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Dunmore East’s all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth and Ronald
Dunmore East RNLI launched yesterday (Tuesday June 11) in what turned out to be a nine-hour mission to assist a 24m fishing trawler with six crew on board. The vessel had suffered a fouled propeller 40 miles south of the Co…
The Irish Naval Service base at Haulbowline in lower Cork Harbour
An organisation which represents enlisted personnel in the Defence Forces says it's "very sceptical" about the Department of Defence's claim that it will address the accommodation crisis at Naval Service headquarters "as a matter of urgency". PDFORRA's president Mark Keane,…
Le Grand Bleu as seen in July 2010
The Port of Cork has advised of traffic delays on Cork’s city quays with the pending arrival of what’s being described as the world’s largest private yacht in the city this morning (Wednesday 12 June). Le Grand Bleu arrived in…
Always the Bridesmaid……The J/122 Aurelia (Chris & Patannne Power Smith) is seldom out of the frame, and tomorrow’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race will offer a useful opportunity to take the No 1 slot
There was an American Army General who pithily summed up the secret of success in old-fashioned wars as being a matter of victory going to “whoever gets the mostest there the fastest” writes W M Nixon This takes on a…
A view of the yacht aground at Kilronan from the bow of the lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI responded to two call-outs last night and early this morning to carry out a medical evacuation and come to the aid of a lone sailor. The volunteer crew was first asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat at…
Valentia RNLI lifeboat
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat Saturday evening (8 May) to assist a fisherman with crush injuries to the chest on board a fishing trawler. At 7.28pm the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to…
Ronan Wallace was the winner of the first race in the DBSC Laser Standard division. Results below
Race 1 Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Grasshopper 2, 2. Papytoo, 3. Pamafe Combined Cruisers Tuesday Echo: 1. Powder Monkey, 2. D-Tox Sportsboat: 1. Jay-Z, 2. Sea Jade Ruffian: 1. Diane II, 2. Ruff Justice, 3. Ruff Diamond B211 One…
Niall Dowling's Per Elisa with pink spinnaker
The fifteenth edition of the revived Quarter Ton Cup got underway yesterday, and for the 19-strong fleet it was a tough opener. Light winds of around 8 knots whispered into the sails, creating a game of tactics for the sailors.…
Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny in Dun Laoghaire ahead of tomorrow's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Former Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year, Conor Fogerty arrived onto the dock in Dun Laoghaire from Les Sables de Olinges with “Raw”, a fresh out of the box, foiling Beneteau Figaro 3, Ireland’s first IRC foiling Figaro keelboat. Afloat…
Water Safety Ireland Launches Consultation On Regulatory Guidelines Following Tragic Drowning Incident
Water Safety Ireland is seeking the views of the public on a draft regulatory framework for aquatic leisure facilities in Ireland. Following the inquest on 29 March 2017 into the tragic fatal drowning of Ronan Kennedy at the Red Barn…
Evelyn Cusack, Doug Allan and Ken O'Sullivan, speakers in the Marine Institute’s Wild Atlantic Theatre at SeaFest 2019
Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration attracted thousands of visitors to the port and city of Cork this past weekend. Cork was transformed into a giant interactive ‘sea world’ for the three days of SeaFest 2019, and the port was…
Of the $250 billion in Chinese exports subject so far to US tariffs, more than 80% will be captured by firms in other countries, with the EU set to make the biggest gains, study estimates. AFLOAT's photo above depicts deep-sea containership Mette Maersk berthed at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest 'box'boat port which is almost opposite of Harwich from where was inward bound the cruiseship Marco Polo. Today, the veteran classic cruiseship is visiting Dublin Port while docked at Ocean Pier.
The trade war between the US and China is prompting major shifts in goods flows, impacting all modes of transport, according to a number of new studies into the impact of trade tariffs. As Lloyd’s Loading List reports Europe has multiple…
Minister for Marine Micheal Creed and Dr Stephen Hynes co-author of the report and Director of SEMRU (NUIG) discussing the latest figures from the 2019 Ireland's Ocean Economy Report which was launched yesterday above at Cork City Marina.
The Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway has released its latest update on the performance of Ireland’s Ocean Economy. Coinciding with the Our Ocean Wealth Summit and the Government’s Annual Review of its Integrated Marine Plan – Harnessing…
Loa Zour en route to Coruna tonight
The Kinsale Yacht Club crew that were rescued from their 40-foot yacht 'Loa Zour' off the Spanish coast last Thursday have rejoined the vessel and are heading for the port of A Coruña with an ETA this evening of 2300hrs. Afloat previously…
Map of Belfast Harbour estate where Stena Line is to temporary relocate terminals for its Belfast-Heysham service.
In preparation for the arrival of Stena Line’s new generation E-Flexer ships as Afloat previously reported onto the Belfast-Liverpool service in 2020/21, the company has announced the need to make a number of important infrastructure upgrade changes in Belfast Harbour.…
The former Drawing Office at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast. Afloat adds they are the oldest part of the former shipyard buildings that date from the Victorian era when Edward Harland and Gustav Wolff were the principal designers.
The Titanic Hotel in Belfast has been awarded the title of 'Northern Ireland's Leading Hotel 2019' at the World Travel Awards.  The hotel writes The Belfast Telegraph was given the award at a ceremony in Madeira, Portugal on Sunday evening.…
March, 2018. Who would believe this boat could ever sail again?
When photos circulated of the mangled remains of the 1907-built Howth 17 Rosemary in the wreckage of her storage shed on Howth’s East Pier after Storm Emma in March 2018, many unacquainted with the spirit of this 1897-founded class thought…
From left to right are KYC Commodore Dave O’Sullivan, Dave Ross, Patricia Bertoletti and Bobby Nash
If it’s the first Friday in June then it’s the Bertoletti Trophy Race which is held annually at Kinsale Yacht Club in memory of our esteemed former steward Mario Bertoletti who welcomed one and all to our Club for many…
Clifden RNLI's all-weather lifeboat on exercise
Clifden RNLI were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon (8 June) to a distress signal received from a personal locator beacon (PLB) registered to a 50-foot yacht that had been activated some 13 miles west of Slyne…
Wicklow all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater alongside the rope-fouled yacht
Wicklow RNLI brought three sailors to safety yesterday morning (Sunday 9 June) after their 10-metre yacht got fouled in ropes off Wicklow Head. The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 10am under the command of…

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