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Anglers Urged to Stay Safe on the Water
Angling
Inland Fisheries Ireland and Irish Water Safety have outlined water safety advice in light of 18 angling related deaths in last three years. Anglers in Ireland are reminded of the importance of staying safe on the water as they enjoy…
The new 70m 'defies sailing convention but not the sailing experience'
Boat Sales
UK–based Dixon Yachts has launched a 'game changing' 70–metre design, offering sailing performance and interior space planning normally associated with motor yachts. DynaRigs have been chosen to maximise the sailing opportunity and minimise the sailing effort. Unlike a conventional rig…
The Jeanneau Leader 30 sportsboat
Boat Sales
The Leader 30 has received the “Barca Dell’Anno” award, the new award created by the magazine Vela e Motore, with the support of the National Union of the Italian Marine Industry. Distinguished among four competitors in her class, the Leader…
Fourth of 10 cargoships on order to ASL, Arklow Valley under tow from the inland Dutch shipyard to the open sea where she begin sea trials today
Ports & Shipping
#SeaTrials - As a new car ferry is to be launched in Co. Wicklow yard as previously reported, an Arklow Shipping Dutch flagged and built cargoship is making first sea trials today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Royal Bodewes newbuild no…
Hauling net on the RV Celtic Explorer
Fishing
#Fishing - The Marine Institute’s annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS2016) began off the North West Coast on Sunday 25 September, continuing till Thursday 6 October, in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy obligations. IGFS2016 is a demersal trawl survey consisting…
A Portuguese man o’ war beached in the Bahamas
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Sightings of the deadly Portuguese man o’ war along the West Coast have prompted calls for caution among coastal users, especially surfers and other beachgoers. TheJournal.ie yesterday reported that as many as 15 of the toxic sea organisms…
Clifden RNLI on exercise
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - An island medical evacuation was carried out yesterday (Monday 26 September) by the volunteer crew of Clifden RNLI on the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat Fisherman's Friend. In calm seagoing conditions, the lifeboat was launched at 1.15pm to attend…
World Sailing's 2016 Annual Conference: 'Our Sustainable Future'
World Sailing
World Sailing's Annual Conference is the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated. For the 2016 Annual Conference, the dialogue and engagement will be centred on an overarching theme of, 'Our Sustainable Future'. Sailing…
An example of the 200M Mantsinen crane, which when completed will be the World's largest hydraulic crane located at ABP's Port of Garston on the Mersey, south of Liverpool
Ports & Shipping
#NewPortCranes - The Merseyside Port of Garston located south of Liverpool is one of five Associated British Ports (ABP) to have ordered new hydraulic cranes worth £6m across the UK ports group.  The five Mantsinen hydraulic cranes have been purchased…
At 40 years old the Canna, the current car ferry serving Rathlin Island from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim and passenger-only route partner, Rathlin Express
Ferry
#NewBuild - Arklow Marine Services are to launch a new car ferry which is to serve Rathlin Island off the Antrim coast, writes Jehan Ashmore. Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure (DFI) awarded the contract for the 6 vehicle /140 passenger…
L-R: Mark Wynter, Commodore, Island Sailing Club & owner of Alchemist, with the 2016 Seamanship Award winner Jeff Warboys and Keith Lovett from Race Partner Haven Knox-Johnston/MS Amlin
Rescue
Sacrificing his own race to go to the aid of another stricken competitor in the 2016 Round the Island Race has resulted in Jeff Warboys, skipper of a Sigma 33 Workout, being awarded the 2016 Round the Island Race Seamanship…
Bull Island is an especially sensitive area, unique also as host to both species of Irish seals, hauling out, feeding and breeding within the boundaries of the Capital city
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Seal sanctuary (ISS) is calling on the public to be vigilant and keep dogs away from seals on Bull Island. Bull Island and Dublin Bay is a biosphere reserve unique to the capital city and is home to both…
An INSS 1720 competes in the 2015 DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
How To Sail
As the last of the summer racing series in Dublin Bay come to a close, thoughts soon turn to the winter racing series of the DBSC Turkey Shoot & DMYC Frostbite series. Buoyed up by demand, the Irish National Sailing &…
A total of 27 invitees – a new record number – will include Nick Craig (DZero champion)
Racing
The organisers of the Endeavour Championship can confirm that Olympian Ben Saxton and Paralympian Niki Birrell will be competing as wild card entries in this year’s Endeavour Trophy to be held from 7-9 October 2016 on the River Crouch, Burnham-on-Crouch,…
A photo taken from the Navy vessel LE Niamh of the trawler rescue by Courtmacsherry lifeboat 20 –miles off Seven Heads last night
RNLI Lifeboats
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat has arrived in Union Hall with the stricken 60–ft fishing boat that had got into difficulties some seven hours earlier. The crew reported via a Mayday call at 5.46 pm last evening that they…
Dermot Kennedy with Liam Hegarty on the almost-completed new deck of the ketch Ilen at Oldcourt near Baltimore on Saturday
Historic Boats
The re-decking of the 57ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen (originally built Baltimore 1926) is the latest stage of this major restoration/re-build project to be nearing completion at Liam Hegarty’s boatyard at Oldcourt on the Ilen River between Skibbereen and Baltimore…
Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed with Minister of State Joe McHugh at the launch of the Small Craft Harbour in Killybegs, Co Donegal
Coastal Notes
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD today launched two new major marine projects in Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The first of these was the redevelopment of the United Fish Industries (UFI) fishmeal plant which has just been…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
News Update
#DunLaoghaire - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company chief executive Gerry Dunne has lodged High Court proceedings against his employer, according to Sunday Business Post business correspondent Jack Horgan-Jones in yesterday’s edition of the paper. Dunne, who was appointed CEO in 2009,…
M/V Northern Wind is currently on a seabed mapping operation off the East Coast
Marine Warning
#MarineNotice - All vessels on the East Coast, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give a wide berth to a survey vessel carrying out seabed mapping operations on behalf of Clinton Marine Survey AB. M/V Northern Wind (Callsign…
Dublin Port’s sustainability report for 2015 highlights a 97% reduction in both water consumption and its recycling rate
Dublin Port
#DublinPort - Dublin Port achieved a 97% recycling rate in 2015, according to its latest sustainability report. Published over the summer, the report also highlights a 97% reduction in water consumption and a successful surveillance audit for the ISO 14001…
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