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Lindsay Nolan of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club was recoginsed by the Royal Yachting Association
Four inspiring Northern Ireland volunteers have been recognised nationally with awards from the Royal Yachting Association. Traditionally taking place at an awards ceremony in London, the RYA Volunteer Awards celebrate and say 'thank you' to volunteers who have made an…
Ryan Seaton (right) from Ballyholme Yacht Club competing with Seafra Guilfoyle in Austria
Northern Ireland sailor Ryan Seaton from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough, took to the water at Lake Attersee, Austria, earlier this month to battle it out at the Europeans with the other half of his 49er duo Seafra Guilfoyle…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
 A French-registered fishing vessel has been detained by the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) off the south-west coast. The detention approximately 45 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing…
Fungie as seen in Dingle in July 2019
Poor weather off the Kerry coast has put on hold the search for Fungie the dolphin who has been missing from his Dingle home for almost a week, according to the Guardian. Yesterday, Sunday 18 October, RTÉ News reported that…
IMDO To Marine Transport: ‘ACT Now & Prepare to Switch’ Before Brexit
‘ACT now and Prepare to Switch’ — that’s the message to the logistics and maritime transport sectors from the IMDO as the prospect of a disorderly Brexit looms. The two-part strategy for stakeholders begins with ACT, or Assess, Communicate, Trial.…
Bioeconomy Ireland Week Puts Spotlight on Seaweed & Other Renewable Resources
The spotlight is on seaweed and other renewable biological resources this week for Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2020 — which begins today, Monday 19 October. A series of online events from leading stakeholders within the Irish Bioeconomy Network will showcase resources…
The issue was raised during a meeting this morning of the EU-UK Joint Committee. Above Afloat adds it the Port of Larne, the busy Co. Antrim ferryport where the service to Cairnryan, Scotland is the shortest sea-route link to Britain.
The EU is seeking to have 15 customs and veterinary staff working alongside UK officials at ports and Belfast Airport to ensure the proper implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, RTÉ News understands. In return, the EU would drop an…
The Rolex Middle Sea Race mono-hull leader, I Love Poland, a Volvo 70, comes past Stromboli at a safe distance not to avoid volcanic eruptions, but to stay out of the notorious inshore calms
Racing offshore in the Mediterranean is usually quite a quirky experience, but although the 606-mile 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race has been in progress for just a few hours over two days, it is already excelling many of its predecessors…
Baltimore RNLI preparing to depart the lifeboat station
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation late last night (Sunday 18 October) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork.  The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 11.39 pm, following a request…
Shipping line CLdN says it has ‘contingencies’ for UK ‘landbridge’ delays in a hard Brexit. Above AFLOAT's photo taken in 2018 on the day of the naming ceremony of CLdN's ro-ro freight ferry MV Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro of its type which runs out of Dublin Port. On the occasion Afloat took a visit to the bridge from where the following information was sourced in terms of capacity.  In total there is 7,972 lane freight metres, cars (all decks) 3,795 and a capacity for 503 trucks. Parked on Ocean Pier is a 'staged' truck trailer.
CLdN Ro Ro S.A. which is the largest shipping line connecting Ireland and continental Europe says it can “dramatically” increase its services if there is a hard Brexit. The Luxembourg-based shipping line, The Irish Times reports, operates direct ferries seven…
This online conference and workshop aims to explore the key role played by Ireland’s ports, coastal communities and maritime sector in its membership of the EU
During the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, there was, rightly, a great deal of focus in public debate on the issues confronting Ireland’s border communities. On 20 November 2020, the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES)…
Lough Neagh rescue lifeboat
Yesterday (Sunday 18th) Lough Neagh Rescue came to the aid of a Bayliner speedboat with one person and a dog on board in the vicinity of Rams Island on the Lough. The vessel was experiencing engine difficulties. Rams Island is…
Laser dinghies at Strangford Sailing Club
RYA Northern Ireland is giving sailing and boating clubs across the country the opportunity to access support for club membership and development by providing 'Rediscover Sailing Days'. Following lockdown and a challenging few months, many clubs have seen increased interest…
Tacks-free zone……the R-P/Marteen 72 Aragon leads the Rolex Middle Sea Race start out of Valetta Harbour with Nin O'Leary on the helm in an exemplary tacking-free exit
Nice one, Nin. With a sailing rockstar recruited into your crew, it's reasonable to expect a 22-carat gold rockstar introduction to the on-stage performance. And Crosshaven super-helm Nin O'Leary certainly came up with the goods at the start of the…
Crane assembly for Somaliland at Cork Dockyard with both a Cork Harbour tug and the Navy's LE Niamh alongside 
There are busy scenes at the Port of Cork this week where Liebherr cranes are being assembled before shipment at Cork Dockyard later this month. Eight Liebherr 'Ready to Go' (RTGs) have been assembled and are being finalised for sea transport to DPWorld…
An illustration from the WindEurope Flagship report
Each new wind turbine built in Europe generates €10 million worth of economic activity, according to a European industry network. A new report by WindEurope also says investing in wind energy will help Europe’s economic recovery from the impacts of…
Loch Ness RNLI’s crew approach the flying boat with engine trouble
The RNLI recorded one of their more unusual launches yesterday evening (Saturday 17 October) after a World War II-era seaplane made a distress call from Loch Ness. It emerged that the aircraft, the PBY Catalina, had experienced engine issues while…
Simon Coveney: Defence Minister has announced extra money for personnel who sign up for four years' service and undertake two of those years on seagoing patrols. Above Afloat adds the Flag Officer Commanding of the NavaL Service (FOCNS) hosted a visit to Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour by the Minister.
Personnel within the Naval Service have been thrown a financial lifeline, reports Irish Examiner, in the form of a €10,000 loyalty payment, which it is hoped will stem the exodus of trained crew members. Defence Minister Simon Coveney has announced…
The current Coastguard contractor operates a fleet of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters from four bases: Shannon, Sligo, Dublin and Waterford
The Irish Coast Guard has asked the Government to include fixed-wing aircraft and use of drones in the new State contract for search and rescue. As The Sunday Times reports today, tender offers for the new air/sea service, which will…
The new post-Panamax size ship-to-shore cranes
The two new Liebherr post-Panamax size ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes make an impressive sight cutting the Cork Harbour skyline at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in the Republic of Ireland. Port of Cork took delivery of the gantry cranes at…

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