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The lift in of yachts at the RIYC has been postponed
The annual lift in of boats at the Royal Irish Yacht Club scheduled for April 1, that includes the biggest cruiser-racer fleet for next month's start of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Summer racing series, has been postponed. The lift-in is…
Eddie English - delivering online pilotage courses
Eddie English's Cork Harbour based Sailing School SailCork will use (free) ZOOM technology next week to provide interactive sessions on several different online pilotage and passage planning destinations. Each session will last between 45 minutes or 1 hr 15 mins.  Go-ahead…
Tory Island off the Donegal coast
RTÉ News reports that Tory Island residents sought the assistance of gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard after a yacht berthed unexpectedly at the Co Donegal island’s pier last night (Friday 27 March). The yacht’s four crew were spoken to…
Irish Sailing Office Closes Following Government Covid-19 Measures
Following the Government’s “Stay At Home” for two weeks announcement, the Irish Sailing office will be closed and some of the Irish Sailing services will be unavailable. Irish Sailing staff will all continue to work remotely and are available on…
Unaccompanied freight trailer units in this AFLOAT photo seen on board P&O Ferries freight ropax Norbay (see sister Norbank also in the Irish capital in yesterday's 'Dublin Port' news) along with Clipper Pennant on charter from Seatruck, operate on the central Irish Sea route to Liverpool, England. P&O also operate on the North Channel between Larne-Cairnryan in Scotland
Operator P&O Ferries has announced “a significant strategic shift to reprioritise its efforts on its freight operations and maintain the flow of goods, including medical supplies, between the UK and Europe”. The moves involve the ferry company “furloughing” 1,100 staff…
File image of leisure boats in Albert Lock on the Shannon Navigation
In a statement to its members, the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) confirms that personal use of vessels for leisure purposes is now prohibited under the Government’s added restrictions on movement to combat Covid-19. “All citizens on the island…
Dun Laoghaire Marina in south Dublin
Dun Laoghaire Marina has been closed to berth-holders with immediate effect, following the Taoiseach’s announcement last night (Friday 27 March) of more measures restricting movement to slow the spread of Covid-19. In a statement sent out following Leo Varadkar’s address…
The yachts of the 1720-founded Water Club of the Harbour of Cork – the predecessor of the Royal Cork Yacht Club – as recorded on fleet manoeuvres by Dutch artist Peter Monamy in 1738. The Royal Cork YC’s unique collection of maritime art and memorabilia – some of it 300 years old – is an eloquent testimony to the continuity and quality of sailing enthusiasm in Cork Harbour.
The Covid-19-related cancellation of the pillar events planned for July in the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Tricentenary Celebrations has had an inexorable inevitability about it for the last ten days and more. But a decision of such magnitude needed to…
Óglaigh na hÉireann personnel collecting medical supplies for delivery to Irish Hospitals, supporting the HSE in the fight against COVID-19. AFLOAT adds the Irish Army truck is seen with a shipping container trailer at a port's lo-lo container terminal.
The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport (DTTAS) has issued transport related measures (incl. Maritime) currently in place in response to Covid-19 which are set out below. DTTAS added given that this is a rapidly evolving situation this page (click…
The maritime scene in Derry during the last Clipper Race visit
The postponement of the Clipper Race 2019 – 20 will have a huge effect on the City of Derry where the fleet was due to have its penultimate stop-over at the end of July. Derry City and Strabane District Council…
An aerial view of Dublin Port
According to the Irish Exporters Association, the ESRI report which said the economy could shrink by at least 7.1% this year is a stark warning of what is to come. The association repeated its call for the Government to begin…
Kinsale Squib duo Colm Dunne and Rob Gill sailing in Kinsale Harbour
The Squib National Championships 2020 scheduled for 21 - 26 June at Kinsale Yacht Club has been cancelled. Regatta Director, Ruth Ennis told Afloat: 'The Squib 2020 Organising Committee in conjunction with Kinsale Yacht Club and the N.S.O.A. reluctantly made…
RORC yachts were heading to Cork Harbour for a bumper sailing festival that has now been cancelled
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in London says it is 'especially sympathetic' to the Royal Cork Yacht Club concerning their Tricentenary Celebration cancellations in July. As Afloat reported earlier, the Cork Week Regatta, the IRC European Championships, and many…
The pandemic has not affected operations to date, and there is no disruption to the supply chain according to RTE News. Above AFLOAT's (file photo) taken in Dublin Port from on board ropax freight ferry Norbank when departing for Liverpool, while container ships BG Ireland and Manfred were berthed along the South Bank Quay. This location of one of three Lo/Lo terminals throughout the capital's port estate.
Dublin's sea trade which is around 17% could be affected by the coronavirus pandemic according to the Dublin Port Company. It a statement the company says it "fully expects" a fall-off when the next quarterly results are published. It says…
Loughs Agency Updates On Operations Due To Covid-19
Following the UK Government’s advice in relation to Covid-19, the Loughs Agency has put in place a number of measures to maximise capacity to continue to deliver business and statutory services to the public. The public are still encouraged to…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
An exclusion zone was set up around a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground in Scotland’s Hebrides earlier this week, as it was battered by persisting storm conditions. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, eight crew were airlifted from…
Wet wipes and disposable household wipes must be binned and not flushed
Improper disposal of wet wipes could cause the coronavirus to spread via Ireland’s recreational waters, it’s being claimed. The Green News reports on Coastwatch Ireland’s warning over the use of wet wipes, which are linked to around 90% of wastewater…
A previous edition of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Cork Week Regatta fleet moored at Crosshaven
A bumper 2020 Cork Week Regatta planned for July to celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th birthday has been cancelled over the Covid-19 emergency. All events scheduled in July for the Cork300 events series, which were to run across Cork…
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Watch Officer in the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG)
The Irish Coast Guard, a Division of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has vacancies for Watch Officers at its three Marine Rescue Coordination Centres in Dublin, Malin Head,Co Donegal and Valentia, Co Kerry. The IRCG provides a nationwide…
Poolbeg Yacht Club nd Marina on the River Liffey
Dublin's Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club has asked berth holders not to 'quarantine' or 'isolate' on their boats at the city-centre marina. The advice comes as the River Liffey club also cancelled its annual lift-in boat boats until further notice…

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