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2,800 lane metres of freight (165 vehicles) will first be made available to freight hauliers when W.B. Yeats (biggest ferry in tonnage terms on the Irish Sea) finally enters service on the Dublin-Holyhead route this Sunday, January 13th. As for the maiden crossing accommodating passengers and motorists this is scheduled to take place later this month, on January 25th.
#ferries - Irish Ferries new cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is finally to enter service by making a maiden commercial sailing on the Dublin-Holyhead route this Sunday, albeit the giant ship will only take freight vehicles and drivers, writes Jehan Ashmore. According…
89 trucks took part on Tuesday, in a no-deal Brexit test to see what delays there would be if there were checks at the Port of Dover above, where AFLOAT adds are ferries from rival firms, DFDS and P&O.
#ferries - Representives from Irish hauliers the Journal.ie reports, have said that the no-deal Brexit test run at the Port of Dover was too little too late, and wasn’t representative of how bad the tailbacks could be. On Tuesday, the…
The Irish championship winning J109 Juggerknot is up for sale
The Irish Championship winning J109 Juggerknot campaigned so successfully last season by Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is up for sale. The boat is offered for sale at €99,000 Tax Paid or US$ 114,355…
Dun Laoghaire Marina is one of few Irish marinas offering petrol supplies
We’re all well aware of the difficulty for leisure boats in sourcing diesel on some parts of the Irish coast, but what’s the situation for petrol for large outboards? Can anyone help Afloat.ie powerboat enthusiast Pete with this query? I’m…
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New sail loft for Galway (from L to R) Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor, Managing Director Donal Small and Director/Loft Manager Yannick Lemonnier on their visit to the Doyle Sails HQ in Auckland, New Zealand
Doyle Sails International has announced a new loft opening in Galway.  The new loft is operated by Managing Director Donal Small and Loft Director Yannick Lemonnier and Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor. loft opened for business on 1st January 2019. The loft,…
The “Founding Fathers” of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in 20005 were (left to right) the late Owen McNally, (Rear Commodore Royal St George YC), Tim Goodbody (Rear Commodore, Royal Irish YC), and Ronan Beirne (Rear Commodore, National YC)
The sad death of Owen McNally a few days before Christmas deprived the Dun Laoghaire sailing community of one of its most active and devoted participants, an enthusiast who put even more into our sport than he took from it…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara as seen on TG4’s Bádóirí
#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4. Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of…
Cork Harbour Festival Coordinators Required by Meitheal Mara
The Cork Harbour based Community based boatyard 'Meitheal Mara' is seeking applications for the position of Marketing, PR and Programme Coordinator plus a Maritime Event Coordinator for the 2019 Cork Harbour Festival. These are temporary positions and full details are given…
Cork Harbour Laser Racing
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club has announced that their Laser Winter Series will be run again this year, starting this Saturday, with First Gun for a boat start at 10.15 a.m. The start, according to the club, will be “as close…
Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine competing in the Turkey Shoot Cruiser Racing Series on Dublin Bay
If Santa had read my letter I guess I would be penning this piece mid-ocean so guess he just couldn’t read my handwriting! Being asked what my top three wishes are for 2019 came very easily: Improved access to the…
The deck hatch covers where beneath wheat was carried on the ‘Blue Six’ en-route to the Port of Silloth, located on the Irish Sea along the Solway Firth which borders England and Scotland.
#ports - According to Associated British Ports (ABP) which operates the Port of Silloth on the Irish Sea, has celebrated a record-breaking year in 2018 by handling the highest cargo volumes since 2015. This year the north-west English port handled…
According to Belfast Harbour, the ‘Mantsinen 300M’ due to be delivered in the Spring will be managed by Cooper Specialised Handling
#Belfast - An investment by Belfast Harbour costing £3m has led to the world's largest hydraulic crane that is due to be delivered in the Spring. The 40-metre high Finnish machine reports Belfast Telegraph weighs 370 tonnes and can manage…
One of the new signs in place at Whitestrand at Miltown Malbay in West Clare
Permanent signage now in place at Spanish Point and Whitestrand Miltown Malbay beaches in west Clare hopes to rid the beaches of the scourge of plastic litter. The signs (not made of plastic) ask beachgoers to take away three pieces…
Sally Line's Ramsgate to Dunkerque ferry. AFLOAT adds this former operator at the Kent port (near to the UK's largest and busiest ferryport at Dover) was served by ferries among them The Viking (above) which during 1989, Sally chartered to B&I Line and deployed on the Dublin-Holyhead route. The state operated line was in 1992 acquired by ICG, parent company of Irish Ferries which is to introduce newbuild W.B. Yeats on the core Irish Sea route this month.
#ferries - On the UK south-east coast, the Port of Ramsgate "can not be ready" for extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the councillor for the harbour area. Seaborne Freight according to BBC News,…
The new ships include ferries for passengers and vehicles (among those to serve on the Irish Sea is W.B. Yeats as above), as well as the largest catamaran to operate in London. Afloat also adds the Irish Ferries new cruiseferry is seen docked in Dublin Port on 21 December (winter solstice). In the background is Oscar Wilde arriving from Holyhead, Wales, though this ferry had operated Rosslare-based routes to France.
#ferries - Nine new passenger ferries are planned to be launched on Ireland and UK routes which shows the industry is “continuing to thrive”, a trade body has claimed. Irish Ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries the Independent.ie reports are…
Hull registered tanker, Keewhit transferring bunkers to Oscar Wilde which had operated out of Rosslare (above) to France, is currently serving Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead route. AFLOAT also adds the route's main cruiseferry, Ulysses is due for an annual dry-docking this month when W.B. Yeats is to make a debut on the Ireland-Wales route.
#ferry - Minister for Transport has been accused of not doing enough to get a replacement for the Irish Ferries service linking Rosslare with Cherbourg. The company according to the Irish Examiner, announced just before Christmas that it was unlikely…

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