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The Lower River Lee in Cork city
Following the introduction of ‘brown tag’ regulations to boost conservation efforts in Kerry’s Waterville catchment, anglers of wild salmon on the Lower River Lee in Cork are advised that similar rules will come into force from Tuesday 1 February. As…
The 23-metre Govenek of Ladram
A British-registered gillnetter which featured on a Channel 4 television series on fishing has been detained by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) off the Irish coast. The 23 metre Govenek of Ladram, which played a starring role in the series,…
Shock horror….the idea that the most economical route for a North Channel Bridge would go straight through the picturesque harbour at Donaghadee will have been a factor militating against the idea.
Anyone who has sailed regularly in the tide-riven and often stormy North Channel between Scotland and Ireland will have long realized that creating a permanent link – whether bridge or tunnel – would be one of the most demanding engineering…
Reflagging ceremony on board Salamanca (and pictured) Jean Marc Roue, Cdt Christophe Bergeroux and Christophe Mathieu with the backdrop of the north Spanish port of Santander.  The E-Flexer class newbuild will serve UK-Spain routes.
Brittany Ferries newest and greenest ferry when in northern Spain at the Port of Santander saw an official raising ceremony of the French tricolor take place on board the Salamanca. (The newbuild Afloat adds follows Stena RoRo's chartered in E-Flexers) that…
Visualising the amount of freshwater released from Antarctic Iceberg A-68A
A giant iceberg that snapped off Antarctica’s Larsen-C ice shelf some three and a half years ago shrank towards the end of its drift across the Southern Ocean, but released 152 billion tonnes of freshwater. The European Space Agency (ESA)…
The ferry Stena Estrid berthed in Dublin Port. Overall freight volumes passing through the port fell by 5 per cent as freight unit volumes with Britain declined by 214,000, while volumes with mainland EU ports rose by 158,000.
Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly has said that Brexit has spelled the end of the British “landbridge” transit route, as new figures show a dramatic fall in lorry traffic with British ports, reports The Irish Times. New border controls…
Tim Crookall, the Manx Infrastruture minister says it's 'very important' that the new Liverpool terminal is ready for the TT.
On Merseyside the new Liverpool ferry terminal is not expected to be open and in action until June 2023, according to Tim Crookall the Manx infrastructure minister. Monday marked two years to the day when work started on the facility…
Dr Karen Weekes speaks to Lorna Siggins on her solo row across the Atlantic
A spectacular meteor shower, a close encounter with a hammerhead shark and a brief refuge for exhausted storm petrels – these are just some of the recent experiences recorded by Dr Karen Weekes on her solo row across the Atlantic.…
The risks of Brexit were comprehensively mitigated and Dublin Port’s volumes are set to increase again during 2022
Dublin Port Company has today reported trading figures for the fourth quarter of 2021 and for the year as a whole.  Fourth quarter 2021 Following a surge in activity in Q4 2020, before Brexit border controls were introduced on 1st…
The FarEast 28 class intend to hold their European Championships at Cowes Week
Entries for Cowes Week 2022 will open at 12 noon on Friday 21 January, with Super Early Bird discounts available until 18 February. A new one design class for Sonatas has been introduced to reflect its strong activity in Cowes…
Half Tonner racing on Dublin Bay at the 2021 ICRA National Championships
Dear ICRA members A Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a safe Christmas and an enjoyable New Year break. I have decided not to mention the “C” word and instead, I am sure that with me you…
Rowers taking part in the Head of the Shannon in 2019
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and water users that the rescheduled Head of the Shannon rowing event will take place on Saturday 19 February. The day’s events will take place at 11am and 2pm downstream of Carrick-on-Shannon bridge…
Sanita Puspure
Olympic sailing silver medalist Annalise Murphy is joined by fellow Olympians, rowers Sanita Puspure and Claire Lambe in the latest Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) Athletes’ Commission. The three are among eight athletes elected from a list of 13 for…
Thoroughbred style – the pioneering One Tonner Golden Apple is now in Denmark
We’ve become sadly inured to reports of Denis Doyle’s exquisitely-varnished Crosshaven-built Frers 51 Moonduster of 1981-vintage mouldering mossily in the harsh climate of northern Norway. So when a certain nautically-minded antiquarian bookseller of the Roughty Valley in southwest Kerry mentioned…
David Collins' Botin 52 Tala has won IRC Zero, completing the RORC Transatlantic Race in 11 days 10 hrs 13 mins 9 secs (elapsed).Team Tala: Brett Aarons GB, David Collins GB, Christopher Cowan GB, Campbell Field NZ, Andy Meiklejohn NZ, Peter Redmond GB, Jeremy Robinson GB, Robbie Southwell GB, David Swete NZ, Paul Willcox ZA
On the thirteenth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race David Collins’ Botin 52 Tala (GBR) and Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro (CH) crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina to complete the RORC Transatlantic Race. The closest…
At the Scottish state-owned shipyard of Ferguson Marine, chairman Alistair Mackenzie who was at the centre of the ferry fiasco has stepped down
At the beleaguered Scottish state-owned shipyard company of Ferguson Marine, the chairman at the centre of the (CalMac) ferry-building fiasco has stepped down. Current chairman Alistair Mackenzie and board member John Hudson are both stepping down from their roles at…
The Port of Milford Haven has appointed Tom Sawyer as the new chief executive officer of the UK' biggest energy port located in south Wales.
In south Wales the Port of Milford Haven which is the UK’s largest energy port, has announced the appointment of ‘Tom Sawyer’ as its new chief executive officer.  Tom will officially start his position at the end of April 2022,…
Stena Line launches recruitment drive on its Irish Sea ferry routes
Stena Line has launched its first national recruitment campaign in a bid to fill up to 60 vacancies onboard its ships across its Irish Sea routes. This is the first time Stena Line has launched a major recruitment campaign of…
Is somewhere around 25-foot the best cruiser-racer size for racing in Cork Harbour in 2022? 
With the addition of the vintage Quarter Tonner Diamond to Royal Cork's winter league (the first to be sailed as White Sails only), the fleet provided a glimpse of the popular boat choice for club racing this summer, a season…
Minister for Environment Eamon Ryan
The State’s new maritime area regulatory authority (MARA) will be established and operational from 2023, according to Minister for Environment Eamon Ryan. He said establishing MARA is “of the highest priority for Government” when he announced consultation on key aspects…
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