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Spindrift encountered strong winds off Lands End and abandoned her Round Ireland Speed Record Bid
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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…
Spindrift 2 can reach speeds of nearly 50–knots
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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…
Tributes To Teen Who Drowned In Shannon Marina Incident
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#Shannon - Tributes have been paid to a Longford teen who drowned at a marina on the River Shannon yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 18 July), as RTÉ News reports. Damola Adetosoye, 17, was among a group of 20 teenagers who were…
The Fugro Venturer is the newest of the geo-intelligence services company’s purpose-designed survey vessels
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#MarineNotice - Nexen Petroleum Ltd advises that it will conduct a 2D seismic survey in the Southern Porcupine Basin off the South West Coast of Ireland this week. The survey will commence on Wednesday 12 July and will last approximately…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
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#DLHarbour - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s chief executive is seeking over €350,000 in backdated bonuses from the company, as Jack Horgan-Jones writes in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post. Gerry Dunne lodged High Court proceedings against his employer in September last year,…
The seismic vessel Polar Marquis will be working off the south west coast for the next three months
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#MarineNotice - Mullock & Sons (Shipbrokers) Ltd advises that a seismic survey is being conducted some 210 nautical miles west-southwest of Bull Rock Lighthouse off West Cork. Operations are scheduled to begin tomorrow (Tuesday 11 July) with provision to start…
The drill ship Stena Icemax will be working in the Southern Porcupine Basin for the next two months
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#MarineNotice - Providence Resources advises it intends to drill an exploration well in the Southern Porcupine Basin. Operations were scheduled to begin today (Monday 3 July) to drill the well at a depth of 2,250 metres some 220km off the…
Marine Institute CEO Dr Peter Heffernan with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Hildegarde Naughton TD out and about at SeaFest on Saturday 1 July
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#BlueEconomy - The ‘blue economy’ is outperforming Ireland’s general economy, according to Galway’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit. Figures from the fourth SEMRU report released for the Our Ocean Wealth Summit on Friday (30 June) show that the direct economic value…
On the Friday opening of Dublin Riverfest held earlier this month is seen the purpose-built spectator stand that is a novel feature for an Irish maritime festival. The stand was especially erected to overlook the tallships (including Shtandard also above), the flyboarding antics of Jet Man and those ThunderCats!
Tall Ships
#SpectatorStand - Looking back on the fifth Dublin Port Riverfest held over the June bank holiday the Liffey event attracted record crowds thronging the North Wall Quay, writes Jehan Ashmore. On the Saturday alone a record 41,500 visitors attended out…
ISA’s Re-Brand as 'Irish Sailing' Gets Mixed Response
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We live in a world swamped in acronyms, so much so that even a simple one like ISA has to be explained as “Irish Sailing Association” to all except those involved with or interested in our sport writes W M…
At the scene of the rescue operation, LE Eithne off the coast of Libya
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#Refugees - LÉ Eithne of the Irish Naval Service writes the Journal.ie has rescued approximately 183 people yesterday (25 June) in the Mediterranean Sea, just north of the Libyan capital Tripoli. While on patrol at around 6 am, the LÉ…
Teenage Boy In Serious Condition After Sailing Incident Off Skibbereen
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#Skibbereen - TheJournal.ie reports that a 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was struck in the head by a boom while yachting off Skibbereen yesterday morning (Saturday 24 June). The teenager was airlifted to Cork University Hospital by…
Ecocem Ireland officially opened in the UK last week a second bulk Import terminal in Sheerness in the Port of Medway. The new facility follows the Runcorn plant on the Manchester Ship Canal that opened in early 2016
Ports & Shipping
#NewTerminal - Ecocem Ireland, manufacturer of high performance low carbon cement, upped their export capacity with the official opening in the UK last week of a second bulk Import terminal in Sheerness, the Port of Medway. The new facility in…
The HPV LE Eithne yesterday rescued refugee migrants off Libya during Operation Pontus. Note the addition of the awning covering the HPV's heli-deck, to provide shelter to those rescued from the wind and sunny climate of the Mediterranean.
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#RefugeeRescue- Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Eithne yesterday located and rescued a total of 135 migrants off Libya. The migrants were found on an inflatable craft approx 83Km off the north-west coast of Tripoli.…
Corrib Gas Field Pipeline Survey & Inspection From This Month
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#MarineNotice - Shell E&P Ireland advises that inspection and engineering tasks will take place at the Corrib Gas Field and related offshore infrastructure from this month. The work, due to commence in mid June and last for around 40 days,…
The exhibition Cold Recall is based on images from the original lantern slides that Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen used in public lectures about his expeditions through the Northwest Passage and to the South Pole
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#Amundsen - A unique exhibition on Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole was officially opened at NUI Galway by Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, on World Oceans Day (Thursday 8 June). A…

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