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Dun Laoghaire 'Needs Master Plan To Move Harbour Forward'
In a letter to The Irish Times last week, the principal of Ireland's largest sailing school hails the introduction of the new 'master plan' for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/0709/1224300391391.html Alistair Rumball, director of the Irish National Sailing School (INSS), argues…
Ferry With 'Tourist Office' Celebrates 100,000th Passenger
Operators of the Cork-Swansea port route, Fastnet Line celebrated their 100,000th passenger late last month, after opening the service in March 2010, writes Jehan Ashmore. While down on its initially forecasted target, it should be noted that, between January to…
Largest Vessel Transits Samuel Beckett Swing-Bridge
With sweeping lines the 54m private motor-yacht Fortunate Sun became the largest vessel to transit Dublin's Samuel Beckett swing-bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore. The motoryacht (click PHOTO) which has luxurious accommodation for 10 guests and 12 crew had sailed from the Scottish…
Trade, Tonnage and Turnover Up in Belfast Harbour
Trade through Belfast Harbour has grown for the first time in three years, up 5.4% to 16.4m tonnes, according to the port's 2010 annual report, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boost in trade figures at the Port of Belfast reflects rising…
Road Closures, Volunteers Wanted for Focus Ireland Triathlon
Organisers of the Focus Ireland Triathlon in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 31 July have announced a list of road closures in the area, and have also put out a call for volunteers to assist on the day. Full road closures…
Public Consultation on Cork Harbour's Future
A public consultation on the future of Cork Harbour is open until 15 July. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news/ Copies of the 300-page Cork Harbour Study are currently available at Cork County Council offices and online at www.corkcoco.ie, The Southern Star reports. http://www.southernstar.ie/article.php?id=2782 The…
Sun, Sand and Sail at the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
The Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival starts this evening, now in its 42nd year, the four-day festival is surrounded by the culinary delights of locally caught fresh seafood, writes Jehan Ashmore. In addition festival-goers can take part in the varied programme…
Celtic Link Ferries First Ferry Goes to the Breakers
Diplomat, the original ferry that started operations for Celtic Link Ferries in 2005 has been sold to Indian ship-breakers after serving a spell on charter in the Caribbean, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since leaving the Rosslare-Cherbourg port route in late 2009,…
Irish Sea Ferry Engaged in Maritime Counter Terrorism Exercise
The Naval Service, the Air Corps and Army Ranger Wing (ARW) an elite specialist force, completed a maritime counter terrorism exercise on board an Irish Sea ferry at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. For the purposes of the exercise Stena…
Irish Times: 'Sense of Déjà Vu About Dun Laoghaire Harbour'
Today's Irish Times editorial raises questions over the new 'masterplan' for Dun Laoghaire harbour. As previously reported in Afloat.ie, the plan is intended to position Dun Laoghaire "as a marine, leisure and tourism destination of international calibre". http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/item/15849-dun-laoghaire-harbour-masterplan-launched/ But The…
Fun Time for Cruisers at Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta (Photos here)
Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta was held today in Cork Harbour. The start was off the Cobh Promenade with a prizegiving afterwards in The Marlogue Inn. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the action afloat. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS!
'Seafront Memorials' Tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Guided tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour's 'Seafront Memorials' that includes the anchor of RMS Leinster, the Crimean War Cannon and the 1895 Lifeboat Disaster start this Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Tours will also be held on every Saturday (1 per…
Stena Line to Resume ‘Express’ Service
Holidaymakers now have the added option of  fast-ferry sailings on Stena Line's Rosslare-Fishguard port route which is to resume tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The high season service is operated by the fast-ferry Stena Lynx III which is marketed as the Stena…
Greystones Harbour to Open by September, Facilities to Improve for Sailors
Councillor Derek Mitchell says Greystones Harbour will be open in early September. The news follows a meeting between developers, Sispar, and the Town Council. According to Mitchell, Sispar told a meeting of Town Councillors that they intend to open temporary…
RMR Shipping Increase Irish-West African Sailings
Dublin Port Company has welcomed RMR Shipping's new increased frequency of its service to West Africa, from a monthly to fortnightly service starting next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The direct service which began in 2009 using a single vessel from…
Minister to Address Hazardous Waste on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced the establishment of a steering group to oversee an application for a licence to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address hazardous waste on Haulbowline Island in…

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