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Holyhead carries 1,200 lorries and trailers a day across the Irish Sea. Above freight booths at the north Wales port.
"Mayhem" at Holyhead port is what hauliers have claimed there will be when the Brexit transition period ends. The north Wales ferryport is the second biggest "roll-on roll-off" port in the UK after Dover, carrying 1,200 lorries and trailers a…
Trading ship, sailing ship, school ship – the Ilen goes about her business in Kilrush, County Clare
The restored 1926-built 56ft Limerick trading ketch Ilen's project of education through action and involvement continues to be developed with the Ilen Marine School's Community and Cargo 2020-21 Programme. Transportation of cargo to coastal communities was the original purpose of…
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) became the new race leader
On a sequence of gybes stepping downwind underneath the Saint Helena high-pressure system in the South Atlantic, Charlie Dalin (Apivia) became the new leader of the Vendée Globe yesterday. He outmanoeuvred his close rival Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) and went on…
Currently, harvesters are paid €55 a tonne for Ascophyllum nodosum
Hand-harvesting seaweed on the Irish Atlantic coast experienced an unexpected boost due to Covid-19, according to Canadian-owned seaweed company Arramara Teo. Construction workers with coastal connections opted to supplement incomes on the shoreline, and there are now large quantities in…
Open water swimmer Paddy McNamara
Experienced open water swimmer Paddy McNamara has appealed to people to be mindful of sea safety after he rescued a young man from Galway Bay yesterday. McNamara pulled the man in his early twenties from the water after he got…
File image of Sligo Bay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Sligo Bay RNLI’s volunteers were called to the rescue of four swimmers in difficulty off Rosses Point yesterday afternoon, Sunday 22 November. The four women, who were all seasoned swimmers, were caught in a swell when trying to get back…
Viking Marine's Black Friday Sale
Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire Harbour are offering 15% discount off its 2020 Helly Hansen and Crew clothing range. Large selection of Jackets, Mid-layers, fleeces and tops are included in the Black Friday Sale. Shop now for nationwide delivery or…
Ferry Grounding: Local residents of a Finnish ferryport on the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea were surprised to see the stricken cruiseferry Viking Grance aground which was later towed to Mariehamn (above), AFLOAT adds the main port and capital on the island archipelago. The vessel is fitted with a 'rotor' sail, making the 2013 built cruiseferry the first-ever global LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship. AFLOAT also adds astern (on left) is a fleetmate, Mariella a sister of Olympia which became the one time Irish Continental Group's Pride of Bilbao which was chartered to P&O Ferries until they closed the Portsmouth-Bilbao route in 2010. The ferry changed owners and renamed Princess Anastasia for Italian/Russian operator Moby SPL.
Ferry passengers of more than 400 people spent the night on board after it ran aground off the Finnish Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea. The Viking Grace became stranded close to the port of Mariehamn on Saturday. The Coastguard…
Many of Many Talents – Richard Brydges Beechey’s stylish portrayal of the Royal St George YC Regatta of 1871
Richard Brydges-Beechey was one of those multi-talented people that the 19th Century produced in droves. Maybe they’d the time to be multi-talented because they didn’t have to spend time watching TV or using mobile phones or commuting or whatever, but…
Fifty-one Lives Saved in Near-Drowning Rescues Water Safety Ireland Honour Remarkable Rescuers
Fifty-one lives were saved from drowning by rescuers who will receive recognition at Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony, broadcast online on Tuesday 24th November at 7 pm. The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys will acknowledge…
North Sails Saving on One Design Sails
Calling all One Design Sailors, this is your last opportunity to make a nice saving on the World's Fastest One Design Sails in 2020. If you have been promising yourself an early Christmas present then now is the time! Check…
Wexford inshore fisherman, Michael Foley; each year is more and more challenging for the inshore fleet
If Fungie or any similar solo bottle-nosed dolphin had a notion to settle in an Irish harbour, they could be in stiff competition for feeding on sprat and juvenile herring. As The Irish Examiner reports today, there is mounting concern…
Tom Dolan - one of a number of Irish campaigns for Paris 2024 in the new mixed offshore keelboat
The new Offshore Doubles organisation that aims to represent the growing interests of two-handed offshore sailing, the newest Olympic sailing discipline for Paris 2024, has announced that at the end of its first month of operation has 1,600 members from 66 countries…
Thomas Ruyant has climbed the 28-metre rig of Linkedout
Vendee Globe leader Thomas Ruyant (LInkedOut) had a busy night. Since the start, two weeks ago, he was lacking a halyard which has been jammed at the top of the mast. So the skipper climbed the 28-metre rig so he…
Peter Burling helming Team Brunel on the approach to New Zealand during the 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race
New Zealand sailor Peter Burling has been announced as the 2020 winner of the prestigious Magnus Olsson Prize. Awarded annually by the Mange Olsson Foundation to an individual who has made an indelible contribution to the world of sailing, the…
The rowing challenge aims to voyage from Ireland to Iceland next Spring 2021
A Greystones County Wicklow-based challenge to row from Ireland to Iceland next Spring made a preliminary call into Dun Laoghaire Harbour last week. Led by James Murray, the expedition aims to "safely get from Ireland to Iceland under human power…
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers departs
Following years of planning, months of trepidation, days of stowing, and hours of farewells, over 300 crew set sail today from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - ARC 2020. It was…
New arrival - A Seal at the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire
This inquisitive Dublin Bay young seal made his way up the steps of Dun Laoghaire's East Pier much to the surprise of weekend harbour strollers.  Harbour and grey seals have a year-round presence at Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Bay in general. …
Hugo Boss - Slowed down to make repairs
British Vendée Globe skipper Alex Thomson has today been forced to slow his HUGO BOSS to a crawl as he attempts to make a technical repair to a longitudinal beam near the bow of his IMOCA. As Afloat reported earlier,…
The National Yacht Club's Mark Lyttle was crowned Laser Grand Master World Champion on home waters in 2018
Ireland's 2018 Laser Grand Master World Champion Mark Lyttle reveals the depth of his ambitions in the solo Laser class when he interviewed for a UK Laser Class podcast recently.  One of the most fascinating statistics in the hour-long chat…

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