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Richard Moore in Usain boat prior to Race 1 on Strangford Lough
Last Sunday was the first day's racing for most of the RS Elites this year as a result of a Covid-19 hit 2020 season. Five boats made it onto Strangford Lough with the hope of another couple joining next weekend. …
Online Fisheries Management Chart with real-time information on quotas and regulations now in use by industry  Pictured L-R: : Niall Connolly, MFV Patrick C and Val Reilly using the fisheries management chart online, October 2019
Skippers and crew working on the 2,022 registered fishing vessels in Ireland can now access an interactive digital fisheries chart which provides guidance on a vast number of conservation and fisheries management regulations designed to help fishermen understand the rules…
The RYA NI youth sailing championships at Ballyholme
More than 90 of Northern Ireland’s Youth and Junior sailors have taken part in the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships, which were hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club. Racing took part of over two days on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20…
The survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager
The next legs of the Mobility of Sediment Waves and Sand Banks in the Irish Sea (MOVE) Survey begin tomorrow, Wednesday 23 September, according to the latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the…
Action from last year’s Junior All Ireland Championships at Schull Harbour
The cancellation of the Irish Sailing All-Ireland Junior Championships this weekend is “a big disappointment” for all involved, both those competing and being the scenes, the governing body has said. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the event scheduled for Schull…
Rosslare Europort welcomed the Dutch Ambassador to see plans for offshore wind energy and how the Irish port will handle traffic post-Brexit. AFLOAT adds the Irish south-east port is seen earlier this month with a project cargo of new LUAS trams (bound for Dublin) which arrived from Cherbourg, France using the Stena Line service operated by ropax Stena Horizon. Also present in port was fleetmate Stena Europe when preparing to berth from Fishguard, Wales.
Rosslare Europort is where the Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm visited on Friday to see for himself plans that are being put in place for offshore wind energy as well as gauging the Wexford ferryport's viability in terms of handling imports…
Irish Coast Guard Saved Nearly 380 Lives In 2019, Says First Report On New National SAR Plan
The Irish Coast Guard saved 379 lives and assisted more than 3,500 people during the course of 2019. The figures are included in the first annual report on Ireland’s National Search and Rescue Plan, which was published yesterday (Monday 21…
Lead researcher Emer Keaveney, Marine Mammal Ecologist, Ocean Research & Conservation Ireland
The waters off the south coast of Ireland have been selected as the study location for Ireland’s first real-time acoustic monitoring project of large whales, with the aim to relay warning alerts to maritime traffic to reduce the risk of…
ESPO - “For European ports, there is no time to waste, no money to waste. We must invest in technologies that are used, that deliver both in terms of decarbonisation and air quality and that deliver in emissions reductions both during navigation and at berth”
Ongoing discussions on the future of FuelEU Maritime Initiative has led the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) to express the commitment of European ports is to play their part in helping the shipping sector decarbonise. The full ESPO position on…
Lots of treasures and oddities found on Grattan Beach in Galway by Padraic Creedon and Anna Quinn of Galway Atlantaquaria with Cushla Dromgool-Regan of the Explorers Education Programme
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme team has joined marine scientists, teachers and educators across Europe and North America to hit the beach to celebrate World Cleanup Day, which took place this year last Saturday 19 September. During the month…
Submissions Sought On IFI’s Novice Angling Strategy
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is inviting submissions for its new Novice Angling Strategy, titled ‘Let’s Fish’, which is aimed at growing participation in the sport and pastime. Based on a series of consultations last year with anglers, angling clubs and…
Balance sheet has been strained at the TUI Group due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Afloat adds in July, the first large cruiseship to operate after the initial Covid-19 lock-down was subsidiary, TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 2 with a restricted 1,200 passenger capacity while on a non-landing cruise off Norway. Above is leadship Mein Schiff 1 seen several years ago when on an anchorage call in Dublin Bay from where passengers were tendered ashore to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
TUI the world's largest holiday company (including cruiseships) said that it had reduced capacity for the coming winter season due to changing travel restrictions, and it continued to evaluate options to boost its balance sheet which has been strained by…
Suntan Sailing beyond The Pale – SB20s on the Shannon lakes, with 3272 (John McGonigle, second left) throwing a judiciously-judged gybe which helped towards her overall win
At midnight on Friday, the lockdown shutters came down on the million-plus inhabitants of a place that no longer exists. And no, we don't mean that Dublin has obviously become a ghost town. But what we do mean is that…
Baltimore RNLI crew prepare to launch
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation early yesterday afternoon (Monday, 21 September) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 2.07 pm, following a request…
The Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) caught fire in Bertraghboy Bay near Roundstone
Three divers were rescued by the RNLI Clifden lifeboat yesterday after their rigid inflatable boat (RIB) caught fire in Bertraghboy bay near Roundstone, Co Galway. Shortly before 3 pm yesterday (Monday, Sept 21st) Clifden RNLI launched their Shannon class all-weather…
The Enniscorthy SAR Team with their new fleet of Whalys at O'Sullivans Marine in Tralee
Safety first! Whaly boats are now becoming the No. 1 Polyethylene safety boat used by many professional organisations writes Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan's Marine Whaly's almost indestructible crafts are ideally suited for Search and Rescue, Fire & Rescue, Safety Cover,…
Bob Bateman's photos capture two little classics with a shared spirit in his images of Pinkeen and Sunflower on Cork Harbour
Those who have been rewarded for their careful adherence to social distancing and crew-pod rules by getting some sailing in the Indian summer which has been at its very best on Cork Harbour can be forgiven for wondering if, despite…
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
A man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming of the cast near Youghal last Friday (18 September). Youghal RNLI was called to the scene at Caliso Bay in Co Waterford on Friday afternoon after the man was reported…
1720 racing returns to Cork Harbour this weekend for Munster Championship Honours
This weekend's 1720 National Championships are to be downgraded to a Munster Championships in the wake of the recent government announcements that appeal to Dubliners not to travel outside the county. As Afloat reported previously, the Championships had already moved…
Rows of trucks at the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferryport which forms part fo the UK 'land-bridge'
The Government has been urged by the Irish Road Haulage Association to help set up a fast, direct daily ferry service with continental Europe for lorries to avoid post-Brexit disruption on the UK transit route. Eugene Drennan, the president of…

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