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Irish Lights which operates and maintains marine aids to navigation (AtoN's) among them the iconic Baily Lighthouse, Howth Peninsula on Dublin Bay. AFLOAT adds this file photo includes the former fast-ferry HSS Stena Explorer (on hazy horizon left of lantern) during a crossing from Holyhead, Wales and bound for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the foreground is Dublin Bay Cruises excursion vessel St. Bridget heading for Howth Harbour.
The General Lighthouse Authority which is responsible for England, Wales, Channel Islands and Gibraltar, Trinity House is joining aids to navigation authorities around the world to mark the first ever World Marine Aids to Navigation Day held today, July 1st.…
The British-Irish Council summit meeting which was held in Manchester
The Irish Examiner writes that the Taoiseach has said that a no-deal Brexit would have a severe impact on the Holyhead/Dublin trade route. Speaking at the 20th anniversary of the British-Irish Council (BIC) in Manchester, Leo Varadkar said Ireland would…
The Sovereign's Cup Winner 2019 - Eleuthera (Frank Whelan) from Greystones Sailing Club had a clean sweep in Class Zero to lift the overall trophy in Kinsale
Staging a major sailing event which best reflects the spirit of your beloved home port is not a challenge for the faint-hearted writes W M Nixon. When we consider the multiple factors involved in the completion of the complex four-day…
IOM Steam-Packet's annual 'Round the Island' cruise took place last weekend when ropax Ben-My-Chree with 300 sightseers on board the four-hour cruise experienced stunning views to include Peel Castle.  Afloat adds the 11th century castle is perched on St. Patrick's Isle located on the west Manx coastline.
Around 300 passengers enjoyed spectacular views of the Isle of Man’s coastline on this year’s Ben-my-Chree round-the-island cruise which was held last Saturday following Midsummer's day.  The ropax which the IOM Steam-Packet operates on the route to Heysham, England, departed…
Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port and also Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) who is seated (centre) among guest speakers at the annual conference held in the Port of Livorno located on the west coast of Italy.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) held its annual conference last month at the Port of Livorno, Italy. The gathering of European port and maritime industry marked the 16th edition of the ESPO Conference held in the impressive Girondi Theatre.…
The Naval Service's LÉ Eithne (pictured above) AFLOAT adds at the flagship's adopted homeport of Dun Laoghaire and coastal patrol vessel LÉ Orla will be taken off operational duty for the foreseeable future. Note the HPV is 'dressed overall' on the occasion of the flagship and crew who were conferred the 'Freedom of Entry' (see below to link 'navy's flagship).
A tie-up of two ships in port indefinitely is planned by the Naval Service due to a deepening manpower crisis. Of the three services in the Defence Forces, the naval service is suffering the most from a haemorrhage of personnel…
Summer celebration. The re-born Howth 17 Anita – originally built in 1900 – begins her second life afloat for a day this week in Douarnenez in Brittany
After Storm Emma wrought extensive destruction through the seven Howth Seventeens stored in their much-damaged shed on Howth’s East Pier at the beginning of March 2018, it was feared that several of the boats – which since 1898 have been…
In this scene taken of newbuild Arklow Valley before launch in 2016 is the Dutch flagged Bodewes built Eco-Trader which is currently docked in the Port of Galway while engaged in scrap metal cargoes.  Alongside at the Dutch yard in Hoogezand is a sister Arklow Valour.
The Port of Galway is where Afloat.ie takes an impromtu look in at the city's dock where the focus on shipping movements concentrates on cargoships involved up to the end of this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. In port this afternoon…
On Australia Day, Sea Princess is to return to the Gem of Cork Harbour, Cobh named on a list of the 25 most beautiful small towns in Europe according to influential Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
In Cork Harbour the town of Cobh is bracing itself for the arrival of some 1,500 Australians ahead of the town's annual 'Australia Day' celebrations. The cruiseship Sea Princess, EchoLive.ie writes, will be making a pitstop in Cork Harbour on…
Dublin Docklands trio: The restored and reinstated Liffey Ferry No.11, small cruiseship Corinthian from Fishguard, Wales and private superyacht Lady Rose from Lisbon, Portugal. The scene was taken in May during one of the cruiseship's calls to the capital this season which has seen the small ship as the most regular of such visitors. Note the cruiseship's unusual angled funnels.
Departing Dublin Port last night was a small cruiseship when compared to the giants of the industry yet this caller is one of the most prolific visitors and on the Irish Sea this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The diminutive Corinthian…
‘Business As Usual’ At Harland & Wolff As Owner Says It’s Filing For Bankruptcy
Harland and Wolff’s Norwegian majority owner has announced it will file for bankruptcy — but the Belfast shipyard says business will continue as usual, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The move comes after Dolphin Drilling ASA, formerly Fred Olsen Energy,…
Drawing showing the extent of the proposed marina and boardwalk at Trinity Wharf in Wexford town
Wexford County Council has issued public notice of its application for a foreshore lease “for the purpose of land-based developments, a marina and a bridge/boardwalk”. The newspaper advertisement published yesterday provides the location in Irish Transverse Mercator co-ordinates, which translate…
The new ferry to Spike Island (from Cobh) in lower Cork Harbour has been operating since April 19th.
The number of visitors to Spike Island has risen to 25% so far in 2019, with the operation of a new, larger-capacity ferry just one of a number of developments at the Cork Harbour destination. The new ferry, reports EchoLive.ie,…
Prinsendam at anchor off Foynes Island (a first) marked also the inaugural caller of the season in addition the final call by the Holland America Line vessel as AFLOAT adds before beginning a career with new owners next week, July 1st. Afloat also adds that Prinsedam is the oldest and smallest cruiseship of the HAL fleet and so far this season has made calls to Irish ports among them Dublin and more recently to Cork (Cobh) last week.
A luxury cruiseship nickmamed the 'Elegant Explorer' celebrated its final call to Foynes, Co. Limerick by anchoring off the port on the Shannon Estuary. The call of Prinsendam operated by Holland America Line was according to SFPC a welcome tourism…
Attractive start port – Lisloughry Harbour at Cong will see the start of Saturday’s Cong-Galway race on Lough Corrib
Life was simpler back in 1882 when the sailing folk of Galway Bay and the stunningly beautiful Lough Corrib inaugurated the Galway to Cong race the length of the great lake writes W M Nixon. People didn’t have cars, and…
The ‘orange slick’ at Salthill near Dun Laoghaire this morning, Tuesday 25 June, now confirmed by DLRCoCo to be caused by an algal bloom
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) has expressed its frustration over the second discharge this month of wastewater into Dublin Bay, which has seen new bathing bans issued at several popular swimming spots in the capital. While the…

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