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Applications for Short Sea Shipping Company of the Year 2011
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has linked up with the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) in the search for the Short Sea Shipping Company of the Year 2011, a key category in the National Export Industry Awards. The award scheme…
New NATO Website to Combat Piracy Goes Live
Today, the new, improved NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) website goes live providing more comprehensive and timely information about pirate activity around the Horn of Africa for the shipping community. Having received a briefing on the new website, the Commander of…
Ringsend Skiff Breaks Three-Hour Barrier in Dun Laoghaire’s Hobblers Challenge
Ten boats comprising of men's, women's and mixed crews from four East Coast skiff rowing clubs set off yesterday on the end-of-season Hobblers Challenge, a gruelling 25km rowing race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to the Kish Lighthouse and back, writes…
Thousands Descend on Galway for Ironman Triathlon
More than 2,000 athletes will take part in Galway's first ever Ironman Triathon this weekend. The Ironman 70.3 event will comprise a 1.9km swim in Galway Bay, a 90km bike ride through Connemara and a 21.1km run through the streets…
Bon Voyage to Stena Voyager
The Stena Voyager high-speed ferry will make its final crossing between Belfast and Stranraer in mid-November. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/ http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/belfast-lough/ BBC News cites the high cost of running the service, as well as its limited freight capacity, as reasons for the mothballing…
Former Dublin Port Tug Named after Harbour in Dalkey Undergoes Scrapping in Cork
Coliemore, a former Dublin Port tug named after Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey, Co. Dublin is undergoing scrapping this week at Cork Dockyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. For over a decade the veteran tug built in 1962 by Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd,…
Rosslare Europort to Host Irish Ports Conference
This year's Irish Ports Conference is to be hosted by Rosslare Europort on behalf of the Irish Port Association (IPA) and is to take place in Wexford on 30th September. In recent years the conference has established itself as the…
Countdown to Cork Harbour Open Day
With less than a fortnight to go Corkonians and visitors alike can look forward to Cork Harbour Open Day, writes Jehan Ashmore The Cork Harbour event is take place on Saturday 10 September, and on that morning the newest vessel…
Galway In Talks to Attract Cruise Liners
World tourism bosses and cruise line operators will be headed to Galway next month for high-powered talks aimed at transforming the city into a global destination port. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/galway-harbour/ The Connacht Sentinel reports that execuives from Fáilte Ireland, the Galway Harbour…
Stena Line to Reduce Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead Service
Stena Line are to reduce its HSS fast-ferry between Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Holyhead next month, according to RTE.ie The decision by the company for pulling the HSS Stena Explorer from service was because of the high operating costs and…
Queen’s Namesake to Retrace Royal Visit
Following the historic visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland in May, Cunard Line's newest cruiseship Queen Elizabeth is to make her maiden 'Irish' voyage next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. In a ceremony held in her home port of Southampton the…
Costa 'Del' Cork
With next month around the corner, the Port of Cork is to welcome another dozen cruiseships with the first September caller to be Costa Deliziosa which docks this Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 92,600 tonnes vessel (photo) with her distinctive funnel…
Dublin Is Fly-Cruise Hub as 'Journey' Heads for Iberian Sun
Prior to the start of this evening's 'Western Europe Cruise' from Dublin Port of the Azamara Journey, existing cruiseship passengers are exploring the visitor attractions of Trinity College and Powerscourt Gardens in Co. Wicklow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 30,000 tonnes…
LE Roisin On Goodwill Visit to Tallinn
Following L.É. Róisín's (P51) visit to St. Petersburg, the Naval Service's OPV is on a three-day stopover in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, writes Jehan Ashmore. She docked early this morning in the Old City Harbour and was expected to…
Three Masterpieces Set to Make an Impression in Dublin
As we draw closer to the end of this month that does not mean the holiday season is over especially where cruiseships are concerned, as no fewer than three such vessels are due to Dublin Port tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
NAMA Reviews Further Development of Greystones Harbour
The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is currently reviewing plans to continue development of Greystones Harbour, WicklowNews.net reports. NAMA, which took over the loans connected to the controversial €300 million development, has received Sispar's business plan for developing the proposed…

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