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#AoifesFate? – Aoife's fate still remains as the former Naval Service OPV is according to the Department of Defence in active discussions with the Maltese authorities, writes Jehan Ashmore. The department added, that negotiations in relation to the modalities to be agreed in relation to the transfer of ownership of the decommissioned LÉ Aoife (P22). Should the 1979 built Aoi...
#fishing – The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, announced today the award of €2.7 million in grant-aid to 18 seafood processing companies under the 2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. Taken in conjunction with private sector investment, the total investment will be almost €9 million in 2015. The supported projects are projec...
#WaterSafety - The RNLI is advising anyone planning on visiting its lifeguarded beaches on the North Coast to stay well away from dangerous cliff edges that have been impacted by recent weather conditions. Winter storms have dramatically changed the profile of beaches at Whiterocks, Portrush East and Portstewart, creating high sand cliffs that are unstable. RNLI lifeguard manag...
#sailoroftheyear – The voting is over, the judges have decided and today the 2014 ISA/Afloat.ie Sailor of the Year will be revealed at a Dublin city centre ceremony.  Over 200 invitees are gathering this afternoon to celebrate some remarkable achievements from the 2014 sailing season. Afloat's ownership of this award – based on Sailor of the Month winners - has&nb...
#WSSlecture – The Cobh branch of the World Ship Society (WSS) continues its 2015 winter monthly meetings programme with the lecture:Shipping in Cork Harbour in the 1970’s The lecture to be presented by Oliver Hawes (starting at 20.00) takes place as usual in the Commodore Hotel, Cobh. Further presentations are held (on the third Tuesday of each month) until this May. Presen...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Aoife: Ireland is proceeding with the planned donation of the LE Aoife to Malta to assist in humanitarian work despite reports that members of the armed forces of Malta described the recently decommissioned Irish ship as outdated.  Port of Cork: Umbrella group back...
#ICGresults2014 – Irish Continental Group released today a full year Statement of results for the year ended 31 December 2014. As outlined below are the Groups' key financial and performance highlights for last year: • Revenue up 9.6%, adjusted EPS up 12.3%• Dividend increased by 5%, Net Debt down 34.4%• RORO freight volumes +20.8%, car carryings +8.8% Commenting on the...
#JamesJoyce – James Joyce began builders sea-trials today, she is the second of a trio of OPV90 class newbuilds ordered by the Department of Defence from a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat.ie has confirmed from the Department that an indicative date for the handover of the yet to be commissioned James Joyce will not be available until the sea trials are completed. Sh...
#FerryDunLaogaire? – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has received seven expressions of interest from operators to provide a seasonal-only ferry service to Holyhead, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat.ie has contacted the DLHC following last Friday's advert deadline for potential ferry operators to operate on the 52 nautical mile route. A month ago, Stena Line confirmed the perma...
#Diving - The loss of a late diver's 'black box' means we will never know exactly what happened in the drowning incident off Donegal in July last year, according to the Belfast Telegraph. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, hospital chaplain Rev Stewart Jones (56) died after getting into difficulty while diving off St John's Point near Killybegs. At the inquest into his death ...
#Coastguard - Search and rescue volunteers have expressed their frustration over a hoax call to Bray Head this past Monday night (2 March). As the Irish Independent reports, Greystones Coast Guard responded to a report that an elderly man had sustained a head injury in a cliff fall. Dozens of volunteers combed the area over several hours in poor weather with no sign of any casu...
#Seafood - Donegal's oyster industry has been hit by an import ban in Hong Kong over an outbreak of food poisoning. According to The Irish Times, food safety investigators in the Chinese territory were notified by Irish authorities two weeks ago that the presence of norovirus was confirmed at a raw oyster processing plant in the north-eastern county that services the crucial As...
#vor – County Kerry's Damian Foxall, one of the biggest names in offshore sailing, is joining the Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) for the forthcoming treacherous Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race.Caudrelier and Foxall were on the Groupama boat that won the 2011-12 edition. The Irishman was the natural choice when Dongfeng's skipper looked for an experienced sailor to ...
#dbsc – After two weekends of abandoned racing, this week's weather forecast gives a much more favourable picture for Sunday's fourth race of the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series. Attached below are the start times & handicaps for the next race.  An amendment to the Sailing Instructions, to provide for an extra race to be held on 22nd March ...
#fireball – Hayling Island Sailing Club will be hosting the UK Fireball National Championship in August 2016 exactly 50 years after the club hosted the inaugural World Championship. HISC was one of the first clubs to adopt the Fireball after its launch in 1962 and played a leading role in the early development of the class. The club is currently seeing a strong resurgence of ...
#FinalGreen – Arklow Breeze has been chosen as the name of the final of six 8660dwt newbuilds that features a cargo hull designed with 'green' credentials, writes Jehan Ashmore. The slender sharp hull lines of newbuild (no. 414)  are to be launched on 20 March from Ferus Smit B.V. Westerbroek. The Dutch yard is also where her 'B' theme named sisters: Bank, Beach, Bay, Be...
#sigma33 – The Sigma 33 Class on Dublin Bay will race in Cruisers 2 for the first time in 15 years it has been confirmed by Sigma 33 class captain Paddy Maguire. The Sigma's will receive results in 2015 as one design, IRC and echo which will add a variety to their racing and prove a great challenge for both Sigmas and Cruisers 2 alike. In November 2014 the Class proposed...
#Super&Swift- Irish Ferries HSC (high-speed craft) Jonathan Swift is currently the only such vessel operating on the Irish Sea, since the HSS Stena Explorer was withdrawn from service last September, writes Jehan Ashmore. As Easter approaches, the competition for market-share on the Dublin-Holyhead route rises, with Stena Line set to launch Superfast X this month on th...
#dublinbaynews – Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke today called on walkers of all ages to register for the tenth annual Harbour2Harbour Walk in aid of Aware. The walk, which takes place on St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 10.30am will help to raise vital funds and awareness for the work of Aware, the national organisation which provides a range of support, educa...
#IrishContinental - The Irish Continental Group (ICG) has appointed Mr. David Ledwidge to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Ledwidge is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Bachelor of Science graduate from Dublin Institute of Technology. He joined ICG from accountants Deloitte in 2006. Prior to this newest appointment, he has held various fin...
#Asbestos- OPV90 class LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) currently in Cork Dockyard for annual maintenance is where previously a pair of Naval Service CPV had asbestos removed early in the year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat.ie contacted the Department of Defence to comment on the current status of the CPV (Coastal Patrol Vessels). A spokesperson said that the Health & Safety Authori...
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