Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Latest Stories
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll.
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s lightweight pair of Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll took a brilliant gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton in Florida. They got a tough challenge from Italy and Brazil, but O’Donovan and O’Driscoll produced a stunning…
Sanita Puspure
Rowing
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure secured an A Final spot at the World Rowing Championships today. The Old Collegians sculler took a close-up second in her semi-final of the single sculls. Puspure produced an intelligent, gutsy performance. In a tight contest she…
Capt. Conor Moynihan, demonstrating the NMCI's 360 full mission bridge simulator's capabilities
Ports & Shipping
#NMCIopenDay - The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is set to open it’s doors next month to the public for the annual College Open Day on Thursday,  26th October. The nautical education training college located at Ringaskiddy, lower Cork…
German operated cruiseship Amadea is on call to Dublin today.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners- German cruise operator, Phoenix Reisen have their flagship docked in Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Passengers from the Amadea are taking in the capital and its various visitor attractionsas as part of an autumn cruise call. Only one…
Towering above is the recently resurrected and restored Crane 292 which stands proudly adjacent to the Dublin Port headquarters building - The Port Centre close to the Point Village.
Dublin Port
#crane292 - As Afloat previously reported Dublin Port Company has made a striking change downriver from the city centre as a new skyline emerges with the resurrection of one of its iconic 1960s cranes as pictured above.  The 115 feet tall…
On the stocks is that of another Arklow newbuild in the form of a V-class cargoship which is seen at a Dutch yard.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - The latest in a long line of newbuild cargsoship replacements for Arklow Shipping has been identified by Afloat and not surprisingly built in a Dutch shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. A steady succession of new tonnage in recent years…
Paddy Barry’s Galway hooker St Patrick returns to Dun Laoghaire in 1986 after her pioneering Transatlantic voyage from Ireland to Boston and New York
Historic Boats
A Paddy Barry book launch is like no other writes W M Nixon. In fact, as with just about everything to do with this extraordinary man of the sea and the hills, a Paddy Barry book launch is unique unto…
In her original form, Ilen’s midships section was entirely taken up by the cargo hold. But now the challenge is to fill this large space with friendly yet seaworthy accommodation to include seven bunks.
Historic Boats
With the hull of the 56ft 1926-built ketch Ilen fully restored in Oldcourt near Baltimore, attention has been turning to detailed items of equipment such as the steering system and the stern gear writes W M Nixon. And the “offering…
Stena Line are to increase capacity on the UK North Sea route Killingholme-Rotterdam Europoort in January 2018. Above: freight ferry Stena Transporter at the neighbouring Dutch port of Hoek-van-Holland from where the ship operates to Harwich. Afloat which sourced this photo, shows the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway) the canal linking the North Sea and Rotterdam from where the Irish flagged tug Ocean Bank is seen home-bound having towed the former Naval Service OPV LE Aisling. Prior to departing Cork the OPV had been renamed Avenhorn.
Ferry
#ferry- Stena Line which also operates a UK landbridge route network on the North Sea to mainland Europe, announced earlier this year an increase in its freight capacity on the Harwich-Rotterdam-Europoort route by replacing the current two RoRo vessels with…
The start of race two at the Flying Fifteen British Nationals
Flying Fifteen
After a lost day of racing due to high winds and driving rain yesterday, The Flying Fifteen National Championship got underway yesterday at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth with some ideal sailing conditions, light to moderate breezes with a dose…
Disney Cruise Line are coming to Cork with two visits of the ‘Disney Magic’  in 2018.The port also reveal that they have hit 100 cruise liner calls for next season showing a staggering 30% increase.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Earlier in the year Disney Cruise Line announced the Port of Cork on their list of first time visits in 2018. Following successful port visits and further dialogue, today Disney Cruise Line have doubled the Magic coming to…
Denise Walsh
Rowing
#Rowing: Denise Walsh took an excellent first place in her semi-final at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota Bradenton in Florida today, making it two wins out of two races for Ireland on the day.  The Skibbereen lightweight sculler took…
Paul O'Donovan
Rowing
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan took first in his semi-final and qualified for the A Final at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota Bradenton in Florida today. The Skibbereen man came through in a race with an exciting finish. Michael Schmid of…
The UK's Royal Navy's newest 'City' class / Type 26 frigate which has been described as a Global Combat Ship will be called HMS Belfast. The original HMS Belfast a battle cruiser that took part in the Normandy beaches in 1944 has since for many years served as a visitor attraction on the Thames, London.
Belfast Lough
#NewHMSbelfast - One of the newest warships for the Royal Navy is to be called HMS Belfast writes The Irish News.  Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon made the announcement as his visited Harland and Wolff shipyard in the city, where…
Naval and army personnel on board the helideck of flagship L.E Eithne. A recent report commissioned by the Defence Forces found it is now at a “critical point” with staff numbers well below the target of 9,500.
Navy
#navy - A new recruitment competition has been opened by the Defence Forces writes The Irish Times, but this is amid concerns over dwindling troop numbers in the military. Announcing the recruitment drive on Wednesday, Minister of State for Defence…
Transit Gateway's latest mapping of Dublin Port, part of the Port Perspectives programme, is open to the public to view  at the main ferryport terminal 1  (Irish Ferries) this Saturday, 30 September (from 3pm).
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As highlighted on Afloat was the penulimate semimar of Transit Gateway's Mapping of Dublin Port, a series which is part of the Port Perspectives programme of events. Among them is the opportunity for the public to visit the…
Seimic-survey ship Mainport Pine seen in Asian waters made her maiden Irish port of call to owners Mainport whose homeport is located in Cork
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - An unusually high concentration of Mainport Group vessels among them a seismic-survey ship made a maiden Irish port of call to her owners homeport of Cork Harbour this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored the arrival of…
Survey operations will be carried out by the Severn Guardian
Coastal Notes
#MarineNotice - RMS Submarine Ltd advises that they will be conducting nearshore survey operations associated with the proposed Celtic Interconnector on behalf of EirGrid, at three coastal locations in Co Cork — namely Ballinwilling Strand, Redbarn Beach and Claycastle Beach.…
Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO
Ports & Shipping
“Connecting Ships, Ports and People” is the theme of World Maritime Day which is today, September 28, as marked by the International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations maritime agency. Does anybody notice anything being done officially by the Government here,…
Velvet crab like this one will be protected in Irish waters by Minimum Conservation Reference Size (MCRS) regulations from 1 January next year
Fishing
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed signed into law conservation measures concerning Irish velvet crab stocks as he hosted the 12th meeting of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) today, Wednesday 27 September. The Inshore Fisheries Forum structures, which include…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
nyc sidebutton flag

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

chmarine sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating