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The wastewater treatment plant in Ringsend, where a tank failure led to a discharge of ‘activated sludge’ on Saturday morning
This past weekend’s discharge of wastewater in the River Liffey from the Irish Water treatment plant in Ringsend is being investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency. As RTÉ News reports, failure of a processing tank at the locally controversial site…
Ben-My-Chree in Douglas Harbour, is the main Isle of Man ferry which serves year-round services.
#ferries -  Ben-My-Chree, the only year-round ferry operating Isle of Man services has achieved a reliability record of more than 97% over the past 13 months. According to the Isle of Man Steam Packet, during 2018 and up to January…
MV Shingle registered in Giurgiulești on the River Danube, is the largest port in Moldova. AFLOAT also adds, in recent weeks Shingle shifted berths within Dublin Port from the North Wall (near East-Link bridge) to the adjacent Alexandra Basin (above). The 669 tonnes ship had arrived in June 2014 following customs officers who seized the ship which was escorted to Drogheda and subsequently transferred to Dublin where for almost five years has lain laid-up because of the State’s inability to dispose of it.
#dublinport - The Connaught Telegraph writes the Revenue Commissioners have offered a ship to be sunk in Killala Bay on the Mayo/Sligo border as part of a plan to attract divers to the area. The 60-metre MV Shingle won't cost…
The class of 1959 was the real start of junior sailing in Dun Laoghaire - before juniors or junior sections were part of the waterfront yacht club scene
Remember all those happy summer days and friendships made at the DBSC Junior Section at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire? Seeing that it is 60 years ago when it all started in that summer of 1959, a group of…
Squib racing in Kinsale
A south-east lump with a 12-knot breeze (gusting to 18/20 knots later) greeted our competitors on the fourth morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series at Kinsale Yacht Club. Race Officer John Stallard aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) laid…
Members of the Naval Service Recruit Class 'Sullivan' at their Passing Out Parade at the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Co. Cork.
#navy - Increasingly the Naval Service is taking on more foreign-born recruits, which is a bonus when it comes to dealing with trawlers fishing off the coast that hail from a number of different countries. As the Irish Eaminer writes,…
80%	of goods between Republic of Ireland and Wales pass through Welsh Ports and where in Holyhead, Jeremy Miles visited the ferryport.
#ferries - There have been calls for the UK Prime Minister to remove the threat of a no-deal Brexit have been repeated by the Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles, following a visit to Holyhead Port. As ITV News…
Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port. Mr O’Reilly says Dublin Port will be prepared for a hard-Brexit and customs posts will be functioning for the March 29th deadline
#dublinport - At Dublin Port freight requiring physical checks after Brexit will, writes The Irish Times, be inspected in a warehouse formerly owned by businessman Harry Crosbie following an agreement signed by the State. As part of contingency planning for…
Sea Change: ‘Amazon & Alibaba Creating the Biggest Revolution in Shipping’
ParcelHero’s David Jinks will tell a major world maritime conference in London. Shipping lines will be forced to either integrate with Amazon and Alibaba or be submerged by the digital revolution. ‘A change in global supply chains even greater than…
A previous proposal from developers Howard Holdings suggested a marina, apartments and shops for the Passage West docks but the plans were never realised.
#waterfrontproperty - People in Passage West, reports EchoLive.ie, have reacted with bitter disappointment to the announcement that the local dockyards are no longer to be sold to Cork County Council. The Evening Echo revealed yesterday that the docks - the location for…
The Cork Harbour site known as The Dockyard in Passage West.
#waterfrontproperty - Plans in Cork Harbour, reports EchoLive.ie, to redevelop the dockyard in Passage West have been scuppered by Brexit. The planned redevelopment of the dockyard site into a modern, urban waterfront settlement had been hailed as a ‘game-changer’ for…
Groups or individuals who will provide positive impact on the town wanted for the former Dun Laoghaire Harbour ferry terminal
#dublinbay - New expressions of interest will be sought by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the former Stena Line ferry terminal site after a €20 million plan to convert it into a technology hub stalled late last year. “Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown…
Chairman of MJM Marine Brian McConville, vice-president of vessel refurbishment at Norwegian Cruise Line Colin Gant, and chief executive of MJM Gary Annett
#cruiseliners - Newry based firm MJM Marine, writes The Irish Times, has won its biggest contract to date for a “multimillion dollar” refit of a cruise liner that will involve a team of 1,400 people. The company, which has its…
The new £10m freight-ferry Red Kestral after the float-off today in Birkenhead on Merseyside. The 74m vessel is seen moved to the adjacent wet basin and will enter into service for Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel in May.
#ferries - At the UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird on Merseyside, the 'float-off' for a new £10 million ferry took place today for Isle of Wight operator Red Funnel. The Red Kestrel, a new freight-only RoRo vessel, will operate between Southampton…
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port handled 3.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, the highest annual level recorded in the harbour’s history. The total value of goods moving through the port also reached record levels, surpassing £6.5 billion for the first time. The…
Pictured at Greystones Sailing Club are from left to right: Steven Waller, Hon. Treasurer  Daphne Hoolahan, Commodore  Barry Keogh, Vice Commodore  Gabrielle Igoe, Hon. Secretary
Speaking at the Clubs 2019 launch, the incoming Greystones Sailing Club Commodore, Daphne Hoolahan, said that “2019 is looking like a busy year. Greystones Sailing Club is honoured to be hosting the Wayfarer World Championships in July and we expect…

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