
#ferries -  Operator Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony of the second vessel in its next generation E-Flexer series. The second vessel will be named Stena Edda* and follows…

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