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‘Connecting Ships, Ports & People’ On World Maritime Day
Ports & Shipping
#WorldMaritimeDay - ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’ is the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day on Thursday 28 September. Discussing the place of the International Maritime Organization (IOM) in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, IOM secretary-general Kitack Lim…
Record-breaking irish solo rower, gavan hennigan, finishes the talisker whisky atlantic challenge credit ben duffy 2
Rowing
After 49 days on the water, Irishman Gavan Hennigan completed the 5,000km Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in style as he broke Irish and International Ocean Rowing Records. As Afloat.iereported earlier, the solo rower bravely held off the challenge of a…
New Marine-Themed CPD Course For Primary Teachers In Galway
Marine Science
#MarineScience - The Explorers Education Programme has recently launched a free continuous professional development (CPD) course for primary school teachers in the West of Ireland, which can be carried out during Croke Park hours. The new CPD course provides an…
Speakers at the seafood sectoral gialogue on Brexit: Patrick Murphy; Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy; Marine Minister Michael Creed; Sean O’Donohue of the Killybegs Fishermans' Association, Lorcán Ó Cinnéide of the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association; and Dr Cecil Beamish of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Fishing
#Brexit - Marine Minister Michael Creed yesterday (Wednesday 1 February) hosted a sectoral dialogue focused on the seafood sector and the potential impacts it could face from Brexit. Opening the dialogue, Minister Creed highlighted the importance of ensuring that the…
The wind speed projection for Ireland for 2am on Tuesday morning 6 February shows high winds approaching from the west
Weather
#Weather - Batten down the hatches: the West of Ireland is in for a windy one this coming Monday night (5 February). The latest maps from Dark Sky show a large weather mass of high winds barrelling across the Atlantic…
Three of the sailing world's most historic and prestigious trophies will be awarded to the three classes: The Queen's Cup, presented to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club by Queen Victoria in 1897;  - The King George V International Cup (also known as the White Heather Cup) from the Royal Thames Yacht Club, a huge flagon that was awarded for the 23 metre class in 1911 and won by White Heather II
Cowes Week
Cowes Week, organisers of one of the world's best-known sailing regattas, have announced the introduction of a new big boat race series, the Cowes Week Triple Crown. The new Cowes Week Triple Crown will be a regatta within a regatta:…
Gavan Hennigan in Antigua
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan traversed the finish line in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge tonight and marked himself out as a record breaker. The 35-year-old Galway man took 49 days to complete the row from La Gomera in the Canaries to…
Ilen – restoration work continues in West Cork on Ireland's last surviving Sail Trader
Historic Boats
The latest photos of the restoration work on Ireland's only remaining Sail–Trader Ilen reveal wonderful new Larch planked bulwarks are begining to embrace the 56–ft sailing ketch. They will be expected to shoulder many an Atlantic sea, according to Gary MacMahon, of…
Atlantic Rower Hennigan Sets Up Exciting Finish
Rowing
#Rowing: After 5,000 kilometres of rowing, Gavan Hennigan is in a race to the line in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The three men of American Oarsmen are finishing fast, hoping to take third from the Irishman in the row…
White Sails sailing in Cork Harbour at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
Island Nation
I visited my Sigma 33, appropriately named SCRIBBLER – II to be particular, as there was a previous incarnation, a Ruffian 23, which proudly bore SCRIBBLER 1. My visit was to check her out, see how she was surviving the…
The World cruising through Antarctic ice this past week
Offshore
#Offshore - A giant private yacht has broken the record for the most southerly navigation, reaching 78°43.997’ S and 163°41.421’ W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The World, a 43,188-ton yacht with 272 crew and carrying…
The latest newbuild for Arklow Shipping’s Dutch management company, Arklow Vanguard (aft section) is seen this week at a shipyard in north-eastern Netherlands. A predecessor, Arklow Valour of the ‘V’ class cargoships became the first newbuild of 2017 for ASL and is currently moored at the Port of London along with a fleetmate, Arklow Cadet completed last year.
Ports & Shipping
#ArklowThames - This week Afloat reported on stories from the Strait of Dover and it is on the other side of the Kent coast that a new ship, part of the Arklow Shipping fleet was until yesterday at anchorage, writes…
World Sailing Headquarters To Relocate To London
World Sailing
World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since the election…
The late Otto Glaser at the helm of his ketch Tritsch-Tratsch IV on a winter Sunday morning in 2011
News Update
Otto Glaser of Howth Yacht Club, who has died at the age of 90, had been closely and personally affected by much of the trauma engulfing 20th Century Europe. Yet he emerged as the embodiment of a civilised, cultured and…
The previous record of 323 participants for the 'Largest Human Image of a Boat' record was smashed by a total of 370 Boat Show goers. See video below
Marine Trade
Guinness World Records has today confirmed that organisers of the Southampton Boat Show 2016, together with hundreds of visitors and exhibitors, have successfully beaten the world record for the ‘largest human image of a boat’. The previous record of 323…
The Conor O'Brien-designed, Baltimore-built 56ft ketch Ilen back in Irish waters in 1998 for the first time since 1927. She is seen here in Dublin Bay and will be afloat again this summer in time for the  25th Glandore Classic Boat Festival in West Cork
Historic Boats
Glandore Classic Boat Regatta celebrates its 25th anniversary this July with a Parade of Sail that will feature the fully restored AK Ilen, Ireland's sole surviving Sail Trader. There will be four days of first class racing, with eight different…
This amidships profile view shows the 89m long Lady Ariane underway with packaged deck cargo on the hatch covers. Note the telescopic wheelhouse (and masts!) to permit the vessel to navigate on waterways that have low-lying bridges.
Ports & Shipping
#Scotline – Scotline the short-sea timber products operator recently took a time-charter of Lady Ariane which berthed in Wicklow Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The box shaped singledecker had sailed from the Swedish port of Varberg. The Scandinavian port that…
Marine Institute Recruiting Temporary Laboratory Analyst For Foodborne Viruses In Shellfish
Jobs
#Jobs - The Marine Institute requires a laboratory analyst to provide support to a two-year research project investigating norovirus, hepatitis A virus, hepatitis E virus and sapovirus concentrations in oysters. The work will primarily involve laboratory based detection of the…
Talks Over Return Of Blackrock Tower Liferaft
Galway Harbour
#Galway - Irish Water Safety in engaged in talks with Galway City Council over the possibility of reinstating the liferaft at BlackrockDiving Tower. Councillors last year rejected proposals to replace the amenity after a poor health and safety assessment in…
The International Maritime Bureau maintains a live map of maritime piracy and armed robbery incidents (as seen Tuesday 31 January 2017)
Offshore
#Piracy - Offshore cruisers are urged to be vigilant as the latest figures show a rise in sea kidnappings despite a global decrease in piracy. Practical Boat Owner has more on a recent report from the ICC’s International Maritime Bureau…

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