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Jeff Martin at last October’s World Sailing Annual Conference in Sarasota, Florida
The Laser class and broader sailing community are mourning the loss of Jeff Martin, who died last week in an incident at a ski resort in the French Alps. Falmouth resident Martin had served as executive secretary of the International…
Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat
Rosslare Harbour RNLI rescued a windsurfer who fell off his board and got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon, ending up in the water for an hour and a half. The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by…
Container and ferry operations at the Port of Hull on the North Sea, where above the freight/cruiseferry Pride of Hull of P&O Ferries, operates on the direct continental route to Rotterdam, Europe's largest port.
#ports - A leading UK ports operator, Associated British Ports (ABP) recently announced an additional investment to boost facilities at its Port of Hull, bringing the group’s total investment to £250 million since the EU referendum in 2016. This programme…
Mark Slats
With less than 1,700 miles back to the Golden Globe Race finish in Les Sables d'Olonne, 2nd placed Dutchman Mark Slats has sliced a further 393 miles out of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's lead In terms of distance to finish…
The 1913-built Colin Archer gaff ketch Sandefjord on which Tim Magennis sailed round the world in 1965-67
Tim Magennis, the doyen of the traditional and classic boat movement on Ireland’s east coast, and one of the main movers in many significant historic sailing events in Ireland and the Irish Sea, was acclaimed with elevation to Honorary Life…
Sailors enjoy a 'Just Sailing' BBQ cruise to Lough Shinny
“Just Sailing is a series of Saturday mornings filled with learning about the sea, boats and charts, and getting to know a wonderful group of people over week after week of delicious home-cooked cake,” said Kate Clark. “My only regret…
W.B. Yeats on two separate occasions berthed within Alexandra Basin (above), where 'Brexit-Buster' sisters Delphine and Celine call routinely in between operating CLnD's direct services connecting Dublin and mainland Europe. Last year leadship, Celine was christened in a ceremony in the port with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attending the proceedings.
#ferries - It's almost a month ago when W.B. Yeats made a delivery voyage to Dublin Port, since then the Irish Ferries new cruiseferry has until recently included occupying a quayside where the 'Brexit-Busters' routinely berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Matthew Moran and Oisin Fynes of Newport Sea Angling Club in action during a fishing trip in 2018
#Angling - Sean Canney, Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries, has welcomed the success of Newport Sea Angling Club in Co Mayo in securing fishing equipment for junior anglers in the community. Along with many others around Ireland,…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed TD (centre) along with Dr. Peter Heffernan, Marine Institute CEO and representatives of 12 Irish companies in the marine sector that will receive investment funding totalling €2.4 million over 3 years.  The twelve grants of up to €200,000 each are being provided to companies and company-led consortia with universities to  support novel research and the development of new technologies in key growth areas such as marine engineering, renewable energy and the blue bio-economy
Twelve marine SMEs are to benefit from funding provided for the National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy (2017-2021). The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed TD has announced that the Marine Institute is to provide twelve marine businesses…
Shane McCarthy of Greystones is contesting the DMYC Frostbite Series
Due to the pessimistic forecast, a decision to abandon yesterday's racing was taken early at the DMYC Frostbite Series at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. It's the second week in a row lack of wind has halted the series after…
Hauliers have grave concerns over a hard Brexit, above truck trailers parked in Holyhead, north Wales.
#ferries - Deep concerns have been expressed by Irish hauliers that a no-deal or hard Brexit will lead to unworkable delays at UK ports. They are already delivering huge quantities of non-perishable goods which are being stockpiled in both Ireland…
Awardees in the industry-led scheme will share in a €2.4 million funding pot over the next three years
Marine Minister Michael Creed TD has announced that the Marine Institute is to provide 12 marine businesses (in collaboration with five universities) with investment funding totaling €2.4 million over three years. Read the full allocation of the grant recipients here…
UK Fishing Fleets Urged To Prepare For Catch Certificates In Event Of No-Deal Brexit
#Fishing - The UK’s fishing industry has been advised to prepare for the introduction of EU catch certificates in the event of a no-deal Brexit. As Prime Minister Teresa May’s key Commons vote on her proposed Withdrawal Agreement looms tomorrow…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Could Brexit present an opportunity for Dun Laoghaire’s harbour? In a letter to The Irish Times last Tuesday 8 January, local Fine Gael councillor John Kennedy spells out his reasons why the port could be positioned as an additional resource…
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For those who cannot make it to Dusseldorf MGM Boats have a brand new Sun Odyssey 490 in stock in Dun Laoghaire that is available for viewing
MGM Boats will be showcasing the new Sun Odyssey 410 at the 50th anniversary Dusseldorf Boat Show which runs from the 19th to 27th January. With the absence of the London Boat Show this year, the leading Irish brokerage firm has…
Eoghan Duffy and Cathal Langan competing for Ireland in Sydney at the Mirror World Championships
From the start to the finish of 2018, Eoghan Duffy of Lough Ree Yacht Club and Cathal Langan of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club were on a mission to put their stamp on the international Mirror…
Night-time scene of W.B. Yeats while alongside the North Wall Quay Extension (close to East-Link bridge) in Dublin Port.
#ferries - W.B. Yeats maiden sailing as previously reported on Afloat.ie has changed date according to the Irish Ferries freight website, though the rescheduled sailing remains based on a freight-only basis, writes Jehan Ashmore. Orginally, the first sailing was due…
The Dunleary returned to home port in the autumn of 2017, 80 years after moving across the Irish Sea for lifesaving service in Lancashire
The Dunleary Lifeboat Project is the subject of a new exhibition at the DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire from next week. Running from Tuesday 22 January to Monday 4 February, the exhibition is being held in partnership with Advanced Tourism…
First Phase Of Lower Bann Blueway Up And Running
#InlandWaters - The proposed Blueway route between Toome and Coleraine along the Lower Bann corridor as moved a step closer to fruition as work was recently completed on Phase One of the project at Glenone. In the joint venture between…
"Brexit-busting" super-ferries sail directly between Dublin and Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, bypassing uncertainty in Britain. AFLOAT adds above is the North Wall Quay Extension (close to the East-Link bridge) where for the most part Irish Ferries new €147m cruiseferry W.B. Yeats has docked within the port since arriving for the first time last month.
#ferries - On top of the roof of Dublin Port Company's headquarters, you can see lots of building work amidst all the docked ships at the River Liffey's mouth. And while that construction is not entirely Brexit-related, management at the…
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