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File photo of the French Navy's High-Sea Patrol / Patrouilleur de haute-mer (PHM) Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff (F 789) a corvette which called to Dublin Port in recent years at Sir John Rogersons Quay. A sister, PHM Premier maître l'Her (F 792) is currently on a visit to the port but berthed downriver in the main port located beyond the Tom Clarke (East-Link) bridge.
#navalvisitors - Navies from three EU member states have become the first foreign naval visitors of the year to call to Dublin Port having taken up berths since mid-week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Over the previous two days, French, British and…
The Francop (882TEU) to operate W.E.C. Lines new UK-Iberian service connecting two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain.
#ports&shipping - According to the Port of Liverpool, Dutch company West European Container Lines (W.E.C.) is beginning a new service connecting the UK port with two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain. The new weekly service will…
Shipbuilding returns on Merseyside: Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, built the ro-ro freight-ferry Red Kestral which this month carried out sea trials. AFLOAT adds the 265 freight deck lane metre capacity vessel is seen while off Liverpool's more modern cityscape where previously shipping related activity dominated these quays.
#ferries - In the UK at the Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird which has completed building its 1393rd vessel, the previously reported £10m freight-ferry Red Kestrel for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel. The Red Kestrel, a new ro-ro freight-only…
MacAndrews whose origins date to 1770 had operated the containership Ranger (circa 800TEU) docked in Dublin Port at the DSG terminal before the merger took place on 1 April with CMA-CGM's subsidiary Containerships which also operate out of Belfast and Cork on intra-European multi-modal transport services.  The 803 TEU containership was next bound for Setúbal, Portugal.
#ports&shipping - In what was considered to be the oldest existing shipping company and originally Scottish based has merged this month with a French owned container giant's Finnish subsidiary, writes Jehan Ashmore MacAndrews which was established in 1770 dissapeared from…
 Jules Mitchell's young team from Antigua will be back following their class win last year
Who would have dreamed it that the Royal Cork Yacht Club 1720 sportsboat design would have crossed the Atlantic and be winning in the Caribbean some 26 years later? Since first launching in Cork Harbour 1993, the enduring demand for Tony Castro's versatile sportsboat is…
Oscar Wilde AFLOAT adds when operating on the Rosslare Europort (above) based routes to France to the ports of Cherbourg and Roscoff. Since Autumn last year the cruiseferry however operated Dublin-Cherbourg prior to to eventual debut of newbuild W.B. Yeats last month. As recently reported on Afloat, Oscar Wilde had undergone dry-docking in H&W Belfast.
#ferries - Irish Ferries cruiseferry Oscar Wilde which operated Rosslare based routes to France until last year has according to owners Irish Continental Group to be disposed following an agreement to sell the 1987 built ship to a new owner.…
Dublin Port Announces 'Dwell Time' Initiative to Increase Port Capacity Post-Brexit
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today announced an initiative to decrease the dwell time of containers and trailers at Dublin Port so as to increase the Port’s throughput capacity for future growth. As Afloat reported earlier, Phase 1 of the…
LÉ Samuel Beckett the leadship of the P60 class OPV90 quartet which AFLOAT adds yesterday docked in Dublin Port to berth along Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#navy - Patrol ship captains of the Irish Naval Service are being forced to seek ‘volunteers’ to crew their vessels due to decreasing numbers available. The Irish Examiner has learned the Naval Service is desperately trying to crew a nine-ship…
Dublin Port: The new charges and restrictions will apply from June 1st to one of three container terminals. Above AFLOAT adds is the terminal operated by the Doyle Shipping Group (DSG) which is located in Alexandra Basin (East).
#dublinport - Measures in Dublin Port will see halving the time it will allow shipping containers to be held for free and doubling charges for subsequent storage in order to increase space for Brexit, reports The Irish Times. The State’s…
From the Land to the Sea: Jean-Marc Roué, a Breton farmer and boss of Brittany Ferries has concerns over Brexit.
#ferries - A Breton farmer and boss of Brittany Ferries Jean-Marc Roué has recently been re-elected president of Armateurs de France, the French equivalent of the UK Chamber of Shipping, writes Jehan Ashmore. This afternoon the UK Prime Minister, Theresa…
The partially completed new jetty at the Dun Laoghaire Baths site photographed this week at low tide. When finished DLR says the pier will permit swimmers to enter deep water clear of the rocks at low tide
Progress on the redevelopment of the Dun Laoghaire Baths site on Dublin Bay continues apace with part of the newly-built pier and jetty now clearly visible in the Scotsman's Bay area at the back of the East Pier. When finished…
The first ever container ship to receive 'cyber enabled ship descriptive'
Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced today – during Singapore Maritime Week – a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ST Engineering Electronics Ltd. (STEE), a leading Information Communications Technologies (ICT) provider and co-creater of Smart City Solutions, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd…
As AFLOAT reported last week the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft Manannan conducted berthing trials in Dublin Port which included approaching the above linkspan used by Stena Line. This berth is for their Holyhead service which requires the double-tier linkspan (upper tier seen on top of photo). The fastcraft ferry last month resumed seasonal service on the Liverpool link to Douglas and from the Manx capital last Sunday to Belfast. Manannan will return to Dublin next week to begin the Douglas seasonal service on 18 April in advance of the Easter Bank Holiday.
#ferries - Manx Radio reports of a political party that says the Island's public could buy shares in the Isle of Man Steam Packet to benefit from government's nationalisation of the company. The idea has been floated by LibVan as…
Class one competitor Bad Company
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina is a hive of activity today as repairs are underway to damage sustained during the gruelling two races of the Matthews Helly Hansen series last Sunday as previously reported by Afloat here. As sails are being taken away…
Liverpool Seafarers Centre CEO John Wilson with some crew members of cruiseship of MS Black Watch docked at the Liverpool cruise line terminal's seafarer centre.
#ports - An ecumenical maritime charity on Merseyside in the UK, Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) is celebrating a landmark 10th anniversary. The charity offers practical and emotional support to more than 50,000 seafarers passing through North West of England ports…
Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin Port. The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise  ship to be based from the port in 2018
DublinTown, the not for profit organisation charged with creating a welcoming and economically viable city environment in Dublin, has urged Dublin Port to provide clarity in relation to its decision to severely restrict cruise ship tourism to Ireland. Dublin Port…

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