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File photo of Frazer Aisling Gabrielle which launched the first ever car ferry route on Carlingford Lough almost two years ago in July, 2017.  The service linking counties Louth and Down this year experienced a busy period over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
#ferries - More than 6,000 passengers travelled aboard the Carlingford Lough Ferry over the Easter bank holiday weekend. To accommodate demand for the service, Independent.ie reports, that the ferry company had two vessels in operation on Easter Sunday and Easter…
A French Cruise Liner departs Cork Harbour. Scroll down for more images from Cork Harbour tonight
Three cruise ship maneuvres made for a busy Cork Harbour tonight with plenty of marine leisure activity too as captured by Bob Bateman below. Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat was on exercise, while a 1720 sportsboat and RIB were out on a…
Short-sea trader Odertal, Afloat adds with a dry-bulk cargo when berthed at the Port of Waterford
#irishports - Details of the Port of Waterford's financial results and operating performance for 2018 have been announced by the south-east port.  The company’s accounts reports Waterford Live, show operating profits of €1.9m for the year to December 31, an…
SMS Towage’s new tug, Manxman makes maiden voyage down the Humber estuary in the UK and where several ports line this coastline that leads to the North Sea.  Among the SMS fleet is Irishman which transferred from Belfast in recent years to the North Sea and today Afloat noted in Solent waters having departing Portsmouth.
#ports&shipping - A towage firm in the UK which includes operations in Belfast, has expanded its fleet with a new tug making a recent arrival onto the Humber estuary that leads to the North Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new…
DFDS ro-ro freight ferry Gardenia Seaways AFLOAT adds berthed at the Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk in the UK when operating to Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. The 32,000grt ship during its career has also operated from other North Sea ports to mainland Europe.
#ferries - In the UK the Department for Transport is cancelling contracts to provide extra ferry services after Brexit. As BBC News reports, ending the contracts with Brittany Ferries and DFDS could cost the taxpayer more than £50m. (See related Eurotunnel…
Red Bull Cliff Divers Orlando Duque and Anna Bader showcase their acrobatic expertise on Dublin Bay this morning
Only 10 days to go until 24 of the world’s best cliff divers will return to Ireland for the 2nd stop of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Dún Laoghaire Harbour on the 12th of May. Following…
Pictured (l-r) were delegates from the Flemish government visiting Dublin Port Company Nic Van der Marliere (General Representative of the Flemish Government); Sabien Lahaye-Battheu (Deputy for Tourism of the Province of West Flanders); Carl Decaluwé (Governor of the Province of West Flanders); Jan Peumans (Speaker of the Parliament of Flanders); Freddy Evens (Secretary General Foreign Affairs); Pierre-Emmanuel de Bauw (Belgian Ambassador to Ireland); Jacques Vanhoucke (Head of Economic and Commercial Trade); Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO, Dublin Port Company.
Delegates from the Flemish government visited Dublin Port Company to discuss the importance of direct shipping routes to Europe and preparations in the lead-up to Brexit. Such preparations include the launch of the world’s largest roll on-roll off ship Celine…
Star Pride arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2017 accompanied by the Dublin Port Tug Beaufort off her port bow. The ship returns to Dun Laoghaire on June 20th
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is set for seven cruise liner calls this summer over the period from May to September.  The first caller will be the Norwegian Pearl that is scheduled to anchor next Monday off the Harbour Mouth on her maiden…
The Drift Games car races will be held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on May 11 and 12 as part of line up of Harbour based events this summer
There's something for everyone at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Summer with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council kicking off ten events with both the Irish Drifting Championships and the Red Bull Diving Series this month on the same weekend (May 11 and…
Anna Malloy, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager with Father Paul Osunyikanmi, Apostleship of the Sea Chaplain for the Port of Milford Haven and Pembroke Port.
#ports&shipping - The south Wales Port of Milford Haven is continuing its support for the Apostleship of the Sea this year with financial backing to help the organisation provide support for seafarers visiting Pembrokeshire. The Apostleship of the Sea provides…
Ben-My-Chree is seen moving away (astern) from a dry-dock at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside yesterday following completion of routine annual overhaul.
#ferries - The ferry Ben-My-Chree operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet has been confirmed by the company of its return to Manx waters yesterday. Manx Radio reports the ferry's arrival (in Douglas) follows what the operator called  "successful…
The distinctive "X" tail stern configuration of Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus with wash generated when swinging off Ocean Pier in Alexandra Basin in Dublin Port. At this same pier is where currently a sister, HNLMS Zeeleeuw is docked alongside support ship HNLMS Mercuur.
#navalvisitors - One of the world's most sophisticated submarines and an accompanying support ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy arrived in Dublin Port yesterday for a three day crew rest and recreation visit, writes Jehan Ashmore. This is not the…
MV Glen Sannox should have been in service last year, Afloat adds on the Scottish south-west coast route of Ardrossan-Brodick, Isle of Aran on the Firth of Clyde.
#ferries - A pair of long-awaited lifeline ferries to serve Scotland's island communities have been delayed indefinitely and it could add millions of pounds to the cost of the £97m project, a senior minister has revealed. One of the ferries,…
LÉ George Bernard Shaw berthed at Haulbowline Naval Base in October 2018
Waterford welcomes the Naval Service’s newest offshore patrol vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw for its official naming and commissioning ceremonies today, Tuesday 30 April. Public viewing of the ceremonies will be from the William Vincent Wallace Plaza in the city…
The growing RC35 class were one of the strengths of the successful Bangor Town regatta in 2018. The Regatta is now set to be run on a biennial basis
An event which was once a major highlight of the Belfast Lough programme in times past found a new and very active lease of life when Bangor Town Regatta was re-introduced as a major biennial event in July 2018. The…
Rosslare Europort is served by three ferries which operate on routes to the UK (south Wales) and France (Normandy) but no longer served is Brittany. AFLOAT also adds (on the left) Irish Ferries cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore which operates to Pembroke and Stena Line's ropax Stena Horizon which calls to Cherbourg. The remaining ferry that uses the Co. Wexford harbour is Stena Europe (currently in dry-dock, see Ferry News: 17th April ) which has been temporarily replaced by Stena Nordica on the route to Fishguard.
#ferries - At the end of last year Irish Continental Group (ICG) announced its decision not to run its Irish Ferries services this summer to France from Rosslare, Co Wexford, the move was met with both surprise and shock in…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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