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At close quarters presents an impressive view of the bow of BMAS Rhône a support vessel of the French Navy which entered service this year. AFLOAT adds the call of the newbuild from Cherbourg to Waterford City was a maiden first to an Irish port as the vessel berthed at the Frank Cassin Wharf opposite of Waterford Marina as seen on the left.
A French Navy offshore support and assistance vessel which was commissioned into service earlier this year visited Waterford City over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The impressive Loire class or Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) Rhône entered service in…
Cobh: The sound from passenger announcements, music played on external decks and alarm sirens have been irking some local residents. Above Afloat adds is a RCI cruiseship docked at the town located in lower Cork Harbour.
When cruiseships dock in Cobh they have been warned to keep quiet by the Port of Cork. The busy port, writes Echolive, which sees up to 100 cruise liners docking throughout the year in the tourist town, has issued a…
Minister denied two Naval Service ships were docked over crew shortages, citing ‘maintenance’. Above AFLOAT adds is one of the two patrol vessels involved, flagship LÉ Eithne seen underway in 2017 off Cobh, Cork Harbour. The HPV was then heading for its 3rd deployment to the Mediterranean Sea to assist in humanitarian operations.
The political party Fianna Fáil has called on Minister for State for Defence Paul Kehoe to publish documents that would confirm his assertion that two Naval vessels as Afloat previously reported are docked for maintenance and not because the Naval…
 Ross Nolan and Gordon Patterson were Squib South Coast winners
Oh to be in Kinsale on a sunny Saturday with a breeze watching the wonderfully named Fagin, Outlaw, Slipstream, Allegro, Nimble and Kanaloa zipping around offshore marks battling like gladiators in Squibs for best positions at windward and leeward buoys,…
Dublin Port Chief Receives Apology From Cruise Ship Campaign Over Press Releases
Dublin Port’s chief executive has received an apology over press releases from a campaign against the end of cruise liner arrivals to the port that he claimed were defamatory, as The Irish Times reports. Lorcan O’Connor, a director of Carroll’s…
Turnover in Belfast Harbour up 11 per cent to £68.8 million as trade rises by 900,000 tonnes year on year. AFLOAT adds CMA-CGM's containership Nicolas Delmas berthed in the port close to the VT4 Terminal for Stena Line's service to Cairnryan, Scotland.
A record 24.6 million tonnes of trade was handled in Belfast Harbour for the first time in its 400-year history last year, latest financial accounts show. Trade increased by 900,000 tonnes year on year, which The Irish Times reports has…
Pre-start manoeuvres before the second stage. The historic Cong-Galway Race attracts a mixed fleet, with catamarans setting the pace. Photo: Pierce Purcell
A group of onlookers gathered at the Quincentennial Bridge across the River Corrib immediately north of Galway city last Saturday evening were bemused by the sight of a series of sailing dinghies toppling themselves over to float underneath reports John…
Two ships, the LÉ Eithne helicopter patrol vessel (above) which has been in service since 1984, and the LÉ Orla coastal patrol vessel in service since 1988, have been tied up.
Two of the State’s nine Naval Service fishery patrol vessels will remain tied up indefinitely, in spite of the 10.1 million euro annual package of military salary and allowance increases approved by Government yesterday writes Lorna Siggins. The Government package…
The newest Naval Service patrol vessel L.E. George Bernard Shaw (of the OPV90 P60 class) during the annual fleet exercise FLEX held in recent weeks. AFLOAT also adds two of the remaining three patrol vessels that participated are seen on the horizon. They were (on left) LE Niamh and LE Orla leaving the final member LE Eithne to form the quartet involved out of a fleet total of 9 vessels.
In an announced from the Government an action plan to deliver a €10 million package to restore pay to members of the Defence Forces. As RTE reports, the Government said the package will immediately improve the take-home pay of members…
One of the ports included in the joint €2.6m 4-year project of Irish-Welsh ports is Milford Haven in south Wales where AFLOAT adds the ferry from Rosslare, Isle of Inishmore is seen off Neyland on the Welsh estuary while approaching Pembroke.
An Irish and Welsh project is seeking to unlock the cultural potential of the Irish ports of Dublin and Rosslare, and the Welsh ports of Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock. The research according to the NewRossStandard, will explore the cultures,…
Shannon Harbour in Co Offaly has eight of Ireland’s total of 28 houseboat berths
Despite the growing demand for houseboat living in Ireland, there are only 28 residential moorings across the whole of the country, as RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland reports today (Wednesday 3 July). Grand Canal Dock alone has a waiting list…
The €10.1 million package of measures will centre on increases in allowances paid to members of the Defence Forces rather than rises in core pay. Above AFLOAT adds the Naval Service conducted its annual fleet exercise FLEX in recent weeks and where four of the 9-strong fleet took part are seen at anchorage off the south coast among them in the foreground flagship LE Eithne (see related story link below).
It is expected that the Government will announce a new review of pay for up to 2,500 members of the Defence Forces with specialist or technical skills. The move, writes The Irish Times, will be in addition to the proposed…
Local anger over decision to allow Bartra Capital build luxury villas and apartments at the coastal inlet at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey in Co. Dublin and above an illustration of the proposed development.
The Irish Times writes of a controversial development proposal for a scenic south Dublin fishing harbour has been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála. Bartra Property, after a protracted planning struggle, has received permission to build a number…
Young women take part in International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) with a tour at the UK shipyard Cammell Laird,Birkenhead on Merseyside. The group are seen on board RRS Sir David Attenborough.
In the UK shipyard of marine engineering services company Cammell Laird based in Birkenhead, young women had a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in engineering as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019. Ten girls from schools and colleges…
Work starts on a £19m cruise berthing and visitor centre at Greenock (one of two Clydeport terminals) on the Firth of Clyde in south-west Scotland. AFLOAT adds above is RCI's Vision of the Seas passing Gourock Pierhead on the way to Greenock located further upriver.
A new cruise berthing and visitor centre at Greenock Ocean Terminal on the Forth of Clyde, Scotland has been confirmed, it was revealed today. At its June meeting, the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet approved a contribution of £9.693m…
A general bulk-carrier AFLOAT adds docked at the Port of Foynes on the Shannon Estuary where also above in the background (top right) is Foynes Yacht Club which last month received tourists on board tenders from cruiseship Prinsendam on its final visit while at anchor of Foynes Island.
In the mid-west the Shannon Foynes Port Company is pursuing an unprecedented investment programme at pace to transform the Shannon Estuary into a major economic hub and act as an economic counter-pole to Dublin, consistent with Government’s National Planning Framework.…

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