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Inland waterways in Ghent and other popular areas in the Flanders region of Belgium have been effectively closed to pleasure boating as a result of historic drought conditions across continental Europe.

Marine Industry News reports on the move by Flemish Waterways, which has declared that leisure vessels may only pass through locks alongside commercial traffic.

“In concrete terms, this means that pleasure craft are no longer possible on waterways with very little or no commercial shipping,” Flemish Waterways said in a statement.

The organisation adds that recent heavy rains and forecasted rainfall will not be enough to restore its watercourses to safety navigable levels any time soon.

Moreover, there are growing concerns about water supply throughout Belgium with use restrictions being mooted for next month as the drought continues.

Marine Industry News has more on the story HERE.

Published in Inland Waterways
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#Poulaphuca - The remains of an old homestead submerged by the Poulaphuca Reservoir have resurfaced, as RTÉ News reports.

Images captured by the Garda Air Support Unit in Wicklow clearly show the ruins of a house and a piece of farm machinery.

The ‘island’ was revealed by the retreat of reservoir waters in the recent summer drought that saw remarkable archaeological finds nationwide — as well as an ‘ÉIRE’ sign on Bray Head dating from the Second World War.

The farm was one of a number of properties abandoned before the valley was flooded to create Poulaphuca in 1940.

Published in News Update

#AranIslands - 'Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink' has never been more true for residents of the Aran Islands who are facing their worst ever water shortage.

Now BreakingNews.ie reports on a call on Irish Water to tap into the newly discovered network of underground rivers believed to run beneath the islands and throughout Galway Bay to provide a lifeline for Aran's communities.

Tiernan Henry from NUI Galway's Earth and Ocean Sciences department says geological surveys for the freshwater aquifier systems believed to extend throughout the bay could lead to an invaluable source of fresh water for people on Inis Mean and Inis Oirr in particular, who have been forced to use water brought in from the mainland at great expense – around €1 per litre.

BreakingNews.ie has much more on the story HERE.

Published in Island News
20th November 2010

To Russia with ‘Potatoes’

As a severe drought grips Russia, over 2,500 tonnes of potatoes were loaded on board the mv Blankenese in Drogheda yesterday. The vessel was bound for St. Petersberg and a further three shipments are scheduled in the new export trade, according to the Drogheda Port Company.
In total 10,000 tonnes of potatoes (roosters, kerr pinks and whites) are to be exported to Russia. The new trade has boosted a yield of 30% in prices for Irish farmers and follows a bumper growing season with an oversupply of 50,000 tonnes on an annual domestic consumption of 350,000 tonnes.

Asides the cash crop, Drogheda Port has established shipping trades routes in the carriage of containers units, fertilizers, magnesite, LPG and newsprint. In addition the Co. Louth port operates the country's only weekly service to Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Published in Ports & Shipping

William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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