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The day after First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones visited Dun Laoghaire for the Irish state ceremony to commemorate the sinking of RMS Leinster a century ago, the Minister (above) then visited the Menai Strait, Anglesey, north Wales (with background of Britannia Bridge) to announce the preferred route for the 3rd Menai crossing. This option will improve journey times on the A55 route (to and from Port of Holyhead) and provide safer travel across the Menai Strait.
#NewsUpdate - The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones who visited Dun Laoghaire last week for the RMS Leinster centenary, the following day paid a visit to Anglesey in north Wales to announce the Purple option as the preferred route…
Celtic Voyager
A provision in today's budget will allow the Marine Institute to commence the planned replacement of the 21-year-old Celtic Voyager with a new 50m modern research vessel that will provide critical national infrastructure to enable Ireland to address the considerable challenges…
Cammell Laird apprentices with RFA ships in background
#Ports&Shipping - UK based shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird on Merseyside, says winning two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) worth an estimated £619million is a massive boost. The announcement will enable the company to continue…
Above L.E. James Joyce Afloat adds is the current Naval Service vessel involved in Operation Sophia.
#NavalService - The Tánaiste Simon Coveney has ruled out suspending Ireland's Naval Service involvement in the Mediterranean migrant rescue mission and bringing crews home to deal with staff shortages. As The Irish Times writes, Independents4Change TD Clare Daly claimed “the…
The Irish Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, homeport to a fleet of eight patrol vessels.
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes that the head of Defence Forces has sought to make a verbal submission to the Public Sector Pay Commission because of the seriousness of the military pay issue in the view of himself and…
Coonanna is a sheltered harbour north-east of Valentia Island
The death of three men whose upturned fishing boat was found off Coonanna in Co Kerry last night has “devastated” the local community, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Post-mortems will be carried out today (Monday 1 October) on the bodies of the…
The MV Fugro Helmert is carrying out the cable route survey east-northeast of Loughshinny
#MarineNotice - Fugro is currently carrying out marine operations in the Irish Sea on behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks for the Havhingsten Subsea Cable System project. The works from Loughshinny in North Co Dublin on an east-northeasterly route were scheduled…
The ‘island’ holds the ruins of a farmhouse and abandoned machinery on elevated land that was flooded in 1940
#Poulaphuca - The remains of an old homestead submerged by the Poulaphuca Reservoir have resurfaced, as RTÉ News reports. Images captured by the Garda Air Support Unit in Wicklow clearly show the ruins of a house and a piece of…
Revenue are also involved in the international drug smuggling surveillance operation
#Crime - Three men are in custody and their yacht impounded in Cork on suspicion of drug trafficking. As RTÉ News reports, the Naval Service detained the vessel, which had sailed from South America, off the Kerry coast yesterday (Wednesday…
Jetskiiers like those pictured here in 2015 are seen regularly in the Muckross Bay area of Lower Lough Erne
#Missing - A body was recovered yesterday evening (Monday 10 September) in the search for a missing man on Lower Lough Erne, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. A major search operation was launched in Sunday afternoon after an incident involving…
Spanish defence ministry tweets NATO hashtag during exercise between its frigate and LÉ James Joyce which Afloat adds is seen underway in the Meditteranean
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes the Department of Defence denied that a Naval Service patrol ship was involved in any NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) exercise or operation during a manoeuvre with a Spanish frigate in the Mediterranean earlier (last…
The Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 is involved in the search for the missing jetskiier on Lower Lough Erne
#Missing - The PSNI and emergency services launched a major search operation yesterday afternoon (Sunday 9 September) when a man was reported missing after an incident with a personal watercraft on Lower Lough Erne. According to RTÉ News, one man…
Raymond McElroy with the remains of the Irish elk he fished out of Lough Neagh on Wednesday
#LoughNeagh - Ten thousand years after the Irish elk became extinct, the remains of one of its number have been fished out of Lough Neagh this week. As BelfastLive reports, the remarkable find — comprising the whole skull and antlers…
BREXIT-BUSTER: A younger sister of CLdN's Celine (christened in Dublin earlier this year) is Delphine which too has operated Dublin-Zeebrugge-Rotterdam service. The giant ro-ro Delphine along with fleetmate Yasmine are seen berthed at Killingholme, which neighbours the Port of Immingham on the Humber Estuary. The ro-ro pair operate from the UK North Sea port to Zeebrugge/Rotterdam with connecting services to Ireland.
#Ports&Shipping - Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a major expansion plan for two of its key operations at the North Sea Port of Immingham.  Last year, ABP announced a £50 million investment for its container terminal offer across the…
Unloading from Emslift Ellen of Liebherr built ship-to-shore container cranes to be assembled and put to use at the Port of Grangemouth. The lo-lo facility on the Firth of Forth is Scotland's largest.
#Ports&Shipping - Afloat has previously reported on Liebherr cranes from it Killarney plant installed at the UK North Sea Port of Hull from where further northward in Scotland at the Port of Grangemouth news of a new multimillion pound container crane…
Irish Defence Forces personnel from the Naval Service along with UK's NCA and Border Force officers have intercepted a catamaran containing cocaine off the coast of Cornwall.
#NavalService - A catamaran has been found with a "significant quantity of cocaine" when seized in the English Channel in an operation involving Irish Defence Forces. As RTÉ News reported, five men have been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.…

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