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The Helga was purchased in 1900 – the same year the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction was established - and used both as a scientific research vessel and as a fisheries protection vessel.
The Marine Institute has today launched this year’s Oceans of Learning series, celebrating Ireland’s Marine Research Vessels and Ocean Explorers – Our Past, Present and Future. Over a three-week period, Oceans of Learning celebrates our seas and Ireland’s valuable marine…
Airport Police & Fire Service rowers thank St. Patrick's Rowing Club for the use of the quad boat during training for the club's ‘Endeavoar 2022, a 250-kilometre row along the West Coast of Ireland
The Airport Police & Fire Service Rowing Club has thanked River Liffey-based St. Patrick’s Rowing Club in Dublin city for the loan of its quad boat to train for this year’s ‘challenging’ club charity event. ‘Endeavoar 2022’ is a 250-kilometre…
There are currently over 200 female match racing sailors on the World Sailing global ranking
The World Match Racing Tour is pleased to announce the launch of the first Women’s World Match Racing Tour, a global professional series designed to promote and grow female participation in sailing and match racing around the world. The inaugural…
Highland Fling XI won her class on Wednesday despite not being optimised for windward-leewards
Scheduled for day two of the IMA Maxi Europeans’ inshore/coastal racing were two windward-leewards. After a delay out on the Bay of Naples, the wind finally built to 8-12 knots from the west. After one aborted start due to a…
Bosses at a Scottish shipyard fear the £250m pair of ferries won't see (CalMac) service amidst spiralling series of serious faults.
A catalogue of spiralling faults with two vessels is at the centre of Scotland’s ferry fiasco under the stewardship of minister-controlled Ferguson Marine has prompted serious shipyard concerns over whether they will ever see service. A damning March internal analysis…
Dundalk Port which may change back to local ownership
Dundalk Port could come back under local ownership, after Louth County Council confirmed it hopes to be ready to begin the transfer process before the end of the year. The port has been under the auspices of Dublin Port since 2011,…
Water Wag dinghy racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Wednesday's  DBSC Water Wag dinghy racing scheduled for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is cancelled due to an adverse weather forecast. "Winds gusting gale force 8 in the east are scheduled for later this evening", Commodore Ann Kirwan told Afloat. The Wags are…
Class 30 One Design - After nine months of study, research and development by VPLP and Multiplast, the final project designs have been finalised
The boat imagined and designed by VPLP, thanks to the joint initiative of Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (France), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (UK) and the Storm Trysail Club (USA) is scheduled to make its debut afloat…
The Irish Coast Guard is leading a “large-scale maritime exercise” off the Donegal coast today (Wednesday). The exercise, called “Blue Hills”, will test major incident plans, it says. It will also focus on the operational capability and co-ordination of the…
Flagship LÉ Eithne: Although completely refurbished in 2017, LÉ Eithne has been laid up since mid-2019. However, the flagship LÉ Eithne was briefly brought back into service in 2020 to provide support to the HSE’s Covid-19 operations. Above LÉ Eithne in Dun Laoghaire, is the last naval vessel  (AFLOAT adds of any ship) built in Ireland at VCD, Cork, and is seen at the East coast harbour which is the vessel's adopted homeport from where the Naval Service represented by the flagship, was in 2017 bestowed the ‘Freedom of Entry to the County’ by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The Award in recognition of humanitarian service on behalf of the people of Ireland and EU acknowledged the duties undertaken by the Navy as part of Operation Pontus in the Mediterranean Sea to rescue refugee migrants.
In a last-ditch effort a campaign is underway to see the Naval Service flagship converted into a maritime museum, rather than sold for scrap. Cork County Council is writing to the Minister for Defence and the secretary-general of the Department…
The Ocean Race DIVER watch
Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin says it’s accelerating its use of innovative alternative materials with the launch of The Ocean Race DIVER, largely composed of recycled fishing nets. The official timing partner of The Ocean Race has been making marine chronometers…
Brian Carroll (red jacket on helm) will be racing on Chancer in Kinsale's 240-mile Inistearaght Race
The idea for the Inishtearaght Race originated because Kinsale sailors thought that the best and most scenic part of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is west of Kinsale. So what about a race from Kinsale around the Blaskets and…
DBSC Tuesday night race five for PY dinghies was in Scotsman's Bay to the East of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in light southeast winds
Another win for Noel Butler last night in DBSC Tuesday night dinghy racing gives him four wins from five starts of the PY division in his RS Aero dinghy. Race five was run by Race Officer Declan Traynor in Scotsman's Bay…
Heritage Boat Association 21st anniversary rally poster
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that the Heritage Boat Association will be celebrating its 21st anniversary with a rally in Ballinasloe Harbour from Saturday 28 May to Monday 6 June. Masters of vessels are advised…
Zhik’s INS100 waterproof jackets
Save now on Zhik’s INS100 waterproof jackets with CH Marine. Designed for life on and off the water, these jackets look the part with their athletic street-style cut. They’re available for men and women in black, navy and platinum, with worldwide shipping and…
The dwarf sperm whale found washed up in Glengarriff, Co Cork earlier this month
A whale species never before recorded in Irish waters has been confirmed by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). The marine wildlife specimen reported at Glengarriff in West Cork on 1 May — which live-stranded before it was found…
Ireland's brand new 'Green Armada' sailing team will not have the benefit of Olympic talent when it debuts in Switzerland this week at the inaugural SSL Gold Cup. Although the Irish bid to be crowned the world's best sailing nation…
Merchant Navy Cadets of Trinity House to join the crew of the prestigious polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough (as above in Antarctica). As AFLOAT previously reported the vessel built by Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird, carried out sea-trails off Northern Ireland last year and beforehand off Wales from where in Holyhead was used as a base for crew training.
Merchant Navy Cadets of Trinity House will now be training with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on board their new state-of-the-art polar science research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough (see, sea-trails story of last year)  The four merchant cadets will…
Moate Men's Shed group visit Lough Ree's new RNLI lifeboat station
During a busy first month at the new RNLI lifeboat station at Coosan Point volunteer crew guided visitors from near and far through the state of the art facility in the first public tours of the base. The panoramic view…
Cameron Mitchell director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) which is expanding its Greek fleet with an agreement to flag four bulk carriers, involving three of 33,044 tonnes and a larger bulker of 51,195-tonnes.
An expansion of the Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) through its Greek fleet, follows an agreement to flag four bulk carriers with Enterprises Shipping & Trading (EST). EST is IOMSR’s oldest and largest Greek client, and the latest additions…

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