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Maritime union has warned of a potential industrial action over 'live on board' dispute with the Isle of Man Steam Packet. Above the new flagship Manxman berthed in Douglas Harbour.
Ferry operator, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company believed it had been on the brink of agreement with the trade union Nautilus International, over new conditions for its crew, including on board the flagship Manxman introduced in August. Manxman…
Volume of cars at Irish Ferries, owned by ICG, rose by 12.2% to 588,700 in the year to 18 November. Above the chartered Oscar Wilde serves the Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route, as part of the company’s UK land-bridge routes and Dublin-Cherbourg, directly linking Ireland to mainland Europe.
The operator Irish Ferries which is owned by parent company, Irish Continental Group (ICG) has issued a trading statement today which reported of a dip in revenues but increased volumes of passengers and freight levels. The Dublin based ferry, shipping…
Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste launches Solidarity: The Dockers of Dublin Port, alongside (left to right) Sarah Clancy, Chief Executive of the Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin Port Heritage Director Lar Joye, Dr Rhona Mahony, chair of the Little Museum of Dublin and Barry O’Connell, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company.
Dublin Port Company has proudly welcomed ‘Solidarity: The Dockers of Dublin Port’, a compelling exhibition curated by The Little Museum of Dublin, to its Substation for a three-month stay. The first-ever exhibition at the Substation, Dublin’s latest cultural hub, was…
Times past - the Snipe dinghy Valkyria sailing on Lough Erne. The boat has been stored indoors for years and is now offered 'at no cost' as a restoration project
Sailing enthusiasts around Lough Erne in County Fermanagh have a proud record of restoring old boats as well as building new craft in traditional designs. Some years ago, the late Fred Ternan set up a small organisation called Lough Erne…
The €25.6 million support for the RSW pelagic fleet segment recognises the impact of quota transfers to the UK from the EU
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue TD has announced that the Tier 1 and Tier 2 polyvalent vessels that had no authorisation to fish mackerel in December 2021, and who availed of aid under the Temporary Fleet Tie-up Scheme in that month,…
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Enterprise Ireland will host the third Enterprise Ireland Offshore Wind Forum in Croke Park next Tuesday (28 November), featuring an address from Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. This one-day knowledge and networking event will convene the…
The IFI team at the SEAI Energy Awards ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House recently
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has been awarded first prize in the ‘Leadership in Public Sector Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency’ category at the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland’s (SEAI) 20th Annual Energy Awards ceremony recently held at the Mansion House in…
Kinsale's Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt, who have been cutting a successful swathe through Irish offshore racing for more than two years now, are making a tilt at the Sydney Hobart Two-Handed title this Christmas
A diverse fleet, including multiple former winners and some key Irish offshore interests, will take on the 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on St. Stehpen's Day. One hundred and thirteen boats are entered for the 78th running…
Crane-ship, Lara 1 which had carried out work in Dublin Port, is seen recently alongside the Scottish harbour of Uig on the Isle of Skye, which is closed for redevelopment work until next month. Lara 1 is at the ferry pier, where fender brackets were installed to the inner dolphin, however alternative travel options for CalMac customers are in place on other routes.
A heavy-lift crane-ship which worked in Dublin Port last month at an oil jetty berth as previously reported, is currently carrying out ferry infrastructure upgrade works in Scotland at Uig Harbour on the Isle of Skye, writes Jehan Ashmore. On…
Newcastle RNLI Coxswain Gerry McConkey, mechanic Shane Rice and crew members Lochlainn Leneghan, Declan McClelland, Karl Brannigan and Declan Barry have all received a framed RNLI Chief Executive commendation for their efforts that saw them launch their all-weather lifeboat and go to sea for 10 hours in weather conditions that deteriorated to gale force nine winds and rough seas
Six crew members from Newcastle RNLI in County Down have been recognised for their courage, determination and teamwork in bringing the crew of a racing rowing boat to safety after it capsized off Ardglass Harbour in June last year. Coxswain…
Pictured Left to Right – Tom Bell (Lifeboat Press Officer) Laura (Manager Co-Op Ballyholme) Bryan Lawther (Bangor RNLI) Murdo Murrey (Co-Op Community Charities Representative)
Bangor RNLI station on Belfast Lough is one of three local charities in Bangor and Ballyholme to benefit from the generosity of the local community. On Monday, 20 November, volunteers from Bangor RNLI were delighted to be presented with a…
Houses on Gola Island off the Donegal coast. A report published today by Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, the Irish Islands Federation says there is a critical lack of housing on Irish islands
Continuing sustainable communities on Irish islands are at risk due to a critical lack of housing, according to a report published today by Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, the Irish Islands Federation. The report calls on the Government to establish an…
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The Rivers Trust supports the findings of new report that rings alarm bells about the critical state of water quality management in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The Surfers Against Sewage Water Quality Report for 2023 says that in Northern…
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This month, RYA Northern Ireland marks 50 years since its formation as the Ulster Branch of the Irish Yachting Association. And to celebrate all aspects of sailing and boating in the region, a series of commemorative events will be held…
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Waterways Ireland is planning to commence extensive refurbishment works to Ballyconnell service block on the Shannon-Erne Waterway on Monday 27 November, with works scheduled to last approximately four months. During this time the service block will be closed to the…
Representing Lough Derg RNLI at the Nenagh Municipal District Awards were (from left) lifeboat medical adviser Dr Peter Hooker, helm and press officer Eleanor Hooker, crew member Doireann Kennedy, deputy launching authority Peter Kennedy, fundraising committee chair Niamh McCutcheon and crew member Joe O’Donoghue
Volunteers representing Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station were honoured with a scroll and a cheque for €500 at the annual Nenagh Municipal District Awards on Monday evening (20 November) in recognition of their volunteer work on Lough Derg. The award,…
A view over County Mayo's Killala Bay, where Ireland’s first underwater artificial reef is proposed
Scoping the creation of Ireland’s first underwater artificial reef in Mayo’s Killala Bay has received a grant of 50,000 euro as one of a number of outdoor projects approved for funding by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.…
Tom Slingsby will miss the upcoming Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix to be with his wife Helena, who is expecting their first child
Recently crowned World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby will miss the upcoming Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix, it has been confirmed. The Australian driver, who leads the three-time reigning and defending team, will skip the event to be with…
File image of Rooskey Lifting Bridge on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and users of the Shannon Navigation that Tarmonbarry Bridge and Lock will be closed this Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November to facilitate inspection works. In addition, Rooskey Bridge and Lock will…
A shipyard on Merseyside is where workers at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, have voted to strike in a row over pay and conditions.
Workers at a Merseyside shipyard which built the UK polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, have voted to strike in a row over pay and conditions. Electricians, pipe-fitters and welders and others at Cammell Laird shipyard on Birkenhead, are…

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