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An agreement between Texan oil company NextDecade works well as the Port of Cork is capable of handling large liquid natural gas (LNG) ships.
Port of Cork
#portofcork - A US liquefied natural gas (LNG) company NextDecade based in Texas reports The Irish Times, is eyeing up a LNG import terminal at the Port of Cork. The company announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with…
The location of the sewage spill into the Tolka at Mulhuddart
Angling
#FishKill - A car tyre blocking a sewer led to a major fish kill on the River Tolka in West Dublin this week. According to TheJournal.ie, as many as 500 fish were killed over a 3km stretch of the waterway…
Naval Redezvous: L.É. William Butler Yeats on left heads further into the Mediterranean while east off Gibraltar. The flagship LÉ Eithne is seen heading homeward bound when the naval vessels met on 17 July
Navy
#navy - Irish Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is due to arrive back in Cork Harbour this weekend while a fleetmate is already in the Mediterranean to continue humanitarian duties by saving lives at sea, writes Jehan Ashmore LÉ Eithne…
Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile seen slowing moving astern within her homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Lighthouses
#Rescue116 - The Commissioners of Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile is to carry out a four-day ROV search operation beginning this weekend at the site of the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off Black Rock Lighthouse.  The ILV…
The Irish Atlantic Youth Trust’s proposals are for a 40 metre all-Ireland sailing training barquentine as this artist's impression shows
Tom MacSweeney
Back in June I asked if there was sufficient joined-up thinking about the project for a new Irish tall ship – and why the Naval Service hasn’t taken a more active role in Irish sail training over the years, with…
Spindrift encountered strong winds off Lands End and abandoned her Round Ireland Speed Record Bid
News Update
The giant trimaran Spindrift 2 that was en route to Dun Laoghaire to start a Round Ireland Record attempt has had to scrub the bid due to strong winds off Lands End. Afloat.ie reported earlier the trimaran was due to…
Running Wild (B & S Foley) was second in tonight's Cruisers 3a DBSC Race
DBSC
B21S - 1. MARISSA XIV (FRANK ELMES), 2. BILLY WHIZZ (P SHANNON), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) B21S - 1. MARISSA XIV (FRANK ELMES), 2. BILLY WHIZZ (P SHANNON), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Fiddly…
Mark Mansfield (left) onboard J109 Joker II, the Dun Laoghaire Yacht of the Week winner
Etchells
Cork sailor Mark Mansfield has just finished the Tattinger Regatta on the Isle of Wight as tactician on John Smart's J109 Jukebox where the team won the J109 Class and the overall regatta with straight wins. Mansfield, a distinguished Olympic…
The Spirit of Oysterhaven is headed for Glandore with a crew of international friendship
Tall Ships
Five Irish young people from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon and five Syrian refugee young people also living in Ballaghaderreen, nominated by UNHCR Ireland, are currently taking part on a life-changing sailing voyage on board of the Spirit of Oysterhaven, Ireland’s largest…
The deck and bulwarks of Michael O’Brien’s boat Bluebird II, which was found empty the evening before his remains were recovered
MCIB
#WaterSafety - The dangers of boating without proper safety equipment have been raised by a report into the death of an angler who went overboard from his vessel off West Cork last summer. The body of Michael O’Brien was recovered…
Afloat had identified the Royal Navy's HMS Express as the fast patrol craft that attended the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Port of Barrow at the weekend. The craft subsequently this week paid a visit to Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - It was a special day for the English north-west port of Barrow-in-Furness as the Cumbria town last Sunday was filled with a colourful parade to mark the 150th anniversary of the port, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The Port of…
Spindrift 2 can reach speeds of nearly 50–knots
News Update
The massive French trimaran Maxi Spindrift 2 is en route to Dun Laoghaire from France to attempt to beat Phaedo's Round Ireland Speed Sailing Record set in a time of 36 hours and 52 minutes in August last year. The…
Darragh Mc Cormack from Foynes Yacht Club with crew Johnny Dillon and Noel Mc Cormack, overall winners at this year’s Skerries Regatta.
Mermaid
Last weekend saw the annual Skerries Regatta take place over Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th of July. With an ambitious six races planned (3 per day), an impressive fleet of 18 Mermaids took to the water, completing 5…
David O'Malley
Rowing
#Rowing: David O’Malley and Shane Mulvaney won their repechage at the World Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv in Bulgaria today and qualified for the A Final of the lightweight pair. The UCD men led the field through the race, with only…
France's oldest three-masted barque and in Europe, Belem (above upper saloon leading to stairwell ) which is open to the public in Cork on 28 July. In addition to opening held in Galway on 3rd August.
Tall Ships
#tallships – The impressive historic tallship Belem (1896), once the private yacht of the Guinness family, which opens to the public in Galway (see report) will also welcome on board those when docked in Cork on 28 July, writes Jehan…
Lo-Lo containership Elbetrader at DFT, Dublin Port
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Growth in exports from the Republic to the UK, which accounts for €7.5 billion, slowed to 2% last year compared with 12% in 2015, according to the National Competitiveness Council. As The Irish Times reports the NCC in…
Close up of Aisling Gabrielle, the 44 vehicle car ferry owned by the Frazer Ferries Group that will trade as Scenic Carlingford Ferry when operations begin tomorrow, Friday.
Ferry
#ferry - The Scenic Carlingford car ferry service reports the Dundalk Democrat after many months of anticipation and a short delay will commence operations this Friday. According to the company's Facebook page everything is ready for the big launch. "This…
A Whiterocks lifeguard cleans graffiti from the vandalised beach unit
Coastal Notes
#Vandalism - Vandals have caused an estimated £800 (€900) worth of damage to an RNLI lifeguard unit at Whiterocks on the Causeway Coast. Following two of the busiest days of the summer season so far in Northern Ireland, the RNLI…
Fintan McCarthy
Rowing
#Rowing: Jake and Fintan McCarthy won their heat of the lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv in Bulgaria this morning. Poland led out the crews and held the lead at halfway. But the twins from…
Waiting for the wind in Douarnenez, France at the Laser Radial Under–21 Women Euros
Laser
Just like their junior Laser counterparts at the 4.7 Worlds in Belgium this week, Irish girls are off to a flying start at the Laser Radial Under–21 Women European Championships in Douarnenez, France. Ireland holds the top three places after…

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