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In this view taken yesterday is the stern of Irish Ferries new giant cruiseferry W.B. Yeats which finally departed German shipyard, FSG in Flensburg after months delayed due to sub-contractors. On the left is partially seen the stern of Brittany Ferries cruiseferry, Honfleur, which was launched on Friday for English Channel service and likewise of W.B. Yeats is to begin operating in 2019.
#Ferry- Irish Ferries brand new W.B. Yeats which departed from its German shipyard yesterday, has it transpired seemingly taken a different delivery route bound for Ireland as previously outlined, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 54,983 gross tonnage W.B. Yeats having departed…
Twin-screw tug workboat Husky based in Wicklow Port, alongside barge Selina, is held in position (during a high tide) to enable rock armour work at the Dun Laoghaire Baths redevelopment project in Scotsmans Bay. In the background is Sandycove on the south side of Dublin Bay, where the Martello Tower (of James Joyce fame) is just discernible, see under right grabber excavator.
#DublinBay - The rock armour used at the site of the Dun Laoghaire Baths redevelopment project costing €10 million, can each weigh up to 6 tonnes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Works on the coastal site between Dun Laoghaire Harbour's East Pier…
Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats today is finally underway on a delivery voyage from Germany to Ireland, though the route to Dublin Port will involve transiting the Kiel Canal into the North Sea followed by an en-route call to Cherbourg, France. This is to facilitate berthing trials in the Normandy port from where inaugural direct Ireland-France sailings begin from mid-March, 2019. Until then, sailings between the Irish capital and the continental mainland are maintained by other ferries.
#ferry - Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats which suffered delays stretching back to early summer when originally due to enter a route to France, finally departed the German shipbuilders today for Ireland but is first bound for Cherbourg, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Celebrity Eclipse on a call to Cobh, Cork Harbour where cruiseships calls are to surpass 100 visits, a record to be achieved in season 2019
#CruiseLiners - Cruiseliners are to set a record with 103 calls booked to visit Cork next year, reports BreakingNews.ie, including several which will dock in the port for the first time. New ships such as Celebrity Cruises MV Celebrity Reflection…
Crane operations saw the installation of the 76mm Oto Melara gun, the primary armament fitted onto the newest OPV90 P60 class LÉ George Bernard Shaw, that took place in the Irish Naval Service Base in lower Cork Harbour
#NavalService - Completion towards the Irish Naval Service newest OPV90 P60 class, LÉ George Bernard Shaw took a notable step forward this week with installation of primary armament at the newbuild's homeport in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Crane operations…
Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Works Completed
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., joined by Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy and Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, has visited Haulbowline Island to mark the substantial completion…
The hull of Honfleur for Brittany Ferries (English Channel service) takes to the water for first time as the 42,400 gross tonnage cruiseferry is launched from FSG. The same German shipbuilder that completed Irish Ferries newbuild W.B. Yeats as previously reported on Afloat is finally to make a delivery voyage to Ireland, Dublin next week.
#ferry - The hull of Brittany Ferries’ brand new LNG-powered cruiseferry Honfleur for English Channel service, was today given a traditional ship launching ceremony at the FSG shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. At midday, hundreds of well-wishers, invited guests, shipyard workers…
Among the trio of shipbuilding teams shortlisted to build five of the new Type31e frigates for the Royal Navy is Merseyside based Cammell Laird (in conjunction with BAE Systems) in Birkenhead. The other teams shortlisted are Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK.
#Ports&Shipping- Three shipbuilding teams in the UK, according to a Ministry of Defence statement, have been awarded multi-million-pound contracts to push ahead with plans to build five new Type 31e warships for the Royal Navy.  The announcement from the British…
AFLOAT adds Argyll Flyer, the former Irish west coast islands passenger only-ferry, Queen of Aran, originally built for Inis Mor Ferries, later Aran Islands Ferries was sold again to Scottish operator, Argyll Ferries in 2011. Also above is the Isle of Arran-Brodick ferry, Caledonian Isles of operator CalMac, but is seen underway off Gourock Pier, on the Clyde.
#ferry - The Scottish ferryroute Gourock to Dunoon on the Clyde will transfer to CalMac when the current contract ends next month, becoming part of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network. As InverclydeNow writes, from 21 January, CalMac will…
Cruiseferry W.B. Yeats which Irish Ferries was forced to cancel thousands of bookings last summer over delays of the 195m newbuild which will offer up to four sailings a week directly from Dublin to Cherbourg, France.
#ferry -Cruiseferry WB Yeats, which was originally scheduled to begin Dublin-France operations almost five months ago, is expected to dock in the capital next week, Irish Ferries has said. As The Irish Times writes, the shipping company cancelled 6,000 bookings…
BG Diamond at the Tivoli Container Terminal, Cork. The (Lo-Lo) vessel as AFLOAT reported just over a year ago in P&S (12 Dec), is the first of a quartet of 'Ireland'  max containerships constructed in China built for BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of UK based Peel Ports Group,
#Ports&Shipping - Irish exporters reports RTE, have called for an urgent intensification of no-deal contingency planning by the government and the EU in the face of heightened uncertainty around Brexit. The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has warned that the risk…
Limerick Docks plan of a floating data centre in Ted Russell Dock, where AFLOAT adds among vessels are two Arklow Shipping short-sea traders.
#Shannon - A €35m revolutionary floating data centre in Limerick Docks is being planned in a move which could create 124 jobs. As The Limerick Leader writes the city has beaten a number of locations across Europe to the investment,…
A new linkspan installed at Heysham Port forms part of a £10m project which won an award at the port owners, Peel Ports Group in the UK. Occupying the linkspans are RoRo freight only vessels from Seatruck and Stena Line.
#ferry -The Irish Sea port of Heysham on the UK west coast has won the Project of the Year Award. The Award which was announced at the Peel Ports Group annual conference, reflected the work managed by the port teams…
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port will no longer pursue proposals to change how it deals with dredged material. Authorities at the Port had been considering the feasibility of a new placement site in the mouth of Carlingford Lough between Cranfield Point and Greencastle.…
Night time scene over Dublin Port in August from the Garda Air Support Unit patrol. AFLOAT adds the cruiseships were using the port's main berths for the largest of visitors that can only be accommodated at Ocean Pier.
#CruiseLiners - It was at Cruise Europe's AGM in St Petersburg during April, when chairman Captain Michael McCarthy outlined how it would be in the interests of CE as an organisation to retain an 'Observer and Contributor Status' to the…
The bridge of the Irish Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne accredited as the first ship in the history of the navy to achieve ”paperless navigation”.
#NavalService - The Irish Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne has recently been accredited as the first in the fleet to achieve "paperless navigation” writes Jehan Ashmore The 1984 custom-built P30 class Helicopter Patrol Vessel (HPV), Afloat adds notably the last…

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