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Sailings on the Rosslare-Fishguard route to resume on Saturday ahead of the lifting of travel restrictions to the Republic. Above Afloat adds is the route's ferry, Stena Europe (currently under repair) as previously seen at the Co. Wexford ferryport.
Operator, Stena Line, has stopped sailings on its Rosslare-Fishguard route for five days because of repair work in Belfast on its ferry the Stena Europe. The ferry, writes The Irish Times, usually makes one trip per day in each direction,…
Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska will be competing in the Women’s Pair in Lucerne
The Rowing Ireland team for the World Rowing Cup II has been confirmed by Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director, Antonio Maurogiovanni. Eight Senior Irish crews will be looking to continue the success of the European Rowing Championships and the Final Olympic…
Flying high - (L-R) Paul Daly, Weston Aviation, Sarah Kandrot, Head of Aerial Surveys with Green Rebel Group, pilot Gerry Humphreys, AFTA and Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport
The first digital aerial ecology surveys of Irish coastal waters to be undertaken by a domestic company are about to begin following the arrival of a new special mission aircraft owned by Green Rebel Group into Cork Airport. The company…
Eight classes will compete in the 2021 Vice Admiral's Cup organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club: FAST40+, Performance 40, J/111, J/109, Cape31, HP30, Quarter Tonner and SB20
High-performance racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club is back with the Vice Admiral’s Cup taking place in the Solent from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but over 50 teams…
The RUYC Belfast Lough to Strangford race start
It could be construed as an encouraging sign that half of the twelve-boat entry for the inaugural Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough to Strangford Lough Race was from that destination. Boats from the local fleet which would have…
Des Burke Kennedy - First Irish Inductee in the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Hall of Fame
Dublin waterskier Des Burke Kennedy has been selected as the first-ever Irish inductee into the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Hall of Fame. With over 90 Federations and an estimated 60 million participants, it's a considerable honour for the well-known commentator…
Industry body Mersey Maritime is holding its third annual Maritime Exchange conference on Friday, June 25, 2021
National maritime industry leaders and senior Government officials are to meet in Merseyside for a high-profile summit to discuss the future of the sector in the UK. Industry body Mersey Maritime is holding its third annual Maritime Exchange conference on…
File image of a road, stone wall, fields and seascape on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands
The Connacht Tribune reports that Inis Mór in the Aran Islands will receive some €165,000 for road resurfacing works. Bóthar Cill Mhuirbhigh gets the largest share — €90,000 — of the allocation from the Department for Rural & Community Development.…
A cliff rescue team member from the Irish Coast Guard's Howth unit is lowered to retrieve Freddie the dog from the cliff at Red Rock in Sutton on Sunday 16 May
Howth’s Irish Coast Guard cliff team sprang into action yesterday evening (Sunday 16 May) to rescue a dog trapped on a sea cliff at Red Rock in Sutton. Freddie the dog had fallen 10 metres down the cliff face while…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (left) with French Ace Gildas Mahé
Racing on Breizh Cola with French ace Gildas Mahé, Ireland’s Tom Dolan reported today that he is happy with their positioning on the Transat en Double Concarneau – Saint Barthélemy fleet. Racing downwind in 18-20kts of NE’ly tradewinds 175 nautical…
Clifden RNLI assisted in the rescue of four sea kayakers who got into difficulty off Inishark Island on Saturday afternoon (15 May). Both the station’s all-weather Shannon class lifeboat under Coxswain John Mullen and the inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat…
An impressive line up of high level policy makers and MEPs will be part of the ESPO Conference Regatta 2021 when on 26 May, they are to discuss mobility & strategy, ports, TEN-T review and the Green recovery.
Time is fast approaching for the European Sea Ports Organisation Conference which is to be held between 25-28 May. The event will be the European port industry's gathering and as the 17th edition of the ESPO Conference. This year, ESPO,…
The IOM Steam Packet's order for a newbuild, Manxman (due 2023) will according to the Manx Infrastruture Minister, ramp up the cost to construct the new Liverpool ferry terminal. AFLOAT adds above CGI image of the ship's stern showing the vehicle ramp.
The Manx government (Tynwald) could not interfere in the Isle of Man Steam Packet’s decision to buy a bigger newbuild ferry- despite it meaning taxpayers will have to pay more for the Liverpool ferry terminal. Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker told the…
Tallship incident: Just two days after being towed into the Port of Holyhead, the Zebu was facing an even bigger problem after she lost her moorings. People have been urged to stay away from the vessel after it hit the breakwater and took on water in the north Wales port.
Experts from the maritime sector are to investigate into a possible salvage operation for a tall ship that ran aground last week off Anglesey in north Wales. The 100ft-long historic vessel, Zebu, was left semi-keeled at a 45-degree angle after…
P&O Cruises newbuild cruise ship was greeted by a water salute as it sailed into the Port of Southampton.
In the UK, the largest cruise ship built for holidaymakers has arrived in England at the Port of Southampton. P&O Cruises' Iona was designed to hold more than 5,000 people in the days before social distancing. The newbuild arrived ahead…
The Howth Yacht Club J109 Outrajeous (Richard Colwell and John Murphy) was the IRC winner of Saturday's first ISORA coastal training event after a results correction
Howth ISORA debutante Outrajeous was the winner of Saturday's 35-mile training event following a recalculation of IRC rating results. The impressive performance of the north Dublin J109 crew came to light on Sunday evening after it was discovered the boat…
Water sports, culture and heritage themes dominate the Strategic Local Objectives for Dun Laoghaire identified in the draft development plan for the county.
Without the prospect of a major commercial development, as had been proposed by the now-defunct Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, the debate as to the future use of Dun Laoghaire Harbour is very much now focussed on its use as a…
Annalise Murphy of the National Yacht Club has been nominated by Irish Sailing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
As the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) confirms its third athlete for Tokyo 2020 last week, Annalise Murphy, who was nominated for the team 11 months ago is still awaiting official OFI selection. Murphy was nominated by Irish Sailing in…
British skipper Pip Hare
British skipper Pip Hare and her sponsors Medallia have confirmed they are the new owners of the IMOCA Bureau Vallée 2 which Louis Burton sailed to third place on the Vendée Globe which has just finished and which Armel Le…
Magan D alongside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The trawler was first reported to be in trouble on March 6th when it was 27 nautical miles off the Welsh coast and experiencing engine failure
The British registered Spanish owned fishing trawler that was towed into Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay on March 7 after drifting for days in the Irish Sea because of engine failure finally departed the harbour this evening. The navy hulled…

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