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Sailings between Rosslare and Fishguard in south Wales continue to be suspended as the Stena Europe's stay in dry dock is extended to June 4.

As Afloat previously reported, the Irish Sea crossing was temporarily cancelled, initially until May 22.

Stena Line said that it had been decided to send the vessel for repair at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, following a routine inspection of the ferry.

It was initially anticipated that the repairs would be completed by May 21 and the ferry back on the run by the 22.

However, the company still has no Irish Sea crossings from Fishguard and (yesterday) confirmed that the Europe's stay in dry dock has been extended.

"Stena Line is continuing to carry out works on the Stena Europe, while travel restrictions with the Republic of Ireland remain in place," said a spokesperson for the company.

"An announcement from the Irish Government is expected (today) Friday, May 28, on Digital Green Certificates and International Travel and Stena Line plans to have the Stena Europe back in service on June 4."

More reports the Western Telegraph here.

In addition earlier today Afloat reported on the Irish Government's position on the Common Travel Area between Ireland and UK. 

Published in Stena Line

TV presenter Adrian Chiles will be seen helping to steer a boat into Belfast Harbour and getting behind the controls of a crane in the docks on network television.

The BBC Two programme has an entire episode (3) from 'Our Coast' dedicated to exploring Co Down's shores from Belfast Lough down to Strangford Lough via the Ards Peninsula.

Adrian's journey starts with highlighting the work of Belfast Harbour's pilots - a team of five captains with 150 years of seafaring experience between them - who dock huge vessels safely on a daily basis.

Our Coast: Co Down is to broadcast first on BBC Two (England) tonight (8.30pm), and tomorrow on BBC Two NI (at 11am)

More here from the Belfast Telegraph.

Published in Maritime TV

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 of October, Infrastrata had a 'soft' target to pay £3.3m yesterday (Friday, 1 Nov.)

A total of 120 jobs were put at risk when Harland & Wolff went into administration in August after the collapse of its Norwegian parent company.

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.

Their campaign was brought to an end when Infrastrata announced it would buy it for £6m last month.

A spokesperson for the London-based energy company said they are now aiming for a 'backstop' date of December 31.

The spokesperson cited due diligence and negotiations as the reason for the delay, and stressed there is no cause for concern when it comes to the completion of the purchase.

For more click here to read. 

Published in Belfast Lough

The Belfast shipyard at Harland and Wolff could go bust within days as fears mount over its future, it has emerged.

Unions and sources familiar with ongoing negotiations at the shipyard, reports Belfast Telegraph, have said that the company could "go to the wall" next Wednesday, if a buyer cannot be found.

Around 132 people are understood to be still employed at the operation, which was put up for sale by its Norwegian parent company Fred Olsen Energy in December 2018. The group, now known as Dolphin Drilling ASA, filed for bankruptcy last month.

Talks involving political leaders, economic development agency Invest NI and shipyard management have taken place throughout the week.

It's understood that Newry-based MJM Marine had held the status of an exclusive bidder. Jonathan Guest, who replaced Robert Cooper as chief executive of Harland and Wolff in April 2018, is a former managing director of MJM Marine.

During 2018, MJM used Harland and Wolff's dry dock for carrying out a major cruise contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.

For more click here from the story.

Published in Belfast Lough

#BelfastLough - Belfast's iconic cranes of Samson and Goliath could “end up as tourist attractions” if military shipbuilding contracts are awarded overseas, it has been warned.

As Belfast Live reports the union UNITE made the claim as they launched a Shipbuilding Charter to press for MoD money to be spent at UK shipyards, including Belfast’s Harland & Wolff.

Concerns have been raised about the contracts after the MoD said warships are to be built in the UK for national security reasons, but in a move labelled a “sleight of hand” they are refusing to designate auxiliary and support ships as warships and have sent the contract out to international tender. The move could see the vessels built in Korea or Japan.

Unite Regional Coordinating Officer and lead officer for the shipbuilding industry here, Susan Fitzgerald says it is “crazy” that the vessels are not be designated warships.

She added: “Allowing these ships to be built in the UK would create thousands of jobs and regenerate the skills base. It’s a no brainer for the Government to see that these contracts are awarded here.”

For much more click here and scroll below photo of RFA Fort Victoria berthed at Liverpool landing stage, opposite of (H&W) competiting shipyard of Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. 

Published in Belfast Lough

boot Düsseldorf, the International Boat Show

With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. Around 2,000 exhibitors present their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

boot Düsseldorf FAQs

boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair. Seventeen exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology.

The Fairground Düsseldorf. This massive Dusseldorf Exhibition Centre is strategically located between the River Rhine and the airport. It's about 20 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city centre.

250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair.

The 2018 show was the golden jubilee of the show, so 2021 will be the 51st show.

Every year in January. In 2021 it will be 23-31 January.

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH Messeplatz 40474 Düsseldorf Tel: +49 211 4560-01 Fax: +49 211 4560-668

The Irish marine trade has witnessed increasing numbers of Irish attendees at boot over the last few years as the 17-Hall show becomes more and more dominant in the European market and direct flights from Dublin offer the possibility of day trips to the river Rhine venue.

Boats & Yachts Engines, Engine parts Yacht Equipment Watersports Services Canoes, Kayaks, Rowing Waterski, Wakeboard, Kneeboard & Skimboard Jetski + Equipment & Services Diving, Surfing, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing & SUP Angling Maritime Art & Crafts Marinas & Watersports Infrastructure Beach Resorts Organisations, Authorities & Clubs

Over 1000 boats are on display.

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At A Glance – Boot Dusseldorf 

Organiser
Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Messeplatz
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 4560-01
Fax: +49 211 4560-668
Web: https://www.boot.com/

The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

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