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Royal Cork Keelboats Launch North Sails April Digital Virtual Regatta
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has been sailing on Cork Harbour for the past 300 years and while boats and their crews are currently unable to take to the wonderful waters of Cork Harbour due to COVID-19 a little plan…
There are signs that by September the current restrictions may be relaxed so KYC continue to work towards delivering a truly outstanding Dragon Gold Cup 2020
Kinsale Yacht Club (KYC) and the International Dragon Association (IDA) have today confirmed that planning for the 2020 Dragon Gold Cup, to be raced off Kinsale from 5 to 11 September, is still progressing as normal at the current time.…
According to the Naval Service, for the past number of days LÉ Eithne has operated in support of HSE to prepare stocks of PPE for distribution throughout the Cork region. In addition Naval Service Reserve personnel have been instrumental in this effort. Above the flagship last week having departed Haulbowline in Cork Harbour is seen heading upriver on the Lee to Cork city where it remains on standby for other tasks when required.
Crew of the LÉ Eithne, which reported earlier today, have been tasked to deliver personal protective equipment to HSE locations across Cork city. The Naval Service vessel is docked in Cork city since March 20, awaiting a tasking from the HSE…
Belfast's City Hall was lit up in blue as a tribute the healthcare workers
The clapping for carers expression of support during the COVID-19 emergency was repeated at 8 pm last night across Northern Ireland and included applause for NHS workers, as well as the frontline staff who work in the docks – hauliers,…
The new online scene for the National 18 fleet in Cork Harbour
Wednesday, April 1st marked the day that the Cork Harbour National 18 fleet would begin their April League. This league is traditionally marked as the beginning of their racing season. As was predicted, the crewed-by-three 18 footers had their league cancelled.…
Still from the video tour of the pre-owned Xc 50, Explorer, in Hamble
While movement restrictions to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic continue, X-Yachts is among the companies like Dufour that are stepping up to the challenge of recreating the boat-buying experience in a virtual setting. The Danish builder has started with a video…
Dufour Launches ‘Virtual Marina’ To View Its Yachts From Comfort Of Home
French yacht builder Dufour has launched a ‘virtual marina’ where customers can visit the brand’s models at a safe distance, and in the comfort of their own homes. “In this springtime period when everyone should be able to sail and…
RYA Welcomes Business Grants & Rates Packages For Sailing Clubs In England
Sailing clubs and centres in England are already beginning to benefit from the £22 billion grant and business rates package recently announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the RYA says. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industry, such as…
Paschal Sheehy of RTE said: So, have you been panic buying during Covid19? At the Port of Cork, Harbour Master Paul O’Regan says cargo business is actually up, supply chains are moving, the country’s ports are open and everyone is working hard to maintain the supply of goods.
Operators of Dublin and Cork ports have said imports of food and other essential items have increased since the Covid-19 outbreak here over a month ago. According to RTE News, the ports said contingencies are in place to ensure ports…
File image of Dublin Port
It’s business as usual at the Irish Maritime Development Office — albeit remotely for now to protect employees, clients and stakeholders amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The IMDO says it is firmly committed to supporting the Department of Transport, Tourism…
Join Irish Whale & Dolphin Group On Facebook Live For ‘Flukey Friday’
A new home education initiative from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group goes live on social media this morning (Friday 3 April) with its latest edition. Join Sibéal Regan, Simon Berrow, and other marine mammal experts from 11am for Flukey Friday…
Dublin Pilot boat Tolka's underwater hull shape is clearly visible on the MGM Boats Travel Hoist at Dun Laoghaire. The vessel's ability to handle high speeds in bad weather is due to an innovative beak bow design which can steady the hull of the boat as it pitches into the sea.
Dublin Port Company's striking new Pilot Boat Tolka was in Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday for a maintenance lift on MGM Boatyard's purpose-built travel hoist. The new addition to Dublin Port’s fleet plays a vital role in meeting the operational needs…
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
Last week the Quay Marinas/Dean & Reddyhoff Bangor marina closed, a victim of the COVID-19 Government restrictions in Northern Ireland. As Afloat reported previously, the Five Anchor Marina on Belfast Lough announced that from this Spring it would become part…
Dublin's Docklands: Field tents erected by the Irish Army in efforts to assist the HSE Covid-19 Virus Testing Centre on the Liffey Quays, Dublin has so far involved three OPV (above L.E. Samuel Beckett) of the Naval Service take in turns to also run and provide help with ships used as quayside bases. NOTE: The Naval Service have announced that former personnel are encouraged to re-enlist and join the fight against #COVID19 - (see below for details).
When the P60 class L.E. Samuel Beckett took up critical supporting duties along with the army to assist the HSE establish a Covid-19 virus testing centre on the Liffey in Dublin last month, a further two navy patrol vessels have…
Fiona Hederman explains the coming alongside manoeuvre in the second of INSS’ video lecture series
This past Monday (30 March), the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School launched Sailing School from Home — a series of free short theory lecture videos on topics ranging from kids’ sailing to powerboating, yachting and shore-based programmes. “We hope…
The RMT union says it is a 'kick in the teeth' for members but Stena says coronavirus has changed situation. Afloat adds above is the new Stena Estrid berthed at the Port of Holyhead, north Wales from where the ropax ferry operates the core Irish Sea route to Dublin Port.
Operator Stena Line and the Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT) union have engaged in a war of words after the ferry giant withdrew its previous pay offer due to the coronavirus crisis. The ferry firm had offered staff a…
Waterways Ireland headquarters in Enniskillen
Yesterday, Wednesday 1 April, marked 20 years since the creation of Waterways Ireland, following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and 1999’s British-Irish Agreement Act. “During these days when the Covid-19 virus overshadows our thoughts, it is particularly important not…
As AFLOAT reported last week the Irish Exporters Association in conjunction with the Irish Dept of Transport held an online webiner to discuss the impact of Covid-19. Likewise in the UK, the British Ports Association (BPA) will be holding a webinar later this week for its port members to address the issues outlined in a short paper on the employment implications for UK ports (among them as above the Port of Dover) as the shipping industry addresses the global coronavirus pandemic.
The UK ports industry undertakes a vital role in Britain's economy, facilitating trade, fuel, energy, fishing, recreation and tourism. All tiers of the UK Government and the industry are committed to ports staying open to help sustain the country during…
New UK Lonely Rock Race Will Round Ireland's Fastnet Rock to Port
The first Royal Western Yacht Club Lonely Rock Race will set off from the vicinity of Ryde in the Eastern Solent on 16 August 2020. The course will leave the Isles of Scilly to Port, round the Fastnet Rock to…
The Zaandam cruise ship (with Irish passengers) is due to dock in Florida later today. AFLOAT adds the cruiseship is on the left along with fleetmate Rotterdam when recently offshore of Panama prior to both ships transiting the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans.
The US President reports RTE News, has said that US authorities will evacuate passengers from a stranded cruise ship which is due to dock in Florida after being barred from several South American countries because of a coronavirus outbreak aboard.…

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