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The 2021 edition of the Youth Worlds will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands in July 2021.
World Sailing has cancelled the 2020 edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships that was scheduled to be held in Salvador, Brazil from 12 – 19 December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its 50-year history, the Youth Worlds…
2020 J-Cup Postponed Until September
In the light of recent UK Government announcements, it has become clear that the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will be postponed and not take place in July. The new date, confirmed by an amendment to the Notice of Race, will…
18 seismometers had been deployed in 2018 over a 1500 kilometre area from north to south and over 1,000 km of sea from east to west as part of a project run by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS)
Marine Scientists on the RV Celtic Explorer have collected a network of seismometers recording valuable data over the past 19 months in Irish, British and Icelandic waters. The 18 seismometers had been deployed in 2018 over a 1500 kilometre area…
New CSO figures show a 56.7% drop in arrival figures and a 58.1% fall in departure figures for March as Covid-19 restrictions were imposed. AFLOAT adds for breakdown of passengers using ferries see story below in addition link to CSO figures released today. Above close up of Dublin Port's main passenger terminal No. 1 (of 3 in total). A further terminal is available but is predominantly used for freight vehicles through operator Seatruck Ferries.
Ferry and airline passenger figures from the Central Statistics Office today show a huge fall in overseas travel to and from Ireland in March as Covid-19 restrictions started to be imposed. The CSO said there were 635,000 arrivals into Ireland…
The hugely popular Cruinnui na mBad gathering of traditional boats at Kinvara in Galway Bay celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year
The annual Cruinnui na mBad (the Gathering of the Boats) at the very hospitable port of Kinvara in the southeast corner of Galway Bay is one of the most popular events in the western sailing programme, and it was hoped…
Pride of Hull in this scene taken by Afloat when the giant cruiseferry berthed on the Humber estuary at the Port of Hull from where P&O operate on the North Sea to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  In addition to routes on the Irish Sea and the Dover-Calais link.
Operator P&O Ferries has been criticised for announcing 1,100 job cuts after taking advantage of the (UK) government's furlough scheme. The RMT and Dover's mayor said P&O had announced the cuts after receiving taxpayer support in a move that would…
Clarendon Lock at the entrance to Lough Key
Waterways Ireland has advised masters and owners of vessels that low water levels exist on Lough Key, on the river section between Clarendon Lock to Tarmonbarry and on the river section in the vicinity of Meelick and Victoria Lock. Water…
The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk warns global demand is to shrink this year. Above Afloat's photo of the operator's containers stacked in Dublin Port.
Danish shipping group AP Moller-Maersk has today warned of a sharp drop in global container volumes due to the coronavirus pandemic, sending its shares down sharply. The coronavirus epidemic has thrown the global container shipping trade off balance as global…
The great Dingle dolphin Fungie in flying form – his many friends worldwide are concerned that their waterborne rockstar is becoming gloomy in his enforced isolation
There’s concern in West Kerry and worldwide among his fans and friends that Fungie the Dingle Dolphin is becoming depressed. He is being made gloomy by the lack of company and an audience for his usual summer season starring role,…
IMOCA 60 sailing
Preparations for the start of the next Vendee Globe are going ahead in an uncertain context in terms of public health and the economy. The Vendee Council and the SAEM Vendee are doing their utmost in conjunction with all the…
The 29er crews were joined by Annalise Murphy on the virtual cycle
Olympic sailing silver medalist Annalise Murphy joined four Dun Laoghaire-based 29er sailors and their coach in their bid to ‘virtual cycle’ around Ireland in aid of the RNLI. As Afloat reported earlier, Max Goodbody, Nathan van Steenberge, Sam Ledoux and…
The Howth RNLI inshore boat
Howth RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat last night (Tuesday 12th May) to reports of a person stranded in a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with engine trouble while fishing off Howth. The RNLI pagers sounded at 7.25 pm after a call…
A Glimmer of Hope for a Return to Boating in Northern Ireland?
The RYA Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive in its Coronavirus recovery strategy published today, (12th May), which provides an outline of the approach that will be taken to any potential modifications going forward. RYANI…
The Coastworker is 19.5m long with two Caterpillar engines and has a maximum speed of 11 knots
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough may be closed but the Harbour is certainly not out of bounds to commercial traffic and the 120-ton displacement tug Coastworker arrived yesterday afternoon. She will tow the modular barge currently berthed alongside the commercial…
The plans for John & Adam Brennan’s new Redbay Stormforce 1450 as they were in March. But with a third eco-friendly centreline economy engine since added to the specification, the boat has now become the Redbay Stormforce 1650, 54ft long with an additional 0.5 metres of beam, and due for delivery in April 2021
Renowned hospitality specialist John Brennan of Dromquinna Manor and the Park Hotel in Kenmare in County Kerry is best known for his entertaining and informative “At Your Service” double act on television with his brother Francis. In it, the brothers…
Download the 'Return to Sailing' plan below
Harry Hermon, Irish Sailing Chief Executive, has published the "Return to Sailing” Scheme today (May 12 2020). The PDF document is downloadable below. The CEO says:  The Phase 1 Guidelines from the “Return to Sailing” Scheme are designed to support…
AFLOAT's photo of the deep-sea ('box-boat') containership Mette Maersk berthed in the UK at the Port of Felixstowe. The North Sea port is Britain’s biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe connecting the globe. The UK port Afloat also adds is served by additional short-sea container 'feeder' routes to include those linking Belfast, Dublin and Cork.
Shipping container demand will bounce back relatively quickly as lockdowns are eased worldwide, believes leading digitally driven freight forwarder iContainers, bringing potential new challenges as well as opportunities. “I’m cautiously optimistic that we will see a relatively quick recovery when…
Limited cruising on the Côte d’Azur is now back on the agenda
The first phase of Spain’s transition towards its ‘new normal’ amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic saw boat owners yesterday (Monday 11 May) allowed to set their vessels free from moorings, as International Boat Industry reports. ‘Non-commercial cruising’ in limited groups,…
New Zealand-born, Canada-based yacht designer Ron Holland
This week’s slot in the Royal Irish Yacht Club’s ‘Home Together’ series of online talks sees yacht designer Ron Holland headline a new mini-series featuring some of the best known names in international yacht design. Julian Everitt, Mark Mills and…
World Famous Cruise Brands: Jobs are to be axed in a bid to "ensure the future sustainability" of the business according to the Liverpool Echo..Above AFLOAT's close up photo of the former Cunard Building in Liverpool. The Grade II listed building of the English north-west port city's Pier Head includes the neighbouring buildings of the Royal Liver and the Port of Liverpool. Together the trio of buildings form Liverpool's Three Graces, which line the city's famous waterfront and an era of world maritime heritage.
Cruise jobs of around 450, reports LiverpoolEcho, are to be axed by Carnival UK which operates cruise lines Cunard and P&O Cruises amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it wants to treat everyone "with fairness and respect" but said…

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