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Brian Jones’ Jelly Baby
‘O, to be in Kinsale Now that April's there’ to paraphrase the poet. A true wind, a flat sea and a warm sun reminded the combined fleet of the Matthews Helly Hansen sponsored Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series of the…
Youth Sailing Titles Decided at Royal Cork Yacht Club
In Cork Harbour, five youth national sailing titles were decided at the four-day Irish Sailing Youth Championships hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven though Storm Hannah disrupted the event programme writes Bob Bateman. Ferguson victory in 420 In…
Another chapter in Dun Laoghaire Harbour's rich maritime history involved the arrival of tanker Blackrock (on 24th April 1989). The then brand new ship was 'dressed overall' and is seen approaching the East Pier jetty (sadly no longer used by ships). The presence in the harbour of a tanker is no doubt rare but added to the event was a naming ceremony to christen the ship after the nearby local coastal town of Blackrock, Co. Dublin.  Note the lighthouses were then painted in white, but now the respective lanterns of each pier-head have paint applied in green (starboard) for the West Pier and red (port) for the East Pier.
#dublinbay - The recent rare call of tanker Thun Gemini to Dun Laoghaire Harbour for maintenance evoked memories of another such ship type to the port that took place 30 years ago this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. On that occasion…
More than 400 soldiers, sailors and members of the air corps have flocked from the Defence Forces in the last four years, before finishing their training. Above Afloat adds is the Naval Service base located in Haulbowline Island in lower Cork Harbour.
#navy - Next Saturday a parade will be held in Cork, Echolive reports, to highlight concerns about pay and conditions of members of the Naval Service. The Parade for Respect and Loyalty will take place at 12 noon on the…
The hotel is located right at Tory Island’s main harbour
A 14-room hotel on one of Ireland’s most remote and picturesque islands is now on the market for less than the asking price of many Dublin homes, as The Irish Times reports. Óstan Thóraigh has been the centre of life…
Rival operators DFDS and P&O Ferries berthed at the Port of Dover
#ferries- Operator P&O Ferries is suing the UK government over its £33m settlement with Eurotunnel, in the latest controversy over the Department for Transport’s (DfT) fraught no-deal Brexit preparations. As writes The Guardian, the department was forced into the £33m…
Underway is fast craft Manannan of the Isle of Man Steam Packet which operates sailings on seasonal services linking Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast.
#ferries - Manx minister for Enterprise wants to see fewer sailings operating at low capacity. According to Manx Radio, the 2018 Isle of Man Passenger Survey results show the number of people travelling by sea dropped by 6% last year.…
Red Funnel's new freight-ferry Red Kestrel was today given a traditional naming ceremony held in Southampton from where the newbuild will operate on the Solent to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
#ferries - It was a new direction for long-established British ferry company, Red Funnel Ferries, the original Isle of Wight ferry operator, as today they welcomed their first ever-ro-ro freight ferry with a traditional ship naming ceremony. Following 14 months…
Red Bull Cliff Divers To Wow Crowds In Dun Laoghaire Next Month
“Unforeseen circumstances” have prompted the move of Dublin’s leg of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series from Grand Canal Dock to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. But Dublin city centre’ loss is Dun Laoghaire’s gain — even more so now…
The programme for SeaFest 2019 in Cork Harbour was launched today, Wednesday 24 April
SeaFest is returning to Cork city this summer — and Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration unveils its exciting 2019 programme with over 100 events taking place from 7-9 June. Some 100,000 visitors are expected at the Port of Cork…
Fingal Mayor Anthony Lavin at Dorans on the Pier to launch this year’s Dublin Bay Prawn Festival from 17-19 May
Howth Yacht Club will be one of the hubs of the new-look Dublin Bay Prawn Festival next month. Formerly held over St Patrick’s Weekend, this year’s festival has moved to 17-19 May and is expanding to better reflect the wealth…
IOM Steam-Packet's main ferry, Ben-My-Chree arrived on Merseyside in the early hours of today to undergo a regulatory overhaul at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.
#ferries - The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's main ferry, the ropax Ben-my-Chree arrived on Merseyside today to undergo an annual regulatory overhaul.  The work on the 12,000 gross tonnage vehicle ferry with capacity for 630 passengers is to…
Global Trade: One of Europe's largest container terminals and also the UK's biggest is the Port of Felixstowe where the world's largest containerships can berth at the North Sea port. AFLOAT took this photo of OOCL Hong Kong, the leadship of the world's largest containership class with each giant ship having a 21,413TEU capacity. The 'G' class vessel built in 2017 became the first containership to exceed the 20,000TEU barrier.
#ports - One of Europe's largest container ports and the UK's biggest is the Port of Felixstowe which has taken delivery of its first remote-controlled Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (RTGs). Hutchinson Ports which operates the Suffolk port on the North…
BG Diamond on its maiden call to the Port of Cork having berthed at Tivoli Container Terminal more than a year ago. AFLOAT adds the Chinese built containership operated by BG Freight Line is a subsidiary of the UK based Peel Ports Group, see today's related story under Ports & Shipping.
#waterfrontproperty - EchoLive reports of updated design plans in Cork for the redevelopment of the Tivoli docklands that were discussed at a recent meeting in City Hall. At the Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), officials outlined the proposed development that would…
On Deck 10, the main passenger deck of W.B. Yeats is above the Lady Gregory Restaurant where mirrors provide an ambiance and extra light reflected from the port side windows.
#ferries - The newest cruise ferry serving in Irish waters, W.B. Yeats has received the ‘Ferry of the Year 2019’ award at the annual Ferry Shipping Summit. The cruise ferry operated by Irish Ferries was recognised for its “striking exterior…
MSC's containership MSC Messina berthed at Liverpool2 the newest lo-lo terminal on the Irish Sea is a major investment by Peel Ports. AFLOAT adds among the group's portfolio, they operate Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) a container facility in Dublin Port located in Ringsend. Also above Afloat has identified P&O Ferries Norbank/Norbay transiting in Gladstone Lock. The ropax pair along with fleetmate European Endeavour operate to Dublin using Terminal 3 located almost opposite of the MTL terminal.
#ports - A German stakeholder of a major UK ports group is considering selling its part of the business. As the UK newspaper The Times reports, Deutsche Bank is considering selling part of its stake in Peel Ports Group, Britain’s second-biggest port…

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