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Afloat tracked Scottish west isles operator CalMac's largest ferry Loch Seaforth into the Irish Sea to Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside having arrived last week to undergo annual dry-dock maintenance. Loch Seaforth (built by the same German shipyard of Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats), carried out sea trials from Scotland in 2014 when the 8,478 tonnes ferry went as far south off Wicklow Head. Above the port side of the 116m Scottish ferry.
Scottish Government-owned ferries will undergo a £29m maintenance contract which been given to Mersey-based Cammell Laird over Dales Marine, which operates in the Garvel Dry Dock in Greenock on the Clyde. The decision has sparked concern over the impact on…
Fungie as seen in Dingle in the summer of 2019
“It’s better this way, rather than Fungie wash up dead on the shores of Dingle Bay, [that he] just disappear.” That’s the message from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) chief executive as nearly two weeks have passed since…
Lagan Search & Rescue in Belfast Harbour
Belfast Harbour has pledged support to Lagan Search & Rescue to the tune of £100,000 (€110,000) over the next five years, as the News Letter reports. The arrangement includes continued provision of an operations base and lifeboat berths for the…
Explorers outreach officer Carmel Madigan at Spanish Point beach
Creating ‘ocean champions’ around Ireland is the latest mission for outreach team members from the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme. The team are delivering a range of marine projects and seashore safaris in primary schools through blended learning, online activities…
Racing the J109 Whiskey Jack in Hong Kong
Racing a J/109 in IRC has its compromises because you're sailing with asymmetrics, you're limited to certain angles and only so much boat speed is generated both up-wind and down. While living in Hong Kong, I raced the J/109 Whiskey…
Thanks to the use of a long-jib crane, the National Yacht Club boat-deck storage space is optimised for winter lay-up of members’ boats
After a delay due to a doubtful weather forecast for Saturday, the National Yacht Club's annual winter lift-out of cruisers was completed on Sunday in near perfect conditions. The day-long operation  sees a mobile crane with an extended jib visit…
English Channel Tanker 'Hijacking':  "This problem will increase." Former Royal Navy Officer, Chris Parry calls for a 'safe and secure maritime border' after a ship was hijacked off the Isle of Wight.
UK military forces stormed a tanker suspected to have been hijacked off the Isle of Wight which led to seven people detained. Sixteen members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) ended a 10-hour standoff which started when stowaways on board…
Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny competing in the EUROSAF Mixed Offshore keelboat European Championships in an L30. one of the proposed boat types for Paris 2024
Confirmation that the mixed double-handed Olympic keelboat will be on the slate for Paris 2024 will be decided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board (EB) when it sits to confirm the event programme and athlete quotas in December.  There…
Over 18 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care. Mercy Ships builds a response to this world problem for the future with the world’s newest, largest, purpose-built, non-governmental hospital ship, Global Mercy, weighing 37,000 tons and measuring 174m is to sail to Africa, partnering to improve healthcare systems and treat more patients than ever before. The newbuild will provide surgical care and medical training for the nations it serves.
The World's largest and newest charity hospital ship operated by Mercy Ships announced plans to sail to Africa in late 2021 under the name of Global Mercy. Mercy Ships, a faith-based global organisation powered by charitable donors and volunteers, has…
Haulbowline Naval Base is in line for an upgrade of its Spencer Jetty in Cork Harbour
Spencer Jetty in Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour is to be upgraded to provide for the berthage requirements for the Naval Service fleet. The Minister for Defence, Mr Simon Coveney T.D., has announced the funding consists of: Remedial and strengthening…
One of the Great Blasket’s best-known residents, Peig Sayers
As if there wasn’t enough Kerry sadness with Fungie’s disappearance, along comes Peig Sayers... As The Sunday Independent reports today, a newly published collection of stories by one of the Great Blasket’s best-known residents shows her “grámhar or more flirtatious…
Poole Harbour Boat Show was last held in 2019
Next year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show has already been cancelled, its organisers citing difficulties with planning around the coronavirus pandemic. Boating Business reports that the largest free-to-attend boat show in the UK, which was also called off this past summer,…
File image of fishing trawlers at Helvick Head
A recent Marine Notice from the Department of Transport lays out the implementation of the Work in Fishing Convention following its full transposition into Irish law. The Work in Fishing Convention, 2007(C188) was adopted at the 96th session of the…
Webinar This Wednesday on ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage as a Resource for Sustainable Development of Port Cities’
AIVP, the worldwide network of port cities, is organising a series of webinars titled Port City Talks to continue to debate, to build the port city of tomorrow and to keep in touch with its members. The next AIVP webinar…
RYA Hopeful For UK Olympic Rankers Next Weekend After Cancelling 2020 Youth Nationals
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is quiet this weekend after the Royal Yachting Association’s last-minute cancelation of the UK Youth Nationals. The RYA says it made the decision “to safeguard sailors and their families, volunteers, race officials and event…
Dublin Port Highlights Stamp Commemorating 1920 Dublin Dockers’ Munitions Strike
Dublin Port has highlighted An Post’s issuing of a €1 stamp to honour the Dublin Dockers’ Society and their strike during the War of Independence. The stamp, of a set of two designed by Ger Garland, reproduces a headline in…
Duncannon Fort on the Waterford Estuary
Ireland’s Heritage Minister recently got a first-hand look at the dedication of volunteers in Co Wexford involved in this year’s Coastwatch Ireland coastal survey, which concluded earlier this month. Today, Sunday 25 October, is the last day to submit data…
The sun sets on a safe, efficient and COVID-19 compliant Lift Out 2020 at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
The Royal St George Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour completed its winter lift-out of sailing cruisers on Saturday (October 24), some 4 months and 17 days since the boats were lifted in for the heavily delayed COVID season. The…
Demersal trawls will be carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer from 25 October to 10 December
This year’s Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS 2020) of the North, West and South Coasts of Ireland is set to commence today, Sunday 25 October. Carried out by the Marine Institute, the IGFS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of around…
Water Safety Ireland is advising the public that to stay SAFE is to “Stay Away From the Edge”
In asking the public to remain vigilant near water this Bank holiday weekend, Water Safety Ireland says the risks are even greater at inland waterways. Although 40,000 people live less than 100 metres from the coast and some 2 million…

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