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The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning during Storm Lorenzo. The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 9.51am today at the request of the Irish Coast Guard. A lady on Inis…
Glen Sannox, the first of a pair of much delayed duel-fuel ferries at the Fergusan Marine shipyard located on the Clyde, Scotland
In Scotland, the last civilian shipyard on the Clyde, The Herald reports, is to be nationalised by the country's Government within a month after a search for a commercial saviour failed. Workers at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow, which was…
Workers return to the Harland and Wolff shipyard after a buyer was found to save the Belfast shipyard. ABOVE: Campaign banner with the slogan 'Save Our Shipyard' was recently revised with insertion of the letter 'D' to reflect the current changed fortunes of the iconic shipyard located in the east of the port estate.
Employees according to Belfast Telegraph, have returned to work at Harland and Wolff after the sale of the closure-threatened shipyard. There were cheers as the remaining staff walked through the gates in Belfast at 9am. It followed a nine-week campaign which saw…
The £40m investment programme at Belfast Harbour's container terminal at Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3) includes 10 new cranes. AFLOAT adds VT3 is operated in partnership between the port and Dublin based ICG, which connects Northern Ireland’s businesses to global markets through European hub ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp in addition serves Le Havre.
In an announcement Belfast Harbour is to invest £40m to upgrade its container terminal, writes the News Letter.  Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3), where the upgrade will take place, connects Northern Ireland to global markets through European hub ports of Rotterdam…
GMIT-Led Research Team Launches World’s First Shellfish Traceability Tool
Studies carried out by a research team led by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have resulted in the development of the world's first scientific-based shellfish traceability tool. This unique tool used ‘trace elemental fingerprinting’ of shellfish soft tissues and shells…
Stand-up paddling to Dalkey Island with Big Style
An Irish watersport business that’s reached as far afield as East Africa has future plans for Dun Laoghaire, where one of its co-founders grew up. DublinLive profiles Big Style, which developed over the last six years out of kitesurfing lessons…
Following LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) visit to the USA in New York during the recent United Nations Climate Action Summit, AFLOAT adds the 'Beckett' /P60 class leadship OPV has departed New York (above: Statue of Liberty) and is underway to Boston where the offshore patrol vessel will be open to the public tomorrow, Friday and Saturday (10.00- 17.00hrs)
President of the Defence Forces representative body Pdforra has said conditions for members are so bad that 80 naval personnel are living on (ships), some of which were deemed to be unsuitable for accommodation when they were commissioned 35 years…
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The new Whaly 455
O’Sullivan’s Marine has just received a new consignment of Whaly boats - including the eagerly anticipated Whaly 455 – the first to arrive in Ireland! Like the Whaly 435 and 500, the Whaly 455 is available in the standard version (455)…
The Malahide yacht had broken its moorings in the high winds and needed to be re-floated on the next high tide
The spirit of Malahide Yacht Club (MYC) is very much alive and kicking after a big effort by a large team of volunteers help pull a club member's boat off the southern side of the Lower Estuary. The boat had…
The newly-restored Marguerite of 1896 vintage is the latest addition to Dun Laoghaire’s flotilla of classic yachts
Anyone sailing in Dun Laoghaire on one of those gentler days which have occasionally punctuated this Autumn’s meteorological extremities could have been forgiven if they thought they were seeing a ghost writes W M Nixon. White of hull – very…
Vintage Star racing
The third annual Vintage Star Gold Cup will officially open tonight on Gull Lake, Michigan, USA. With 26 entries, seven nations and five gold stars on the main sails, the regatta is hosted by the Gull Lake Yacht Club and…
Fireball sailing is a passion
Fireball sailors are passionate about their boats to the point of not being able to "let go" when due to work, family or life distractions they park their dinghy boots. This passion is both a blessing and a curse for…
New Book On Clare Island ‘Shines Spotlight On Its Richness Of Life’
One hundred years ago, Irish naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger led a survey of the natural history and cultural heritage of Clare Island in Co Mayo at a level of detail greater than any area of comparable size at that time.…
Coastguard & RNLI Issue Storm Lorenzo Warning
The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint warning to the public as Storm Lorenzo approaches to remind people to pay particular attention to their personal safety while outdoors and along the coastline during this time. While…
The cetacean spotted at Dublin Port this afternoon
Update Friday 4 October: RTÉ News is now reporting that the whale, now identified as a 25ft fin whale and believed to be a juvenile, was found dead in Dublin Port this morning. RTÉ News reports on a suspected whale sighting…
Stand by for Storm Lorenzo
Water Safety Ireland is warning the public to take necessary precautions in advance of Storm Lorenzo and to exercise caution throughout its transit over our country and waters on Thursday and Friday. If you own a small craft make sure that…
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X-Yachts Hosting ‘Open October’ In Hamble
Visit X-Yachts GB & IRL at Hamble Point Marina in Southampton any day during October to view the Danish builder’s new Xcruising, Xperformance and the latest Pure X lines, along with a selection of pre-owned X-Yachts. Test sailing is also…
Boats were wrecked yesterday during northerly gales in Bray Harbour in County Wicklow
The northerly gales that brought damage to east coast harbours yesterday including Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay, also caused damage in County Wicklow at Bray Harbour. According to local reports, up to eight boats were wrecked in the high seas…
Large and little……it’s not easy being the crew when your brother is twice your age and twice your size. 18-year-old (just) Chris Bateman and his 9-year-old brother Olin racing to the title at the All-Ireland Junior Championship in Schull at the weekend
Chris Bateman of Cork has been cutting a swathe through the dinghy sailing scene in Ireland at both junior and open level in a number of classes for some time now, and as he turned 18 on September 23rd, his…
The Ilen under full traditional sail in Greenland – the success of her 2019 voyage to the Arctic gave real meaning to the eleven-year restoration project. Photo: Gary MacMahon
The long story of the re-birth of the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien trading ketch Ilen of Limerick was acquiring an almost wraith-like aspect until in 2019 – the restoration job completed – she undertook the very tangible 5000 miles Salmons…

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