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Scottish Government Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay said the action taken would help to ensure a future for the yard where above AFLOAT adds is newbuild Glen Sannox, the first of the pair of public sector ferries (for operator CalMac) which the yard is working to finally complete. Note on the superstructure the Scots-Gaelic name of the duel-fuel ferry is 'Gleann Sannaig'
A contract has been signed by the Scottish Government to take the troubled Ferguson Marine shipyard into public ownership, reports The National. It follows an agreement reached last month for the Government to take over the yard after the firm…
Tradewind sailing of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2018
The next Friends of Glenua lecture to be held on Thursday, 7th November takes place at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, in Ringsend, Dublin. As previously reported on Afloat the same Dublin venue is where a series of other separate…
Samson & Goliath cranes of H&W shipyard, Belfast. Workers staged a sit-in protest at the shipyard for weeks as part of a campaign to save one of Northern Ireland's biggest names in industry
As the Belfast Telegraph writes, the firm which agreed to buy Harland & Wolff has not met an initial deadline to pay part of the purchase price of the iconic Belfast shipyard. Having paid a £500,000 deposit at the start…
The new XSV20, Safehaven, put through its paces during stormy August sea trials in Cork
Safehaven Marine has shared a video of the recent delivery of its latest XSV20, named Safehaven, to its owner Jack Setton from Cork to Sardinia. Safehaven was commissioned by and built for Jack Setton, a well-known name in the superyacht…
The Dufour 44 Godot finished third
Kinsale Yacht Club’s October Whitesail series concluded with three yachts in a tie for the top places in the ECHO fleet writes Tom MacSweeney Valfreya (Leonard/Riome), Justus (Dan Buckley) and Godot (John Godkin) all finished on 11 points. After one…
Cork’s criminal court office
A judge at a Cork court has told two outboard motor thieves that the targeting of outboard engines for theft is a particularly disquieting crime, writes Tom MacSweeney. At Cork Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin refused to grant…
The Libertad arriving at Dublin Port earlier today
Dublin Port Company and the Embassy of Argentina in Dublin have welcomed one of the world’s largest tall ships, the 340-foot-long Libertad, which sailed into Dublin today (Friday 1 November) for a five-day visit to the capital. As previously reported…
Shorten the Winter with Varied Talks for Sailors at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club
A winter night's gathering in the familiar setting of Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club in Ringsend in the heart of maritime Dublin can make it seem like summer again for a few magic hours, and this year’s programme, put together…
Rescue 115 helicopter was tasked to Kinvara
Combined marine, fire and ambulance services worked with local residents and the Garda to recover a man from the sea in south Galway last night after the car he was driving left the pier in Kinvara writes Lorna Siggins. The…
The Libertad arrives in Dublin Port at lunchtime tomorrow
One of the world’s largest tall ships, the Libertad will arrive in Dublin Port tomorrow, Friday 1 November 2019 for a five-day visit to the capital. Owned by the Argentinian Navy and carrying 280 crew, the tall ship will arrive…
The cruise ship Caribbean Princess berthed in Cobh, Cork Harbour, which AFLOAT adds is of the Italian built 'Grand' class first introduced in 1988. As the Echolive reports, there is growing concern worldwide about the impact large cruise ships have on the environment.
Concerns about the environment have been raised about cruise liners that dock in Cobh, Cork Harbour.  Local councillors were invited aboard one of the largest ships in the world, the ‘Norweigan Getaway’, by the Port of Cork to see how…
Containership above AFLOAT adds is the BG Diamond which operates a UK-Ireland-mainland continental liner service through Belgium and The Netherlands. The Chinese built 'Ireland-Max' class lo-lo vessel is pictured berthed at the Tivoli Container Terminal located in Cork Harbour.
Goods in terms of volumes going through Ireland's ports between April and June this year fell in comparison with the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Office. The seven main Irish ports - Dublin, Cork, Rosslare, Drogheda,…
Rubjerg Knude as seen in July 2018
A lighthouse in Denmark that was first lit in 1900 has been moved further inland on special rails to protect it from coastal erosion. TheJournal.ie reports on the 23-metre-tall Rubjerg Knude, which was deactivated in 1968 yet remains a popular…
Heavy-lift vessel, Maria berthed at Pembroke Dock on the Milford Haven waterway in south Wales, transported components of the former Murco oil refinery to Pakistan. AFLOAT adds the operation was somewhat similar to those in Ireland during 2004, when the disused Irish Fertiliser Industries (IFI) plant at Shelton Abbey in the Vale of Avoca, Co. Wicklow was dismantled. Large components of the plant that could not access Arklow Port were transported by road to Dublin Port from where heavy-lift vessel, Vega, exported parts for further re-use also in Pakistan in addition to China and Finland. Source: Journal of the Sea (Vol.1 No. 3 Winter 2004) a magazine published by the Maritime Institute of Ireland (National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire).
A decommissioned oil refinery have been successfully exported from Pembroke Dock, south Wales to Pakistan.   The final parts of the former Murco Refinery plant in Pembrokeshire that closed in 2014 were recently removed in an operation that took six-weeks to…
Stena Estrid, the first of three next generation RoPax ferries destined for the Irish Sea, has successfully completed sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea. The newbuild built at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard is pictured during sea trials and is now on schedule to start operating on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early 2020.
Operator Stena Line has announced that the first of its three new E-Flexer class ferries destined for the Irish Sea, Stena Estrid has successfully completed sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea. Following three days of extensive testing, the new vessel…
Dredger Freeway berthed last year in Dublin Port while alongside the North Wall Quay Extension. The dredger returned recently to carry out dredging duties as part of the ABR works. It is along this quay where there are plans for proposed cruise-berths to accommodate the largest such ships to enter the port.
A dredging campaign for this year is currently underway as the Dublin Port Company was granted a loading and dumping permit at sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. Back in September 2016, a Dumping at Sea Permit was issued to DPC by…

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