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Ferry companies say sailings continue to operate, but "enhanced flexibility" is being offered to customers wishing to rebook due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Above the Irish Ferries (cruiseferry) W.B.Yeats AFLOAT adds on its maiden arrival into Dublin Port following delivery from Germany with tugs from the Irish port with a water display welcome which took place in December 2018.
Customers of ferry operators have complained that outstanding payments are being deducted for trips that, due to travel restrictions, they are unable to take. While ferries continue to sail between Ireland, the UK and France, both to maintain supply chains…
Pilot whale jumps for joy? Maybe so, but try to imagine this in the confines of Baltimore Harbour, when Albert in his prime would have weighed three tons
Whales, dolphins and porpoises hold a very special place in people’s hearts and minds. It may be a very long time since our shared mammalian ancestors went their respective ways, but when we get anywhere near “the cousins” in their…
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
A good news story tonight for berth holders in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough. In a Notice to Mariners issued this evening (Monday 18th May), Harbour Master Kevin Baird has stated that it is planned to open Bangor Marina tomorrow,…
With all retail displays removed, Viking Marine has created great space in the middle of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour shop
Viking Marine turned the key to open the door of its Dun Laoghaire Harbour store this morning having missed the buzz of daily retailing and the goings-on in the yacht clubs, marina and on the water. 'While sailors are not out on…
Aoife Hopkins and Annalise Murphy make the RTE evening news bulletin as they return to training in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Rathfarnham's Annalise Murphy from the National Yacht Club was back sailing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, the first time the Rio silver medalist was on the water in 55 days. Her return, in a bid for a place on the…
The team pushed hard to reach Portrush this evening with 360km to go
Four Dun Laoghaire-Based 29er sailors have raised more than €7,700 for the RNLI in their virtual cycling challenge. Last weekend, the quartet of Max Goodbody, Nathan van Steenberge, Sam Ledoux and Tim Norwood — along with their coach Thomas Chaix…
File image of Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat William Henry Liddington
Bundoran RNLI’s lifeboat was called to an incident at Rossnowlagh Beach yesterday morning (Sunday 17 May) after a man reportedly collapsed near the water. Shore crew were also dispatched by road to offer assistance to the ambulance crew on the…
Northern Ireland fishery and research vessel RV Corystes which recently left Cork Dockyard's graving-dock, the Republic's sole surviving facility for 'ships' following the closure of the larger dry-dock in Dublin Port in 2015. The stout and sturdy looking 53m vessel is seen in Belfast Lough and was built for previous owners in 1988 at a shipyard across the other side of the North Channel along the Firth of Clyde at Ferguson Ailsa shipyard in Troon, Scotland.
Below are some news items from the Irish Sea and surrounding areas that Jehan Ashmore reports on from the shipping scene. Small 'Sixties' Ship Returns to Dublin A small short-sea cargoship Saturn (627 gross tonnage) dating to the era of…
Ernest Shackleton - key characteristics for successful exploration-optimism, patience, idealism and courage
“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton..” The words of British geologist Raymond Priestley,…
Trinity Sailing Club's Round-Ireland Run in Aid of the RNLI & Jigsaw
Trinity Sailing Club will be organising a charity run next Saturday 23rd May in aid of RNLI and Jigsaw, in conjunction with the sailing clubs of Universities around Ireland writes Hannah Collins As all on-the-water activities are curtailed during lockdown, Trinity…
A yacht makes its way past Sandycove on Dublin Bay watched by a Stand Up Paddleboarder at the Forty Foot
After an absence of over a month, sails made a welcome return to the Dublin Bay horizon this morning after the Coastguard advisory was lifted and Dun Laoghaire marina reopened to boat owners. Almost as soon as Phase One of the…
 The ‘Sarah M’, which is set to sail (from the Port of Waterford) to Algeria by the end of this week. In this file photo AFLOAT has identified when the cattle-carrier was berthed in the Port of Cork at the city-quays.
Livestock-ship ‘Sarah M’, which remains anchored and empty in the Waterford Estuary off Dunmore East, now appears set to ship cattle to Algeria by the end of this week. A statement issued this morning by Emerald Isle Beef Producers (EIBF)…
Yacht racing on Dublin Bay: DBSC members have voted overwhelmingly for a return to racing when it is safe to do so
Although a few countries are still to ease their lockdowns, sailing is restarting around the world, including Ireland where a Coastguard advisory was lifted this morning and boating with social distancing made its debut as Irish clubs and marinas reopened…
John Leech of Water Safety Ireland
The Government has been warned of the risks of an increase in drownings in the next few weeks during an easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Water Safety Ireland chief executive John Leech has expressed concern about the risks if weather is…
Minister for Transport Shane Ross
Air navigation services run by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) have not been adequately resourced and were still suffering from staffing shortages for at least two years after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash, The Sunday Independent reports. A review for…
RNLI Dun Laoghaire All-Weather Lifeboat
Despite the Irish Coast Guard advisory asking members of the public not to go to sea for recreational purposes, Dun Laoghaire RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched on Saturday afternoon (May 16) following a request from the Coast Guard, to assist an 18ft…
John Blair is the Alliance Party’s MLA for South Antrim
A South Antrim MLA says fisheries staff in Northern Ireland have not been given enough time to prepare for the safe return of angling in the region, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Alliance’s John Blair was responding to the decision…
The ultimate goal – Howth YC’s eRacers are looking forward to the time when they can celebrate their successful ongoing Masts & Rigging Spring eSeries with the post-Lockdown prize-giving in the clubhouse
Howth Yacht Club has had 59 members sign up to take part in their Masts & Rigging-sponsored Virtual Regatta eRacing Spring Series. Thus with each eRace accommodating up to 20 “helms”, this past week saw three leagues being run side-by-side…
CH Marine Counter Sales Partially Reopening This Week
“Safety is our priority — let’s reopen safely” is the message from CH Marine, which has announced its stores will partially reopen for counter sales with the start of the first phase of relaxing coronavirus restrictions from tomorrow, Monday 18…
McIlwaine Wins RYA eSailing Northern Ireland championships
Luke McIlwaine from Newcastle Yacht Club in County Down was the winner of the Northern Ireland region eSailing Championships held yesterday. McIlwaine will now go on to represent the area at the finals on 30th May. Luke is a software…

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