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Dinghies on the water at Rutland Sailing Club during the 2024 RYA Eric Twiname Championships
Rutland Sailing Club in England’s East Midlands was a hub of energy over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4-6 May) as some 300 junior sailors — including nine from Northern Ireland — took to the water for the highly anticipated…
The Port of Cork Company in partnership with the RNLI hosted over 100 secondary and primary school students at the port in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday (15 May) for a “Student Safe” water safety
The Port of Cork Company in partnership with the RNLI hosted over 100 secondary and primary school students at the port in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday (15 May) for a “Student Safe” water safety event to promote heightened awareness of water…
Big Boost: ICG’s subsidiary, Irish Ferries, has signed a bareboat charter agreement with DP World of the Spirit of Britain, a former P&O Ferries serving ship on the Dover-Calais route, where it is to return to service for the Dublin based company in June. At 47,592 tonnes, Afloat highlights the ‘Spirit’ class ferry will be the largest ferry for Irish Ferries when it joins their fleet on the UK-France link.
Irish Continental Group (ICG) subsidiary Irish Ferries, has entered into a Bareboat Charter agreement including a purchase obligation with DP World France SAS for the Spirit of Britain, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Spirit of Britain until recently had operated for…
File image of two orcas breaching
A sailing yacht has been sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar in the latest of a spate of incidents involving orcas in the region. According to RTÉ News, the 15-metre yacht Alboran Cognac was rammed by the cetaceans on Sunday…
“Ireland’s offshore wind programme is progressing to plan, meeting each of its three-phased objectives and timelines,” the Dept for Environment and Climate says. Now a Government Consultation process is underway for proposed Maritime Areas and Offshore Wind Farms
A series of Public Open Days, accompanied by meetings and panel discussions are underway in the Government’s consultation process about the four proposed Maritime Areas off the South Coast, within which fixed offshore wind farms may be located in the…
Three of the 23-boat Water Wag fleet negotiate an ENE 5-6 knot breeze during their Handicap Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay Water Wag No. 50 Siskin, sailed by Mandy Chambers and Sue Westrup, was the winner of Wednesday night's (May 17th) AIB DBSC race. Held in warm sunshine in an ENE 5-6 knot breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Race Officer…
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The Department of Transport has been advised by Vermilion Exploration & Production Ireland Limited of a maintenance campaign that will include an offshore pipeline and subsea structure inspection at the Corrib Gas Field subsea infrastructure. This maintenance work was due…
The trenching support vessel Athena
The Department of Transport has been advised by Asso.Subsea that they are performing trenching trials on behalf of Nexans for CIDAC as part of the Celtic Interconnector Project. The trenching trials will be located at various points along the planned…
Wicklow's all-weather lifeboat
The volunteer crew of Wicklow RNLI responded to two consecutive distress calls last Thursday (May 9th). The first call came in just before 1pm, reporting that two kayakers had capsized in the River Vartry, which flows into Wicklow Harbour. The…
IFPEA chief executive Brendan Byrne (left) and IFPO chief executive Aodh O'Donnell. The IFPO says it has joined forces with the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation (KFO) and the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association (IFPEA) to highlight fishing issues in the European election campaign
Fishing and seafood organisations are hosting a “hustings” for budding MEPS in the current European Parliament election campaign. The “#fight4fishing campaign” has invited Midlands North-West European Parliament election candidates to a public meeting in Killybegs next Wednesday, May 22nd. Candidates…
National Yacht Club junior sailors (from left to right) Sam Ledoux, coach, Alex Butcher, Jacob Browne, Louis Tricket, Eabha Brennan Hobbs, Alanah Whelan and Cormac Whelan
After a frustrating May Bank Holiday weekend and the absence of wind that led to the cancellation of the Feva East Coast championships, the various host yacht clubs around the country were rewarded with great conditions last weekend. The Optimist…
An Islay serving ferry, the MV Finlaggan, as above when on a previous call to a dry dock at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, on Merseyside. The CalMac ferry was due to return to service today (15 May) but will now be delayed until Saturday and in advance of the Islay Festival, which is a gathering of whisky and fans of the west Scottish island from around the world.
One of the largest ferries in the CalMac fleet, Finlaggan, of 5,626 gross tons, which usually serves Islay in the Inner Hebrides, has been delayed in annual maintenance, reports The National. adds that the almost 90-metre ferry is currently…
The RORC De Guingand Bowl Race starts this Saturday
Saturday's (May 18th) RORC 160 nautical mile De Guingand Bowl Race will start off the Royal Yacht Squadron line. Almost uniquely in the RORC series, the De Guingand Bowl Race starts and finishes in The Solent. This allows the RORC…
With less than a month away, free tours of the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) take place during the Cork Harbour Festival. Book your tickets for a unique in-person event at the NMCI in Ringaskiddy to discover state-of-the art facilities and learn all about maritime careers and education.
An exciting in-person event is to be held at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), with tours of the campus in Ringaskiddy taking place on Friday, 7 June. The free tours are part of the 10-day Cork Harbour Festival. Explore…
Royal Cork's Irish champion Antix skippered b y Anthony O'Leary finished 12th and second Corinthian at Round Two of the Cape 31 Race Circuit on the Solent
Seventeen Cape 31s gathered at the Royal Thames Yacht Club for Round 2 of the 2024 31 Race Circuit, where Christian & Jacintha Hamilton-Love aboard Khumbu Red emerged victorious by a single point. The husband-wife team led the regatta and…
Susan Backlinie, who was 77, was a former national competitive swimmer before she began working on stunt scenes and also acted professionally
Susan Backlinie, the stuntwoman who played the first victim in the 1975 film “Jaws”, has died of a heart attack in California. Backlinie, who was 77, was a former national competitive swimmer before she began working on stunt scenes and…
The P70 class Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV) twins LÉ Aoibhinn (P71) as above and LÉ Gobnait (P72) which is to serve in the Irish Sea, on the east and south-east coasts. Of the pair, the crew of LÉ Aoibhinn are preparing the cutter into an initial stage of service this month and thereon into a full operational role. These stages see the vessel’s capabilities tested and armament installed and with their entry, they will mark a new era in Ireland’s commitment to EU fishery protection, the EEZ and in other roles tasked.
The newest additions to the Naval Service are a pair of former Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV) with the first of the cutters, expected to head out to sea this month based on an initial operating…
On the 8th of June, Ocean to City - An Rás Mór, as part of the Cork Harbour festival will see hundreds of rowers and paddlers compete in a challenging 28km race through Cork harbour
The much-anticipated Cork Harbour Festival is returning this June for 10 days of maritime fun, running from the 1st to the 10th. The festival showcases Cork's stunning natural assets, including Cork Harbour and the River Lee, and promises a diverse…
The last remaining span of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge is exploded by US Army demolition exports on Monday 13 May
The final remaining span of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge — collapsed by a cargo ship crash in late March — has been brought down in a controlled explosion. As Marine Industry News reports, US Army explosives experts oversaw the…
Whale Watch Ireland 2024
This year’s Whale Watch Ireland has been brought forward from its usual August date to coincide with National Biodiversity Week. The nationwide whale watch organised by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) takes place this Saturday 18 May between…

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