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#EastLink@30 – Naval Service OPV L.E. Aisling (P23) took the honour of passing through Dublin's East-Link Toll Bridge as the Liffey road crossing celebrated opening to traffic 30 years ago today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The final of the 'Emer' OPV class built sisters made the transit of the bridge built to a bascule design in which the 'lifting' span of 45 metres wide was raise...
#MarineWildlife - Care of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), Tony Whelan produced this video documenting some of the highlights of the sixth Cetaceans on the Frontier marine research trip last month. Researchers boarded the RV Celtic Explorer bound for the European continental shelf on a seven-day trip on which they encountered marine wildlife such as killer whales, pilo...
#Oil&Gas - The Government is redoubling efforts to survey Ireland's coastal waters for new and exploitable oil and gas resources – and determine their impact on the ecosystem and protected marine wildlife. As TheJournal.ie reports, the pronouncement by Minster of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh at this year's Atlantic Ireland Conference means that the "very signifi...
#Diving - Writing in today's Irish Times, veteran diver Patrick O'Sullivan gives an introduction to his new book on the sinking of the Lusitania – and the deep-sea diving pioneer who helped rediscover the story of a vessel thought lost forever. It was US Navy diver John Light who arrived in Kinsale in 1960 on a mission to lead the first sub-aqua team to reach the wreck of the...
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Applications For 2015 Oyster Dredge Licences

#Fishing - Fishermen wishing to apply for oyster dredge licences for the 2015 season must apply on the official form to the relevant River Basin District Office before 12 noon on Monday 17 November 2014. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says this process became necessary due to the fact that there are many SACs and Natura 2000 sites in Ireland that also contain oyster fisheries. ...
#glandoreharbour – I have had good times, as well as tough and challenging sailing and one frightening experience in the harbour of the oaks or the harbour of gold. Those descriptions, some locals claim, are literal meanings of the name, Glandore, one of my favourite boating spots on the West Cork coastline. I was there one August Sunday night many years ago when a gale that ...
#GreenportAwards – At the GreenPort Congress in Barcelona held last week, the European Sea Ports Organsition (ESPO) was delighted to congratulate the ports of Cork, Calais and Moerdijk for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification. ESPO Chairman Santiago Garcia Mila presented the PERS certificates to the port representatives, Mr Finbarr Kearney (Cork...
#Fishing - The unregulated use of pesticides by fish farms poses a significant threat to both the shellfish industry and marine wildlife, according to new research findings. The Irish Examiner reports on the study by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, which confirms that pesticides used to kill sea lice infestations in aquaculture schemes often exceed environmental qua...
#justinslattery – Born in Cork, grew up in Ireland, Justin Slattery learnt to sail in Cork Harbour with Eddie English writes Marcus Hutchinson. By signing up to sail on board Abu Dhabi in this year's Volvo Ocean Race and sail his fifth Volvo Ocean Race Slattery has passed both of Ireland's other round the world veterans Gordon Maguire (with four races) and Damian Foxall (with...
#capeclear – As Afloat.ie reported earlier this month, L&M Keating Ltd, a building and civil engineering contractor, successfully towed and installed the contractor designed 1000t reinforced concrete lock chamber for a new storm gate on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork from its casting basin in Verolme Dry Dock in Cork Harbour to the island, a tow of approximately 100 kil...
#BelfastCityQuays2 – Following planning permission work is begin on a Belfast Harbour led development that forms part of wider £250m City Quays scheme as previously reported on Afloat.ie. The work on the site of City Quays 2 an office development of 124,000sq ft is due to begin in Quarter 1, 2015 with completion scheduled for mid-2016. It is estimated the work to build City ...
#modelboats – The IOM or International One Metre model boat class is truly international. At more than one level writes Gilbert Louis. With fleets on all continents across multiple countries: New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Malta, the UK, the US, Israel and a number of European and Scandinavian countries to name a few. In total 26 National Class Assoc...
#middlesearace – At Stromboli in the Meditteranean Sea this morning, two Irish sailors part of the crew on the Maltese yacht Otra Vez are first in IRC in the 600–mile Rolex Middle Sea Race. Gatt Floridia's Maltese J/122, Otra Vez was leading the class at Stromboli after time correction and immediately headed south towards the Aeolian Islands. Onboard Otra Vez, as Afloa...
#Weather - Met Éireann says a Status Yellow weather warning is in effect for Ireland's coastal waters as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo are set to sweep over the country from tonight (Monday 20 October). Mariners are warned to take care as southwesterly gusts and gales are expected to develop this evening, turning northwesterly later tonight and bringing with them heavy rain...
#royalcork – The penultimate Day of Royal Cork Yacht Club CH Marine Autumn Series provided plenty of exhilarating sailing writes Claire Bateman.Yesterday was the penultimate day of the Royal Cork CH Marine Autumn Series and such were the conditions a decision was taken to cancel Whitesail 1, 2 and Class 4. However, the 1720s had a fantastic day and as the 1720 Race Officer, A...
#Rowing – Sanita Puspure recorded another notable win yesterday. She was part of the fastest eight at the Head of the Charles in Boston. The Great Eight, made up of a selection of the best scullers in the world, was much faster than the U.S. Eight. Puspure also competed in the double sculls. Her fourth place finish there came about after a five second penalty was applied. The...
The final day of the MSL Park Motors Mercedes-Benz Autumn League was a fitting culmination of a hugely successful 6-weeks keelboat racing for this 35th year of Howth Yacht Club's annual autumnal regatta. The 15-25 knot southerly wind, accompanied by clear blue skies and very warm sunshine, afforded the two race management teams the opportunity to set superb courses north and we...
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland is inviting submissions from all interested parties, groups and individuals before commencing the development of a Heritage & Biodiversity Plan for the waterways under its care. The cross-border agency for Ireland's inland waterways is particularly seeking input into the issues and/or projects that should be addressed. Beginning tomorrow Mo...
#MarineWildlife - Climate change is driving fish species away from the tropics for more hospitable, warming waters elsewhere, according to scientists from the University of British Columbia. RTÉ News has more on the story, which outlines that even in the best case scenario, the waters of the tropics are set to warm by one degree Celsius, promoting fish to migrate some 15 kilom...
#BrittanyFerries – Bretagne, Brittany Ferries first custom-built 'cruise-ferry' made a rare call to Cork Harbour's Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal yesterday, the arrival of the vessel from Roscoff was the first this season which started in March, writes Jehan Ashmore. Cork-Roscoff sailings are otherwise operated by the larger Pont-Aven (2004/41,746grt), another cruiseferry ordered...
#Angling - Fifth and sixth class pupils from St John’s National School in Longford have been named national winners of the Inland Fisheries Ireland’s (IFI) Something Fishy competition for 2014 for their class project ‘Angling at One’. At a prize giving ceremony held yesterday (17 October) in Carrick on Shannon Education Centre, the Longford primary pupils were awarded f...
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