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 [L-R: At the London Boat Show today - Howard Pridding, Chief Executive Officer at British Marine; Peter Earp, Owner of English Braids/Marlow Ropes; Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade; Richard Edge, Sales Director for Marlow Ropes; David Pougher, President of British Marine]
Marine Trade
British Marine, the membership organisation for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, welcomed Mark Garnier MP to the London Boat Show today to continue the successful working relationship between government and industry. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of…
'Emergency Challenge' competition at the BT Young Scientist event today
Coastguard
The Irish Coast Guard is well represented at this week's BT Young Scientist Exhibition where 60,000 visitors are expected to attend. The six Coast Guard stations in attendance at the RDS, Dublin are distributing wristbands, pencils and competition flyers as well as staging…
At the launch of BBC HD: Travis Peterson (VP Product Global Eagle Entertainment), Zina Neophytou (VP Out of Home BBC Worldwide) and Graham Douglas (Media & Communications Manager Carnival UK)
Cruise Liners
#TVCruiseChannel - BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of a global entertainment channel, BBC HD, the company’s first channel produced exclusively for cruiseships and the wider maritime market. It will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) MTN TV network,…
File Photo: Stena Horizon which this afternoon docked in Rosslare. In the shadow of the ferry is alongside the 'bunker' tanker Mersey Spirit (see today's report). Also seen is the arrival of timber trader cargoship Ayress. The Irish Rail operated port has waived fees for cruiseships visiting from this year's season and up to 2019.
Ports & Shipping
#Dredging - In recent weeks at Rosslare Europort a dredging programme was conducted within the harbour to remove spoil offshore, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dredging operations were carried out by Sospan Dau and assistance from tug Trojan. The resultant spoil was…
On Saturday the public can board the slick 6,000 gross tonnage 'Aquitaine' class French Navy FREMM frigate Provence during a call to the capital.
Naval Visits
#StealthShip - Presenting ‘stealth’ characteristics is frigate Provence of the French Navy which is to make a courtesy call to Dublin tomorrow and will be open at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Saturday the public are invited to board…
Conwy is the venue for the All Wales Boat Show 2017
Marine Trade
The All Wales Boat Show is sailing back into Conwy Quays Marina on 9 to 11 June 2017, and with new sponsors and event partners on board it promises to be even bigger and better. The Show, is the only…
Over the years Afloat has featured the hard-working 'bunker' (fuel) tanker Mersey Spirit which is a regular caller to Irish east coast ports where all types of vessels are served. Among them Holland America Line (HAL) cruiseship Rotterdam seen last summer on a visit to Dublin Port's Alexandra Basin. This part of the port is where the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment ABR project is to take place to accommodate some of the world's largest cruiseships as well as increasing sized general cargoships.
Ports & Shipping
#BusyBunkering – Short-sea coastal ‘bunker’ tanker, Mersey Spirit now in its 21st year, has in recent days kept busy serving several ships and has almost completed a full-circle itinerary by returning to her homeport of Liverpool today, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Alongside the 'City Quarter', the Port of Cork site is in a period of exclusive negotiations with US/Irish based bidder, via Cushman & Wakefield, having gone to market in mid 2016 guiding €7m, and is understood to be under offer for a lower sum.
Waterfront Property
#CityQuarter - In a deal worth up to €14m writes The Irish Examiner, is to be signed in the coming days on a remaining investment — including the Boardwalk bar and restaurant — at Cork city’s seminal City Quarter. It…
Le Cleac'h was this morning 180nm ahead of the British sailor
Vendee Globe
French sailor Armel Le Cleac'h has almost doubled his Vendee Globe lead on arch-rival Alex Thomson overnight after finding breeze to the west of the Cape Verde islands. After several days of painful progress through the Doldrums that allowed Thomson…
 IDEC SPORT more than 4 days and 6 hours ahead of the record at the Horn
Offshore
The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran skippered by Francis Joyon crossed the longitude of Cape Horn, the last of the three major capes in the Jules Verne trophy at 0004 UTC on Thursday 12th January. After leaving Ushant on 16th December, Joyon…
Derek Martin's IRC Offshore Lively Lady from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one of 18 Super Early Bird Prize Draw Winners Announced. Full list downloadable below.
Volvo Regatta
Five Royal Irish yachts won free entry into July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta following a draw from 180 'Super Early Bird entries' this week. In total 18 boats won the free entry prizes ranging from dinghies to IRC cruisers.  Among…
Pictured L-R are:  Gary Sutcliffe – Lee Sanitation – Lifetime Achievement Award, with Katina Read – Editor, Boating Business and Lyndsay Hall – Media Sales Manager, Boating Business.
Marine Trade
The British Marine Trades Association presented their annual awards, showcasing the best of the UK marine industry, at a sell-out gala dinner on Tuesday 10th January 2017. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement award was given to Gary Sutcliffe of Lee Sanitation,…
The 17 Optimist fleet in Tralee Bay included some of the most promising juniors in the country
Youth Sailing
With 47 sailors on the water in Tralee Bay in County Kerry in the first week of January, 2017 started on a very positive note for Junior sailing in Ireland. The 17 Optimist fleet included some of the most promising…
Atlantic Dawn before its sale to Dutch owners in 2007
Fishing
#Fishing - Fishing rights retained in the sale of Irish supertrawler Atlantic Dawn could continue to net many millions of euro for its former owners — much to the ire of smaller operators in Ireland’s fishing fleet, as The Irish…
One stranded dolphin is lifted to safety on board Tarbert Rowing Club’s inflatable
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) reports the good news of the rescue of two live common dolphins that stranded on a Co Kerry beach at the weekend. IWDG volunteers found three dolphins at Tarbert on Sunday…
Mirror winter training is held, as in previous years in Lough Ree YC, and is run over four weekend sessions between January to April
Mirror
The Irish Mirror sailing season starts in less than two weeks with the first weekend of the Winter Training Programme. The winter training is held, as in previous years in Lough Ree YC, and is run over four weekend sessions between…
Mayo Man Convicted Over Illegal Angling Incident At Cloongee Fishery
Angling
#Angling - A Mayo man has been convicted of obstructing a fisheries officer and failing to produce a salmon licence over an incident on the River Moy. At a sitting of Castlebar District Court on 3 January, Judge Mary Devins…
The Shannon-based Sikorsky S92 was one of those inspected after a recent incident in the North Sea
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Safety inspectors have found no issues with the Irish Coast Guard helicopter fleet after a recent incident abroad involving an aircraft of the same model. According to The Irish Times, the Irish fleet of Sikorsky S92s was grounded…
Puffins with their coloured bills and black-and-white coats – they almost looking particularly well-dressed for a formal evening out
Island Nation
Without a lot of public attention Birdwatch Ireland, the conservation organisation which protects Ireland's birds and their habitats, is engaged in an extensive survey of seabirds. Ireland is a very important country for seabirds which are, in my view, marvellous…
The Bavaria 36 for sale in Dun Laoghaire is the three-cabin version at €58,500. Read the advert on Afloat boats for sale
Boat Sales
This is the time of year when boat-owners can no longer push to the back of their minds the thought that some bits of equipment aren’t working quite as well as they should, while others maybe aren’t working at all…

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