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P&O have stopped flying the Red Ensign on two of their cross Channel ferries. AFLOAT adds as previously reported in 2012 it was then P&O's 175th anniversary. Seven years before, the famous global shipping company was divided, following the sale in 2005 of the ferry division to Dubai based DP World for £3.3 billion which operates P&O Ferries. As for cruise operations, they were sold off to Carnival UK, a subsidiary of the US owned Carnival Corporation which includes P&O Cruises and other leading brand names.
#ferry - UK flagged ships are taking down the Red Ensign to fit in with EU financial regulations as they sail through the English Channel. Southampton based P&O, writes the Express, has raised the flag of Cyprus instead of the…
Dredger Freeway which AFLOAT reported on Monday, took a lay-over period during the festive period in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The dredger departed yesterday to resume duties in Dublin Bay (above) where also seen last month (Dec.20) the Cypriot flagged W.B. Yeats made a maiden arrival to the capital.
#ferry - In Wexford, an independent local councillor claims that there is “a lot of smoke and mirrors” around the decision by Irish Ferries to halt its service from Rosslare. As Breaking News reports, Cllr Ger Carthy says that the…
Naval officers at commissioning ceremony held on Haulbowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour
#NavalService - Organisation that represents Defence Forces officers says it doesn’t have confidence that the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) will deliver much-needed pay increases for lowly-paid sailors, soldiers, and aircrews. As the Irish Examiner writes, the warning from Raco…
The Pod Marine Ltd premises at the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire
Dun Laoghaire will get a new 'boat engine showroom' if planning permission is granted at a West Pier site in the Harbour. According to a planning application received by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, applicant Pod Marine Ltd is seeking planning…
 Flossie and the Beach Cleaners on New Year's Day
Dublin Bay youngster Flossie Donnelly made a great start to the New Year with a Killiney Beach Clean Up as part of her ongoing campaign to rid Dublin Bay of plastics. As Afloat.ie previously reported, young coastal litter crusader Flossie…
Jalapeño from the National Yacht Club helmed by Paul Barrington was the RIYC Charity Race winner
There were 20 entries in a light southwesterly breeze for the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Annual Charity Race on Sunday, 30th December 2018 Race officers Henry Leonard and Paul McCarthy laid a triangle/sausage/ triangle course which was completed in an hours…
Dredger Freeway seen in Dublin Port, on the first day after arrival in October. Recently due to berth space restrictions, the hopper-dredger had sought permission to dock in Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the festive period.
#DublinBay - A dredger docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour just days before Christmas Day, remains in port due to space restrictions in neighbouring Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The hopper dredger Freeway which Afloat tracked upon arrival to Dublin Port…
The small red hulled workboat, James, was used to assist in work carried out at the Kish Lighthouse in Dublin Bay. The vessel is fitted with a bow loading ramp and is seen with a navigational aid on deck while in Dublin Bay inbound for Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
#Lighthouses - A workboat operating from Dun Laoghaire Harbour which was used to assist the Commissioners of Irish Lights has completed duties offshore at the Kish Lighthouse, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Westport registered workboat, James, Afloat spotted since the summer…
UK to spend more than £100m chartering extra ferries to ease congestion at Dover. Ireland is in danger of becoming over reliant on Dublin Port (where W.B. Yeats above approaches) while reducing the potential of the port (Rosslare) closest to the EU, Labour party leader Brendan Howlin has said.
#FerryNews - The Irish Times writes the Government needs to “immediately move” to bolster and diversify transport links to the European Union, the Labour Party has said. Labour party leader Brendan Howlin said the Government is “standing idly by” while…
LÉ George Bernard Shaw is to open to public tours in Galway Docks
#NavalService - LÉ George Bernard Shaw, the latest ship to join the ranks of the Irish Navy, will be open for the public to look around next week in Galway Docks. As the Galway Daily writes, LÉ George Bernard Shaw…
DFDS is one of the companies to sign a contract with the UK Government in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. The ro-ro freight ferries will operate from ports such as Felixstowe in Suffolk where AFLOAT spotted in the summer, a DFDS North Sea serving Gardenia Seaways (262 trailers / 4,076m load space). The 210m vessel that operated on the Vlaardingen, Netherlands route, was launched last year was built by FGS, the same German yard that constructed Irish Ferries cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. The cruiseferry last week arrived to Dublin Port following a delivery voyage that involved the North Sea.
#FerryNews - The British government has spent more than £100 million on ferries to ease potential problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Department for Transport (DfT) reports RTE News, has signed contracts with French firm Brittany Ferries,…
Additional capacity could ease congestion in Dublin Port, says chief executive of SFPC. The largest port on the estuary is at Foynes where above is bulker Foxtrott
#ShannonEstuary - The port of Shannon Foynes writes The Irish Times, could take any post-Brexit strain off Irish east coast ports should Border checks lead to congestion, its chief executive has said. Pat Keating, chief executive of Shannon Foynes Port…
The famous cranes at the H&W Belfast: Former Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Lord Empey has said that he fears the site may now fall into the hands of property developers.
#BelfastLough - Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast, must be maintained for industrial use and not sold off to property developers, Lord Empey has said. As The Belfast Telegraph writes, the former UUP leader was speaking after it emerged last…
Karin Schepers in foreground among ships along the South Bank Quays in Dublin, the State’s busiest port has been planning for border checks on UK imports since late 2017
#DublinPort- Dublin Port, the country’s largest and busiest sea port,was only asked by the Department of Transport for details of its contingency plans to deal with a hard Brexit just over a month ago. As The Irish Times writes, almost…
Driver Patrick van der Vijer from Hannon Transport, had the honour of transporting Stena Line’s 250,000 freight unit of 2018 on its Dublin – Holyhead service during the Stena Adventurer’s 08.10hrs sailing from the Irish capital today.
#DublinPort - A major operator in Dublin Port, Stena Line has set a new company record for freight on its service to Holyhead, carrying a total of over 250,000 units in 2018. The milestone was achieved today, when Patrick van…
Winter Solstice: Bright lights big city... big ship... as W.B. Yeats is illuminated in the night sky having shifted berths within Dublin Port (yesterday) and following the cruiseferry's maiden delivery voyage from Germany, via calls to France, Ireland (Rosslare Europort) and Wales in that order. The 194m newbuild remains docked next to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) Toll-Lift Bridge that spans the Liffey.
#FerryNews - According to the Irish Ferries website, online bookings for W.B. Yeats, indicate that the brand new €144m luxury cruiseferry is to enter service a month after Christmas Day, but firstly on the Dublin-Holyhead route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat…

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