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Cork's Docklands: The plans include the re-purposing of the landmark waterfront Odlums Mills building (as above), a new rehabilitation hospital, and the construction of a number of multi-storey office and apartment buildings. Also captured in this AFLOAT 'file' photo along the south jetties at Kennedy Quay is Arklow Rover with stevedores at work with the 'R' class cargoship series ship since disposed by Arklow Shipping, with only a handful of this class still remaining in service.
Along Cork city's docklands, an ambitous multi-million euro plan have been announced which would include the re-purposing of the quayside landmark Odlums Mills building, a new rehabilitation hospital, and the construction of a number of multi-storey office and apartment buildings.…
ICG, owners of Irish Ferries, has acquired the ropax ferry Ciudad de Mahón from Transmed, a Spanish ferry company.  The purchase will see the ship become the third ferry on Dover-Calais with sailings by the ferry due to take place in the first quarter of 2022.
The Irish Continental Group (ICG) which owns Irish Ferries, has announced yet another recent acquisition, this time a Spanish-Balearic Islands passenger ro-ro ferry which will be their third ship to enter service on the Dover-Calais route, writes Jehan Ashmore ICG…
A file photo of the 2017 Turkey Shoot regular Dear Prudence. The J/109 is leading overall in the 2021 DBSC Series
The J/109 Dear Prudence is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after three of seven races sailed.  The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' that led until race two is now in…
Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too, an Elan 333
At Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday, Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too an Elan 333 continued her successful arrival into Fleet 1 of the White Sails October/November Series. Having won her first race the previous week she repeated the victory on Sunday…
The Welsh Secretary had previously said that Wales would have to accept a freeport 'come what may'. Above the Port of Holyhead's main terminal located on Salt Island.
Following a long fight with the Scottish and Welsh Governments over imposing freeports on the autonomous nations, they may have been “killed” after all, UK Government sources have said. Welsh Secretary Simon Hart had previously said that Wales would have…
Towage Twins Relocate: Dublin Port owned tugs, Shackleton berthed on left while Beaufort sets off on towage duties from their previous station berth located on the North Quay Wall Extension next to the Tom Clarke Bridge (East-Link) not in shot but the Three Arena is seen above. Now the tugs have a more centrally located station berth downriver to faciliate easier operations and for the safety of crew using a custom built pontoon. Note, the tugs don't feature funnel's, instead use exhaust (pipes) uptakes positioned on both sides of the tug master's wheelhouse.
Tugs are among the heart of Dublin Port's workboat operations, though the port's towage pair recently relocated from the publically prominent berths located next to the Tom Clarke Bridge, otherwise known as the 'East Link' Bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore The…
The now-almost-mythical Cork One Tonner Golden Apple racing in 1974
In 1974, Ireland - and particularly Cork - leapt to a new level of international sailing prominence as the fresh combination of the design talents of Ron Holland, the sailmaking skills of Johnny McWilliam, and the boat-building talents of the…
PostCOP26 Webinar on Shipping: This is the last chance to sign up for the Lloyd's Register/ Maritime London webinar where an expert panel will discuss if the industry’s ambitions were achieved at COP26 and how this might shape MEPC77 outcomes.
Lloyd's Register and Maritime London are to host a joint webinar: COP 26 – First Assessment on the Outcomes for Shipping, which is to be held tomorrow (Wed. 24 Nov). Since the start of the year, the maritime industry has…
Crewing Crisis: Sources from the Representative Association of Commissioned Officer (RACO) said that the LÉ William Butler Yeats didn't go on sea patrol yesterday (Sunday) because it was short a technical specialist.
There is just 709 fully-trained crew left in the Naval Service which is "living on borrowed time” and the expectation that a further ship could be tied up soon due to the deepening personnel crisis. That's the view of RACO…
Reconnecting the land and the sea - Ruairí Ó Conchúir – Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), Diarmuid Kelly, Gerry O Halloran, and Colm O Dowd at the launch of Cuan Beo’s report on the Economic Assessment of the Marine Resources of South East Galway Bay Catchment at the Golf Club at the Galway Bay Golf Resort Renville, Oranmore.
A one-year economic assessment of the southeast Galway Bay catchment has found it generated revenues of €105 million and supported about 550 jobs. The report was commissioned by Cuan Beo, a community based coastal organisation working in south-east Galway Bay,…
Dublin Port’s main operations on the Northside of the Liffey
The European Union (Minimum Safety and Health Requirements for Improved Medical Treatment on Board Vessels) Regulations 2021 transpose into Irish law European Council Directive 92/29/EEC (as amended) concerning the minimum health and safety requirements for improved medical treatment on board…
Hand brailing herring in Bangor Harbour
It’s been seven years since herring were landed in Bangor on Belfast Lough, but the Fairwind whose home port is Kilkeel on the Mourne coast in south Down, landed its catch in the harbour last week. The crew transferred the…
The IMDO has published its latest quarterly report on Unitised Traffic for the period Q3 of 2021 outlining the shipping sectors modes with some examples as seen above in this port scene.
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has published its Unitised Traffic Report for Q3 of 2021 and below is an Executive Summary. A full report of the various shipping sectors modes is available to download by clicking the attachment link…
Decade at Cairnryan; Stena Line Superfast VIII OSS crew Caitlan Nicholl (left) Morgan Cowan (right) joined Paul Grant (Trade Director) and Senior Master Steve Millar on board the Bridge of Superfast VIII to mark (today’s Sun. 21 Nov) the 10th anniversary of Stena Line’s relocation of Scottish port, from Stranrear to nearby Cairnryan Port back in 2011.  Since then, the North Channel route has enjoyed a number of notable milestones including transporting over 11.1m passengers, 2.6m cars, 1.9m freight units during 40,747 sailings.
Stena Line mark’s the 10th anniversary today (21 Nov.) of the opening of its Loch Ryan Port facility at Cairnryan, Scotland and the introduction of two new ‘Superfast’ vessels which heralded the start of its then new Belfast-Cairnryan service back…
Port Láirge, the Port of Waterford’s new pilot vessel, was delivered today by Safehaven Marine
Earlier today (Friday 19 November) the Port of Waterford received its new pilot vessel from Cork’s Safehaven Marine. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the port invested some €1 million in the 15m Interceptor 48 named Port Láirge, the Irish for…
Short-Sea feeder: A new, larger containership MV Elissabeth, has also been drafted in by Unifeeders to deal with the increasing capacity demands to / from the island of Ireland and mainland northern Europe.
Cork basedMainport which acts as shipping agent for container operator, Unifeeder A/S, has announced as of the start of this month that they have increased capacity between the Irish Sea and mainland northern Europe. This has led to the deployment…

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Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

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