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Hal Sisk aboard the newly-restored 1894-built Peggy Bawn in Dublin Bay in 2005, with the square-rigger Jeanie Johnston in the background. Peggy Bawn will be one of the stars of the Classics & Traditional section in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017, celebrating the Bicentenary of the harbour. Photo: W M Nixon
W M Nixon
There could well be as many opinions as to what constitutes a true classic or traditional boat as there are owners of these often highly individual craft. As part of the celebration of the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour –…
Mark Mellett Irish Naval Service Vice Admiral and Chief of Staff  Defence Forces and Dermot O'Mahoney  Port of Cork  Pictured at the Port of Cork, for the launch of Meitheal Mara’s ambitious plans for the realisation  of an integrated maritime hub for Cork City. Scroll down for photo gallery
Cork Harbour
Minister Simon Coveney TD launched the new Strategic Plan of Meitheal Mara, Cork Harbour’s community boatyard and maritime heritage organisation. The organisation’s plans for the future are ambitious and include the realisation of an expanded Meitheal Mara as part of…
P&O Ferries European Causeway off the Scottish coast heading for Cairnryan
Ferry
#FreightVolumes - Operator P&O Ferries has announced that it handled the highest volume of freight in five years on its Larne-Cairnryan service in 2016. The ferry and logistics company's route on the North Channel linking Northern Ireland and Scotland handled…
Port of Cork €7m site sale hopes, including the 1819-built Custom House, and bonded warehouses which are protected structures
Port of Cork
#PortBuildings - Des Cahill the Lord Mayor of Cork has said Council planners have met with potential buyers for the historic Port of Cork buildings on Custom House Quay. The site writes the Evening Echo, includes the Custom House and…
In the eerie silver stillness of this freak January weather, the new Pyramid of Poolbeg already looks at home.
Dublin Bay
Those of us who only occasionally head down the Sandymount seafront along the inner reaches of Dublin Bay will be driving carelessly if we give the attention it deserves to the impressive new structure which is taking shape on the…
The Rhein Carrier is a regular cargo ship visitor to the Port of Cork
Port of Cork
Total traffic through the Port of Cork reached 9.2 million tonnes in 2016, a slight decrease compared to 2015 traffic. Import figures remain steady while exports were reduced primarily due to the closure of Lisheen Mines in Co. Tipperary and…
Royal Cork Marina at Crosshaven
Irish Marinas
The Royal Cork Yacht Club achieved second place in a strong international field at the Marina of the Year Awards and were just pipped to the post by the Karpaz Gate Marina, located in northern Cyprus. The Yacht Harbour Association…
Departing Arklow the newbuild Spirit of Rathlin, a 6 vehicle /140 passenger capacity ferry is to enter Rathlin Island ferry service once a new £1m harbour works project is completed to accommodate the new 28m vessel.
Ferry
#FerryCompleted - Spirit of Rathlin the new £2.8m car and passenger ferry is to be operated under a new ten year contract awarded to Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild built by Arklow Marine Services undertook sea…
Thunder Child undergoing performance trials in Cork Harbour last month
Cork Harbour
#ThunderChild - Stormy winter seas made the perfect proving ground for a new state-of-the-art naval patrol and rescue vessel tested in Cork Harbour recently, as the Irish Examiner reports. But it’s just the beginning for Thunder Child – the latest…
Deepwater terminal of Ringaskiddy, Port of Cork is closely situated to medical and pharmaceutical industries where such plants are major exporters
Ports & Shipping
#ExportsBrexit - Firms which employ large numbers of people by Irish owned companies are being hit by the slump in sterling, the latest trade figures suggest. Business groups here writes The Irish Examiner condemned UK prime minister Theresa May’s speech…
Lloyds of London with its origins in marine insurance using a coffee house in 1688 is examining the Irish capital which remains on a shortlist as it finalises plan to deal with Brexit
News Update
#LloydsofDublin? - The option by Lloyd’s of London according to The Irish Times in setting up a subsidiary in Dublin is actively been examined, as it finalises its plan to deal with the move to Brexit. The insurance market is…
For almost two decades the high-speed craft HSC Jonathan Swift (underway in Dublin Bay) has loyaly served the Dublin-Holyhead since 1999. The fastferry annually clocks up an impressive 162,000kms.
Ferry
#Overhauls- Ulysses flagship of Irish Ferries departed today fresh from annual overhaul having dry-docked at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. From Birkenhead the 50,000 gross tonnage Ulysses the 1,875 passenger/ 1,342 car capacity giant proceeded in the…
Transport Launches New ‘Seafarers’ Website
News Update
#Seafarers - The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has launched its new Seafarers web resource for all seafarers, fishers, recreational craft users and others looking to obtain certification or qualification in the sector. The new website is intended…
 UK 29er National Championship winners Harry Durcan and Harry Whitaker are heading for Spain next month
Youth Sailing
Royal Cork's Harry Durcan was back on the water in Crosshaven, County Cork at the weekend with crew Harry Whitaker in advance of their first 29er skiff event of the year in Spain in February. The first Eurocup of 2017…
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat forms this backdrop as cruiseships anchor off Villefranche-sur-Mer, south of France in 2010: (L-R) Thomson Holiday, Disney Magic (maiden call to Dublin last year) and Grand Holiday (now Magellan: see today's Afloat.ie report)
News Update
#Awards&Shows – The Irish Travel Industry Awards ceremony is to take place in Dublin on 26 January in the historic surroundings of the Round Room of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents…
Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who named CMV's current flagship Magellan which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season
Cruise Liners
#DirectCruises - Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV Broadcaster and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who is godmother to CMV’s flagship Magellan is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hunniford who lived at…

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