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#irishlights – The Nautical Institute, the international representative body for maritime professionals with 6,500 members worldwide, has elected Captain Robert McCabe, Director of Operations and Navigational Services for the Commissioners of Irish Lights as President of the Nautical Institute at its AGM in Sydney, Australia on 17th June 2014.

Congratulating Robert on his appointment, Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive of CIL commented on the importance of the Nautical Institute, who are dedicated to ensuring high standards of professionalism and competence across the shipping industry. "Safety and Service are watchwords for both the Nautical Institute and CIL and it is a great opportunity for Ireland and for CIL to have Robert McCabe at the helm of such a key international body which has the potential to influence this vital global industry during a period of great change and opportunity. I am delighted that Robert has been honoured with this two year term and CIL are committed to supporting him to the fullest extent possible throughout".

Reflecting on the global nature of the marine industry Captain Robert McCabe commented, "it was interesting in Australia to see the authorities there implementing many of the same strategies adopted by CIL such as Real and Virtual AIS AtoN, modern light sources, and e-Navigation. I know my time as NI President will benefit both CIL and NI. Safe and efficient marine transport is vital to Ireland's economy and to our coastal environment. High standards ashore and afloat are common issues for the NI and for CIL".

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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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