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The classic view looking aloft – the restored working ketch Ilen sailed again today, the first time in nearly 20 years
The Conor O’Brien-designed 56ft ketch Ilen sailed for the first time in twenty years today off Baltimore writes W M Nixon. Originally built in 1926 at the picturesque West Cork port, and recently restored at nearby Oldcourt by Liam Hegarty’s…
Kitesurfers Clash On Achill Island In ‘Battle For The Lake’ This Weekend
#Kitesurfing - Independent.ie has the lowdown on this weekend’s Battle for the Lake kitesurfing extravaganza on Achill Island. Keel Lough is the venue for the finale of the 2018 IKSA tour that will see many of the same competitors that…
Dublin Bay dinghies will have their final fling of 2018 tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 29 September
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has released further details about this weekend’s end-of-season race day at the Royal St George. Amendments to the sailing instructions will see the Blue Fleet (including Shipmans) start and finish at MacLir, displaying a blue pennant,…
Arthur returns to the Shannon on Friday 28 September for the first time since June
Richard Hayes’ Laser isn’t the only small boat to complete a circumnavigation of Ireland in recent days. This past Monday (24 September), the crew of Arthur — a 40-year-old inland motor cruiser based in Portumna on the River Shannon —…
Jack Lowe and camera alongside Castletownbere’s all-weather lifeboat Annette Hutton
#Lifeboats - After almost four years, Jack Lowe will this week reach the halfway point of his epic ambition to photograph all 238 stations in the RNLI network when he visits Dover Lifeboat Station. Since he began The Lifeboat Station…
The Rita Daphne Smyth officially entered service last Thursday 20 September
#Lifeboats - Baltimore RNLI has welcomed its new Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat on service in the West Cork village. The inshore lifeboat arrived at Baltimore lifeboat station on Thursday 13 September and replaces the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, Patricia Jennings,…
Fastnet Race Organisers Respond To Rumours That Finish Could Move To France
#FastnetRace - Organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race have moved to shoot down rumours that the offshore classic was planning a move from its “ancestral home” in Plymouth to France, as the Plymouth Herald reports. Earlier this month the Royal…
The MV Fugro Helmert is carrying out the cable route survey east-northeast of Loughshinny
#MarineNotice - Fugro is currently carrying out marine operations in the Irish Sea on behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks for the Havhingsten Subsea Cable System project. The works from Loughshinny in North Co Dublin on an east-northeasterly route were scheduled…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay in South Co Dublin
#DLHarbour - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillors have suggested a potential increase in Local Property Tax to help offset Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s multi-million-euro liabilities, now that the harbour has been officially transferred to local authority control. Cllr Barry Ward tweeted…
Freight lorries queue at Holyhead Port which handles 320,000 trucks annually. In the EU referendum in 2016, Anglesey, in north Wales, narrowly voted to leave the union.
#FerryNews - Lorries forming long queus across Anglesea, north Wales could stretch from Holyhead Port to Bangor if there's a "no deal" Brexit, says a councillor amid uncertainty over the impact on the port. As the Daily Post reports, London…
Jonny Moneley, Marina Manager at the 170-berth Carlingford Marina on the County Louth coast
As regular Afloat.ie readers will know, in August, Carlingford Marina introduced a “Universal Basic Berthage” rate for visiting boats, doing away with the tried and tested price per metre rate used by the majority of marinas around the world. They…
Joan Mulloy on her Figaro yacht
Joan Mulloy will be at Mayo Sailing Club Friday, the 5th October at 7 pm to give a presentation about her recent experience in the single-handed endurance Solitaire du Figaro race, her other sailing and her ambition to go all…
Victor Boyhan
The transfer of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will be raised by Independent Senator Victor Boyhan in the Seanad today at 11am. Boyhan who previously expressed doubts about the corporate governance of the Harbour Company…
Glen Sannox the first of two new ferries for Scottish west coast isles operator Calmac had been expected this year. Afloat adds the shipyard, Ferguson Marine above is where Glen Sannox was launched earlier this year in Port Glasgow by Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
#FerryNews - A ferry firm state-owned by the Scottish Government has insisted it will not pay any extra cash for two new car-ferries being built to serve Scotland’s island communities, despite the work running over time and over budget. As…
Foyle Port’s day-to-day operations straddle Derry and Donegal, above Afloat adds is the port's main terminal in Lisahally in Northern Ireland
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Times writes that Foyle Port, which has operations on both sides of the Border, plans to use its “unique” position to its advantage after Brexit, its chief executive said on Thursday. Brian McGrath said the port,…
Gregor McGuckin
The Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat will be within helicopter range of Ile de Amsterdam at first light tomorrow (Thursday) and will commence operations to pick up Gregor McGuckin, one of two Golden Globe Race skippers dismasted during a fierce storm…
Afloat took this photo in the summer at the UK Port of Hull, where Kimberly C, a Cowes, Isle of Wight registered cargoship operated by Carisbrooke Shipping is also based on the UK south coast island. Today, the ship at time of writing is docked in the port's King George V Dock (above pictured and as alluded taken in the summer). Next month on 21st October, the port will be open to public tours, though tickets apparently at this stage have been snapped up.
#Ports&Shiping - Cowes Week synominous for the World famous regatta held in the UK off the Isle of Wight town is also home to Carisbrooke Shipping which today has one of their cargoships docked in the Port of Hull which…
Public tours of the Irish Sea port of Barrow, Cumbria in England are to take place next week on Tuesday, 2 October.
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Sea port of Barrow-in-Furness, England is to host public tours of the port next week on Tuesday, 2 October. The tours running between 1pm-4pm will take around 2.5hrs and organised by Associated British Ports (ABP), the…
Join in a lunchtime lecture on the theme of 'Dublin Port & Dockers' held every Tuesday during October in Dublin City Hall. Above a painting of another historic landmark in the capital, the Customs House located on the north banks of the River Liffey.
#DublinPort - A lunchtime lecture programme based on the theme of 'Dublin Port & Dockers' will bring five fascinating talks held throughout next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The programme of talks guest-curator is Francis Devine who along with speakers will…
Ship Snapshot: Bulk-carrier Farania loaded with animal feed from Romania arriving with tugs, Mourne Shore (at stern) when approaching Warrenpoint Port.
#Ports&Shipping - A Panamanian flagged bulk-carrier loaded with 18,000 tonnes of animal feed arrived in Warrenpoint Port, Co. Down following a voyage from a Black Sea port in Romania, writes Jehan Ashmore. The bulker, Fanaria according to Warrenpoint Port was…

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