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€220m for 9km Pipeline to Cut Dublin Bay Pollution
Dublin City Council is proposing a mammoth 9km sewage outfall pipe to help make Dublin Bay cleaner - at a cost of €220m. http://afloat.ie/port-news/dublin-bay-news/ Herald.ie reports that the 5m-wide pipe - longer than the Dublin Port Tunnel - would dump…
Fram From the Fjords and Beyond
Hurtigruten's polar expediton cruiseship Fram (2007/11,647grt) docked at the Cobh cruise terminal in Cork Harbour today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The rather stout looking vessel which is 114m long on a beam of 20m was built in Italy to operate primarily…
Greystones Marina to Open Summer 2012 - Councillor
Sea Scouts, Rowers, Sailors, Anglers and Divers are days away from being able to use new boat storage compounds at Greystones Harbour and Marina. The news came as 5,000 people gathered for the reopening of the new Harbour complex and…
Duke-Class Frigate Docks In Dublin
The Royal Navy's HMS Portland (F79) a 4,900 tonnes displacement Type 23 Duke –class frigate built as the last of fifteen such vessels a decade ago is on a weekend visit to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Launched in 1999…
Arthur's Day: Time to Reflect the Last Guinness Ships
This is the third 'Arthur's Day', brewed up as a marketers dream to celebrate the world famous black stuff, which was founded over 250 years ago. Though with the passing of generations, how many can still recall their Liffey barges…
Bikini Registered Motoryacht Follows Cruiseship Out of Dublin
Within hours of each other two ultra-luxurious vessels departed Dublin Port this morning, firstly the five star-rated cruiseship Hebridean Princess, and then followed the Bikini registered Cary Ali, a private charter mini-motoryacht, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hebridean Princess, a former 600-passenger…
Queen Elizabeth's Chartered Cruiseship on Three-Day Visit to Dublin
The World's smallest luxury cruiseship the Hebridean Princess, which in recent years was chartered to Queen Elizabeth II, docked in Dublin's docklands yesterday. She berthed on the south quays facing The Convention Centre, where a special event was hosted by…
Scottish Oyster Shucker to Compete in Galway World Championships
Angus Vajk (22) a biology undergraduate from Dunbeg, near Oban, Argyll, is heading for Galway in Ireland this weekend to take part in the Bollinger World Oyster Opening Championships on 24th September. Son of oyster farmers Hugo and Judith Vajk…
Irish Sea Cross Channel Fast-Ferry Services On Declining Trend
With the recent closure of Stena Line fast-ferry services from Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare, this leaves just four such services operating this winter between Ireland and Britain. By November only half of these services will be running on routes out…
Three’s A Crowd as Naval, Research and Cargo Ships Dock In Galway
During the weekend call of L.E. Eithne to Galway Harbour, the Naval Service flagship shared the mid-west port with a Spanish oceanographic research vessel (RV) and a cargoship,writes Jehan Ashmore. The port consists of a single basin named the Dún Aengus Dock…
Lough Foyle Ferry Service To Cease
The twenty minute car ferry service that carried its two millionth passenger this year is to cease operations from Sunday week, according to a report in today's Irish Times. Funding talks have broken down for the Greencastle-Magilligan 44-vehicle capacity ferry the…
NI Minister Brings Forward Marine Litter Strategy
Stormont's environment minister has called for a marine litter strategy in Northern Ireland. UTV News reports that Alex Attwood joined thousands of volunteers taking part in a morning cleanup on the shores of Belfast Lough for the Marine Conservation Society's…
Howth Development Site Not Going Up for Sale
The former Techrete site at Howth Harbour, bought at the peak of the property boom by the crisis-hit Glenkerrin Group, will not return to the market any time soon for fears of only making a fraction of the original cost.…
Shannon Port Facility Expected to Fetch €700,000
The Irish Times reports that Shannon Foynes Port Company is set to sell off extensive warehousing along with a development site opposite the port. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/commercialproperty/2011/0914/1224304069198.html http://afloat.ie/port-news/port-and-shipping-news/ Five separate warehouses extending to 5,297sqm are included in the sale, along with almost…
Galwegian Special Olympian Athletes Celebrate On board Navy's Flagship
Galwegian members of Team Ireland who participated at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games are guests today of a celebratory reception on board the navy's flagship L.E. Eithne (P31) which is berthed in Galway Harbour's Dun Aengus Dock, writes…
Rugby World Cup Coverage for Fans on Cruise-Ships
With today's historic Irish rugby victory over Australia, fans of the green jersey, who happen to be on a cruise-ship with Cunard Line or P&O Cruises, will be able to continue watching games of the Rugby World Cup, writes Jehan…

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