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Great Start for Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites
The Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale Yacht Club got off to a great start on a beautiful sunny Sunday with a medium SW breeze rather than the forecasted gale. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard the lovely…
The J/97 Windjammer
The J97 Windjammer leads the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken Series after a light air first race sailed last Sunday.  Download results below.  Second in the Citroen South sponsored series is the J109 Dear Prudence followed by the Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet. Race…
W.B. Yeats on inaugural day of commercial service (22nd January) at Holyhead Port, north Wales where details of next proposed dockside protest announced by UK transport union, RMT involves an Irish Ferries sailing bound for Dublin this Friday morning from the port on Anglesey.
#ferries - A UK transport union is continuing its programme of objections to ferry and other shipping operators who sail under flags of convenience and skirt around UK employment laws and rates of pay with a protest which will take…
Michael McCarthy of Cruise Europe and Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Cruise Europe summit on Brexit held in Dublin.
#cruiseliners -  A Cruise Europe summit hosted by Dublin Port Company to discuss Brexit by members of the cruise association that promotes destinations in Northern and Atlantic Europe was recently held in the Irish capital. Attending the summit was Simon…
Back Row – Ciaran Callan (Director, Drogheda Port Company) Tony Mc Loughlin (Former Owner Brian Boru Sailing Vessel) Nessa Lally (Drogheda Port Company) Paul Fleming (CEO Drogheda Port Company) Seamus Mc Loughlin (Chairman Sail Training Ireland)     Front Row – Sinead O’Byrne (Drogheda Grammar School) Shauna Murphy ( Sacred Heart School Drogheda) Mayor of Drogheda Frank Godfrey.
Last Saturday, (2nd February) Sail Training Ireland held their Annual Awards event at the Mansion House in Dublin. The annual awards, as reported by Afloat.ie here recognise excellence, achievement and outstanding contribution in the sailing community at all levels. The Drogheda…
Yachts at moorings and large trawlers docked in Killybegs. Also berthed in the Co. Donegal port Afloat adds is German cruise operator Phoenix Reisen's Artania
#cruiseliners - Killybegs, Co. Donegal this summer will be visited by 12 cruise ships carrying 11,313 passengers. The season DonegalNow reports will mark a first for the port town in that one of the cruise ships will berth overnight. Barney…
Ron Holland
One time Irish based yacht designer Ron Holland has won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019, and Boat International Design and Innovation Awards The competition included a total of 61 nominated yachts with 19 receiving recognition.…
Monkstown Bay Laser sailors (from left) article author Chris Bateman, Barry O'Sullivan, Charles Dwyer, William O'Brien, Arthur O'Connor, Rob Howe, Emmet O'Sullivan, Colin Johns, Robbie O'Sullivan Bottom- Paul O'Sullivan, Ronan Kenneally, Sophie Crosbie, Harry Pritchard and Alan Fehily
Saturday, February 2nd saw laser sailors competing on Monkstown Bay in Cork Harbour for the fourth day of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League, sponsored by CH Marine writes Chris Bateman. The morning began with a golden sunrise overlooking the eastern end…
The Royal St. George Yacht Club J80 'Rationel' is part of the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken fleet
This morning's DBSC Spring Chicken Series got off to a gentle start in light to medium westerlies on Dublin Bay for the 38-plus boat fleet. The regular mix of contestants were joined by Iduna, an 80–year–old Lymington L Class design. Viking Marine…
Brittany Ferries says its newbuild Honfleur (CGI image) is not to enter service (Portsmouth-Caen) this season from German shipyard FSG as financial penalties have been imposed due to late delivery of W.B. Yeats
#ferries - In another statement issued by Brittany Ferries, the operator has announced it is aware of press reports regarding financial setbacks at FSG, the German shipyard where its next ship, Honfleur is under construction. The statement continued, FSG has…
Aidan Flynn General Manager FTA Ireland; Declan Assist Head, School of Management; Dr Katrina Lawlor Dean, College of Business; Professor David Fitzpatrick, President TU Dublin; Edward Tersmette, policy officer, European Commission, Secretariat General, Structural Reforms Support Service (SRSS); Martin Diskin, Road Transport and Freight Policy Division, DTTAS; Dr Deirdre McQuillan, Head of Research, College of Business; Dr Amr Mahfouz , Lecturer and Project Manager, School of Management; Paul O’Reilly Head, School of Management
#irishports - At TU Dublin, Ireland's first technological university, a multi-disciplinary applied research team is working on a project to assess potential post-Brexit implications for the logistics and transportation sector. The work of the project research team will also access…
Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena having passed through Tower Bridge, arrives to moor alongside HMS Belfast in the Pool of London this week (see link below to Afloat's 2016 coverage). St. Helena's visit was to promote Extreme E electric car racing launching in 2021 as the ship will transport the championship’s supplies and equipment. Afloat adds in 1995, RMS St. Helena made a once-off charter to Swan Hellenic Cruises with calls to Ireland, Dublin and Cork (Cobh), Isle of Man and the Western Scottish Isles.
#shipping - Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena returned to London almost three years after a farewell 'once off' visit took place just days before the UK Referendum to remain or leave the EU was held, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat…
Powering up electric waterways  - ElectriCity’s Volvo Penta-powered electric vessel will be the first fully-electric ferry in the city able to complete longer, multi-stop routes along the river
In the next phase of Gothenburg’s drive to connect its residents with a seamless citywide low emission commuting network, a Volvo Penta-powered electric ferry service is being introduced into the ElectriCity transport ecosystem. Building on the growing success of Gothenburg’s…
In the event of a No Deal Brexit, Armorique which operates Plymouth-Roscoff,  is one of three Brittany Ferries English Channel routes that form part of the UK Government's initiative to spend on contracts that would require an increase in additional capacity. AFLOAT adds Armorique that links Cornwall and Brittany is the first in the French ferry fleet to receive the new livery scheme.
#ferries - Brittany Ferries last week released a statement (below) to reassure passengers concerned by changes following the UK Government's £108m spending initiative to use ferries to ease potential problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The French operator…
Nimmo spotted on Monday 28 January with Mutton Island in the background
#MarineWildlife - Galway residents have a great opportunity to see a wild dolphin close to the city centre with the return of regular visitor to the Nimmo’s Pier area this week. Nicknamed Nimmo, the solitary bottlenose dolphin was first sighted…
Agri Food Imports Boost Port of Cork Traffic in 2018
The Port of Cork reports total traffic through both the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.6 million tonnes in 2018, an increase of 3% compared to 2017. Total imports increased by 8% while exports increased by…

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