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#OurOceanWealth - Ringaskiddy and Haulbowline in Cork Harbour will host the 2015 Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference on 10 and 11 July. Last June's inaugural event at Dublin Castle outlined the significant progress made to date in implementing the Government's 2012 Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland. This year the conference will be bolstered ...
#CorkHarbour - Sod will be turned in June for a new paved plaza at Blackrock Harbour in Cork city, as the Evening Echo reports. The €1.5 million scheme will see the harbour area completely redeveloped, with an open plaza with priority for pedestrians and cyclists leading down to the water by steps that will replace the present curved harbour wall. Future developments include ...
#MarineScience - The marine research vessel Celtic Explorer is back in the water with a new suite of hydrographic and geophysical sonar systems. According to the Marine Institute, the new instruments were installed during an extensive refit in the A&P yard in Falmouth, which began on 29 December under the supervision of P&O Maritime (Ireland) Ltd. The main work carried ...
#hyc – Howth Yacht Club's (HYC) Shane Diviney, a former Dublin City University student now based in Australia, was on pit duty for Chris Steele's winning 36 below team in Perth for the Warren Jones Youth Regatta this week.  Steele and his crew from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron beat local skipper Sam Gilmour on a count back after racing in the final was curtailed ...
#dday – More than three generations have come of age since the end of World War II. For most people nowadays, it is remote and sometimes incomprehensible history, captured only in films which - it is assumed - exaggerate the horror of it all. It certainly suggests a world which could not be more different from that which we enjoy today. With all modern life's problems, we sti...
#kitesurf – Dublin based Kiteboarder Jade O'Connor was named 'Woman Of The Year 2014' at Outsider Magazines Awards last night. She had an outstanding year which saw her achieve eighth overall at the Worlds, fourth at the Europeans, and is the current British Ladies Champion. Jade competes in ISAF's Formula Kiteboarding Class which was showcased at ISAF Abu Dhabi Grand Finale ...
#Arklow'V'sisters – Runcorn's record freight in 2014 as previously reported on Afloat.ie, referred to a call to the dock port by Arklow Viking to load salt for Spain, it is understood she is currently in neighbouring Portugal, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Viking is one of a trio of Arklow Shipping 'V' class 4,950 total dwt cargoships managed by Dutch subsidiary, Arklow Shippi...
#MarineWildlife - Columba, the young loggerhead turtle rescued from near freezing waters on the Donegal coast last week, has died. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, staff at the Exploris aquarium in Portaferry fought hard to save the junior turtle's life after it was discovered hundreds of miles from the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream, but it sadly passed away on Monday night...
#Ringaskiddy - Port of Cork Company plans for a €100m Ringaskiddy redevelopment of its cargo-handling facilities have been hit with a further delay, writes the Irish Examiner. An Bord Pleanála has written to the company instructing it to submit a revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and screening assessments which will have to be put in place before it can consider a...
#irishsailingfoundation – The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer for a new 'Irish Sailing Foundation' (ISF) to raise €2.75m annually in 'philantropic' sailing funding to 'improve performance at Olympic level, increase the level of competition for those on squads and widen access and participation'. The announcement comes in the form of...
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's first event of 2015 begins on Sunday morning with the first of its 'Spring Chicken' Series, a series of six races to be held on Sunday mornings from 1st February to 10th March. Handicaps and start times are downloadable below.  The weather forecast for the first race for the handicap cruiser fleet looks set to blow the cobwebs away. According...
#powerfromthesea – Ireland's marine renewable energy sector could ultimately be worth as much as €9 billion by 2030, and be supporting thousands of jobs on the island, according to Energy Minister Alex White. Speaking at the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Industry Day, in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Minister White also said his department's support for research and deve...
#MaritimeAwards - The Mersey Maritime annual awards judges met for the first time on Thursday as organisers say they have been "overwhelmed" with the number of entries, writes Liverpool Echo. Birkenhead-based Mersey Maritime, an umbrella organisation for the Liverpool city region's maritime, logistics and energy sectors, said it had received "strong entries" for all nine catego...
#InlandWaters - The Shannon Blueway has won the Best Tourism Initiative category of the 2015 Community and Council Awards presented by LAMA in association with IPB. Waterways Ireland – which have led the development of the Shannon Blueway – attended the ceremony represented by Norma Herron, with Leitrim County Council cathoirleach Paddy O'Rourke and chief executive Frank Cu...
#Missing - BBC News reports that two bodies have been recovered from the sea in the search for four fishermen whose trawler went missing in the English channel this week. Lifeboat crews from Dungeness, Dover and Hastings RNLI stations yesterday (29 January) resumed their part in a major search for the Belgian fishing boat, which vanished from radio contact on Wednesday (28 Janu...
#powerfromthesea – Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Alex White T.D. welcomed the announcement that the SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) had successfully raised an additional €4.2 million in funding from EU research funds for marine energy activities. The announcement of the substantial EU funding was made to an audience of mo...
#dlharbour – Councillors have made calls for the full executive power of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) to be given to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) when it transfers its control to the local authority, according to reports of a council meeting in the Dublin Gazette here. Details of the handover between the council, the Department of Transport and the ...
#sailingworldcupmiami – Annalise Murphy sustained a drop of five places overall after a second result in the 30s took its toll on her overall score in Florida yesterday. The Dun Laoghaire Laser Radial sailor moves from second to seventh overall as Miami Olympic classes regatta enters the final day of racing this morning before tomorrrow's medal race finals. Denmark's Ann...
#oldestyacht – What may well be the world's oldest yacht, the 1789-built 26ft schooner Peggy in the Isle of Man has finally been lifted out of her historic berth under Bridge House in Castletown in the isle of Man, and has been safely transferred to a specially-modified workshop in Douglas for the painstaking work of conservation to begin. As the project with the histori...
#FarewellDublin – Naval Service OPV L.É. Aoife (P22) departed Cork Harbour to make an overnight final farewell visit to Dublin Port before the OPV's decommissioning in Waterford this Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Her arrival to the capital close to last midnight had echoed that of leadship offshore patrol vessel sister, L.É. Emer (P21) which also berthed on the Liffe...
#GalwayHarbour - Galway's mayor reiterated his full support for plans to redevelop the city's port on the final day of An Bord Pleanála's hearing into the €126 million scheme. As The Irish Times reported last weekend, Mayor Donal Lyons said the port expansion was vital for the future of the city, echoing claims that Galway Harbour could face terminal decline unless the redev...
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