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Pictured (L- R) is James Eyre, commercial director of Titanic Quarter Ltd,  Councillor Peter McReynolds, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Kerrie Sweeney, chief executive of Titanic Foundation and Mark O’Donnell from the Department for Communities
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Peter McReynolds, has attended an event today to welcome the Belfast Buoys to their new home in Titanic Quarter, where they will remain on permanent display. The buoys were given to Belfast City Council…
The UK shipyard Cammell Laird located on Merseyside where assistant ship manager Claire Biggar is seen with newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough.
UK shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird will open its doors to young women in a special event on Friday, June 28 to encourage female engineers. The world famous Birkenhead shipbuilder and neighbouring Engineering College have joined forces…
The Star Worlds are being held in Porto Cervo
Australian World Match Racing Tour skipper Torvar Mirsky who has teamed up with Cork Harbour's Robert O'Leary to race the sole Irish Star keelboat at this week's Italian-based World Championships is lying tenth overall after two races in Porto Cervo. Uncertain…
David Holmes, the new Chief Executive Officer at Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port has appointed David Holmes as its new Chief Executive Officer. David joins the harbour, the second largest in Northern Ireland, from Irwin’s Bakery where he has been Operations Director for the past six years. Previously, David has held…
Dutch shipping company BG Freight Line is to introduce an additional Waterford-Rotterdam service facilitating global trade.  The BG-Maersk partnership will consist of a new weekly service that will act as a deep-sea feeder for businesses in Ireland commencing on 6th July. AFLOAT adds above is the Ireland Max class containership BG Diamond which was built in China as part of a quartet of newbuilds introduced.
A shipping line based in the Netherlands, reports The Irish Times, will open up Waterford port to new international trade routes when it commences a weekly service on the Waterford to Rotterdam route which will act as a deep-sea feeder…
The newly skilled tall ship trainees with bursary sponsors after the week-long adventure on the Brian Ború
The sixth annual Drogheda Sail Training Bursary Voyage set sail on Sunday 9 June when a new group of local teenagers boarded the tall ship Brian Ború at Fiddle Case Pier. The teens, aged between 15-17, were nominated by their…
The property comprising the two cottages and outbuildings, adjacent to the now automated lighthouse on Rathlin O’Birne Island
Just €75,000 is the asking price for two fixer-upper lightest keeper’s cottages on a Donegal island, as BreakingNews.ie reports. The cottages, which boast six bedrooms between them, are located on Rathlin O’Birne Island, some three nautical miles west of the…
Port of Portland (north) in Dorset, UK where a new scrubber service is to be located. Scrubbers or Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) are one of the hottest topics in the global maritime industry as a result of tough new sulphur emission regulations coming into effect under the Marpol Treaty.
In the UK at a port in Dorset is based a ship repair and engineering services company Intermarine UK which has struck a new agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to make the Port of Portland one of the nation's centres…
George Sisk’s WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club will race in the Sovereign's Cup Coastal Division
The O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup regatta could top 100-boats when the first gun goes in ten days time at Kinsale Yacht Club. Among the front runners are some of the new national title-holders who won their events at the recent ICRA national…
At the launch of the ro-ro freight-ferry Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' last year (see link below to related photo story) on Dubin Port expenses as originally revealed in the Sunday Independent which reported on expenditure items that included €200,000 for the commission and performance of a special piece of music for a ferry launch. AFLOAT adds this launch referred to the giant Celine where on board the musical piece entitled: 'Celine -Queen of the Cargo Ships’ was among several musical events performed in advance of the ship's christening ceremony attended by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
A call for more scrutiny of spending by the State-owned Dublin Port Company, Independent.ie writes, has been insisted by the chairman of the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC).  Seán Fleming spoke out following reports that senior staff spent €520,000 on…
Welcoming an £800,000 investment in new plant at Warrenpoint Port, from left, Tom Rodgers, Health and Safety Manager, Ian Taylor, Operations Manager, and, Eoin O’Mahony, Head of Engineering and Estates.
Warrenpoint Port has made an investment of £800,000 in new plant that will significantly improve efficiency at Northern Ireland’s second largest harbour. Authorities at the port have taken delivery of the first wave of the new fleet which will include…
The Sunfast 32, Bad Company (Desmond/Ivers/Deasy) was the IRC winner of RCYC's Round the Island Race in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for a photo gallery
First overall in Saturday's Royal Cork Yacht Club's annual Round the Island Race in Cork Harbour was the Sunfast 32, Bad Company (Desmond/Ivers/Deasy).  The RCYC race was part of the North Sails Open League and had a finish at the Naval Base at…
Multicat workboat Willendeavour carries out an annual overhaul of moorings at the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The workboat operated by UK firm, Williams Shipping which was founded in 1894 celebrates this year their 125th anniversary.
Afloat tracked a trio of UK based workboats from the same company that carried out tasks on the Irish Sea and beyond and which involved an overhaul of harbour moorings to the towage of a brand new ro-ro freight ferry,…
This year’s Boyne Swim category winners: Husband-and-wife Tom Healy and Rachael Lee flank juniors Sean Black and Aoife Doran
Husband-and-wife pair Tom Healy and Rachel Lee took top honours in the annual Boyne Swim through Drogheda yesterday (Saturday 15 June). Tom claimed the overall race title with a time of 27.25 minutes, while his wife Rachel Lee finished a…
An tSciocháin, a 1956 Bounty ll (Patsy Fegan), a participant in Crosshaven's Trad Sail 2019 festival
This year's Crosshaven Trad Sail that that concluded in Cork Harbour today had a packed programme of festival events around the historic boat regatta writes Bob Bateman. As Afloat previously reported, the celebrations begin at The Oar Bar on Friday…
The lion's mane jellyfish is also known as the giant jellyfish or hair jelly
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has put up warning signs in the lifeguarded area of Sandycove in south Dublin after sightings of lion’s mane jellyfish in the water. Though the notice was put in place yesterday (Thursday 13 June), it’s emerged…

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