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HMS Illustrious was decommissioned in 2014 and is seen that same year on dull September dawn when berthed at Portsmouth Naval Base.
News Update
#HMSillustrious - The Royal Navy’s former and final ‘Invincible’ aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious which made a rare call to Dublin in recent years departed UK waters for the last time yesterday bound for a Turkish shipbreakers yard, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Fish killed on the Owentaraglin River
Inland Waterways
Inland Fisheries Ireland is investigating a major fish kill on the Owentaraglin River, a tributary of the Munster Blackwater River, in North West Cork. Fisheries Officers discovered more than 1,200 fish mortalities over a two kilometre stretch of the river…
Bulker Xo Lion berthed at Port Talbot's deepwater jetty predominantly used to importing coking coal, minerals and ores to the Tata Steel plant in south Wales. The last such steelworks in Ireland, ISPAT Irish Steel closed in 2001, though the legacy of heavy industry remains at the site on Haulbowline Island where remediation works on waste spoils are to be completed by mid-2018.
Ports & Shipping
#SteelPort - Upgrading infrastructure work at ABP’s port of Newport, south Wales involved an engineering firm from Port Talbot where also located is the giant steelworks of Tata Steel whose 4,000 strong workforce recieved much welcomed news yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
At the Golden Globe Race Press conference at the Paris Nautique Exhibition. Golden Globe Race skippers attending the Presentation on stage: Left to right: Loïc Lepage (60) France, Gregor McGuckin (30) Ireland, Jean-Luc van den Heede (71) France, Carl Huber (56) USA, Mark Sinclair (58) Australia, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (UK) winner of the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968/9, Susie Goodall (27) UK, Nérée Cornuz (27 Switzerland, Lionel Regnier (57) France, Antoine Cousot (45) France, Patrick Phelipon (63) France, Nabil Amra (41) Palestine, Istvan Kopar (63) USA, Are Wiig (57) Norway.
Offshore
No sooner than Enda O'Coineen makes an Irish debut in the Vendee Globe race than another Irish short–handed sailor Gregor McGuckin (30) declares for 2018's Golden Globe Race. As previously reported by Afloat.ie, McGuckin declared his interest in the non-stop round the…
The Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) was created to attract events to Scotland, coordinate large championship events and race training activity
News Update
As a result of a challenging financial environment, the board of directors of The Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) has agreed to merge the SSI with the sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae in order to sustain a Scotland wide event resource for…
Paul Elvstrom – the lengendary Olympic died yesterday aged 88
Olympic
Legendary Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm has died in his sleep. The 88–year–old died at his birthplace in Hellerup surrounded by his family. Elvstrøm, considered one of the greatest sailing athletes in the history of sailing, won four consecutive Olympic gold…
Ben-My-Chree is the Isle of Man's only main year-round ferry that operates the Douglas-Heysham route. In regards to Irish services the ropax this month returns to Douglas-Dublin services on selected dates over the festive season.
Ferry
#FerryFuture - Nationalisation or acquisition of the Isle of Man Steam Packet, franchising of ferry services to a private operator and keeping or extending the user agreement are among options being reviewed as part of a proposed new sea services…
Linssen Yachts on show in Maasbracht, Holland
Boat Sales
During its annual open days (from Saturday 19 to Monday 21 November), Linssen Yachts in Maasbracht, Holland sold no less than five yachts. This represents a value of approximately EUR 2.5 million. The news comes hot on the heels of…
Foiling Catamaran for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Olympic
Last month the World Sailing Council met in Barcelona, Spain, and confirmed the Nacra 17 will convert to foiling for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the only foiling class among the 10 Olympic sailing classes. It means Irish sailors with…
Enda O'Coineen is racing in the Indian Ocean
Vendee Globe
Enda O'Coineen is now four weeks ino the Vendee Globe Race and reports from the Indian Ocean. “Welcome to the Indian Ocean. Wow! The first to greet us was Rich Wilson on Great American IV. We trailed him by over…
Bottlenose dolphins are a regular delight for wildlife spotters around Ireland's coast
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The first meeting of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) new local group for North Kerry takes place this Friday 9 December at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm. All are welcome to the…
Grey seals like these, as well as common seals, are regularly found around the Irish and British coasts
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Is cannibalism among seals to blame for deaths of the marine mammals recorded on Ireland’s shores? That’s one reason suggested by researchers in the latest report from the Irish Seal Sanctuary’s seal death database, according to the Irish…
Minister Michael Ring TD, Minister for Regional Economic Development with Waterways Ireland Staff, Elected and Executive Members of Leitrim County Council at Acres Lake, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim.
Inland Waterways
Michael Ring T.D. Minister for Regional Economic Development visited the site of the iconic new Boardwalk planned for Acres Lake, Drumshanbo, the final part of the Shannon Blueway linking Carrick-on-Shannon to Drumshanbo. Recently awarded €500,000 of Rural Recreation Funding from…
The upgraded cranes at Newport, south Wales is to boost cargo capability capacity plus where cruise operator CMV's Magellan is to offer direct cruises to Dublin and Norwegian fjords in season 2017
Ports & Shipping
#Cranes&Cruises – Two ports in south Wales operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) have invested over £2.8 million in the refurbishment of five cranes at Newport and Swansea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The work which took 14 months to improve operational…
An upgraded Barrow line will provide a 'multi-use shared leisure route' connecting Lowtown in County Kildare to St. Mullins in County Carlow
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland will submit planning applications to Kildare, Laois and Carlow County Councils in December 2016 for upgrades to the Barrow Way-marked Way. The planning submission is an application for the upgrading of the existing navigation towpath which is also…
Dates Set for Royal Lymington Cup 2017
Team Racing
Following the success of the revival of this historic regatta in 2016, the Royal Lymington Cup on the Solent returns in June 2017 with sponsorship from the Ancasta Group. The Royal Lymington Cup will be held next year from Saturday 17…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - Afloat.ie has learned that the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs (DLCC) will not seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s approval of a scaled-down cruise berth for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. DLCC members, who welcomed the 250m limit on…
Further talks are to resume on Friday to secure continuation of service
Island News
#AranIslands - Talks are to resume on Friday writes Galway Independent in a bid to ensure the continuation of the ferry service to Inis Mór, Aran Islands.  The Island Ferries service ceased last Wednesday and was due to remain out…
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare
Coastal Notes
#Doonbeg - US president-elect Donald Trump has abandoned plans for a near 3km sea wall at his golf resort in Doonbeg, as The Irish Times reports. Despite local support for the scheme in the Co Clare village, the proposed coastal…
 Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord pour le Projet Imagine
Vendee Globe
Shortly before 0700 UTC this morning in the Vendee Globe Race, Thomas Ruyant - Le Souffle du Nord pour le Projet Imagine – informed his boat captain, Laurent Bourguès, that damage to the boat had led to an ingress of…

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