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#WhitegateOilRefinery – The Irish Independent writes that the US oil company, Phillips 66 has pulled the sale of Ireland's only oil refinery at Whitegate in Cork as attempts to find a buyer failed. Last June, Phillips 66 hired Deutsche Bank to help sell the refinery. However, despite smoking out several potential suitors, the company and its advisers were unable to seal a dea...
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland's 2015 Sponsorship Programme opened this Wednesday 29 October for waterway and waterside recreational events taking place along waterways managed by Waterways Ireland. Taking place annually for the past nine years, the Waterways Ireland Sponsorship Programme has supported angling, canoeing, Rowing, sailing and power sports competitions, learnin...
#ChineseLanterns - With Halloween celebrations kicking off this evening as soon as the sun goes down, Bundoran RNLI has a timely reminder for anyone considering lighting Chinese lanterns. A simple courtesy call to the Irish Coast Guard to let them know in advance of any release of lighted lanterns into the sky will hopefully avoid any false alarm launched by coastguard and life...
#routedurhum – Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, is carrying out final preparations on his yacht Grey power ahead of his return to competitive solo racing in Sunday's Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe race start. The oldest competitor in the French solo Transatlantic race has had a busy week on board his Open 60 yacht in Saint Malo, Brittany. The media ...
#EUdublinport – According to INEA, almost €2.5 million will be co-funded from the EU TEN-T Programme for studies into the capacity development of the Port of Dublin. The studies are to improve the freight traffic connection to the main rail and road axis linking Ireland to the UK and continental Europe. The project covers a set of preparatory studies for the construction wo...
#GreenNewbuild - Arklow Bay which was launched in March and now in service docked in Dublin Port today having sailed from Bordeaux on Monday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 119m long general cargoship which features green credential notably a 'bulb-less' bow which is to optimise effiencies. She is one of six  'B' class 4,800dwt newbuilds which Arklow Shipping have contracted to...
Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:09

Fresh From Overhaul Jeanie Johnston Almost Home to Resume Museum Ship Role

#JeanieJohnston - Jeanie Johnston departed Dublin Graving Docks today following the replica 19th barque's most extensive maintenance work since her purchase by the DDDA more than a decade ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. She is scheduled to resume her famine emigrant museum ship role with tours starting this Saturday (1 November). Among the work carried out by the dockyard which face...
#vor – After 19 days & 3,000 miles sailed in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the top three teams can still see each other as they approach Cape Town, south Africa and the end of leg one. Irish sailors on two leading teams are blogging about their latest experiences including some good insights from Abu Dhabi Team Director Jamie Boag from Belfast, here. Also giving ...
#MarineWildlife - Seal pup deaths around the Isle of Man are at their highest level in six years, prompting concerns for the health of the marine mammals on the Irish Sea island, as BBC News reports. "Particularly harsh" weather conditions battering the usually sheltered islet frequented by female seals rearing pups have been blamed for the "greatest number of mortalities" sinc...
#MarineWildlife - The swimmer who suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by Doolin's formerly resident dolphin has spoken of the "pure terror" of the incident last summer. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the woman was hospitalised after being stuck by the snout of Dusty the dolphin, whose behaviour had grown increasingly hostile towards swimmers in the Co Clare ha...
#Shipwrecks - Mail Online is hosting some astounding photographs of wrecks lost off Malin Head during the World Wars as captured by amateur diving enthusiast Steve Jones. The Welshman made his way around the final resting places of four military and supply vessels – HMS Audacious, SS Justicia, SS Empire Heritage and SS Laurentic – off the Donegal coast during a recent dive ...
#Surfing - Winter surfers are reminded to beware of dangerous currents upon news of the tragic deaths of three people off Newquay at the weekend. RTÉ News reports that the two men and one woman were part of a group of seven who got into difficulty while surfing at Mawgan Porth Beach in the popular Cornish surfing town. Local surf school owner Peter Abell described conditions o...
#Angling - Mark 15 & 16 November in your calendar as the dates for the fifth annual Irish Fly Fair, once again hosted at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill and featuring some of the best international fly casters and fly dressers in action. Returning celebrity anglers Hywel Morgan, Glenda Powell, Peter O'Reilly and angling guru Charles Jardine will be on hand among the many e...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Irish Ports: Cork Port Receives Recognition for High Environmental Standards – (as previously reported on Afloat.ie), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) was delighted to congratulate the port of Cork, for achieving the Port Environmental Review System...
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure is the Afloat Rower of the Month for October. The Old Collegians sculler lifted Irish Rowing to a new level when she was invited to be part of the ‘Great Eight’ at the Head of the Charles River in Boston. The crew, made up of some of the top women’s scullers in the world, went on to win the Championship Eight  by a margin of almost 20 seconds ...
#MarineScience - The first underwater TV (UWTV) survey of the Bay of Biscay Nephrops grounds was carried out on the RV Celtic Voyager from 20-29 September. This survey involved collaboration between the fishing industry and IFREMER, the French equivalent of the Marine Institute. The Celtic Voyager was chartered for this survey by the French fishing industry (CNPMEM). The team o...
#Rescue - BreakingNews.ie reports on the rescue of a man from the water at Dollymount Strand on Monday morning (27 October). Emergency services were dispatched to the scene after a passer-by expressed concern for a person seen in the cold water at the Bull Island beach. Some 30 minutes later the casualty was sighted by Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and winched on boar...
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) reports on a recent encounter with a humpback whale that's no stranger to our shores. Marine mammal observer William Hunt was on the RV Celtic Explorer along the south coast where Cork meets Waterford last Wednesday 22 October when the boat came upon HBIRL3, better known as Boomerang. This marked the first sighting of t...
#Sailbots - The University of British Columbia's robotic sailboat team is looking for help from marinas on the West Coast as they make plans for next year's Microtransat Challenge. The Canadian engineering students have taken first place two years running in the World Robotic Sailing Championship, which this year was held in Galway Harbour and hosted by NUI Galway. But the holy...
#optimistworlds – After eight races sailed of the Optimist World Championship at Club Nautico San Isidro, Argentina, Royal Cork's Harry Durcan is lying 22nd from 70 in his red flight of a massive 210–boats. The Munster youth had a difficult start to his regatta counting two starting penalties in his first two races but by race eight had bounced back to take a ninth, hi...
#HSSresumes – Stena Line sailings will resume on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route for the Christmas Season and early New Year period. The HSS fast-craft Stena Explorer returns to service having ceased summer sailings in early September. Stena Explorer will sail over the Christmas period on the following dates, December 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and ...
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