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An Irish-European Short-Sea Trader, the C-class cargoship Arklow Castle (built 2017/5,054dwat) departed Dublin Port this morning and passed its shipowners (Arklow Shipping) homeport located in Co. Wicklow. Asides operating in domestic waters, the short-sea trader is seen sailing in the North Sea having departed the UK east coast and bound for the near European continent. The vessel had set sail from either ports of Ipswich or Mistley, from where ships pass between the other ports of Felixstowe and Harwich before entering the open sea.
Departing Dublin Port this morning was Arklow Castle, one of 10 C-class cargoship newbuilds which continue to be built for the Co. Wicklow shipowner as the latest launch in the series took place just a fortnight ago, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Skerries RNLI volunteers with their long-service awards
Over the course of 2021, volunteers with Skerries RNLI were presented with long-service awards totalling 190 years of volunteering with the charity that saves lives at sea. Due to restrictions on gatherings, the north Co Dublin lifeboat station was unable…
A common dolphin reported live stranded in Mulranny, Co Mayo by Catherine Hanley
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has appealed for the public to keep a look-out after a spate of marine wildlife strandings reported in recent days. Half of the six reports were live strandings, the group says, but only…
File image of sprat at a market in Odessa, Ukraine
2020 was a record year for sprat landings — but this has come at the expense of many other marine wildlife species who depend on the small fish as a food source. Noteworthy’s investigation of the issue shows that in…
Ichi Ban making knots in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race as she approaches the final stage in to the Hobart finish
Matt Allen’s Botin/TP 52 Ichi Ban, with Gordon Maguire of Howth as Sailing Master and a crew including Sean O’Rourke and Dublin-born Noel Drennan, has received the benefit of a remarkable reversal of fortune in the current Rolex Sydney Hobart…
North Sails is a unique sailmaker, built on a champion spirit. We make history by looking ahead and that's what sets us apart from other sailmakers. We’re proud to introduce Loft 57, a conversational podcast (below) that opens the doors…
The sailing weather of 2021 was decidedly mixed, and recollections will depend on the focus of each significant event. The Puppeteer 22s recall only idyllic Mediterranean weather for their Annual Championship at Howth, won by the McMahon family’s Shiggy-Shiggy for the second year running
(First published 27/11/21): The 2021 programme for Irish sailors is still in action with winter series underway at several centres, while next Wednesday a junior squad departs for Oman and the Youth Sailing Worlds which get fully underway on December…
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The Irish Coast Guard has reported an 12% increase in the overall number of incidents coordinated during 2021. And among these, the search and rescue agency saved 474 lives over the course of the year — though tragically 68 lives…
The pair trawler FV Aztec sank 500m south of Duncannon Fort in Co Wexford
A fishing vessel which sank off the Wexford coast last January should have issued a “Pan Pan” alert, a report by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has noted. Four crew on board the FV Aztec were transferred successfully to…
A key point of the Class 30 One Design™ project is for 
a boat that is great to sail: seated comfortably at the helm or out on the rail, on a hull which is not too wet, with a large cockpit for carrying out manoeuvres in crewed format
With the preliminary design study phase drawing to a close, the ground is now being prepared for the construction of the first Class 30 a joint yacht design project between the RORC in London and UNCL in France, with the…
The annual report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) for last year came a bit late this year to make as much impact as it could. It arrived in my email at the start of the month, a time…
Isle of Man Steam Packet had a momentous milestone on Christmas Eve as the keel was laid for Manxman, marking the beginning of the newbuild's formal construction at an Asian shipyard. The keel-laying ceremony, a centuries-old tradition which is said to bring luck to the captain and crew during the life of the ship, took place at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s newbuild flagship ferry, Manxman was given an official ceremony held in South Korea, Asia to mark the beginning of the formal construction. The keel-laying ceremony, which traditionally invites good luck in the construction…
Fleet left to Rust: CalMac operates the largest ferry fleet in the UK, which Afloat adds is owned by the Scottish Government. Among the ageing fleetmates, is the Isle of Arran (above) dating to 1984 and which serves on the Firth of Clyde to Arran, the most southerly 'year-round' route of an extensive ferry network throughout the Inner and Outer Hebrides.
Ferry operator CalMac which is owned by the Scottish Government, has been accused of leaving the fleet to rust, as new figures show the cost of repairs rising by almost a quarter. Since the start of the current CalMac franchise…
The Isle of Man Steam Packet had to bring in extra freight sailing after silt issues forced the ferry Ben-my-Chree to leave Heysham early. The freight ferry Arrow left the Lancashire port at 4am with the freight, including today's newspapers. Above both of the vessels seen at Douglas Harbour.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company had to add an extra freight sailing after silt caused issues for the ferry Ben-my-Chree at Heysham. The ferry operator according to Manx Radio, had to change its sailing times over the last…
boot Düsseldorf', part of the Curacha outdoor exhibition
boot Düsseldorf organisers have confirmed earlier media reports that the world biggest indoor boat show will not take place next month or indeed at any time in 2022. Due to the spread of the omicron virus variant, further restrictions have been…
For the second year in succession, the giant German Boat Show boot Düsseldorf has been forced to cancel due to mounting Covid-19 infections and new regulations announced by the German government, according to media reports. The trade fair management company…
The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has approved legislation that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2022
The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has approved legislation that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2022. These will come into effect from Saturday, 1st January 2022. Minister Ryan said: “81…
Pat Mhichael during the construction of a 'bhád nua'
The Conamara family of sailors known as Clann Johnny Jimmy Pheaitín are profiled in a documentary on TG4. Pádraig, Jimmy and Seáinín are “Na Jimmys”, associated with the Galway Hooker An Mhaighdean Mhara. The programme “Bádóirí- Na Jimmys” interviews the…
Silting at Heysham Port continues to affect ferry sailings to and from the Isle of Man with the above ropax Ben-My-Chree underway in the Irish Sea
At the Irish Sea ferry port of Heysham, ongoing silt issues are continuing to affect the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company sailings. Both tonight's crossings will depart earlier, according to Manx Radio Tonight's (29th December) 7.45pm crossing will now be…
The Botin 52 Ichi Ban (Matt Allen, Sailing Master Gordon Maguire) at the Organ Pipes in outer approaches to Hobart
Matt Allen’s TP 52 Ichi Ban, with Gordon Maguire as Sailing Master, was first of all the TP 52s into the finish of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2021 at 4:45:29 pm local time December 29th. But as she had…
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