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Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow
Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow wants to appoint a new marina manager. The marina opened in 2013 and has grown consistently to become a busy 230 berth marina with 24-hour access and fuel on site. Marine experience is desirable,…
The Transport Committee of the EU Parliament report that embraces the comprehensive role of Europe’s ports and the vital role that ports play for Europe’s society and economy. The report has been highly welcomed by ESPO which is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers.
The Transport Committee in the European Parliament has adopted the own-initiative report on building a comprehensive European Port Strategy. On foot of this the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has highly welcomed that the report embraces the comprehensive role of…
Check out Viking Marine's 2024 Christmas Guide below
Embark on a holiday shopping spree with Viking Marine's Christmas Gift Guide! Whether you're shopping for children, dinghy sailors, boat owners, or anyone else who loves the sea, Viking Marine has meticulously curated options that are sure to bring satisfaction.…
The Granite Coast: Engineering workers along the south Dublin coastline at Dalkey’s Coliemore Harbour, used a converted container lowered by crane to access the bedrock, where in recent years a slab of rock sheared off the cliff and dropped to the water below. Due to safety concerns, access was impeded temporarily, so to insert rock anchors into the granite cliff face, but now the south pier is accessible for locals and tourists to take in the scenic views.
Engineering works which took place over recent months in Dalkey, Co. Dublin involving the Coliemore Harbour Remedial Repair project have been completed this week, writes Jehan Ashmore. A section of bedrock along the cliff face as Afloat reported in 2020,…
The new contract period for the operation of Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough will run for 50.5 years from September 2024
It will be all change in the operation of Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough from September 2024. This has been outsourced to a private operator since 1 April 2008, with the latest agreement expiring on 30 September 2024. An opportunity…
Inisheer, one of the aran_islands off the coast of County Galway
The Aran islands have linked up with a new energy agency which has been established for west Galway. Gníomhaireacht Fuinnimh an Iarthar (GFI), as it is called, is one of three local energy agencies established to support homeowners, communities and…
Racing at the 2023 International Youth Match Racing Championship in Australia
Ireland's Tom Higgins, Jamie McMahon, Fiona Ferguson, Xavier McLachlan and Riley Evans from Dun Laoghaire's Royal St. George Yacht Club have finished fifth overall at the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship in Australia. In a thrilling final between Ben Tylecote from…
In the LoLo market, traffic declined by 6% to 277,600 TEU’s for all three Irish container ports: Dublin, Cork and Waterford (as above) this is the lowest third quarter performance of the post-Brexit era – according to IMDO’s latest figures which has a long term trajectory of Irish LoLo traffic of between 290,000 – 295,000 TEU’s per quarter.
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has released its Unitised Traffic Report for the third quarter of 2023. The volume of RoRo traffic at Republic of Ireland ports declined by 2% to 291,879 units in the third quarter of 2023…
Ballyholme Yacht Club on the east side of Bangor in North Down has been chosen to host the European ILCA 6 Youth Championships in 2024
The European ILCA 6 Youth Championships 2024 will be sailed at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough next season. “This is a very significant championship for Europe’s youth sailors and hosting the event is a feather in the cap for…
Louis Burton in the IMOCA Bureau Vallée competing in the Retour a La Base
The winner of the Retour a La Base is forecasted to cross the Lorient finish line on Saturday afternoon. It is looking increasingly likely to be a maiden solo IMOCA race triumph for longtime race leader Yoann Richomme on the…
The IMOCA fleet at the start of Leg 7 of The Ocean Race 2022-23 on 15 June 2023
The Ocean Race has taken the top prize in the sustainability category of the 2023 International Sports Awards, hosted by the International Sports Convention. The award recognises the efforts of the race’s Racing with Purpose initiative, which was created with…
Artist’s impression of the British Sailing Team’s proposed Performance and Innovation Centre
The British Sailing Team has unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art training base at its home in Dorset. The new Performance and Innovation Centre will bring together sailors, coaches and support staff in one location designed to promote collaboration and innovation.…
After a routine annual winter overhaul dry-docking at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, W.B. Yeats completed a Dublin-Cherbourg round trip today, with an arrival at the Irish port during strong south-easterly gale force winds, noting this afternoon’s return sailing to France has been cancelled, the company citing adverse weather conditions, however the next sailing is scheduled for Friday. During the dry-docking, ropax pair, Epsilon along with Norbay, operated the Ireland-France route. Epsilon has been replaced directly by its successor, the chartered Norbay of P&O Ferries, which takes over its sailing schedule on the French route and having already done so on the Dublin-Holyhead route.
W.B. Yeats which was delayed in dry-dock has finally re-entered Irish Ferries Dublin-Cherbourg route as the cruise-ferry completed the Ireland-France round trip today, however this afternoon's sailing to the continent is cancelled due to bad weather, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was…
Dr Atlan Lok, Dr Evrim Kurtay, Dr Aytaç Özgül, pictured with María Pérez Tadeo and Yaiza Pozo Galván, who are members of a research project, which is part of the EU “Strategic Infrastructure for Improved Animal Tracking in European Seas” (STRAITS) initiative, that will study the movement of sea animals at four strategic locations
Underwater noise levels and movement of marine mammals are being tracked in European waters by a scientific team led by Dr Joanne O’Brien and a team from the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway. The devices were deployed in Turkey and…
Fishermen will be consulted about the development of offshore wind energy areas
Co-operation, mutual understanding and respect amongst all involved in offshore wind energy development is the best way forward for this island nation. It is a welcome and important step in this process and the protection of traditional fishing grounds that…
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue says he has secured approval to allow BIM to make payments for projects approved under a “transformational change” scheme into early 2024
Ireland’s expenditure of EU Brexit compensatory funding for the seafood sector is to be extended into next year. The so-called Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) was paid by the EU to Ireland and other affected member states to mitigate the impact…
Kinsailor rocketed through the 2022 J/24 Euros To bronze Overall and Youth Gold and had more achievements in 2023
The success of the Under 25 team sailing the club J24 ’Kinsailor’ is one of the many successes highlighted in the annual Class reports at Kinsale Yacht Club which, like many clubs, had to deal with the occasional ravages the…
Aerial view of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, which is being proposed to host the National Watersports Campus
The proposed National Watersports Campus for Dun Laoghaire has received a major boost in the form of a €410,000-plus top-up grant under the Large-Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF). Sport Minister Catherine Martin and Minister of State Thomas Byrne made the announcement on…
ICRA Commodore David Cullen
After a weather-challenged year for events in 2023, ICRA Commodore David Cullen is looking forward to a busy calendar in 2024. Key events for ICRA members include the Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club over the weekend of 24-26 May,…
Courtown RNLI’s lifeboat station lit up for the festive season
Courtown RNLI volunteers invite everyone in the community to their ‘Jingle Mingle’ event this Saturday 9 December. The fundraising committee is hosting the Christmas afternoon from 2pm-5pm on the North Pier in Courtown, Co Wexford. It’s an opportunity to gather…

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