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The Marine Institute’s research facility in Newport, Co Mayo
The Marine Institute’s research facility in Newport, Co Mayo will open its doors to primary school children this week and to the general public for an open day this Sunday 14 April from 11am to 4pm. Primary pupils from Newport, Kilmeena, Carrowaholly, Glenhest,…
The first ever container ship to receive 'cyber enabled ship descriptive'
Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced today – during Singapore Maritime Week – a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ST Engineering Electronics Ltd. (STEE), a leading Information Communications Technologies (ICT) provider and co-creater of Smart City Solutions, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd…
File photo of Wicklow’s relief all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater
Wicklow RNLI’s relief Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater has its first callout yesterday morning (Tuesday 9 April) to go to the aid of a whelk-fishing vessel with engine failure. The lifeboat, under the command of second coxswain Ciaran…
Welsh RV Prince Madog of Bangor University and Irish counterpart RV Celtic Voyager of the Marine Institute, Oranmore, Co. Galway, berthed at Menai Bridge Pier, Anglesey, north Wales (in Sept. 2017) during the official launch of the BlueFish Project, a collaboration between the two nations to examine the effect of climate change on fish and shellfish sustainability in the Irish Sea. AFLOAT adds the design of RV Prince Madog (2001) is based on the older Irish vessel (1997) though the Welsh RV is some 4m longer, however the similarities end in terms of a significantly different superstructure on the Menai Strait based vessel. In the 2018 Irish budget provision was made to replace the RV Celtic Voyager with a 50m newbuild.
#marinescience - The Welsh Government should do "everything they can" to save a research ship used by Bangor University and utilise it as a National Research Vessel for Wales, according to Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth. As the…
Annalise Murphy with Stephen Byrne and Fergus Conheady of Mercedes-Benz, and her new X-Class pickup which is soon to be a familiar sight at 49er FX sailing events
Annalise Murphy has received a major boost to her 49erFX campaign for Tokyo 2020 as Mercedes-Benz has extended its support to the Olympic silver medallist. The National Yacht Club hero recently resumed training without direct funding support from Sport Ireland,…
1720 racing for European honours returns to Kinsale this June
Sovereigns Cup entries for the 1720 European Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club are well on target for what should be a very competitive and entertaining event this June. Sailing as part of the O'Leary Life Sovereigns Cup from 26 - 29 June,…
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Prof O'Connell prepping for coaching in Norway last weekend
It was a fantastic feeling for me to retain my connection with the Melges 24 class, even though it's been some time since our World Championship win on "Embarr". Last weekend I travelled to Bergen in Norway to work with…
As AFLOAT reported last week the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft Manannan conducted berthing trials in Dublin Port which included approaching the above linkspan used by Stena Line. This berth is for their Holyhead service which requires the double-tier linkspan (upper tier seen on top of photo). The fastcraft ferry last month resumed seasonal service on the Liverpool link to Douglas and from the Manx capital last Sunday to Belfast. Manannan will return to Dublin next week to begin the Douglas seasonal service on 18 April in advance of the Easter Bank Holiday.
#ferries - Manx Radio reports of a political party that says the Island's public could buy shares in the Isle of Man Steam Packet to benefit from government's nationalisation of the company. The idea has been floated by LibVan as…
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George Sisk's Farr 42 'Wow' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club going fast downwind in an ISORA race on Dublin Bay
Four-time Olympic Helmsman, Sailing Coach and Agent/Consultant for UK Sailmakers Ireland, Mark Mansfield explains how the Helm and Trimmers on larger keelboats and cruisers should be in continual communication to go fast on the race course Following on from the…
The new Figaro 3 fleet at the start of the Sardinha Cup series. Rig problems for a significant part of the fleet have resulted in Leg 3 being postponed until the weekend
After the heavy going experienced for much of the first two stages of the Sardinha Cup for the brand new Figaro 3 boats, a significant part of the fleet had sustained such serious rig problems that the long-distance Leg 3…
Class one competitor Bad Company
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina is a hive of activity today as repairs are underway to damage sustained during the gruelling two races of the Matthews Helly Hansen series last Sunday as previously reported by Afloat here. As sails are being taken away…
The National Yacht Club's Clare Gorman will compete in the Laser Radial class at Royal Cork
More than 150 young sailors with hopes of 'Olympic glory' will get the chance to take the first steps towards fulfilling their dreams at the Irish Sailing Youth National Championships at the Royal Cork Yacht Club later this month from 25-28…
Liverpool Seafarers Centre CEO John Wilson with some crew members of cruiseship of MS Black Watch docked at the Liverpool cruise line terminal's seafarer centre.
#ports - An ecumenical maritime charity on Merseyside in the UK, Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) is celebrating a landmark 10th anniversary. The charity offers practical and emotional support to more than 50,000 seafarers passing through North West of England ports…
Highs & Lows For Ireland’s Ocean Health In Coastwatch Survey Results
New seagrass beds are among the heartening finds announced at the launch of results from the most recent Coastwatch Survey, as Coast Monkey reports. But the launch event in Dublin last Friday (5 April) also heard that hard erosion controls,…
RYANI Website ‘Knowledge Base’ Brings Together Key Resources For Cruising, Navigation & Environment
The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland has developed a hub on its website to bring together resources on cruising, navigation and the environment. The Knowledge Base comprises a vast range of easy-to-read information and links to guidance on many key…
Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin Port. The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise  ship to be based from the port in 2018
DublinTown, the not for profit organisation charged with creating a welcoming and economically viable city environment in Dublin, has urged Dublin Port to provide clarity in relation to its decision to severely restrict cruise ship tourism to Ireland. Dublin Port…
The addition of Chinese shipping giant COSCO now brings the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling at Liverpool Port where above containership Jork is seen on the Mersey.
#ports&shipping - On the Irish Sea the Port of Liverpool now has the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling on Merseyside following confirmation that Chinese giant COSCO Shipping is to ship via the port. COSCO (Chinese Ocean Shipping…
The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Plans have been approved for an iconic building on the banks of the Clyde at Greenock in the North Channel of the Irish Sea to welcome cruise ship passengers. The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new…
The new RS21 keelboat is prepared for launching on Belfast Lough on Sunday
Sunday saw the first time that the brand new RS21 keelboat hit the water in Ireland with opportunities this month to get sailing on this exciting design. The Northern Ireland RS agent - Bosun Bob's brought the asymmetric keelboat over…
St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick city will host the free concert on Friday 3 May and a special ecumenical prayer service on Sunday 5 May
The Church of Ireland in Limerick city will be celebrating the traditions and legacy of Ireland’s inland waterways through story and song with a special free concert at St Mary’s Cathedral from 8pm on Friday 3 May. Radharc na hAbhann…

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