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A sample of dead fish found downstream of Ballina Waste Water Treatment Plant discharge pipe this summer
Inland Fisheries Ireland has noted with concern the latest findings from the Water Quality in Ireland Report for the period 2013-2018, published today by the EPA. The report shows a decline in river quality and a further loss of pristine…
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy OBE, right, joins Jonas Pederson, Managing Director at Tuco Marine, to announce a Joint Venture that will produce the world’s first zero emissions workboat
Artemis Technologies, the world’s leading high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company, will collaborate with Tuco Marine Group to integrate its new electric eFoiler propulsion system into an 11m carbon fibre vessel. This will serve as a demonstrator vessel as…
Protest At Leinster House Highlights Concerns Over Future Of Ireland’s Commercial Fishing
Campaigners assembled at the gates of Leinster House yesterday to call for an end to overfishing in Ireland’s waters. As RTÉ News reports, the Extinction Rebellion movement teamed up with the Irish Wildlife Trust for the demonstration, which featured two…
LÉ Samuel Beckett departs Naval Base in Cork Harbour on patrol duties
A naval officer says it is high time that the State defends its critical national infrastructure by protecting the transatlantic cables that pass through Irish waters. As the Irish Examiner reports, Lieutenant Shane Mulcahy, attached to the Naval Operations Command…
Ballycastle Beach in Co Antrim
A sudden and violent rip current may have been the cause of a tragedy at a Northern Ireland beach in which one woman drowned, an expert has said. Two women, part of a group of experienced cold water sea swimmers,…
Derryinver in Connemara – the Land of the Sea. Connemara is planned as the 2020 setting for a Galway Bay SC Cruise-in-Company, following their successful visit to South Brittany in July 2019
One of the great successes of the 2019 season was the Galway-Lorient Cruise-in-Company in July to celebrate the ancient seaborn links between the City of the Tribes and the historic port and Celtic centre of South Brittany on France's Biscay…
Oceans in Transformation commissioned by TBA21-Academy.  Multibeam sonar sounding of Reykjanes Ridge in the Atlantic Ocean
Combined impacts of sea-level rise, intensification of maritime transport, depletion of coastal ecosystems and deep-sea mining are the theme of a new exhibition planned for the Italian city of Venice which aims to change the conversation about the ocean environment…
The RNLI Lifeboat at Crosshaven in County Cork
As Christmas approaches, the RNLI is issuing its own call for help as new figures show that the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews are more than 600% busier over the festive period compared with 40 years ago. The charity is facing…
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The new Open 5.5 Zodiac RIB available from MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire
Top Irish boat dealer MGM Boats has added the Zodiac Inflatable and Rigid Inflatable Boat marque to the range of boats offered at its Dun Laoghaire Harbour showrooms. In announcing the new distributorship, Dublin Bay-based MGM Boats has launched a promotion on the…
The Carol Ship on the Strangford Lough Narrows
There’s been a ferry across the Strangford Lough Narrows between Portaferry and Strangford for four hundred years (reputed to be the oldest continuous ferry crossing in the world) but five years ago, in celebration of the Christmas season, there appeared…
RCYC Cruising Boat of the Year Trophy - (from left) Rear Admiral Cruising Mike Rider, Maeve McDonagh, Admiral Pat Farnan and Seamus Gilroy
The well attended Royal Cork Yacht Club Laying Up Supper last weekend featured some important club annual awards presentations by Admiral Pat Farnan witnessed this year by special guests from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes writes Bob Bateman. Neighbouring Cork…
New cranes totaling three built in China onboard a heavy-lift vessel alongside the Liverpool2 container terminal
Three ‘megamax’ quayside cranes from China destined for the Liverpool2 container terminal in UK have been delivered to the Irish Sea port. Thee cranes according to ITJ.com, are part the second phase of the terminal project to provide additional capacity…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and his wife Rosemary relaxing after a busy Saturday in charge of racing on Dublin Bay
This is my last blog as Irish Sailing President; where did that three years go? There have been both challenges and successes but what I have enjoyed most has been getting to visit sailing centres around the country and meeting…
Status Yellow Marine Warning In Place After Storm Atiyah’s Passage
A Status Yellow gale warning remains in place for all Irish coastal waters after Storm Atiyah brought high winds across the country yesterday (Sunday 8 December). Northwesterly gales were expected for a time on waters from Malin Head to Howth…
Ireland is in the fight for the last Euro 49er spot next Easter
Ireland face an uphill battle to qualify the 49er for the 2020 Olympics at the Genoa World Cup event next Easter. That’s if the form over the last 12 months is the yardstick by which to judge Ireland’s chances at…
Sally O’Leary presents the Archie O’Leary Memorial Trophy to Anthony O’Leary and Sophie Browne (all in spinnaker fleet) Included are Kieran O’Connell, Rear Admiral Keelboats, Capt. Pat Farnan, RCYC Admiral and Nicholas O’Leary
With Cork Harbour Winter racing falling victim to gales like Dublin Bay, Royal Cork Yacht Club presented the overall prizes for its O'Leary Insurance Winter League writes Bob Bateman. Competitors gathered in the bar of the RCYC for mulled wine…
Econowind's system tested on DFDS Lys-Line container and side-port loading vessel Lysbris Seaways. Afloat adds a sister, Lysvik Seaways is due to Belfast Harbour next week as part of its logistics network connecting Norway with the UK and mainland Europe. The pair transport containers, paper products and refuse-derived fuel among other things.
An interesting take on wind-power made by Econowind has now been installed on DFDS container/side-port loader vessel Lysbris Seaways following recent tests in the Netherlands. A metal sail in a box is a novel concept, but it could be a solution…
Kevin O'Farrell and Rob Collins
An Irish crew, the Salty Pair, will row the Atlantic ocean next year. Dubliners Rob Collins and Kev O’Farell will be part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, which is set to leave the Canary Islands in mid December heading…
Conor Fogerty's foiling Figaro 3 was campaigned offshore in 2018
World Sailing has sent a shout out to its member countries to take part in the 2020 Offshore World Championships, to be held in association with the Middle Sea Race in October 2020. The prospect of the new Olympic class…
According to BBC Newsline, people living along the shores of Belfast Lough (above) say they're opposed to the development of a major oil importation facility close to their homes. The plan would see large tankers docking near Whitehead to pump off fuel. Those opposed to the plans say they don't fit with everything the public is being told about climate change and the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Afloat adds also above a cargoship inbound to Belfast Harbour while a ferry heads out of port.
Along the shores of Belfast Lough, people living in the area have said they cannot understand the logic for the expansion of an oil facility that would see large tankers offloading fuel several times a month. The £20m project, reports…

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