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#ChristmasSailings – Stena Line's decision to cancel Christmas sailings on Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire route which was to have started today, leaves those booked to make alternative sailings on Holyhead-Dublin Port services, writes Jehan Ashmore. The absence of the High Speed Sea-service (HSS) Stena Explorer fast-ferry on the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire route and over the early New Yea...
#Rowing: Emma Desmond impressed at the Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre today. The 28-year-old Corkwoman, who took up the sport in late 2012, finished second to Sinéad Jennings in the time trial for lightweight single scullers and took her place in the matrix for lightweight doubles with Jennings and Denise Walsh and Siobhán McCrohan, who finished third and fourth....
#rshyr – Tasmania is a medium-sized island in the Great Southern Ocean which is sheltered to the west only by South America. And as Tasmanians reckon skinny little New Zealand doesn't really provide a proper lee, they'll tell you their island is also sheltered to the east only by South America. So although it is at the same latitude in the south as Bordeaux in southern F...
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland says it has already received a "hugely positive response" following engagement with interested parties from local communities, activity providers, accommodation and food establishments in relation to the Barrow Blueway project. A series of public information events have taken place in Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois and Kildare where hundreds attended ...
#HYC - Howth Yacht Club's new year gets off to a brisk start with the New Year's Day Brass Monkey Race & Raffle. HYC promises a fun day out for all the family on Thursday 1 January, with the race starting at 11.30am and food and festivities - plus the raffle in aid of Howth RNLI - in the clubhouse afterwards. And as a reminder of the day's fundraising efforts, Howth's all-w...
#Seafood - Marine Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the outcome of yesterday’s (18 December) high-level bilateral meeting in Moscow between his department and the Russian authorities on agri-food issues, including seafood. The meeting was held at the request of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and built on the recent meeting in Dublin between the minister and ...
#FreightFerry – Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) freight-ferry Stena Hibernia, which has been in service for just over one year, has according to Stena Line attracted freight traffic despite the difficult Northern Ireland market, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ro-ro freight ferry has a capacity for 12 drivers and 110 unaccompanied units representing an additional 1,680 lane metre ca...
#clipperrace – The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has confirmed that its 2014 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship will be awarded to Sean McCarter, skipper of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race Northern Irish entry Derry-Londonderry-Doire. The award is in recognition of the way he directed his crew during a dramatic man overboard rescue in the harsh nor...
#RNLI - Volunteers at Kilmore Quay RNLI were called upon to go to the aid of an American yacht with three people on board in the early hours of Wednesday 17 December. The 42-foot yacht, which was on passage from Falmouth in the UK to Crosshaven in Cork, was experiencing difficult conditions. The crew encountered some damage to their rigging, being forced to alter course an...
The Commissioners of Irish Lights are seeking feedback from users on the visual and radar detection performance of new buoys in varying states of weather and sea state on the Irish East Coast.  As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 'Spar' buoys performance comparison trials will commence on the Bennet Bank and West Blackwater stations. The trial is to determine the visi...
#vor – Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) has flown back to a remote Indian Ocean reef to help oversee a complicated operation to retrieve his stranded boat after it was grounded there during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race nearly three weeks ago. The 45-year-old flew in to Mauritius last night (December 17) to join the team's shore chief Neil Cox, a fellow Australi...
#fishing – A small fishing community in West Cork is hitting the video headlines this week following the intervention of a five times US Grammy Award winner about a song of hers they recorded to raise money for a local charity writes Tom MacSweeney.The children of Lisheen National School, led by their teacher Niamh McCarthy, near Skibbereen in West Cork, recorded a CD to rais...
#islandnation –  I have told my wife that my boat is not an inanimate object, that it does talk to me, which has generated the response that it costs enough, but does it ever explain why? It may not be capable of vocal expression in terms of the delivery of a voice message, I have responded, but it certainly has an audio capability and a 'feel' to it, which lets me know ...
#waterski – Among the highlights made in today's Federation of Irish Sport annual review is a report that participation in water-skiing and wakeboarding increased from 3,000 to 8,500 at a time when many other water based sports, such as sailing, face a decline in numbers. The Federation has called on the Government to make some beneficial New Year sporting resolutio...
Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:34

Fungie Surprises Seaweed Farmers With Spectacular Leap

#MarineWildlife - A pair of seaweed farmers made a friend off the Kerry coast recently when Dingle's resident dolphin decided to join them for a swim. Mail Online has some remarkable photos of the moment when Fungie, the 40-year-old cetacean who's lived in Dingle for more than three decades, leapt out of the water alongside David Millard and Mike Murphy's boat as they made thei...
#MCIB - Lack of adherence to standard navigation procedures led to the grounding of a German-owned container ship on the Arklow Bank in January this year, according to the official report into the incident. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the MV Arslan II - which was sailing to Belfast from Turkey with a 4,000mt cargo of steel products - was dry-docked at Dublin Port after...
Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:05

P&O Express Fast-Ferry Fresh from Overhaul

#P&Oexpress – Annual overhaul of P&O Ferries fast-ferry Express has been completed at Harland & Wolff, from where the craft departed the 225m long dry-dock of Belfast Dock yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Prior to dry-docking, the Incat 91m built craft had gone into routine winter lay-up in early October, having carried out seasonal Larne-Troon route sailings. Acc...
#FredOslenH&W – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Boudicca (1973/28,551grt) docked this morning at Liverpool following an apt port of call to Belfast, given her berth facing opposite Harland & Wolff Industries is a Fred. Olsen related company, writes Jehan Ashmore. Boudicca had berthed on the north bank of the Lagan directly across from H&W's Queens Island facility from wh...
#RouteFuture? – There are growing fears that Stena Line may next year pull out of Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in a move that sources estimate could cost the harbour company €7 million, reports The Irish Times.  Stena recently announced it would not run its (HSS) high-speed ferry service between Dún Laoghaire and Holyhead in Wales over Christmas for "commercial and oper...
#BelfastLough - Belfast Lough Sailability is on the lookout for new volunteers to assist in its sail training efforts for people with disabilities. As highlighted in the Carrick Times recently, the Northern Irish charity regularly runs training sessions from its base at Carrickfergus Marina on Belfast Lough, making use of its fleet of specially adapted boats. But the practical ...
#WaterfrontProperty - A spacious detached four-bed family home with views across Belfast Lough could be yours for less than €900,000. The News Letter has all the details on 9 Whinney Hill at Holywood in Co Down, a modernised and renovated home with a bounty of four reception rooms on the ground floor. Two of these open via french doors onto a large decking area with views of ...
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