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Brittany Ferries chartered-in ropax Connemara in Cork Harbour during its first season last year. Today's sailing on the Cork-Santander route has been cancelled due to technical problem which has also affected the following sailing for northern Spain scheduled for next Monday, 16th September
Some 300 passengers and their travel plans have been disrupted this weekend, reports the Irish Examiner, following the last-minute cancellation of Brittany Ferries sailings between Cork and Santander. Passengers received texts (yesterday) morning advising that tonight's 10.30pm ferry from Ringaskiddy,…
Ronan Downing of Horgan's Quay (left) and Dom Losty of Cove Sailing Club
Cove Sailing club’s Cobh to Blackrock Race takes place tomorrow with over 45 entries signed up for the annual Cork Harbour race. As Afloat reported earlier, the weather forecast looks promising for the end of season fixture that takes place on…
The 30m cargo ship Evora which has been detained by the Marine Survey Office after it was holed near Kinvara, Co Galway. Residents feared that the fuel on board could cause a pollution risk in an area rich in shellfish
Irish authorities have detained a cargo ship close to Kinvara in south Galway bay after its hull sprang a leak while loading cargo for the Bahamas writes Lorna Siggins The 30m ship Evora has been detained by the Marine Survey…
President Michael D Higgins
Ministers reports The Irish Examiner, have described comments by President Michael D Higgins that members of the Defence Forces should have sufficient incomes as “deeply unhelpful”. Mr Higgins’s comments on Wednesday night caused widespread surprise, anger, and bemusement in Government…
UK prime minister Boris Johnson on board NLV Pharos for a 'Maritime Careers' event when moored in the Pool of London as part of London International Shipping Week (LISW19) which concludes this Sunday, 22 September. Note in foreground, one of the slanting funnels of HMS Belfast which is a key visitor attraction on the Thames located downriver of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson visited London International Shipping Week (LISW19) yesterday where he boarded NLV Pharos, a Scottish aids to navigation tender which moored alongside HMS Belfast, writes Jehan Ashmore. In between promoting maritime careers to an audience of…
Harland & Wolff workers continue their protest at the Belfast shipyard regarding the future of the company.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff has taken a step closer to survival with confirmation that the consortium to which it belongs has been awarded a £1.25bn contract to build new warships. As the News Letter reports, East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson…
Road sign at Alexandra Road which leads into Dublin Port
Early next month reports The Irish Times, a major traffic plan is to be launched to prevent Brexit-related traffic congestion at Dublin Port spilling out into the city, the port tunnel and the motorway network. The contingency plan – known…
The Goldie trophy presentation to MBSC's Henry Jefferies
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Cruiser Class in Cork Harbour honoured their Class Captain Henry Jefferies, awarding him the ‘Goldie Cronin’ Trophy for dedicated service to the Class. The trophy race is in honour of the late ‘Goldie’ Cronin who was…
The 215-metre long hull of Galicia was majestically floated in China at the AVIC Weihai shipyard in Shandong.
Operator Brittany Ferries has marked two key milestones in its €550 million fleet renewal programme which includes a pair of E-Flexer newbuilds destined for UK-Spain routes.  At the AVIC Weihai shipyard in Shandong, eastern China, shipyard workers and Brittany Ferries teams…
Ronald Spithout President of Inmarsat presents ISWAN award to Liverpool Seafarer Centre CEO John Wilson during LISW2019
A UK ecumenical charity, Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) has been crowned the world’s best seafarer centre at an awards ceremony held as part of London International Shipping Week (LISW19).  The charity, based in Crosby and Eastham on the Wirral, was…
President Michael D Higgins and Vice Admiral Mark Mellett presented Able Mechanician Ryan O’Driscoll with the The Respect award at Aras an Uachtarain
A Naval Service diver who was involved in migrant rescue in the Mediterranean is one of seven recipients of Defence Forces value awards conferred by President Michael D Higgins on Wednesday evening writes Lorna Siggins Able Mechanician Ryan O’Driscoll, originally…
Naval Service base at Haulbowline, Cork Harbour
The Irish Examiner writes, the number of recruits paying to get out of the Defence Forces before their training has even finished confirms claims the retention crisis can't be overcome by major recruitment drives alone. Figures obtained by Jack Chambers,…
Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay’s sea level seems to be rising faster than forecast — and at twice the global average over the past two decades. The Irish Times reports on this startling claim from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLRCoCo) climate change action…
Classic tender: THV Patricia of Trinity House AFLOAT adds has provided relief duties for the Commissioners of Irish Lights ILV Granuaile. The 1982 built aids to navigation tender THV Patricia AFLOAT also adds called to Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the occasion of the opening in 2008 of new headquarters for Irish Lights which includes a marine depot /workshop facility. In addition NLV Pharos of the Northern Lighthouse Board also attended to celebrate the new shore-side premises. The event was featured in Ships Monthly, May 2008 issue.
Irish Lights counterpart serving the waters of England, Wales and the Channel Islands, Trinity House has launched a Vessel Replacement Project to commission the design and build of a vessel to replace THV Patricia. The vessel was delivered in 1982…
A container terminal at Dublin Port
The European Commission before summer kicked off the review of the TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013 with a public consultation. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) submitted its proposals for the review. “European ports remain strong supporters of the 2013 Europe’s Transport…
Meitheal Mara Calls On Volunteers New To Ireland For Latest Boat Building Project
Cork city’s community and traditional boatyard Meitheal Mara has put out a call for those new to Ireland for its latest boat building project. The new 12-week programme will see participants have a direct hand in building their own traditional…

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