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Site map of the proposed new lock and weir for the Lagan Canal at Stranmills in Belfast
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Work has begun on the restoration of the Lagan Canal from Belfast to Lough Neagh, according to the Belfast Telegraph. The £4 million scheme to reopen the 27-mile inland waterway, which dates from the 18th century, provides for…
Turn The Tide on Plastic have been going it alone in Stealth Mode since last night
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team were putting on a display of straight-line speed sailing today (Friday 10 November) as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet bore down on the Doldrums. The Chinese-flagged team had eked out a narrow five-mile…
The new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat at Carrybridge
RNLI Lifeboats
A new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat has gone on service at Carrybridge RNLI. The lifeboat which arrived at the Upper Lough Erne lifeboat station on Tuesday (7 November), replaces Duckhams 2001, which has been used to rescue people on Lough…
The new sight on the beach - a quad bike and trailer - showing East Cork community dedication to the preservation of a clean maritime environment
Coastal Notes
Ballynamona Strand on the East Cork coastline is internationally renowned for a long list of bird life including Shrikes, Larks, Citrine Wagtails, Sandpipers, Pipits, American Coot and Red-necked Stint. There is a new sight to be seen there, writes Tom…
 William Byrne (Chief Stokers Relative) and Holyhead Mayor Cllr Ann Kennedy at the launch of ‘The Last Voyage of the Leinster’
Dublin Bay
Relatives of victims and survivors of the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead mail boat Leinster were joined on Thursday night by the Mayor of Holyhead Cllr Ann Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tom Murphy, and representatives of the Australian and Canadian…
Tom Dolan and IRL 910 have been enjoying sailing like this - though often with more wind and sunshine – since coming through the Cape Verde Islands Gate at the weekend in the Mini-Transat 2017. Currently he lies third in the Production Class, with the halfway point of the open ocean stage to Martinique being passed within the next day or two.
Solo Sailing
Tom Dolan has been having a good week in the Mini-Transat as he consolidates his position among the leading five writes W M Nixon. This morning, he’s in third place, having gained from his closest challenger Pierre Chedeville making what…
Recreational Craft fatalities between 2006-2015
Rescue
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, says a significant number of Irish Coast Guard call-outs in recent years have been to assist recreational craft. The Minister's comments were made as a new Code of Practice was launched for…
The new Code of Practice was developed following a review of a 2008 edition within the Irish Maritime Administration and two consultations with key stakeholders.
News Update
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, has today launched a new Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. The Code of Practice is a valuable source of information, advice and best practice operational guidance…
Richard Goodbody's White Mischief (pink spinnaker) leads J109 sistership Joker II (Richard Maybury) at the gybe mark of last week's opening Turkey Shoot Race on Dublin Bay
Turkey Shoot
After taking the three top prizes in last year's Rathfarnham Ford Turkey Shoot Series, only the presence of Paul O'Higgins's JPK 10.80 in second, breaks up four J109s in the top five of this year's DBSC 46–boat fleet after the first…
EU fisheries
Fishing
MEP for Ireland South and Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly, has said that the Parliament's Fisheries Committee has confirmed it will visit Cork in 2018 on a fact-finding mission, most likely in the second half…
€179.95 for the Henri Lloyd Elite Therm Mid Layer Jacket and Salopette
Marine Clothing
Today’s technical sailing apparel have been designed to offer the essential warmth you require when winter boating, we all know its hard to be agile around the boat when you are wrapped in bulky clothing, but modern day technical clothing…
Overall ISORA Champion Mojito
ISORA
ISORA has reviewed a buoyant 2017 offshore sailing season in a just published online yearbook. The Irish Sea yacht racing body has compiled its race reports into one handy publication – with plenty of Afloat.ie photos – that sets out the record season of activity on…
Another ASL 'R' class, Arklow Resolve that made a rare non-cargo call (see: 21 July posting) to Dublin's 'Docklands' financial quarter where high-rise office buildings dominate. Such redevelopment including apartments has been echoed in Swansea's old port where the National Waterfront Museum is at Tawe Basin.
Ports & Shipping
#SistersDryDock - A pair of sisters, one Irish flagged the other recently transferred to the UK departed before noon today and within half an hour of eachother having vacated the docks system in Swansea, south Wales, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
The SR2000 tidal turbine during assembly at the H&W shipyard in Belfast last year
Power From the Sea
#SeaPower - A Scottish tidal energy company is launching a new round of funding to commericalise its developments in Orkney, as HydroWorld reports. Scotrenewables has appointed Aberdeen-based financial advisors Simmons & Company International to lead the investment process after successful…
Night on board new Leg 2 leaders Dongfeng Race Team
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team are retaining the lead they grabbed overnight from Vestas 11th Hour Racing. But with four Volvo Ocean Race boats within 11 nautical miles, it’s a tenuous lead at best. Dongfeng skipper Charles Caudrelier pushed his crew…
Barton's robust wooden block range is designed in ash wood, and has plain or ball bearing sheaves, with a removable fastening bolt for servicing or re-varnishing.
Marine Trade
Leading global supplier of marine deck hardware, Barton Marine, unveils its brand new Barton Block Range, which will showcase at the Euopean Marine Trade Show, METSTRADE, for the first time, in November. Crafted by sailors for sailors, the new Barton…
Donaghadee all-weather lifeboat Saxon towing rescued fishing vessel
RNLI Lifeboats
Donaghadee RNLI has brought two fishermen to safety this morning after their 10m boat got into difficulty off the County Down coast.The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted at 8.05am this morning (9 November), with Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon being…
Mail boat passenger steamer RMS Leinster departing Carlisle Pier, Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) was almost a 100 years in WWI struck by a torpedo from UB-123 with the dramatic loss of more than 500 lives. This tragedy was one of the greatest  losses of life in the Irish Sea during the 'Great War'.
Book Review
#BookLaunch - An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Councillor Tom Murphy, will officially launch this evening, 9 November, the centenary book of the Irish Sea 'mail-boat' steamer RMS Leinster. The launch of the book “The Last Voyage of the…
Pictured at the European Satellite Navigation Awards in Estonia are (l-r) Matthew Kelly, CTO, DroneSAR; Leo Murray, R&D, DroneSAR; Kathryn lenvain, Head of competitions and events, AZO;  Andreas Veispak, Head of Space data/Copernicus at European Commission; Oisin McGrath, CEO, DroneSAR; Bruce Hannah, CTO, National Space Centre Ltd
Rescue
Donegal based startup, DroneSAR Ltd has won the European Commission prize announced last night (7 November 2017) in Tallinn, Estonia at the awards ceremony for the 14th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) winners. DroneSAR Ltd were awarded this prize for…
Peter Burling gets lost in the spray at the helm of Team Brunel hours before he was named 2017 World Sailor of the Year
Volvo Ocean Race
#WorldSailor - America’s Cup winner Peter Burling has been named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year — only the second Kiwi sailor to take the prize more than once. The New Zealander, who previously shared the honour with compatriot…

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