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On the Ireland-Britain routes alone, there was a decline in passenger numbers of 5% to 2.2 million recorded last year.
Ferry
#FerryFigures – According to the 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report launched today, there was a decline of 2.6% in ferry passenger numbers in 2016. The figure relates to those travelling between the island of Ireland, Britain…
The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%, with growth driven predominantly by unitised trade, Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) and Lift-on/Lift-off (LoLo) traffic, (for example above Nicolas Delmas in Dublin Port). Both RoRo and LoLo modes grew by 7% in 2016.
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeReport - The 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry was launched today.  The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%,…
Pictured at the presentation are from left are Daniel O'Connell, Aran Islands RNLI crew member, family member Sean Flaherty, John and Mary Harwood with the vellum, Tony Hiney, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, John O'Donnell Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain, John Mulkerrin Aran Islands RNLI mechanic and Michael Hernon, Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager
RNLI Lifeboats
The grandnephew of an RNLI bowman who was awarded the charity’s bronze medal for gallantry for his part in the daring rescue of 12 people from a Greek freighter back in 1938, has made a visit from the UK to…
New contract for H&W in offshore renewables sector secures 80 jobs
Power From the Sea
#NewContract - A new contract for Harland & Wolff is to provide parts for an off-shore windfarm off the coast of Germany — supporting 80 jobs. The Belfast Telegraph writes that the firm has been chosen by jacket foundation supplier…
Brisk, breezy and bright at the Topper Worlds 2016 at Ballyholme. The success of this event – with more than 80 entries from the Republic in a fleet of 150 from many nations – has been part of the process which has resulted in the ISA Youth Nationals 2017 getting under way at Ballyholme tomorrow
Youth Sailing
With four days of an intensive programme getting under way tomorrow (Thursday) on three different course areas off Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough, the ISA Youth Sailing Nationals is making a spectacular debut in Northern Ireland writes W M Nixon.…
Clogherhead RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - It was a busy Easter Monday (17 April) with two consecutive callouts for Clogherhead RNLI in Co Louth. At 6pm, the all-weather lifeboat was launched to assist a razor boat in difficulty off Mosney in Co Meath. The…
Formerly Hibernia Racing, John Ryan and his Allblack team plan to collect the full list of 11 records in 36 months
Powerboat Racing
#Powerboats - An Irish-based powerboat racing team is aiming for a full 11 offshore endurance and speed records over the next three years. “It’s ambitious, but it’s do-able,” as Red Bull hears from John Ryan, team driver and throttle man…
East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour as seen from Dalkey Quarry which was used to begin construction in 1817. Among the events of DLR Spring into Heritage are free guided walking tours of the 200 year old harbour. Beyond are the lighthouses that mark the entrance to Dublin Port.
Dublin Bay
#DLRHeritage - Easter is over but there’s plenty more to do with this year’s Spring into Heritage (28 April-18 June) programme organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Beginning next Monday, the DLR Heritage programme offers a variety of events and…
John Leech, Chief Executive of Irish Water Safety
Island Nation
The Chief Executive of the State agency responsible for promoting water safety has been telling me about an interesting piece of research which his organisation carried out over the past two months. The purpose of this research on water safety…
Méabh Ní Ghionnáin from Droim, Leitir Móir, Galway met with the Marine Institute’s scientists and crew on the RV Celtic Explorer
Marine Science
Méabh Ní Ghionnáin from Droim, Leitir Móir, Galway met with the Marine Institute’s scientists and crew on the RV Celtic Explorer today on her 9th birthday (18th April) to see the loading of the 1 ½ metre Lancer unmanned sailboat…
Light breeze sailing for the INSS’s J/109 Jedi, currently off the Connacht coast on a round Ireland voyage to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis treatments at Galway University Hospital
Cruising
The round Ireland voyage by a Galway crew with the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi has seen some good sailing, despite unseasonably light winds or even total calm over much of Ireland. However, on a venture sailing clockwise from…
The magic island. Beautiful and unspoilt Lambay is only seven miles from Howth, and is fascinating to race round
Howth YC
Racing at least once a year round the beautiful and unspoilt island of Lambay seven miles north of Howth has been part of the Howth Yacht Club DNA for so long that nobody is 100% certain when this intriguing sporting…
The 2018 Laser dinghy Masters World Championship will be sailed off Dun Laoghaire. Pictured at today's launch are Shane Ross T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport with Annalise Murphy, 2017 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Laser class at the Rio Game, (who will act as event ambassador) and Paul Keeley, Director of Business Development with Failte Ireland
Laser
Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host its second major world sailing championships within three years when the 2018 Laser dinghy Masters World Championship set sail on Dublin Bay. The estimated 400–boat event – open to men and women aged 35 and…
Lifejacket stolen from Portaferry Lifeboat Station
RNLI Lifeboats
An RNLI lifejacket worth £458 has been stolen from Portaferry lifeboat station in County Down. The lifejacket, a vital part of a volunteer crew member’s kit, is thought to have been stolen sometime between 2 March and 10 April. The…
The SB20 sportsboat 'Seriously Bonkers' sailed by Peter Lee. The SB20 Eastern Championships will sail this weekend at Howth Yacht Club
SB20
Cork Harbour's Dave Barry will defend his SB20 Eastern title this weekend at the Eastern Championships at Howth Yacht Club.  As Afloat.ie previously reported, the National 18s, the RS400 and RS200 fleets will share the limelight off Ireland's Eye. The…
Minister of State for Flood Relief Seán Canney addresses Environ 2017 in Athlone on Monday 10 April
Inland Waterways
#Shannon - Minister of State for Flood Relief Seán Canney outlined a range of additional measures being taken to address flood risk on the River Shannon at the recent Environ 2017 conference in Athlone. Speaking at the event in AIT…
The Belview Terminal, which in the majority handles lo-lo traffic is the main terminal for the Port of Waterford
Ports & Shipping
#Results2016 - The Port of Waterford Company recently announced that the port handled 1.4m tonnes of goods in 2016. The figure is very much in line with 2013 and 2014 but somewhat back on the 2015 numbers. Bulk tonnages handled…
The boat upturned east of the village of Mornington, Co Meath
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Three people are “extremely lucky to be alive” after their boat upturned on the River Boyne last night (Monday 17 April), as TheJournal.ie reports. The three casualties rescued east of Mornington, Co Meath were found to be not…
ISORA will race to Wicklow Sailing Club this Saturday
ISORA
2017 ISORA offshore racing on the Irish Sea starts this weekend with two coastal races - one in Ireland and one in Wales and with a bumper fleet of 35+ boats expected on the two start lines. The Dun Laoghaire…
Pierre Chedeville will be a strong contender in the production class
Solo Sailing
After a disappointing first race of the year last weekend, as Afloat.ie previewed here, Ireland’s Tom Dolan hopes to improve on his performance in the first single–handed race of the Mini 650 circuit. In offshore racing, 'once the wind has…

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