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Takeover deal for the world-famous manufacturer, Harland & Wolff, would represent one of the biggest NI corporate transactions in recent years. AFLOAT adds Anvil Point was the last ship built at the Belfast yard in 2003. A decade later, the ro-ro ship became surplus to the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) requirements.
#BelfastLough - A famous icon of Belfast, Harland & Wolff is up for sale as its Norwegian parent company Fred Olsen carries out a major restructuring. The former shipbuilder behind the Titanic reports The Belfast Telegraph, has diversified into renewable…
LE Eithne detained two fishing boats in the Irish Sea and were (yesterday) escorted to Howth Harbour. Above the Naval Service flagship which AFLOAT highlights is the last ship built in the Republic by Verolme Cork Dockyard 1984, is seen in Dublin Bay while on a previous patrol off Howth Peninsula.
#NavalService -  Fishing boats, both Irish-registered have been detained in the Irish Sea for alleged breaches of fishing rules. It was part of an overnight operation The Irish Examiner writes by the Naval Service patrol vessel LE Eithne when officers…
Making a mid-morning maiden arrival today was W.B. Yeats to Dublin Port following its delivery voyage from Germany and before the Festive Period. Since docking at the port's main ferryport, the 54,000grt newbuild shifted berths close to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) road toll-bridge where commuters can cross over the Liffey.
#DublinPort - On the same day of W.B. Yeats maiden delivery voyage to its Irish homeport of Dublin Port today, having docked first at the main ferry terminal, the 54,000 tonnes newbuild by mid-afternoon shifted berths, writes Jehan Ashmore The…
A skipper operating on a ferry across Carlingford Lough, shares this amazing view of Holyhead, the ferryport in north Wales, where earlier today Irish Ferries brand new W.B. Yeats cruiseferry crossed the Irish Sea to make a debut in Dublin Port.
#ferrynews - The operator Scenic Carlingford Ferry have shared an amazing view this week of Holyhead in Wales, as captured in a photo by the ferry's skipper Ivan. This stunning view, The Dundalk Democrat features, shows two mounds of land…
This morning W.B. Yeats arrived for the first time in Dublin Bay (background of Howth Peninsula) having crossed from Holyhead (berthing trials) though the brand new €144m cruiseferry is to enter service on the Dublin-Cherbourg route in mid-March 2019. Capacity is for 1,800 passengers, 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 vehicles) and a dedicated car deck for 300 passenger cars.
#ferrynews - W.B.Yeats has at last completed the final leg in a delivery voyage to Dublin Port by making a maiden call to the Irish capital this morning, though amid controversy, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish Continenal Group (ICG) which…
 It was “hard hats off” to O’Toole Transport truck driver Derek Keogh at Dublin Port this morning as he drove the one millionth Ro-Ro freight unit off Irish Ferries’ Ulysses to be welcomed by Irish Ferries Managing Director Andrew Sheen, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, and Irish Ferries Freight Manager Derek Tighe, marking the first time ever for Dublin Port to surpass one million Ro-Ro units in a year
For the first time ever, Dublin Port Company has seen one million Ro-Ro freight units passing through the port within the year. The millionth freight trailer in 2018 arrived on board Irish Ferries’ Ulysses when she docked at 6.30am this…
Ro-Ro freight vessels docked in Dublin Port: P&O Ferries passenger freight ferry Norbank operates to the UK (Liverpool), the other is freight only CLdN Cobelfret's Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' as it connects directly to continental Europe (Belgium and The Netherlands) .
#IrishPorts - Plans to acquire port land the Government have said at Dublin Port and Rosslare is in order to prevent congestion caused by any new custom checks, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to RTE News, the…
AFLOAT adds the new €147m luxury cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is due to arrive to Dublin Port this morning (December 20) completing its delivery voyage from Germany via Rosslare (above) yesterday.  Last night, Afloat tracked the giant newbuild heading for Holyhead, where it was the turn of the north Wales port, to receive berthing trials carried out by the vessel. Originally, W.B. Yeats was to end its debut summer season on the Dublin-Cherbourg route in September and join existing tonnage on the core Dublin-Holyhead route over the winter months.
#ferry - The decision by Irish Ferries not to run ferry services from Rosslare to France from next year writes The Irish Times, is based simply on the judgment that a Dublin service will be more profitable, industry figures believe.…
The former IFI plant at Marino Point closed in 2002, however plans for the jetty (where a UK Royal Navy destroyer recently called) is for it to be used as a bulk terminal for products like agri-feed and fertiliser.
#PortofCork - Chairman of the Port of Cork, John Mullins, hopes that activity can return to the long-idle Marino Point within two years, bringing valuable jobs to the area. As The Evening Echo writes, since the former IFI plant closed,…
The Government is putting in place contingency plans for Irish ports (above Rosslare Europort) in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as more than 80% of freight transport crossing the UK ‘landbridge” between the Republic and continental Europe passes through the capital's port.
#ferry - Ports of Rosslare Europort and Waterford could take spillover freight traffic from Dublin Port should the State’s main seaport suffer delays from new customs after Brexit under no-deal contingency plans being considered. As The Irish Times writes, more…
In this photo montage is the fastferry craft Manannan and conventional ferry Ben-My-Chree. Sailing by these vessels to and from Douglas will be effected due to silting at Heysham Port.
#ferry - Ferry crossings by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company reports EnergyFM, are being forced to change sailing times to Heysham, this week because of increased silting in the north-west English port.  The company says the sailing time…
W.B Yeats is heading ever closer to Irish shores during its maiden delivery voyage, though with landfall today, firstly to Rosslare Europort. It is from the Wexford port where Irish Ferries services to France in 2019 remain in doubt which has led to a swift response from the Irish Minister of Tourism given the context of post-Brexit and implications on direct freight links to mainland Europe.
#ferry - Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats inaugural call to France yesterday for berthing trials in advance of starting service from Dublin in 2019, is to be followed today with a call to Rosslare Europort before finally completing the maiden delivery…
The introduction of cruiseferry W.B. Yeats on the direct Dublin-Cherbourg route to France is where those services connecting Rosslare are according to Irish Ferries today, unlikely to operate in 2019.
#ferry - Since Afloat's tracking on Sunday of German built cruiseferry W.B. Yeats in Danish waters, the brand new ship crossed the North Sea to France, completing a first leg of a delivery voyage to Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Recovery has started after lorries overturned on the North Channel serving P&O ferry (out of Larne) when European Causeway docked at Cairnryan Port, Scotland.
#ferry - Several vehicles moved position in high winds causing damage to the ferry at Cairnryan Port in Scotland.  According to the Express & Star, lorries have overturned on a ferry sailing at Cairnryan in high winds, prompting a major…
The cruise liner Eclipse with a Dublin Port Tug on the River Liffey
As the main gateway for trade in and out of Ireland, 2018 has been a year of exceptional progress and growth at Dublin Port on several fronts Trade In the first nine months of the year, cargo volumes rose by…
A unique feature not to be found on the majority of modern cruiseships, are the open 'forward' decks of Marco Polo (22,080 tonnes) a classic former 'liner' currently operating festive themed cruises from the UK to Irish ports. Above is a view of the North Sea taken during a summertime one-night mini cruise within UK waters from Hull on Humberside to Harwich, Essex.
#CruiseLiners - Classic cruiseship Marco Polo arrived to the Irish capital today as part of a Dublin Festive Mini-Cruise which includes an overnight call, writes Jehan Ashmore. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) are the only operators serving Irish ports with…

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