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#Surfing - The biggest cash prize in Irish surfing will be up for grabs again this summer at the Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival. As JOE.ie reports, the Expressions Session is set to attract the biggest surfing names in Europe and beyond to Bundoran from 19-21 June for the €3,500 purse claimed last year by 17-year-old GearOid McDaid. But you won't have to wait that long ...
Saturday, 28 March 2015 15:26

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Approach Cape Horn

#vor – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet, battered but unbroken as they battle through the Southern Ocean, face the toughest 48 hours of the nine-month marathon as they approach Cape Horn on Monday. The region is the only time in the 38,738-nautical mile race where the boats are likely to see icebergs, despite the ice limits set by organisers, and a huge storm is building up behind ...
#LiberationLaunch – The countdown is finally over as Condor Ferries launched state-of-the-art fast ferry, Condor Liberation with the first official sailing yesterday from Poole to the Channel Islands. The 880 passenger car-carrying trimaran had called to Guernsey (St.Peter Port) and Jersey (St. Helier). In addition the maiden voyage was an opportunity to reveal the company's ...
#Coastguard - The Irish Examiner reports on an Irish Coast Guard callout to rescue two men who got into difficulty on Howth Head yesterday evening (Friday 27 March). One of the men in their 20s had apparently fallen on the cliff path to the water at Balscadden Bay. Both were quickly located and removed to a waiting ambulance by the coastguard and Dublin Fire Brigade....
#Sailbot - The Canadian engineers behind the latest robotic boat challenger to cross the Atlantic unaided have told The Sunday Times' Gabrielle Monaghan about their hopes for the project this summer. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the team from the University of British Columbia will put their 'sailboat' to sea from Newfoundland in August, bound for Ireland in the latest ...
#vdlr – The "suburban sailfest" which is the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this year (Thursday July 9th – Sunday 12th July) is marking its tenth anniversary with the sixth edition. It's a classic Irish mix of sailing sport at all levels aboard a wide variety of boats from many and often very distant places, combining to sail with the large home fleet in Dublin Bay in...
#MarineScience - Three Transition Year students recently completed placements hosted by INFOMAR at the Marine Institute. Jack Lillis, Aoife Muldoon and Emily Egan learned how seabed mapping can improve safety at sea, how it relates to the fishing industry, and how it can help the development of sectors like ocean energy. Each student spent a week visiting the various Marine Ins...
#Seafood - Marine Minister Simon Coveney today (Friday 27 March) announced plans for a new €241-million development programme for the seafood sector for the period up to 2020. The new programme will be co-funded by the EU through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and is subject to adoption by the European Commission. A public consultation on the minister’s proposals ...
#vor – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet reached the halfway point of their nine-month marathon – midway through the fifth leg of nine – on Friday and were still glued together in some of the closest racing in the event's 41-year history. For those on shore, the day offered the chance to take stock following a dramatic week in which three boats suffered Chinese gybes, but for th...
#lifeboat – A new research project being run by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is exploring attitudes towards risk and safety, and the various ways in which yacht sailors participate in their sport. Over 620 recreational sailors were rescued by Irish lifeboat crews in last five years. The research, which is supported by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA)...
#CruiseBelfast – Belfast Harbour is to play host to almost 115,000 cruise visitors in 2015, with the first cruiseship Voyager having arrived earlier this morning from Iceland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Voyages of Discovery 540 passenger cruiseship opened the season having called to Reykjavik for passengers to witness a total eclipse of the sun. Voyager has 270 cabins in which...
#annalisemurphy – Laser helmswoman Annalise Murphy was among twenty top athletes to benefit to the tune of €40,000 in Sports Council funding yesterday in an overall allocation for 2015 totalling some €1,571,000. Murphy topped the list of nine sailors who earned government funding towards Rio 2016. Others such as skiff pair Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern of B...
#tallshipsbelfast – Sailing and maritime charities are to raise cash from the big summer Tall Ships Spectacular in Belfast this July. The Tall Ships Company Ltd has appointed five key charities who will benefit from the event, according to the Belfast Telegraph. The charities are RNLI Lifeboats, Ocean Youth Trust, The Mission to Seafarers, Sea Cadet Corps and Belfas...
Friday, 27 March 2015 10:25

Port of Cork Seeks Development Engineer

#portofcorkengineer – The Port of Cork has advertised for a Project and Development Engineer to mange its engineering services. The position requires a leader with a civil engineering degree and ten years post graduate experience. The role is advertised intoday's Irish Times newspaper. A copy of the advert is downloadable below....
Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:51

Multi Million Refit of Stena Line Fleet

#Harland&Wolff - A £6million refit of Stena Line's fleet of North Irish Sea ferries finishes with the upgrade of Stena Precision at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard over the Easter period. Seven ships have been upgraded by Stena Line over the last five months with work being carried out at the Belfast shipyard. Among them adds Afloat.ie, Stena's Belfast-Cairnryan rou...
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, today marked the commemoration of 100 years of services at the Irish Coast Guard Valentia Marine Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC). A plaque unveiled by Minister Donohoe pays tribute to all the members of staff, both past and present, who have served in the centre over the past 100 years. The Valentia MRSC has been in op...
#coastguard – Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe T.D has opened the newly-built Coast Guard Station in Doolin, Co Clare. As one of the busiest Coast Guard Units in the country, this new facility provides the local Volunteer Coast Guard team with top class facilities including an operations and training room. The project has been in the pipeline for man...
#marinescience – Minister of State with responsibility for Natural Resources at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Joe McHugh T.D., today formally commissioned the INFOMAR Programme's new survey vessel, naming her the RV TONN at the Poolbeg Yacht, Boat Club & Marina. As part of Ireland's national marine mapping initiative, the INFOMAR progra...
Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:06

Continued Growth in Overseas Visit Numbers

#TourismRise – Central Statistics Office data released today shows the number of overseas visits to Ireland between December 2014 and February 2015 increased by 10.3% compared to the corresponding period of 2013/2014. Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohoe T.D. welcomed the positive data: 'I am very encouraged to see that the data from the CSO continues t...
#lusitania – An exhibition opening at Merseyside Maritime Museum on 27 March called Lusitania: life, loss, legacy will highlight little-known data that changes the commonly used figures of the last 100 years, when referencing the crew and passengers on Lusitania's final voyage. Omitted from the previous official figures for Lusitania are Fireman Gontes Cloules, Waiter F. Hill...
#dlharbour – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has unveiled a proposed €18m plan to facilitate some of the world's biggest cruise liners inside the harbour walls. A Public consultation will open on the plans for the new cruise berth facility next Monday. The ambitious new plan is to regenerate the harbour following the loss of the HSS Stena car ferry between Dun laoghaire ...
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