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On these siren rocks... personnel from Irish Lights attend to an annual inspection and routine duties at the light located at The Muglins, a rocky islet off Dalkey Island in south Dublin Bay. The tender had also transferred equipment from the ILV Granuaile, the aids to navigation tender vessel which featured in Ships Monthly's magazine (A view from the Bridge), June 2010 issue including a photo of the ILV tender on the occasion of the upgraded Irish Lights headquarters and marine operations depot located in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The Muglins light off Dalkey which marks the southern approaches of Dublin Bay has recently been inspected and recieved routine maintenance, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Commissioners of Irish Lights, the light is an effective and conspicuous aids to…
The main Channel Islands ferry Commodore Clipper AFLOAT has indentified berthed in St. Peter Port, Guernsey where owners Condor is based. The ropax is seen above with refrigerated containers which are used to transport potatoes 'Jersey Royals' (see link below) for export to the UK mainland and beyond. The 'Clipper' is a larger version of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's Ben-My-Chree.
Brittany Ferries is reportedly considering buying Channel Islands based operator Condor Ferries. The French company which operates ferries between the UK, France and Spain, has confirmed to ITV News an announcement is expected later today (yesterday, 24 June). The owner…
Residue from what DLRCoCo has now confirmed as a bloom of Noctiluca scintillans washes up at Sandycove on Tuesday morning 25 June
Heavy rains in recent days have led to another wastewater overflow at the Ringsend treatment plant, as well as other pumping stations, that has prompted a new swimming ban at several Dublin Bay beaches. It marks the second time this…
Rival ferry operators AFLOAT adds berthed at Rosslare Europort consist of Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore serving Pembroke, Wales in addition Stena Line's veteran ferry Stena Europe (Fishguard route) currently in Turkey at a dry-dock undergoing a major career extension refit and upgrade. Stena Line are now the only operator linking the south-east port with mainland continental Europe (to Cherbourg, France) following Irish Ferries decision last year to withdraw two direct services linking Normandy and Brittany. In 2014 Irish Ferries launched the Dublin-Cherbourg route.
The Government has paid €1.6 million for a site near Rosslare EuroPort where State inspectors will carry out checks on UK imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The purchase price paid by the Office of Public Works (OPW)…
Managers at Dublin Port accept invite to discuss credit card spending, Brexit and cruise-ship business which AFLOAT adds is predominantly located within Alexandra Basin as above.
Executives at Dublin Port Company have agreed to appear before an Oireachtas committee to answer questions about expenditure on company credit cards and hospitality at the State-owned company. According to The Irish Times, on Friday the Oireachtas committee on transport,…
Famine replica tallship Dunbrody docked at the Port of New Ross is the country's only inland port which is located on both sides of the River Barrow, 32km from the sea via Waterford Estuary.
At the historic Port of New Ross shipping will soon be run by Belview Port in Waterford, in a controversial move planned by Wexford County Council. As the New Ross Standard reports, the Director of Services for Economic Development Tony…
(L - R) Gary Rainsford, who attends St. Michael’s House Coolock Hub; Paula Devlin; John O'Connell, Skipper at Clontarf Yacht Club; Wayne Doddrill, who attends St. Michael’s House Raheny Hub; and Jack O'Connell, who attends St. Michael’s House Raheny Hub
St. Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community-based services for individuals with intellectual disabilities has teamed up with Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club for a spin on the Dublin waves for their fourth annual fishing trip. This year’s…
Spectacular Sea Views on Hook Head Lighthouse Tour
Rounding the bend in the road that leads to the Hook Head Lighthouse you immediately know you have arrived at a unique place of beauty and history writes Mary Malone with photography by Bob Bateman. Hook Lighthouse rises skyward showing…
Greystones was yesterday the site of a flotilla protest by fishermen who claim they have been shut out of the harbour since 2008
The Irish Times reports that a planned blockade of Greystones Harbour in a row over access for local fishermen was “toned down” as a meeting to discuss their issues was arranged for this coming week. Last month, it was reported…
Proposed site location (highlighted with a circle) of the waste-to-energy incinerator plant in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour. Afloat adds nearby is the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and the Naval Service base located on Haulbowline Island.
A citizen group based in Cork which is against a planned incinerator in Ringaskiddy has criticised Indaver Ireland’s application for an emission licence despite a pending court judgment on the validity of planning permission. As GreenNews.ie reports, Cork Harbour Alliance…
The Yankee Clipper flew across the Atlantic on a route from Southampton to Port Washington, New York with intermediate stops at Foynes, Ireland, Botwood, Newfoundland, and Shediac, New Brunswick. The inaugural trip occurred on June 24, 1939.
The Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum on the Shannon Estuary is gearing up to mark yet another milestone, the 30th anniversary of the opening of the museum itself. On July 8, 1989, the late Hollywood star, Maureen O’Hara Blair…
A Visentini-class ropax Afloat adds likewise of Connemara (above) is to be chartered as the third type of this Italian built series to join Brittany Ferries when it is introduced in November. The charter is to deliver greater flexibility to a route network that connects Ireland, France, Spain and the UK.
A one-year charter by Brittany Ferries of an additional ropax ship is being finalised ahead of the 2020 season. The ropax will be operated by Brittany Ferries from November 2019 until November 2020. The goal is to deliver additional flexibility…
Sea Cloud II passes Roches Point lighthouse on her arrival into Cork Harbour
"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by". The five-star Tall Ship Sea Cloud II arrived into Cork Harbour early this morning, her tall masts and sails evoking memories of times past for shipping in the Harbour writes Bob…
Crew members from Stena Line who Volunteer for Mercy Ships
Following another successful volunteer program in 2018, two more employees from a ferry company are preparing for a three-month adventure, joining the Mercy Ships hospital ship ‘Africa Mercy’. In addition to fundraising and raising awareness for the humanitarian NGO, Stena…
Former Aran Islands passenger ferry Queen of Aran II has recently been rebranded in CalMac corporate livery following Argyll Ferries incorporation into the operator's Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract earlier this year.
A former Aran Islands passenger-only ferry, Argyll Flyer has returned with a new corporate livery following annual dry docking in Scotland to the Gourock-Dunoon route on the Clyde. Afloat adds the former Queen of Aran II was custom built for…
Small luxury cruiseship Star Pride during a previous call in Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where at the Carlisle Pier today guests are to embark on a 8-day Gaelic Explorers cruise to Edinburgh, Scotland (Leith Docks). Capacity of the 208 guest cruiseship is to increase to 312 as part of a major three-ship $250m 'Star Plus' initiative which involves enlargement with a stepped mid-section which will lengthen the ship by around 25m in addition to an extensive renovation of facilities.
Cruiseships visiting Dun Laoghaire Harbour have reached beyond the half-way mark this season as the fourth of six scheduled callers berthed this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Windstar Cruises Star Pride arrived to the south Dublin Bay port having made an…

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