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Calls By Cruise Liners Face Threat of Pickets When Arriving in Cobh
#corkharbour - The Irish Examiner writes that a battle over rights of way in a Cork Harbour town could lead to pickets being placed at its deep water quay when cruise liners start to arrive for the new season in…
Ray Ryan, assistant principal in the customs division of the Revenue Commissioners, speaking at the Freight Transport Association Ireland conference at Johnstown House, Enfield, Co Meath
#irishports - Speaking to The Irish Times, Jon Goodaker does not believe it is actually possible to have a no-deal Brexit. It would just lead to too many delays, too much chaos. “There are too many variables,” said the logistics…
A local inshore fishing boat moored alongside the precise stone-cut granite blocks that form Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey located on the south side of Dublin Bay. Offshore at anchor is a bulk-carrier, uncharacteristically painted in bright colours when compared to those normally calling to Dublin Port.  .
#lectures - As part of the Bullock Harbour Bicentenary celebrations, the next lecture is to be held on Tuesday (12 March) in the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. The free lecture programme which began last year has been organised by…
Nation Transport Authority issued Irish Ferries with two notices over cancellations of sailings to France. Afloats adds above on the horizon of Dublin Bay is W.B. Yeats which since January has operated the Dublin-Holyhead, however the €144m newbuild cruiseferry is due to enter service next week on the direct continental route linking the capital and Cherbourg.
#ferries - Operator Irish Ferries has brought a High Court challenge over a finding it must pay compensation to thousands of passengers affected by the cancellation of sailings between Ireland and France last summer. As The Irish Times reports, the…
The CIT Irish team in training on the Catalina yacht used in this week's Los Angeles Harbour Cup Invitational Regatta
This Thursday, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Sailing team, led by 29er dinghy ace Harry Durcan of Crosshaven on the helm and captain Grattan Roberts, will be competing in the Port of Los Angeles Harbour Cup Invitational Regatta, hosted by…
Caspar Berry, a world leading authority on the topic of ‘uncertainty’, a subject under much scrutiny given the backdrop of Brexit. The guest speaker was at the NI Logistics & Transport Gala Dinner held in Titanic Belfast.
#ferries - Casper Berry, a world leading authority on the topic of 'uncertainty' was guest speaker at this year’s Northern Ireland Logistics and Transport Annual Gala Dinner, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Stena Line was…
At last year's presentation of the ESPO Awards. As for 2019, entries are now open to submit, closing date is Friday 28 June.
#ports - The theme of this year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration of Ports is “Transparency and the role of social media in reaching out to local community”. The ESPO Award 2019 will go to the…
A Greenland Polar Bear in the Nansen Fjord, one of the stunning photos to feature in a presentation held this Thursday, 7 March (8pm) in the Poolbeg Y&BC in Dublin. For more details, see below.
#lecture - Friends of Glenua will next hold a presentation: Polar Bears of Greenland’s ‘Forbidden Coast’ which is a story illustrated with stunning photos and videos from this fascinating region. The speaker Adrian van der Lee who is a photojournalist, graphic designer…
The new pilot boat for Leixoes in Portugal caught the attention of two new Spanish clients
Following delivery of their latest pilot boat for the Port of Leixoes in Portugal, the Cork Harbour performance boat specialsts at Safehaven Marine announced the signing of contracts with two Spanish ports. The port of San Ciprian has contracted for an Interceptor…
Unlike Seaborne, Eurotunnel had actually run a cross-Channel ferry service MyFerryLink, which closed in 2015.
#ferries - The UK government the BBC reports, will pay £33m to Eurotunnel in an agreement to settle a lawsuit over extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In December, the Department for Transport (DfT) contracted three…
The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork on fleet manoeuvres at sea in 1738, as recorded by Dutch artist Peter Monamy. Today, the flags may have changed, the boats may be different, and it is now the Royal Cork Yacht Club. But the spirit of 1720 lives on with its Tricentenary next year. Image courtesy RCYC
Sailing in Ireland is a sport of long-lived organisations, writes W M Nixon. It’s a vehicle sport in which a significant number of the sailing vehicles are cherished classics, sometimes passed down from one generation to the next. Like it…
At today's launch of Arklow Wind (above leadship Wave) in Germany, where in Leer the public were invited including children could be heard (see below YouTube link) with excitement as they watched the second of a quartet of 16,500dwt sisters make for a splash in the Schiff Canal.
#shipping - Following last month's media headlines on Arklow Shipping and its relationship with Seaborne Freight which the UK Government had earmarked among firms to alleviate freight capacity in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Irish company today added another…
Brexit-Buster: Celine the largest ro-ro vessel of its type, is seen underway having departed Dublin Port on the direct continental ro-ro freight route to Rotterdam, The Netherlands in mainland Europe. Afloat adds the 234m long vessel has almost 8,000 freight lane meters in capacity, enabling to carry 503 trailers or transport 3,795 cars when using all decks.
#dublinport - Celine, otherwise dubbed the Brexit-Buster following the giant ro-ro ship's christening ceremony almost a year ago in Dublin Port, is to be bolstered with additional sailings linking Ireland directly with mainland Europe. The operator of Celine, CLdN Ro-Ro…
The detained NI registered fishing boats berthed in Port Oriel in Clogherhead, Co. Louth
#navy - In Dundalk Bay, two Northern Ireland-registered fishing vessels were detained on Tuesday evening of this week. As RTE News reports, they were detained by the crew of the LÉ Orla who were carrying out their normal patrols in…
Ringaskiddy, in lower Cork Harbour where stowaways were found in a container off a ferry from Spain. Afloat.ie adds the ferry terminal (which opened in 1982) which also serves services to France, is located next to the development site of a new state-of-the-art container terminal due to be opened in 2020.
#ferries - Stowaways were found hiding in a container at the Port of Cork’s Ringaskiddy ferry terminal moments after it arrived off a ship from Spain. The eight, according to the Irish Examiner, were all Albanian nationals under the age…
New Dublin Port Customs Check Posts Will Be ‘Pinch Point’ Says CEO
New customs checkpoints in Dublin Port are expected to be a ‘pinch point’ for hauliers, according to the port company’s chief executive. Eamonn O'Reilly tells RTÉ News that delays are likely to result from the new border inspection posts as…

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