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Patria Seaways, which as Stena Traveller inaugurated Stena Line’s Dublin-Holyhead route in 1995, currently serves DFDS on the Strait of Gibraltar, having acquired operator FRS on the busy Spain-Morocco market in the western Mediterranean, where Stena Line acquired shares with rival Africa Morocco Line (AML), marking also a first presence in this market. awaits a response from Stena as to the future of Stena Europe, which recently left Rosslare-Fishguard, so could it return to the ‘Strait’ like last year, when chartered with another operator, but by joining AML?
Stena Line’s recent announcement of acquiring shares in Africa Morocco Link (AML) follows another Scandinavian ferry rival, DFDS, which in January completed the process in its acquisition of a Strait of Gibraltar operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was in September…
We developed a new design for the Shannon One design class at our Cork sail loft. Once we were all happy with the design which we sent to top guys in the class so they could review it in real…
The Beneteau Antares 11 from BJ Marine
The biggest growth area for boating in Irish waters in recent seasons has been on outboard cruisers, and the Antares range from Beneteau has delivered massively, writes BJ Marine General Manager James Kirwan. Whether for day boating, fishing, coastal cruising or…
Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Greece says it plans to become the first EU state to ban bottom trawling in all of its marine protected areas (MPAs) by 2030. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the announcement this week at the “Our Ocean” conference in…
European Fisheries Control Agency executive director Susan Steele
Three European agencies have initiated the first Coast Guard “capacity building” and training exchange at European level. The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) are working…
Atlantic Challenge ideas man Joe Kiernan and his seadog mate Pip (she’s a shiatzu) coming through Blasket Sound in the Sigma 38 Gambit
It was Conor O’Brien of Foynes who said the main purpose of cruising should be to sail to islands. So it’s appropriate that a Foynes Yacht Club cruiser-racer owner, Joe Kiernan, is suggesting that there are enough islands along the…
2023's Irish Sailor of the Year Eve McMahon of Howth Yacht Club had the best result of the Irish Olympic sailing team at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma earlier in April, finishing 14th overall out of 114 boats after 5th place on her final day of racing. She races again next week at French Olympic Week in Hyeres
Next week, a full Irish Sailing squad will race in all three Paris 2024 qualified disciplines at the French Olympic Week on the Cote D'Azur. The event will feature 824 sailors on 660 boats from 90 nations competing in ten…
Alinghi Red Bull Racing’s BoatOne: teamwork makes it real. The team officially presented its race yacht, BoatOne, with a christening ceremony at dockside that featured a human tower from local Castellers. The milestone marks a significant shift to the final competition phase of the campaign with the official opening of the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup a little more than four months away
Alinghi Red Bull Racing Base has officially presented its race yacht, BoatOne, in a grand ceremony that featured a human tower constructed by the traditional Castellers. The milestone marks a significant shift to the final competition phase of the campaign…
The remnants of the two rowing boats involved in the Corrib rowing training that went wrong
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has said that a training session which went wrong on the river Corrib and resulted in the loss of two competitive rowing craft “posed a threat of death or serious injury” to those involved.…
Calves Week 2024 announces Schull Harbour Hotel as the title sponsor for its August regatta in West Cork. From (left to right) Michael Murphy Schull Harbour Sailing Club (SHSC), Eric Coogan Heineken Ireland, Mark Murphy, Commodore SHSC, Jack Allen SHSC, Carmel O'Regan SHSC, Cornelious Ndlovu, Schull Harbour Hotel Operations Manager and Derval Murphy SHSC
Schull Harbour Hotel has been announced as the new title sponsor for the Calves Week 2024 Regatta in West Cork. This partnership will last for the next three years and will bring a great racing and onshore festivities experience to…
File image of a container cargo ship
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) of the Marine Institute and Innovate UK hosted a networking reception in Dublin on Monday (15 April) to advance their joint plans to create green shipping corridors between Ireland and the UK. The event…
The research vessel Fugro Helmert
The Department of Transport has been advised by Dublin Array that they will be conducting geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveys for the Dublin Array offshore wind farm project. Site investigation operations for the wind farm and the Expert Corridor Route…
Bob Espey was the first-ever Northern Irish championship Waszp winner at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Despite the Yellow Weather warning for County Down last weekend, six Waszp dinghies did turn up at Ballyholme Yacht Club for the first ever Northern Irish championships section of the Four Nations Cup. But with little respite from the North…
File image of Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Rosslare Harbour RNLI came to the aid of a sailor who got into difficulty off the Wexford coast on Monday morning (15 April). The volunteer crew were alerted at the request of the Irish Coast Guard after a concerned member…
Jake McCarthy (Skibbereen RC) will row for Ireland in the Lightweight Men’s Single at the 2024 European Championships in Szeged, Hungary
Rowing Ireland has announced the athletes that will represent Ireland at the European Championships. Racing will take place from the 25th April – 28th April in Szeged, Hungary. The Szeged National Canoeing and Rowing Olympic Centre has an eight-lane rowing…
Renewables:  On a visit to Harland & Wolff’s Arnish yard, Humza Yousaf, First Minister of Scotland, who praised the ongoing work in Arnish, along with Methil, both H&W sites in Scotland are to be transformed into hubs for renewable infrastructure through a £270m investment.
Shipyard group Harland & Wolff has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) regarding the company’s plans to transform its Arnish and Methil facilities into leading hubs for renewable infrastructure. Proposals for Harland & Wolff’s Scottish…
Dublin Swift swings off Ferry Terminal (no. 1) at Dublin when bound for Holyhead; such high-speed craft 'seasonal’ services resume next month in tandem with Irish Ferries year-round running cruise-ferries.
Irish Ferries high-speed craft (HSC) Dublin Swift has been tracked by Afloat to Cardiff Docks, south Wales, where the vessel has been wintering, but in a month’s time is to resume seasonal service, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Irish…
The Eye Race - 16 stand-up paddle board racers from all over the island of Ireland competed in the waters of Howth Sound and Ireland's Eye, Dublin
Discover SUP hosted the second running of The Eye Race, the final event in the 2023-2024 Irish Winter SUP Race Series, on April 13th, 2024. The race, which took place in the waters of Howth Sound and Ireland's Eye, Dublin,…
In her opening remarks to the UN Ocean Decade Conference, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay thanked Ireland for its overall contribution to Small Island Developing States and the growing impact of the Our Shared Ocean Programme
Ireland’s commitment to strategic partnership with Small Island Developing States (SIDS), through Our Shared Ocean was highlighted throughout the UN Ocean Decade Conference, which took place in Barcelona last week. In her opening remarks to the Conference, UNESCO Director General…
Puffin - the charismatic birds have already been delighting visitors in recent weeks as they arrive back at Rathlin Island
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) anticipates that puffins will benefit from the closure last month of the industrial fishery for sand eels in the North Sea and Scottish waters. The closure of the fishery from March…

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