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DBSC Laser dinghy racing moves inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour this season
As was announced today, the Dublin Bay Sailing Club has taken the extraordinary decision to shift dinghy racing to inside Dun Laoghaire harbour DBSC writes Laser Class Captain Gavan Murphy. However, these are extraordinary times we live in and require…
Bangor’s lifeboat comes alongside the stricken motorboat in Belfast Lough
Bangor's lifeboat rescued four people aboard a motorboat from Carrickfergus after the boat broke down off Whitehead, and the group risked drifting into a shipping lane in Belfast Lough in fading light. A volunteer crew from Bangor RNLI was requested…
Johanna Murphy of Cobh, Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, is also a Committee Member of of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association
Some offshore racing enthusiasts may have been hoping that the historic re-enactment of the “Kingstown to Queenstown" Race of 1860 – the first proper offshore event in Irish and British waters – might still have been staged in some very…
The revived Dublin Bay 21 Class will remain true to their original colours, but their order of restoration is non-numerical, as Number 6 – Naneen, centre - has been the first to sail again, as she was the only one to be built in Dun Laoghaire
The complex project of restoring the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 21 class – which first raced in 1903 and ceased racing in 1986 – has been in hiatus during the Lockdown. But now Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra have…
Ship 'Sample' (Part 1 of 2) Stena Nordica seen shifting berths following a layover in Dublin Port more than a decade ago when serving on the Holyhead route. The ro-pax ferry continues to play an important role for the ship's owners as a relief ferry on the Irish Sea. As since last night the 'Nordica' carried out final sailings on the Wales route until today's resumption finally by the route's newbuild ropax Stena Estrid after engine-trouble in May. Also pictured is former Arklow Racer berthed at DeepWaterQuay (See: Shipping Snippets 'Ports & Shipping' news 5th June) one of the 'R' series of dry-cargo/ container ships which formed part of the backbone of Arklow Shipping's fleet for almost 20 years, but these oldest in the fleet are been disposed as ASL continue a newbuild programme. Afloat will feature in Ship Sample (2 of 2) on some of the 'R' class cargoships which have been sold, while looking into newbuild Irish flagged traders. As for the photo, this may be familar with reader/collectors of 'Ships Monthly' (Feb) 2010 issue as part of their Ships Pictorial centrespread.
Stena Nordica continues in nomadic mode as Afloat tracked the ropax ferry on a repositioning passage to Fishguard, having relieved duties of former engine troubled newbuild Stena Estrid which returned to the Holyhead-Dublin route today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The leadship…
After successful implementation in selected countries, the container line (MSC) is now extending the programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Above AFLOAT adds is DNV GL's ground-breaking new class notation to mitigate fire risks on container ships had been awarded to MSC. The notation has been implemented on the largest container ships in the world, the 23,000+ TEU MSC Gülsün class with their also important lowest CO2 emissions per container carried by design.
Following a successful implementation in selected countries, global container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is now extending its the MSC Carbon Neutral Programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Since early 2019, MSC has partnered with leading global climate solutions provider…
Set of safety measures announced by Stena Line with potential easing of lock-down and travel restrictions on non essential travel is aimed to ensure those taking a ferry is the safest form of public transport
A set of safety measures announced by Stena Line, given the potential easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-emergence of non-essential travel, is aimed at ensuring ferry travel is the safest form of public transport. Social distancing, fog machines, fresh…
Friendly port and ocean crossroads – Horta in the Azores, with the commercial, ferry and cruise-liner berths in foreground, while the anchorage, old harbour, and yacht harbour are beyond
Today (Monday), the Quinlan-Owens family from Kinvara on Galway Bay with the Atlantic-circuiting 39ft steel ketch Danu have been finally free to roam ashore as they please in Horta on Faial in the Azores, as the next phase in the…
Ro-Ro Cargo Ship Victorine crew members and Captain Andrey Shevchuk (pictured above), receiving care packs from Dublin Port Harbour Master Michael McKenna, with Rev. William Black and Rose Kearney of the Dublin Port Seafarers' Centre.  Dublin Port Company is distributing 500 care packs to seafarers in gratitude for their service during the global pandemic
Dublin Port Company today delivered the first of 500 care packs to international seafarers as a thank you for their frontline service during the coronavirus crisis. Due to the pandemic, many members of ships’ crews have had lengthy enforced extensions…
A J109 yacht rounds DBSC Race mark on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Club (DBSC) has laid some of its race marks on Dublin Bay in anticipation of the Summer Series getting underway next month. As Afloat previously reported, DBSC aims to race from July 20th. Outer guard marks…
David Puttnam (the UK film-maker and West Cork resident) noted more people are likely to want to travel by ferry. Bosses from the industry have said there are no plans to increase the number of ferry services between Ireland and France in post-lockdown
Bosses of the ferry industry, have ruled out increasing their services between Ireland and France in the coming months and have even indicated that passenger numbers on their routes could be reduced to facilitate social distancing. There had been speculation that…
British Ports Assocation welcome news that the UK Government will postpone its post-transition plans to introduce full border checks on traffic arriving from the EU for six months from January 2020. Did you know that the UK Maritime Sector facilitates 95% of all UK trade, and is larger than both the automotive and aerospace transport industries? Above the Red Duster flies at the stern of a North Channel ferry.
In the UK the British Ports Association has welcomed news that government will postpone its plans to introduce full border checks on traffic arriving from the EU for six months from January 2021. This will be done for imports into…
Rosslare Europort - in this busy 'file' scene shows a trio of rival operators' ferries berthed in the port which is the nearest to mainland Europe. They are (L-R) W.B. Yeats (Irish Ferries) Stena Europe (Stena Line) and Kerry (Brittany Ferries) which is the port's newest customer, operating route linking Ireland with France and Spain.
In the south-east, Wexford County Council has announced that it is about begin a public consultation process on the proposed N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road Scheme. The consultation period writes the New Ross Standard, runs from (next week) Monday June…
Blue Flag for Royal Cork Yacht Club - (L-R) Gavin Deane, General Manager, Dave Coveney, Marina & Facilities Supervisor and Mark Ring, Marina & Racing Manager
Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour has retained its An Taisce Blue Flag, one of ten Irish marinas to fly the environmental award flag in 2020/2021. As Afloat reported previously, another County Cork marina at Kinsale Yacht Club was…
Where the spirit of sailing lives on, after 300 years and more. Yet only fifty years ago, there were no marinas at all in Crosshaven
Time was when fifty years seemed a long time in the life of any sports organisation, and indeed in life itself. Golden Jubilees were a big deal, to be celebrated with much fanfare. In fact, even 25 years of organisational…
Car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle is to offer rare 'walk-on' Lighthouse themed cruises (Saturday, 20 June) from Greenore, Carlingford Lough out to the impressive Haulbowline Lighthouse. In these times of Covid-19, Frazer Ferries cross-border service is suspended. AFLOAT on Wednesday observed the domestic ferry offshore of Dublin make a coastal passage to home waters following annual routine dry-docking at New Ross Boatyard. The call to the south-east also enabled the ferry to cover in for Frazer Tintern on the Passage East-Ballyhack route on the Waterford estuary. Above is another ferry from the operator's Lough Foyle service, in which over the years their ferry fleet are redeployed on routes.
In an effort to restore even a hint of tourism activity while the Covid-19 restrictions are gradually eased across Ireland, Carlingford Lough Ferry is launching special 'Lighthouse' cruises out to entrance of the scenic lough, writes Jehan Ashmore The car-ferry…

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

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

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