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#dbsc – The latest Turkey shoot results for Dublin Bay Sailing Club have been published this afternoon and reveal a new overall leader in the 51–boat fleet. The 1720 sportsboat 'Third time Lucky' has a 2.5 point winning margin over the ILC 30 'Incorrect'.  Third overall is DBSC regular, the Mustang 30 Peridot. Full overall results to date are availabe to download below...
#AgriFoodSeminar - Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine is to launch a seminar next week on the importance of supply chain and logistics in the Agri-Food sector. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Ireland (CILT) seminar at the Port of Cork Customs House takes place on Thursday November 27th from 20:00-22:00. The port's Commercial Manager ...
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:43

Container Shipping Volumes Rose 9% in Q3 2014

#ContainerRiseVolume – According to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) container shipping volumes, Lo/Lo have rose by 9% in Q3 of 2014. Ro/Ro experienced a 6% growth and Break Bulk volumes grew by 16%. This is in contrast however to total traffic volumes through Irish ports which fell by 3% overall in Q3, when compared to the same period last year. This decline is c...
#ICGresultsQ3- A revenue rise of 10.3% for Irish Continental Group (parent company of Irish Ferries) was achieved in the three months to the end of September, while operating profit increased to €23.8 million on the back of increased passenger numbers. An interim management statement from the firm showed revenue rose to €93.4 million, while earnings before interest, tax, de...
#MCIB - Excessive speed and poor visibility were the biggest contributing factors in a RIB crash incident on Lough Ree two years ago, according to accident investigators. One passenger sustained head injuries when the RIB, with a helmsman and three passengers on board, collided with the centre support polars of the Athlone Railway Bridge, close to the Westmeath town's marina, o...
#SustainableReport - Dublin Port Company's first Sustainability Report was launched today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, TD. The new report, to be published annually, provides an account of Dublin Port Company's sustainable development responsibilities, challenges and achievements from the previous year with regard to economic, environmental and ...
#fireball – The third Sunday of the 2014/15 Frostbite Series saw the fleet break out of the constraints of Dun Laoghaire harbour and race offshore yesterday writes Cormac Bradley. My interaction with the fleet afterwards suggests that the dominant feature of the day was the big sea running outside the harbour, which combined with a light-ish breeze, gave everyone a bit of a c...
Monday, 17 November 2014 14:28

Dragon 'U-Boat' at Cascais

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#dragon – The popular European International Dragon Winter Series at Cascais in Portugal got off to a spectacular start over the weekend. After a week of strong winds, the breeze had eased, but a huge leftover sea still running in the Atlantic was a timely reminder that further along the Portuguese West Coast, they have a breaker which rivals Ireland's mighty Aileens off the ...
#barrowblueway – Waterways Ireland in partnership with Carlow, Kilkenny, Kildare and Laois County Councils and LEADER Companies is proposing to develop a Barrow Blueway, a 112km long shared-use trail for local people and visitors to enjoy along the route of the Barrow Way-Marked Way. Following on from a number of studies and reports commissioned by various authorities includi...
#dbscturkeyshoot – It was a tough day for INSC teams in DBSC Turkey Shoot Race three but a better day for the INSC dinghy teams in the DMYC Frostbite series yesterday afternoon. From last week's dominant performance in the Turkey Shoot, both INSC teams were in top spirits heading out into a sloppy north easterly race track with wind against tide and around 10-15 kts of w...
#rssailing – Sunday 16th dawned bright and breezy, but as the RS fleets launched into Dun Laoghaire harbour, the breeze had dropped right off to a shifty five knots for the DMYC Frostbite Series. The fleet was sent outside for racing, and fortunately the breeze decided to play ball and built to a pleasant 10-15 knots from the North East. After a short postponement, the rs's w...
#flyingfifteen – With a turnout of 18 boats Dave Gorman & Dave Cahill won the final two races on Sunday to win the overall  National Yacht Club Flying Fifteen Series comfortably. Niall & Nicky Meagher were second on equal points with Niall Colman & Mick Quinn in third. The wind was from the east with the tide ebbing causing a nice swell, after a recall the fl...
#IrishShipping - Former officers, crew and staff of Irish Shipping gathered at the Conrad Hotel on Friday evening (14 November) for a special reunion 30 years after the liquidation of the company, as The Irish Times reports. Among those in attendance were Brian Cleare, Brian Boyce, John Boyce and Leo Coy, co-authors of last year's Irish Shipping Ltd: A Fleet History, as well as...
#isora – The weekend's ISORA AGM and black tie prizegiving at the National Yacht Club heard that subject to confirmation with Greystones marina it was decided that two ISORA day races would take place simultaneously from Dun Laoghaire and Pwllheli to finish in Greystones in County Wicklow on the day before the up and coming Greystones Regatta. The new fixtures arrangemen...
#hyc – Howth Yacht Club sailors were treated to a mild day for the third outing races of the Laser dinghy Frosbite series off Ireland's Eye. A 12-15kt easterly made for an interesting change for sailors with a swell rolling down the channel. The 37 entries are enjoying ideal conditions for this 14–race series. The race committee set a windward leeward course for the fi...
#isora – ISORA held its annual prizegiving dinner dance at the NYC on Saturday 15th November. 171 members and guests packed into the dining room of the club to be treated to a superb night's dining and entertainment.ISORA's guests at the event were Larry Power, Commodore of the National Yacht Club, Derek Matthews, Commodore of the Royal Dee Yacht Club and Barry MacNeaney, Com...
#rnli – The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 10.40 am yesterday morning to go to the aid of a 90ft–fishing vessel that had got into difficulties while fishing 35 miles off the Coast of Seven Heads in West Cork and sought assistance. The Lifeboat with a crew of 7 Volunteers were underway within minutes and headed to the scene of the casuality w...
#SeafarersCommemoration- The annual National Commemoration Services for Irish Seafarers will start at 12.30pm next Sunday 23 November 2014. This year's commemoration has a new schedule to proceedings as there will be an ecumenical service held in City Quay Church (close to Tara DART station). The service is to be conducted by Father Pierce Walsh and Rev William Black, Hononary ...
#vor – The Volvo Ocean Race marathon front-runners sure can sprint as well. Ian Walker's offshore leaders – with Ireland's Justin Slattery onboard – proved to the rest of the seven-strong fleet that they are currently masters closer to land too, winning the Cape Town In-Port race on Saturday after yet another thrilling finish. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing already lead the ...
#ISL30thReunion- Irish Shipping Ltd, the state-owned deep-sea shipping company that was liquidated 30 years ago was marked by former employees attending a reunion that was held on Friday in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin, writes Jehan Ashmore. In recognition of the date's significance (14 November 1984) in Irish maritime affairs, the reunion attracted around 80 former seafarers and s...
Sunday, 16 November 2014 14:38

Six Humpback Whales Surprise Small Sailboat

#MarineWildlife - The video above shows the shocking moment when a small boat of wildlife watchers was suddenly surrounded by six giant humpback whales. As the Irish Mirror reports, the duo who captured this amazing footage were sailing in a Norwegian fjord when they saw the whales feeding on herring in the distance and decided to move closer for a better look. But little did t...
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