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#ManxLink - According to BBC Isle of Man,Elann Vannin Line which attempted to establish a ferry service between the Isle of Man and England has confirmed it will not be able to start in March. Owners of Ellan Vannin Line, Sea Alliance, announced its plans last year, stating it would be an "alternative to the existing monopoly".All island operations are currently handled by the ...
#jobs – The Marine Institute is inviting students to apply for a number of work experience placements in many exciting areas for this summer 2014. The bursaries are worth €2,200 each for an eight week placement based in various locations including the Marine Institute, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Newport, Co. Mayo and Harcourt Street, Dublin and ports around the country. The Mari...
#ferries – Irish Ferries has been voted Ireland's Best Ferry Company for the fourth year in succession at the Irish Travel Industry Awards held in Dublin recently. The award was bestowed on the company by a vote of Irish travel agents and comes in the week when the company launched its new weekend direct return service between Dublin and the French port of Cherbourg. Providin...
#castletownbere –The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that construction works will commence at Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre, Co. Cork on or around 30th January 2014, weather permitting. The works will involve the installation of new piles, pontoons and gangway at Barrack Quay and on the Mainland Quay at the western end adjacent to the slipw...
#Qkeywest – Ireland's Peter O'Leary on board the Ker 40 Catapult still has it all to play for in the final day of Key West regatta today. In IRC 3, an extremely competitive 10-boat class with a diverse group of designs, is still very much up for grabs.  Arethusa, a Swan 42 skippered by Phil Lotz, maintained the lead for a second straight day by placing second in the...
#CruiseLiners – Celebrating its 25th year of making holidaymakers dreams come true, the Holiday World Show, Dublin returns to the RDS Simmonscourt Pavillon in Ballsbridge, starting tomorrow and over the weekend of 25-26th January. The show is a one-stop shop of inspiration, advice and spectacular offers to broaden the horizons of those seeking their ideal break in 2014. Almos...
#roundireland – Round Ireland race organisers have increased the maximum race entry to 100 yachts following what has been deemed 'an historic expansion' of the Round Ireland Yacht Race that will facilitate yachts of all sizes taking part, it was announced this evening in Dun Laoghaire. As previously reported by Afloat.ie in October,  Wicklow Sailing Club, which organises...
#Angling - There's been another successful prosecution for Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), this time against two people for coarse fishing offences on Whitewood Lake in Co Meath. Grigorij Charlamov and Liudmila Baseva were convicted at Navan District Court on 10 January, respectively given community service and the Probation Act, while IFI was awarded €3,840 in expenses for b...
#Olympics - Annalise Murphy might be preoccupied with next week's Miami regatta, but the main focus for her and fellow Providence Team IRL members will be the Olympic qualifier in Santander this coming September. As The Daily Sail reports, "the target is to qualify Ireland in all classes" - and the road to Rio begins in earnest next week at the Olympic classes regatta in Florid...
#fishing – Ireland now has in place a system to apply points to the license of fishing vessels involved in serious fishery offences. Irish legislation, bringing into effect Ireland's points system for serious infringements of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), as required by EU regulation, was signed into law by Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Mari...
#star – The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has moved to have the Star keelboat reinstated as an Olympic class at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian ambassadors from around the world are seeking support from nations to help them reinsert the oldest and most traditional class back in to the Games in three years time.  The legendary class lost its sta...
Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:17

Dun Laoghaire's Wild West Pier Has Them Foxed

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#dlharbour – Locals like to think of Dun Laoghaire's West Pier as being like a bit of Ireland's Atlantic seaboard, rugged and untamed in contrast to the smooth expression of urban order which is the East Pier. This week, while researching the western half of the harbour for the Sailing on Saturday blog which will feature Dun Laoghaire developments in detail on January 25th, w...
#ManxLink - Captain Kurt Buchholz, founder of Ellan Vannin Line, has said that he has given the government a week to come back with a response to his application. He has indicated that if port authorities don't come back with the answers he wants, then: 'We might lose interest in proceeding further'. He added: 'The government's slogan "Where you can" is a big joke.' Captain Buc...
#QKeyWest – Future Irish Commodore's Cup yacht Catapult with Cork's Peter O'Leary at the helm lies third overall and five points off the lead in IRC 3 of Quantum Key West regatta today.  Broad smiles and weary bones usually means a successful day on the water for sailboat racers. There was plenty of both on the docks around the Conch Republic on Wednesday after organizer...
Clare County Council is to commence emergency flood defence works along the County Clare coastline near Quilty over fears that up to 15 homes could experience flooding. Recent storms caused significant coastal erosion at Cloughaninchy leaving private residential properties exposed to flooding by sea water. The local authority is investing 50,000 euro, which it says it will seek...
#annalisemurphy – European Laser Champion Annalise Murphy is back on the water next week at Miami Olympic classes regatta in Florida. The 24–year–old will be hoping to repeat last September's form on home waters when she swept to a European title on Dublin Bay. The Irish sailing super star who is shortlisted for Afloat's Sailor of the Year Award next month had a remarkabl...
#tallships – The perpetual 'Asgard II Award' for outstanding achievement are among a range of awards to be presented at the Tall Ships Ireland annual prizegiving this Saturday (January 25th) at the Mansion House on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  There will also be Trainee and Watch-leader of the Year awards made plus details of the latest initiative to provide opportunit...
#NewTankers - Ardmore Shipping with its financial headquarters based in Cork, has taken delivery this month of two tankers, raising the fleet total to 10 vessels and with a further 11 ships on order. ArdmoreSeavantage, a 49,999 dwt IMO 3 Eco-design MR product and chemical tanker was completed from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., South Korea. She is operating under an existing chart...
#NewFerry - Brittany Ferries has announced an order for its largest ever cruiseferry, a 52,000 tonnes giant powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and entering service in 2017 on Cork-Roscoff and UK-Spain routes. The 12 deck cruiseferry with a capacity for 2,474-passengers, 675 cabins and 800 vehicles will be the first such ferry to serve in Irish and UK waters and one of the b...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below Tanker Market: Crude tanker earnings surge - All segments in the crude tanker market reported significant increases in daily earnings last week, according to Lloyd's List. The Baltic Exchange reported record or near-record earnings on all 10 major tanker routes ...
#Oil - The Irish Times reports that the State has offered Irish oil and gas firm Providence Resources a new licensing option off Spanish Point in Co Clare. The award will allow Providence and its prospecting partners to turn the option for Spanish Point South, which lies in the northern Porcupine Basin some 160km off the Clare coast, into a frontier exploration licence. Provide...
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