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#allirelandsailing – The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has issued its final list of invitees (see below) for tomorrow's All Ireland sailing championships at Howth Yacht Club together with clarification on how the selection for the competition was conducted. The explanation follows comment from sailors on this site as to why some of the country's biggest classes, such a...
Thursday, 04 September 2014 19:52

Rival Sail-Assisted Cruiseship Sisters Come & Go

#RivalSisters – Wind Surf, the one part sailing yacht and one part upscale cruise ship departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour this evening, her rival sister, Club Med 2 is due to call to neighbouring Dublin Port tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The largest ship in the Windstar Cruises fleet at 14,746 tonnes represented the final of four cruise callers to Dun Laoghaire this season. Sin...
#AranIslands - 'Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink' has never been more true for residents of the Aran Islands who are facing their worst ever water shortage. Now BreakingNews.ie reports on a call on Irish Water to tap into the newly discovered network of underground rivers believed to run beneath the islands and throughout Galway Bay to provide a lifeline for ...
#H&Wdirector- Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries has appointed James Lappin as the new Director of Ship & Offshore Unit Repair. The new position will involve total responsibility for developing and growing the Belfast company's business in this sector and execution of its projects. Lappin who is a Mechanical Engineer joined Harland & Wolff as a Graduate Trainee Ma...
#MarineWildlife - Lough Foyle area environmental group Celebrate Water is organising a family afternoon to highlight the wealth of marine wildlife off the Inishowen Peninsula this Saturday 6 September. As the Derry Journal reports, the day will see Greencastle's coastguard station in Co Donegal open to the public with an special exhibition on the area's whales and dolphins, fol...
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:09

Arklow's 'Green' Beacon to Be Launched This Month

#ArklowGreens- Arklow Shipping's fourth of six 4,800dwt newbuilds, Arklow Beacon featuring a 'green' credential designed hull is to be launched later this month in the Netherlands, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 119m multi-purpose bulk orientated general cargoship like her sisters are built by Ferus Smit's Dutch yard at Westerbroek. Leadship Arklow Bank was launched earlier this yea...
#rorcsrbi –  Liam Coyne of Dun Laoghaire and Brian Flahive of Wicklow are the Afloat.ie "Sailors of the Month" for August 2014, following their stunning and comprehensive success in the 1,802 mile RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race. In it, with the standard First 36.7 Lula Belle, they topped the Two-Handed Division, won two of the RORC classes against opposi...
#rnli – Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist two people on board a 40ft cruiser, adrift by Crow Island, south of the Scilly Islands on Lough Derg yesterday. On Wednesday afternoon, September 3, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist two people adrift on their boat by Crow Island. They had damaged the drive shaft on their boat after ...
#CruiseFerryBerths - Brilliance of the Seas departed Cobh in the afternoon followed by Discovery this evening, the latter notably had berthed at Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal as distinct to docking at the adjacent deep water berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Royal Caribbean Lines 90,000 tonnes 'Radiance' class Brilliance of the Seas had called to Cobh's dedicated 'cruise' terminal ...
#ManxShipping – Ramsey based Mezeron Freight Services coaster-general cargoship, Silver River (1968/277grt) returned to her Irish Sea 'liner' services in late August, following an extensive survey in a Polish shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported during a visit to the Isle of Man earlier this year, the single-ship operators of Silver River were able to confir...
#cruiseliners – The Wind Surf – the largest ship in the Windstar Cruises fleet – will dock at Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow, Thursday, 4th September at 8am. As previously reported, her arrival marks the final cruise call of the season for Dun Laoghaire after a hugely successful series of cruise dockings at the harbour this spring / summer. The Wind Surf, one part sailing...
#rnli –The Autumn Series at Royal Cork Yacht Club is rapidly approaching writes Claire Bateman. Once again the Cork Harbour club is extremely fortunate to have CH Marine sponsoring the series, one of the premier highlights of the sailing season at the club that always attracts large numbers of sailors from a wide variety of clubs from around Ireland. CH Marine have sponsored ...
#rnli – The RNLI's 45th lifeboat station in Ireland has officially been put on service at Union Hall for a trial period of two years. The station boat is now a declared search and rescue asset based at Keelbeg Pier in Union Hall, County Cork. The RNLI will operate a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat from temporary station facilities and launching from a slipway adjacent to the pie...
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 12:12

Take A Video Tour Of Galway From City To Coast

#Galway - Care of the Daily Edge, here's a special treat for any fans or residents of the City of the Tribes. Búlabosca Film's short video 'This is Galway' showcases the varied sights and experiences from city to coast and beyond. Stunning seaside vistas, world-class angling and watersports, delicious fresh seafood – they're all celebrated here, and with good reason....
#Rowing: The Afloat Rower of the Month for August is Sanita Puspure. The Old Collegians oarswoman took fourth place at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam in the single sculls, just outside the medals in this elite discipline. She had won her heat, placed second in the quarter-final and third in a semi-final where conditions were very difficult. The performance topped o...
#BirkenheadTerminal – Birkenhead's Twelve Quays ferry terminal from where Stena Line operates the Liverpool-Belfast route, has been fitted-out with a new truck-driver's lounge. The work was carried out by local based contractor MPE Interiors which manufactured the new facility for freight customers using the Liverpool (Birkenhead)-Belfast route served by ro-pax sisters Stena ...
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:59

Baltimore Lifeboat Aids Drifting Fishing Boat

#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI launched within minutes of being alerted to a drifting fishing boat off Yokane Point, west of the Stags in West Cork. The two men on board the 30-foot motorboat had set out for a peaceful day's fishing on a sunny Autumn afternoon when found themselves in trouble after their engine failed to restart. But within half an hour of calling for assistance, the B...
#RFAnewtankers – The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (see tanker visit to Dublin Port) have ordered a new class of replenishment tanker following a steel-cutting ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Mechanical Engineering's (DSME) Opko shipyard in South Korea. DSME will build four of the British-designed 'Tide' class which will replace vessels including the 'Rover' class RFA Gold Rover ...
#PortAward2014 - The ports of Huelva, Koper, Lisbon, Marseille and Rotterdam have been shortlisted for the sixth European Sea Port Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration of Ports. The jury yesterday selected these five applications from a total of twenty submissions. The theme of this year's competition as previously reported is 'Innovative environmental projects'. R...
#rnli – The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat completed its tow of the 33 ft–Fishing Vessel 'Michelle' back to the pier in Courtmacsherry after earlier today going to its rescue 31 miles offshore near the Kinsale Head Gas Fields. The four hour tow was conducted in good conditions and both the two crewmembers and stricken boat are now docked at village pier. On board the Courtmsc...
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:59

Skerries Lifeboat Tows Five To Safety

#RNLI - Skerries RNLI towed a group of four adults and one child safely to shore after their motorboat developed engine difficulties. Skerries RNLI volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Louis Simson shortly after 4.30pm yesterday afternoon (Monday 1 September) following reports to Dublin Coast Guard of a motorboat adrift near the Perch marker off Skerries. The crew...
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