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Lyubov Orlova pictured in St John’s, Newfoundland in 2012 before it was lost in the Atlantic en route to be scrapped
Ireland needs to appoint a Secretary of State’s Representative to deal with any future maritime or shipping incidents similar to the beaching of the MV Alta, a maritime expert advises. Captain Neil Forde, a maritime consultant with Marine Hazard Ltd,…
Kilmore Quay Marina is one of the latest to switch its pumps to white diesel
White diesel supply is improving around the Irish coast, with marinas at Kilmore Quay and Kilrush the latest to switch their pumps, writes Gail McAllister. In particular, this provides a welcome source of fuel midway between Dun Laoghaire and Cork,…
Stena Estrid berthed at the Port of Holyhead which operates to Dublin Port
Operator Stena Line says it has reassured workers that its decision to sail its new ferry under a Cypriot flag will not hit their rights but a Welsh Assembly Member (AM) fears "serious implications" after contacting tax chiefs. The £160m…
Liam Jegou
Canoe Slalom racer Liam Jegou has become the first Team Ireland athlete to be selected for the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. Originally from Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, the France-based Jegou has already stamped his mark on the international stage, winning…
Back where it all began. Galway Bay SC may have their modern headquarters and anchorage at Renville near Oranmore, but their early days fifty years ago saw the Salthill Hotel to the west of the city’s waterfront become the welcoming home-from-home for all gatherings as the club built up its membership base.
When Pierce Purcell and others such as the late Dave Fitzgerald and David Whitehead were trying to get Galway Bay Sailing Club into being fifty years ago, they had to deal with the reality that Galway city’s long and varied…
GP14s will race in Howth on April 4 in their first event of 2020
The GP14 dinghy season kicks off in Howth Yacht Club on April 4/5 with a revised format O’Tiarnaigh Challenge. The GP14 Committee are anticipating a big turnout for a couple of reasons. Firstly, its an opportunity to for an early…
A Flying Fifteen race at Morgat, France
The 2020 Flying Fifteen European Championship will be held in conjunction with the Flying Fifteen National Championship of France. This next major event for the international class follows the successful staging of last year's Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships on…
The Suzanne II caught fire about 29 miles east of Arklow
An investigation into a fire and sinking of a fishing vessel in the Irish Sea last year has found that its fire detection system failed to work, even though it had been surveyed only ten months beforehand writes Lorna Siggins Three…
Nick Kats ketch Teddy in East Greenland waters last summer. Teddy was designed and built in steel in Denmark by Arne Hedlund in 1988
The further west you go in Ireland, the warmer is the hospitality. So despite the current ferocious weather and the fact that Clifden in Connemara is well out into Ireland’s Atlantic frontier, the mood will be friendly and warm in…
Quarantine period for Diamond Princess passengers and crew is due to end 19 February
On board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, two Irish passengers have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. In a statement it said that the two people, who were among six Irish citizens on board the…
Alta aground and in an unstable condition on an inaccessible stretch of coastline west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Fuel in small amounts has been found in tanks belonging to the grounded cargo ship, MV Alta, but there is no cargo on board. That is according to an initial report by marine contractors who boarded the vessel at low…
The Jametown Canal in County Roscommom
Waterways Ireland has closed the navigation at Jamestown Canal in County Roscommon until further notice due to high water levels. Waterways Ireland will be installing a dam system on the upstream side of Corlura bridge in order to control the…
Cruiseship Westerdam operated by Holland America Line berthed in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Afloat adds the photo was taken last Friday.
Passengers from Ireland are among those on board a cruiseship which docked in Cambodia last week with confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus. According to The Irish Times, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking on Tuesday morning, confirmed…
Aifric Keogh and Monika Dukarska flank Sanita Puspure. Keogh and Dukarska face a trial in Italy
The bad weather has forced the cancellation of the Ireland trial which was scheduled for the National Rowing Centre this weekend. One crucial aspect of the trial, tests for the senior women’s sweep group, will go ahead – in Gavirate…
Containers at DSG's terminal in Dublin Port
The importation of cargo from China will plunge to next to nothing from next week, with disruptions potentially lasting for months, Irish shippers say. As reports, to date, mass factory closures in China aimed at containing the deadly coronavirus…
Cargoship Alta aground on rocks west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Underway is an environmental assessment on the cargoship that washed up on the Cork coast over the weekend. Cork County Council is investigating if oil or other hazards could leak into the coastal waters around Ballycotton Bay. The ship had…
Gregor McGuckin sailed Hanley Energy Endurance in the 2018 Golden Globe Race
Ocean sailor Gregor McGuckin, of Dublin, has been named a winner of one of the Cruising Club of America’s top awards. McGuckin, age 32, is winner of the Rod Stephens Seamanship Trophy for extraordinary efforts to aid a competitor in…
Closures On Shannon-Erne Waterway For New Footbridge & Service Block
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that the Shannon-Erne Waterway will be closed between Lock 12 and Lock 13 today, Tuesday 18 February, in order to facilitate the installation of a new footbridge. It is estimated that the…
The Express 1 docked at Greenore Port last September
Two ships that regularly carry livestock from Ireland to the Middle East and North Africa have had their licences revoked over their operator’s low performance rating. According to The Guardian, it emerged that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the…
Nash Mc Daid, of Ballybofey, Donegal landed the first catch and release salmon at the “point of the meadow” on the River Drowes at 2.45pm, Friday the 14th of February
The first catch and release salmon of 2020 has been caught on the River Drowes in Co. Leitrim according to Inland Fisheries Ireland. Nash Mc Daid, of Ballybofey, Donegal landed the first catch and release salmon at the “point of…

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