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At the Port of Larne, is where former P&O Ferries workers held a protest with union colleagues in March 2022 following firing of 800 personnel in the UK and Ireland. Above at the port is European Causeway, one of two ropax’s that the company operate on the North Channel route linking Cairnryan, Scotland. Last year, their Dublin-Liverpool route closed, but other routes remain with UK-France/Netherlands.
In Larne Port, Co.Antrim, P&O Ferrymasters recorded a pre-tax profit of £11.1 million in results for the year in which its parent company, P&O Ferries, fired 800 workers across the UK and Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reveals. According to accounts for…
The Irish Sailing League’s inaugural event is due to kick off next weekend, the 20th and 21st of April, and it's shaping up to be one super kick-off event! The league now has an entry list of 10 teams signed…
Philip Bartlett has been appointed Bristow Ireland’s director of Irish search and rescue (SAR) helicopter and fixed-wing aviation
Philip Bartlett has been appointed Bristow Ireland’s director of Irish search and rescue (SAR) helicopter and fixed-wing aviation. “Bartlett will be responsible for leading the Bristow Ireland team responsible for delivering life-saving missions across the country,” the company says. Bristow…
Adrian and Diane Walsh and their son Kieran of BalllyCotton Seafood
An east Cork seafood company is to invest over a million euro in an upgrade with grant-aid from a Brexit-related capital support scheme. BalllyCotton Seafood is upgrading its production facilities and improving automation and efficiencies at its headquarters in Garryvoe.…
Irish explorer and adventurer Pat Falvey will be honoured in Monaco
Acclaimed Irish explorer and adventurer, Pat Falvey is to be honoured in Monaco next weekend when in the presence of HRH Prince Albert, he will be presented with the ATLANTIC Shackleton Global Award, supported by d’AMOCO Shipping, The award, commemorating…
Howth Yacht Club's Bon Rendell with Anthony Doyle and John Davis from the Oyster 565 Tír na nÓg in the Marquesas Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean
Two Irish Oyster yachts, Tír na nÓg and Rí-Rá, have arrived at the Marquesas Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean as part of the Oyster Round the World rally that began in January, after an adventurous journey.  Bob Rendell's Oyster 565 sailed across 3,300…
Luke Greene, representing Enterprise Ireland, collected both awards on Mills' behalf at the Asia Marine & Boating Awards in Shanghai
Irish yacht designer Mark Mills, based in County Wicklow, received two awards at the 2024 Asian Marine & Boating Awards in Shanghai this week. He was named Yacht Designer of the Year, and his design, Cape 31, was awarded the…
Launch of RNLI 200 concert: A Celebration of Volunteers, Their Families and the Community, on Thursday 23 May
The National Opera House in Wexford is set to host a once-in-a-lifetime event, RNLI 200: A Celebration of Volunteers, Their Families and the Community on Thursday 23 May. This special commemorative event marks the 200-year legacy of the RNLI and…
What’s not to like? The RORC’s new Griffin Project features the Jeanneau Sun Fast 30 OD. Very zippy - yet ultimately recyclable - she is light years away from the first club-owned Griffin, a 44ft gaff sloop of 1938 origins
With the RORC’s new Griffin Project for training young sailors recently launched in a blaze of publicity, there have been the usual demands that something similar should be delivered for Ireland. But Sailing on Saturday would suggest that, over the…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterways users on the Erne System that the Upper Lough Erne Predator Challenger boat pike angling competition will take place this Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April. The event will take place from…
At Cleggan pier the HSE ambulance awaits the arrival of the casualty aboard Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat on Thursday afternoon (11 April)
Clifden RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew in western Co Galway were tasked just before 2pm on Thursday (11 April) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide a medical evacuation for a casualty on Inishbofin. Clifden’s Shannon class all-weather…
Aerial view of the trenching support vessel Symphony in port
Following cable lay operations set to conclude this weekend, Greenlink Interconnector Ltd will perform cable burial and trenching activities along the planned interconnector route. These activities will be undertaken between Saturday 13 April and Thursday 20 June, subject to weather…
The Ireland Women's Four of Emily Hegarty, Natalie Long, Eimear Lambe, and Imogen Magner clinched first place in their heat at the 2024 World Cup I - Day 1 in Italy
The 2024 international rowing season has officially begun with the first World Cup in Italy, and the Irish crews have made their presence felt right from the start. The Women's Four of Emily Hegarty, Natalie Long, Eimear Lambe, and Imogen…
File image of the RV Celtic Explorer, one of the Marine Institute’s two active research vessels
Following the first and second legs in February and March, the third leg of this year’s Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS 2024) is being carried out from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 April. Surveys will be conducted to the…
Making its debut into Irish waters, Bore Song, a ro-ro freight ferry that arrived at Dublin Port this afternoon from Germany, is to begin its charter role for Stena Line’s route to Birkenhead (Liverpool) next week. Its introduction on the core Irish Sea route will boost freight capacity by 30% on the unaccompanied Ireland-UK freight route.
Bore Song, the 25,586 gross tonnage ro-ro freight ferry that Stena Line has chartered for Irish Sea service, completed its repositioning voyage from Lübeck, Germany, to Dublin Port this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. On arrival in Dublin Bay at 1330…
The course announced for the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race off Dun Laoghaire has been shortened to north Kish and back, passing the Dublin ISORA virtual mark on the relevant side
The absence of a gale warning and a forecasted flat sea state means tomorrow's second ISORA Coastal Race from Dun Laoghaire will go ahead in gusty southwesterly winds, albeit over a shortened course. A straw poll of skippers was in…
Pictured at the announcement of the launch of the 2024  BIM Innovation Studio are, Left to Right: Jessica Giannoumis, Aquatech Community Manager, Hatch Blue; Richard Donnelly, Director of Development and Innovation, BIM; Wayne Murphy, Co-Founder of Hatch Blue; Caroline Bocquel, CEO BIM and Colm Lynch, CEO of Aquamonitrix, winner of the 2023 BIM Aquatech Business of the Year
Aquatech businesses are urged to apply for a new mentoring programme which Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) describes as “groundbreaking”. The sector has just attracted a €15 million investment from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), according to BIM. Minister for…
BIM conducts an annual online survey inviting all active vessels to submit economic, employment, and operational details for their previous year’s activity
Fishermen in Ireland have responded in record numbers to the latest National Seafood Survey for fisheries, with more than 500 surveys completed by vessel owners, more than double the survey returns from last year and the highest response rate achieved…
Clementine van Steenberge (right) and her crew Jessica Riordan from the George picked up another Europa Cup win in March and sailed to victory at the cut-short Irish Sailing Youth National Championships in Cork Harbour in April
National Yacht Club sailing and performance programmes ran all winter alongside frostbite racing, keeping racing sailors training and progressing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The club had coaching series in almost all the main classes sailed off the NYC platform with…
Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC75 race boat had previously been transported under the cover of darkness from the team’s North Shore build facility to the Wynyard Point base where an intensive fit out programme has been undertaken.
Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC75 race boat has emerged from its building facility after an intensive 10-month programme. The America's Cup boat was wheeled out to prepare for its launch and commissioning phase in Auckland this month. The team's…

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