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The HPV LE Eithne 'dressed overall' when docked in Dun Laoghaire recently on occasion of the Naval Service conferred 'Freedom of Entry to the County' by DLRCC. This was in recognition of the humanitarian role carried out by the navy in the Mediterranean where the HPV is set to return on such duties.
Navy
#MigrantMission - Flagship LE Eithne of the Naval Service is to be deployed again on humanitarian missions in the Mediterranean Sea, so to assist in the ongoing refugee migrant crisis off north Africa, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1984 built Helicopter…
Enjoy the fun and events of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland Shine A Light festival on the May Bank Holiday. See participating Lighthouses below that include Fanad, Co. Donegal
Lighthouses
#LighthouseFestival - Next weekend is the time... to kick start the Summer with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland May Bank Holiday Festival (29 April – 1 May). Meet our Lighthouse StoryKeepers, enjoy all things maritime from crafts, technology, food and…
The twin funnels of the Naval Service flagship LE Eithne which is twinned with the adopted homeport of Dun Laoghaire. The heli-deck 'dressed overall' is clearly seen in this on board view with the backdrop of the town where Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last month bestowed the 'Honourary of Freedom of Entry to the County'. This was in recognition of the significant humanitarian role of the Naval Service in the Mediterranean.
Navy
#AdoptedPorts – The ‘Freedom of Entry to the County’ bestowed to the Naval Service by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last month took place in the harbour where flagship LE Eithne is twinned with the town. So what about the rest…
Bantry Bay Residents Speak Out Over Seaweed Harvesting Licence
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - While Bantry Bay prepares to open up as a maritime hub for Ireland’s South West, local coastal residents are expressing concern over the first State licence for the mechanical harvesting of seaweed. As the Irish Examiner reports, Kerry-based…
The large-scale dive search follows a ‘360-degree’ terrain survey of the island off Co Mayo
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#Rescue116 - More than 100 divers have joined a major search since early this morning (Saturday 22 April) for Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith, the two Irish Coast Guard crew members still missing after the Rescue 116 tragedy over a…
The 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race will be commemorated with a Parade of Sail in Falmouth Harbour on June 14, 2018
Solo Sailing
The 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from Plymouth on Saturday June 30, 2018. The Race marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world Race back in 1968/9.…
Gemma McDowell & Emma Gallagher (Malahide) lead the 420s from Geoff Power & James McCann and Kate Lyttle & Niamh Henry (RSTGYC) racing on Belfast Lough from Ballyholme YC. After two days, Power of Dunmore East holds the lead
W M Nixon
Its full title is the Irish Sailing Association Youth Pathway Nationals and Optimist Trials. It is a designation with a great air of seriousness about it, contrasting markedly with current public debate about providing more fun sailing, while making regattas…
Ewan McMahon won the first two races this morning and leads the Radial class of the Youth Nationals
Youth Sailing
Day Two of the ISA Youth Sailing Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials saw all of the fleets afloat for the first time with over 200 sailors visiting Ballyholme Yacht Club.  With a stronger breeze than yesterday averaging 12-14 knots…
An offshore race starts on Dublin Bay. Offshore body ISORA has changed its 'No Pro' rule for the 2017 season
ISORA
An ISORA move to deal with professional sailors racing in its expanding 2017 fleet has been amended just in time for the first race of the season tomorrow.   Following instructions received at the AGM in December and in keeping…
Union Hall RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - It’s shaping up to be the start of a busy season for the volunteer lifeboat crew at Union Hall RNLI with two callouts in less than two weeks. On Saturday 8 April, the inshore lifeboat launched at 12.14pm…
The exercise will centre on a major spillage of crude oil having occurred from an oil exploration platform located approximately 220km off the south west coast of Ireland and oil coming ashore at Spanish Point in County Clare
Shannon Estuary
A training exercise testing the response capabilities of Shannon Foynes Port Company, local authorities and other organisations who operate in the vicinity of the Shannon Estuary will take place at Spanish Point, County Clare, on Wednesday and Thursday of next…
The new Lagoon 40 is available with three or four cabins
Boat Sales
A new Lagoon catamaran 40 model will be available this Autumn. Builders say the new size represents a combining of two Lagoon generations, the 39 and 400. The new yacht has aft rigging for greater performance and a self-tacking jib…
It takes a bit of effort to work out that somewhere in there is an Etchells 22
Historic Boats
Some boats are Classics from birth, others acquire Classic status over time, and there are others beyond that again which have had imaginative things done to them in order to confer a new Classic status writes W M Nixon. Back…
A 420 dinghy competitor at the ISA Youth Championships on Belfast Lough
Youth Sailing
Over 130 boats took to the water today at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough on Day 1 of the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials. The event is supported by Ards & North Down Borough Council. Only…
The Jedi crew in Kinsale last weekend, hoping decent breezes would fill in. Eventually, fair winds arrived
Cruising
Go north for decent sailing breezes.....that’s the message being brought home by the Galway crew of the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi as they continue to benefit from much firmer mainly westerly winds over the north of the country…
The Geo Coral was one of four C-class vessels to join the CGG hydrographic fleet in 2013
News Update
#MarineNotice - Geoscience company CGG is currently conducting a 3D seismic survey off the South West Coast of Ireland in the Porcupine Basin. The three-month survey was scheduled to begin on Tuesday 11 April and will continue till Saturday 15…
Ministers Michael Creed and Zhi Shuping shake on the new export agreement for Ireland’s agri-food sector in the Chinese market
Fishing
#SeafoodExports - Food and Marine Minister Michael Creed and his Chinese counterpart have agreed an export certificate which will permit the resumption of live crab exports to the critically important Chinese market. The Irish seafood sector has been extremely anxious…
Ballycotton’s inshore lifeboat with Paudie the dog after his rescue from the cliff side
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI was launched yesterday morning (Wednesday 19 April) to rescue a dog that was stranded on the side of a cliff near the East Cork village. The all-weather and inshore lifeboats were both launched to an area…
On the Ireland-Britain routes alone, there was a decline in passenger numbers of 5% to 2.2 million recorded last year.
Ferry
#FerryFigures – According to the 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report launched today, there was a decline of 2.6% in ferry passenger numbers in 2016. The figure relates to those travelling between the island of Ireland, Britain…
The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%, with growth driven predominantly by unitised trade, Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) and Lift-on/Lift-off (LoLo) traffic, (for example above Nicolas Delmas in Dublin Port). Both RoRo and LoLo modes grew by 7% in 2016.
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeReport - The 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry was launched today.  The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%,…

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