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Dalmore and Safehaven undergoing sea trials recently
Safehaven Marine have shared new video from rough weather sea trials for its latest pilot boat, Dalmore, as well as its new XSV20 named Safehaven. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Dalmore is an Interceptor 48 — the 15th of this…
Large guns must be stripped down for maintenance every three months. Above AFLOAT adds is LÉ Samuel Beckett which as above last week carried out primary armament gunnery drills involving its bow-mounted Oto Melara 76mm gun.
According to The Irish Times, the Naval Service is operating with about a third of the required number of personnel needed to safely maintain its weapons. There are currently only three armourers, also known as armament artificers, in the Naval…
The Harland & Wolff shipyard
A trade union, writes Belfast Telegraph, the GMB has said it's in talks with the administrators of Harland & Wolff about extending the temporary lay-off of staff beyond Friday, it has emerged. GMB and the Unite union last week reached…
The Scottish government has said it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership. The facility AFLOAT adds is the last commercial civilian shipyard left on the Clyde where a pair of newbuild dual-fuel ferries according to the government are to be completed for CalMac's west coast services including the Isle of Arran.
In a decision by the Scottish government it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has announced. As BBC News reports, the minister said this was to avert the yard's closure with…
No indication where new vessel will be built according to Manx Radio which would replace the current IOM Steam-Packet flagship Ben-My-Chree seen above swinging off the berth in Douglas Harbour
Operator Isle of Man Steam Packet says it's looking for a Senior Master to help oversee a planned new company vessel. As Manx Radio reports, the current flagship, Ben-my-Chree was launched in 1998. It's envisaged the ropax ferry may become…
Papers detail efforts by officials to prepare Minister Paul Keogh for media questions. In an announcement last June LÉ Eithne and LÉ Orla (above) were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages which caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel.
At the Department of Defence, reports The Irish Times, they were unhappy with how the military responded to media queries about two Naval Service ships being taken out of service, internal documents show. An announcement last June that the LÉ…
Samson and Goliath: The twin iconic cranes at the Harland & Wolff shipyard, Belfast Harbour
The Belfast Telegraph writes of a former Northern Ireland minister that has said Secretary of State Julian Smith must "think outside the box" to try and save Harland and Wolff shipyard. The iconic Belfast company entered administration last week after…
The sole surviving commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Afloat adds is Ferguson Marine at Port Glasgow, where the facility is intended to be put into administration. Above the much delayed dual-fuel newbuild Glen Sannox planned for CalMac's Isle of Arran ferry route on the Firth of Clyde linking Ardrossan.
The Independent reports, around 350 jobs are at risk after the directors of a shipyard on the River Clyde in Port Glasgow served notice of their intent to go into administration, five years after it staved off closure. The decision…
Employees of Harland and Wolff during their protest at the gates of the shipyard in Belfast
Retired and former Harland and Wolff workers, writes Belfast Telegraph, have been invited to return to the shipyard on Sunday as part of a special event. Concrete prints will be made of the "hands that built the shipyard" during an…
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster or 'Brexit Minister' Michael Gove
Northern Ireland's Warrenpoint Port CEO Clare Guinness, following a visit to the port by The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove issued the following statement: “We facilitated a visit to the port by Michael Gove. “During a robust…
Pianist, songwriter and sailor Marieke Husymans of the Pianocean project will perform at Kinvara quay this weekend. Scroll down for video
Samba rhythm music declared a “single-use-plastic-free” zone in the south Galway harbour of Kinvara yesterday as it prepared for the annual Cruinniú na mBád writes Lorna Siggins. The fragility of the marine environment is a theme of this weekend’s festival,…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat off Roches Point
Courtmacsherry RNLI was among the search and rescue agencies who responded yesterday morning (Thursday 8 August) to reports that a man had taken ill during a diving expedition to the wreck of the Lusitania. As reported by The Irish Times,…
Bidders have expressed an interest in purchasing Harland & Wolff, the famous shipyard located in Belfast Harbour
Potential bidders, reports Belfast Telegraph, have expressed an interest in buying Harland and Wolff, administrators have confirmed. Insolvency experts Brian Murphy and Michael Jennings from business advisory firm BDO are now running the business. On Wednesday the majority of the…
Brexit Free Ports: Irish Ferries Rosslare serving cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore at the Port of Milford Haven, is seen underway in the Pembrokeshire port located in south Wales
According to the British Ports Association they have welcomed the UK's Government’s announcement of “up to 10 new freeports” (Noting Afloat adds see related story on the Irish Sea Port of Holyhead, Wales).  The BPA has developed ambitious complementary Port…
Condor Ferries sole conventional ferry, Clipper Commodore having arrived from St. Peter Port, Guernsey is seen berthed (above) in St. Helier, Jersey, prior to making an overnight crossing to Portsmouth, UK. The file photo was taken several years ago for an Afloat.ie excursion to the Channel Islands.
Operator Brittany Ferries have formally submitted an offer to buy Condor, the French ferry company’s president has said, reports Jersey Evening Post.  Speaking to French newspaper Ouest-France, Jean-Marc Roué confirmed the news but said he thought that other businesses would…
Workers of Harland & Wolff continue their protest at the famous historic shipyard located at Queen's Island, Belfast
Workers at Harland & Wolff have seen a deluge of support - from donations of suncream and food to performances by local celebrities. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the workforce continue their occupation of the historic shipyard even as the…

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