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The dolphins were accompanied out of the shallow water by local boats including the RNLI lifeboat in the Crosshaven Harbour, four or five times, as the tide was going out
Four boats, including a Port of Cork RIB, a kayak and the local RNLI, were involved in Tuesday morning's dolphin rescue in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour that eventually saw two small dolphins escorted safely back to sea. The dolphins were…
The Islandmagee project is a proposed salt cavern gas storage facility located on Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
A gas storage project, located off the coast of Northern Ireland, has been awarded a Marine Construction Licence, giving it the green light to proceed towards construction. Islandmagee Energy’s gas storage project will initially unlock seven much-needed gas storage caverns.…
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Among today’s Budget 2022 announcements is the allocation of €108 million to maritime transport and safety as well as ongoing support to the Irish Coast Guard. In respect to the coastguard, funding will provide enhanced building and IT programmes as…
The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs
New research at Queen’s University highlights the impact that microplastics are having on hermit crabs, which play an important role in balancing the marine ecosystem. The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs, namely their ability…
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What is the ‘blue bioeconomy’? Who are the people working on it in Ireland and where do they get support? Marine scientist and influencer Finn van der Aar will host the first in a series of online events later this…
The Ceilidh Cup/Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) Match Racing event was hosted at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu
Blustery conditions made for challenging racing for the seven teams competing in the Ceilidh Cup / Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) Match Racing event, hosted at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu, Scotland, on Saturday 9th & Sunday…
The restored trading ketch Ilen floodlit off the modern section of the Limerick waterfront to launch Mental Health Week in her home city
The Ilen Marine School's 56ft-restored trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is already renowned for her good work when taking part in the Sailing Into Wellness programme. It's one of the ship's many interests that were vividly high-lighted at her…
Since going live with its crowdfunding, Borrow A Boat has secured an additional 165 investors and has raised 63% of its £750,000 target
Britain’s leading boat rental and yacht charter marketplace, Borrow A Boat, has today gone live with its £750,000 crowdfunding campaign, having already received £448,495 in investment from 138 investors. The campaign has now opened up to the 1.3million users of…
Britain's Maddy Anderson will compete in the Formula Kite World Championships that will take place in Torregrande, Sardinia, from October 13 to 17
The Formula Kite World Championships will take place in Torregrande, Sardinia, from October 13 to 17. The event is part of the Open Water Challenge, which celebrates board sports including kite, wing foil and SUP. A whole host of British…
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Portsmouth City Council's cabinet in the UK have approved a strategy for shore power provision at Portsmouth International Port, which will allow visiting ships to switch their engines off whilst alongside. The port has bold plans to tackle emissions and…
Neck-and-neck in IRC3 at Howth on Saturday – the J/24 Kilcullen (HYC-U25), the Laser 28 Alliance II (Vincent Gaffney) and the 2021 Irish Sigma 33 Champion Insider (S & D Mullaney)
In 1905, mutineer Ivan Beshoff made good his escape from the Imperial Russian Battleship Potemkin after he and his shipmates had taken over command in the Black Sea, and he set out walking west. Knowing of the long reach of…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is encouraging salmon and sea trout anglers to return their angling logbooks, setting out their fishing and catch record, and any unused gill tags from 2021 licences. Under the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme,…
A massive wave captured by the Saildrone Explorer’s onboard camera during Hurricane Sam
In what’s being touted as a world first, a drone sailboat was sent into a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic to capture live footage from inside the storm. Saildrone collected the footage with one of its 23-foot Explorer remote-operated…
HM Coastguard helicopter arrives at Ballintoy to assist in the rescue of paddle boarders from Sheep Island
Portrush RNLI has had a busy Sunday launching to separate reports of kayakers and paddle boarders in difficulty yesterday (10 October). In the first callout, the all-weather lifeboat crew were paged just after 10am to reports of kayakers in difficulty…
Meridian (Thomas Roche) is lying second in Kinsale Yacht Club's White Sails Series
Kinsale Yacht Club's October/November White Sails series has six boats entered in the IRC 1 fleet where the leader is Anthony O'Brien's White Tiger, with Meridian (Thomas Roche) second and Valfreya (M.Leonard/D.Riome) third. The IRC 2 leader is Patrick Beckett's,…
Report of Seafood Sector Task Force
The Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, today announced that he has received the final report of the Seafood Sector Task Force that he established in March 2021. The Taskforce examined the impacts on the fishing sector and coastal…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI features in Saving Lives at Sea
The volunteer lifeboat crew of Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI will be taking to the small screen on Tuesday, 19 October as they feature in the ninth episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea. Real life rescue footage gives…
Irish-French sea connections reach 44 with new Dunkirk terminal. AFLOAT highlights these routes is a combination of ro-ro (ferry) and lo-lo (container) shipping routes operating directly between Ireland and mainland Europe through France.
Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, is today inaugurating a new Irish terminal at the French ferry port of Dunkirk, with Ireland-France shipping routes rising from 12 before Brexit to 44 now. It has already handled nearly 50,000 freight units…
At the first turning mark, the Brits followed the same fate as the Spanish and capsized the boat following a serious nose-dive. The spectacular capsize inevitably ended the Brits quest for the top spot, leaving the Aussies to run away with the win. See vid below
Over 11,000 fans witnessed the Australians claim SailGP victory after a dramatic podium race with powerhouse rivals The US and Great Britain. The Spanish home team went from hero to zero when a capsize ahead of the final day of…
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Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Viking Marine Chandlery Team are taking a well-earned break together on Tuesday afternoon. Viking will close the shop at noon and actually get out on the water themselves with a tailored team day from a local yacht charter…

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