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CalMac's Arran ferry, Caledonian Isles entering Ardrossan on the Scottish mainland which could be relocated to Troon as proposed by port owner ABP Ports. In the background, Arran, seen between the lighthouse and the ferry which takes 55 minutes on the Firth of Clyde route.
#PortRelocation? - A large UK ports operator proposes to donate community funding to the Isle of Arran, if the island’s lifeline ferry service on the Firth of Clyde relocates to one of its owned ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ports…
Recent Autumn League racing in Cork Harbour. Yacht racing continues next month with the O'Leary Insurances Winter League and a new Archie O'Leary commemorative trophy for IRC entries
Royal Cork YC
This year Royal Cork Yacht Club will present the 'Archie O Leary' perpetual trophy for the best boat of the series in class under IRC in its Winter League starting next month. The new trophy commemorates the late Admiral Archie O'Leary…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#DunLaoghaire - Close to 100 people attended a meeting last night (Thursday 27 October) in the Royal Marine Hotel organised by the Save Our Seafront (SOS) community group, writes our special correspondent. SOS campaigns for the public interest in the…
Cruising in Cork Harbour. A view of Drake's Pool near Crosshaven
After the inaugural success of the Howth Yacht Club 2016 Cruising Conference, the Irish Sailing Association is bringing the one day event to Cork Harbour at the Port of Cork Offices on Saturday, 18th February 2017. Last year's conference featured a…
In the last two days, RIBS from LE Samuel Beckett were deployed to rescue more than 400 refugee migrants off Libya
#BusyBeckett - In the space of two days, LÉ Samuel Beckett has carried out three separate rescue operations involving more than 400 people in the Mediterranean off north Africa. The first incident took place yesterday, almost 40 nautical miles off…
The INSS Reflex 38 in Dun Laoghaire
How To Sail
#INSS - School was out for thousands of teenagers across the country due to yesterday’s ASTI teacher strike – except for one group of students who swapped their classroom for the sea. The Irish Times reports on the Irish National…
Squib racing at Kinsale
Jeff Condell and Jeff Cochrane from Kinsale Yacht Club sailing In Squib 812 'Fuggles' are the winners of this year's Irish Squib Travellers Trophy.  The annual keelboat class award is for Squibs which travel to the regional and national championships. It…
Nine of the 11-strong Stena Line Irish Sea fleet are to undergo a £7m annual refit contract at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
#AnnualRefits - The bulk of Stena Line's Irish Sea fleet are to undergo a £7m annual refit and maintenance programme contract at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard. Each year Stena Line carries out a series of passenger facility upgrade works…
Guo Chuan sailing in the Bering Sea on 16 September 2015 after he and his team set the record for crossing the North East Passage
#GuoChuan - Record-setting Chinese offshore skipper Guo Chuan has gone missing on a solo crossing of the Pacific, according to BBC News. US Coast Guard teams now suspended their search in the waters off Hawaii where Guo’s boat was spotted…
Fractures to the starboard bulwark of the Cara Rose recovered after the incident in September 2015
#MCIB - Small fishing craft used for non-commercial potting must comply with the code of practice for recreational craft, investigators have warned in their report on the death of a fisherman in an incident off the Mayo coast last year.…
Nissan's 800 vehicle City of Sunderland, named after the English north-east city where the Japanese car-giant are to remain manufacturing in a Brexit Britain and not as speculated in moving to Cork City
Ports & Shipping
#CarImports - Afloat earlier this month reflected on Ireland-Bristol Channel routes past and present serving the UK motor industry and of Nissan that denied speculation it would move from its major plant in Sunderland to Cork following Britain's vote on Brexit. The…
Cape Verde Humpback Whales Doc On TG4 This Weekend
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Irish-made documentary The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde will be broadcast this Saturday 29 October at 7.15pm on TG4. Narrated by Liam Ó Maonlaí and shot in Cape Verde, Ireland and Malta, the film follows Dr Simon Berrow…
File photo of activity along the North Quay, Drogheda
Drogheda Port
#DroghedaPort - Drogheda Port was the base of a major emergency planning exercise this morning (Thursday 27 October) as Garda units and other emergency services simulated a three-stage hostage scenario, as The Irish Times reports. In the first stage, the…
A new €750,000 automated gate operating system for its Tivoli Container Terminal
Port of Cork
The Port of Cork Company (POCC) has announced the recent introduction of a new €750,000 automated gate operating system for its Tivoli Container Terminal. The new system will help support terminal efficiency and modernise the container collection and delivery process…
IMDO announces two new appointments to key management team. The Government agency is dedicated to the development, promotion and marketing for the shipping and shipping services sector in Ireland.
Ports & Shipping
#IMDOappointments - The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) announcement of two new appointments to key management positions has been welcomed here on, which offers the only regular ports & shipping coverage. Dr Edel O’Connor joins the IMDO as Business…
Minster for Transport Shane Ross says Dún Laoghaire Harbour firm facing challenge of marine leisure
Ports & Shipping
#Transfer - Minister for Transport has said in the Seanad the transfer of governance of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company to the local council is imminent, writes The Irish Times. Minister Shane Ross said he understood the company and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown…
Cork Cement Company Prosecuted Over River Pollution
Inland Waterways
#Pollution - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has prosecuted cement company Keohane Readymix Limited over a discharge into the Argideen River at Fourcuil in Clonakilty, Co Cork on 9 March last. At a sitting of Clonakilty District Court on Tuesday 18…
Clean, simple, effective – the immaculately-maintained Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i at Crosshaven fulfills designer Marc Lombard’s clear concept
Boat Sales
Boat owning these days is an increasing challenge, with unavoidable costs and spiralling maintenance charges always needing to be balanced against the hoped-for return in trouble-free sailing pleasure writes W M Nixon. It’s very easy to be enchanted by the…
The ARC route across the Atlantic
Ireland is well represented by an ambitious young cruising couple in a full house for this year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Both route options are at capacity with waiting lists in place for the first time since the creation…
Ireland's IRC interests were represented at the world conference in Cowes last weekend. The 2017 Irish IRC championships, raced as part of the ICRA National Championships, will be held next June in Cork Harbour. The event is chaired by Alpaca skipper Paul Tingle (above) of Royal Cork Yacht Club.
Ireland's Mark Mills, the Irish Cruiser Racer Representative (ICRA), was among forty delegates from 15 countries descended upon Cowes, Isle of Wight, the home of yachting in the UK, for the annual Congress of the Spinlock International Rating Certificate (IRC)…

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