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BREXIT: On the day that the UK announced the triggering date of Article 50 to begin leaving the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May paid a visit to Wales yesterday to sign the Swansea Bay City Deal in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. The venue is the home ground for Swansea City F.C. and Ospreys Rugby.
Ports & Shipping
#UKpmSigns - UK and Welsh government ministers were in Swansea to witness Prime Minister Theresa May sign yesterday the Swansea Bay City Deal along with members of the Swansea Bay City Region Board. The deal is the biggest ever investment for south…
Seatruck won '2017 Business of the Year' at The Mersey Maritime Awards (MMIA) that was held in the new Main Stand of Liverpool Football Club. The event attended by 400 people was hosted by BBC Breakfast T.V. presenter Louise Minchin.
Ferry
#MerseyAwards - At the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Seatruck Ferries were named as ‘2017 Business of the Year’ during a ceremony held in Anfield, the famous venue of Liverpool Football Club, writes Jehan Ashmore. The black tie gala dinner on…
Save Our Seafront said an environmental impact statement failed to consider that people walk on the Dún Laoghaire pier to enjoy fresh air and the view of the Dublin mountains, and the effects on their enjoyment if a large cruise ship is obscuring the view and “emitting diesel and sulphur fumes”.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - An environmental Dublin Bay group’s challenge over an €18 million terminal berth for cruise ships at Dún Laoghaire Harbour writes The Irish Times will be heard later this year at the Commercial Court. The Save Our Seafront (SOS)…
AAIU Statement on Investigation into the Loss of R116
Coastguard
The AAIU wishes to extend its sincere sympathies to the families and friends of the crew of R116. The Chief Inspector of Air Accidents, Mr. Jurgen Whyte, in consultation with the appointed Investigator-in-Charge, Mr. Paul Farrell, wishes to make the…
Kingstown 200: Lecture - "The History of Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the past two hundred years 1817- 2017" takes place this Wednesday
Dublin Bay
#Kingstown200 - In this bicentenary year of the founding of Kingstown Harbour, a lecture “The History of Dun Laoghaire Harbour” is to take place this Wednesday, 22 March in the south Dublin Bay town. In what is expected to be…
Annalise Murphy prepares for the St. Patrick's Day Parade role
Annalise Murphy
The Dublin St Patrick’s Day Parade has become such a colourful extravaganza that having an Olympic Sailing Silver Medallist as Grand Marshall is something which a almost got lost in the crowd. But Irish sailing’s own Annalise Murphy, heroine of…
Pont-Aven is to resume seasonal Ireland-France service next month on the Cork-Roscoff route. Afloat adds that the Pont-Aven is currently on English Channel service between St. Malo and Portsmouth from where above the cruise-ferry is underway off the landmark Spinnaker Tower.
Ferry
#Increase – An increase of 5% has been reported by operator Brittany Ferries in the number of passengers travelling to Ireland in 2016, compared to the previous year. The company begins its seasonal Ireland-France service next month operated by Pont-Aven.…
Turning right at Loop Head – Chris Egan is going Round Ireland again this Summer
Shannon Estuary
Four years after he sailed around Ireland as part of a fundraising campaign, Limerick cancer survivor Chris Egan will take to the seas again - only this time he's battling a debilitating sight condition writes Andrew Carey. In 2013, Chris…
The shell of newbuild Scot Navigator just after launching. The cargoship will have a 5,500 cubic capacity for timber products and is due for delivery in May.
Ports & Shipping
#Newbuild - Scot Line a trader of packaged timber on the Irish Sea have added a 88 metre long newbuild to its fleet that operates an Ireland-UK-Scandinavia liner service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild Scot Navigator will become the 10th…
A still from new surfing documentary Between Land and Sea
Surfing
#Surfing - Between Land and Sea is a new documentary on the surfing culture of Lahinch that’s currently touring with screenings around Ireland, as TheJournal.ie reports. Chronicling ‘a year in the life of an Atlantic surf town’, Ross Whitaker’s film…
Coastguard Helicopter R116
Coastguard
Our maritime environment gives so much to so many people. Whether it be a source of living for coastal communities, essential transport services for an island nation or the pleasure of watersports, the waters of Ireland provide workspaces and playgrounds…
Carolijn Brouwer joins Dongfeng Race Team with fellow Olympic sailor Marie Riou
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team has announced two women for its crew as preparations ramp up for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Dutch Olympic sailor Carolijn Brouwer, who competed in the previous VOR with the all-female Team SCA, will be…
Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port are the first Port Perspectives artists commissioned to create public artworks, Cliona Harmey, Sheelagh Broderick, Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Silvia Loeffler.
Dublin Port
#PortPerspectives - Artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks were announced by Dublin Port Campany. They were chosen in response to Dublin Port's new programme Port Perspectives and its relationship with the City. New works by Sheelagh…
Galway Hosts Shellfish Safety Conference This May
Marine Science
#Shellfish - Galway will host the 11th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety (ICMSS 2017) this summer from Sunday 14 to Thursday 18 May. ICMSS 2017 will be hosted by the Marine Institute in association with the Food Safety Authority…
Alan	Morrison's Starflash from Ballyholme YC and Royal Ulster YC is one of many Irish Sea visitors heading for Dun Laoghaire in July. See entry list below
Volvo Regatta
As Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta readies for its official launch on Wednesday, early bird numbers for for Ireland's biggest sailing regatta continue to grow with over half the expected total fleet of 400 boats now signed up, four months before…
The INSS's Kenny Rumball (seen here competing with sailing school students at the DBSC Spring Chicken Series) will be part of a Viking Invasion at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on August 20th
INSS
Irish National Sailing School's Kenny Rumball, normally found at the sharp end of Ireland's dinghy, one design and offshore fleets, will jump ship this Summer to play his part in a Viking invasion of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The August 20th event,…
Next Sunday (March 26), sees the final race of the Frostbite Series followed by the prize-giving at the DMYC.
Racing
A lively forecast overnight suggested it was optimistic to think there would be DMYC Dinghy Frostbite racing yesterday, because early on Sunday the forecast was for Westerlies to moderate. The plug was pulled though when it appeared the wind wasn't…
Chris Beck, the fastest single sculler at Lagan Head of the River
Rowing
#Rowing: Lagan Head of the River in Belfast on Saturday drew a strong representation of clubs from Dublin and Northern Ireland. The Queen’s University novice eight was fastest in the first head, with Trinity intermediates next fastest. Single sculler Hannah…
The Sligo Bay lifeboat was involved in this morning's dive boat rescue
Rescue
#Rescue - The Irish Times reports on the rescue of eight divers off the Sligo coast after a boat capsized this morning (Sunday 19 March). Sligo Bay RNLI were tasked to the scene off Aughris Pier in Sligo town after…
1720s racing at the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
DBSC
Strong North–westerlies gusting to 40–knots lead to the cancellation of this morning's Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. This year's weather–hit series aims to end on a high though with a final race climax next Sunday,…

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