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Dublin Port Co. is reminding members of the public, including people living & working in the port’s communities, that the closing date for submissions for the #Post2040Dialogue is 30 June
Today the Dublin Port Company (DPC) has reminded members of the public, including people living and working in the port’s communities, that the closing date for submissions to its Post 2040 Dialogue is approaching. With a closing date of 30th…
National 18s returned to the race course at Royal Cork on Wednesday for the first racing league of the 2021 season
The National 18 dinghy class has been "training" for the last three weeks but last night marked an official return to racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club with the lifting of COVID-restrictions. Colin Barry officiated as Race Officer over three…
The year 2020 says the IMDO was one of the most challenging years that faced the Irish maritime industry for many decades.
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has announced the publication of the 18th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist. In this edition, we report on 2020, one of the most challenging years that the Irish maritime industry has faced…
Artist Kenneth King's depiction of a German bomber over the lightship Isolda off the Wexford coast on December 19th, 1940. Six Dun Laoghaire men died and 22 survived
There are no words to describe the impact on relatives and friends of having someone lost at sea, but Elleesa Rushby’s own family experience is informing research she is undertaking on its toll. It is known as ambiguous loss, and…
Pete Smyh's new Sunfast 3600 Searcher is lying second in IRC overall on day two of the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Day #2 0930: The “Dash to Dingle” began to live up to its name with renewed enthusiasm through the brief summer night, as the tide turned in the fleet’s favour approaching the Tuskar, and the breeze sharpened with enough south in…
An aerial view of Dublin city and its port
Ports and “port cities” from Cork to Dublin to Europe and beyond will play an influential role in redesigning urban centres. That’s the view of the European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC) alliance, involving University College Cork (UCC) and seven…
The Murphy family's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo is leading the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race on corrected time
Day #1 8 pm: The weather has settled down to a warm and sunny summer's evening as the fleet in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race turn to windward close inshore between Wicklow Head and Arklow, theoretically with ample time…
Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Margaret, Joan and Fred NYE
Aran Islands RNLI’s volunteer crew on Inis Mór were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat just before noon yesterday (Tuesday 8 June) by the Irish Coast Guard for a medevac. A woman on the neighbouring island of Inis…
Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat in action
Bundoran RNLI in Co Donegal were requested to launch on Tuesday evening (8 June) to reports of two paddle boarders being blown out to sea off Mermaid’s Cove in north Co Sligo. The emergency call was made just after 6pm…
Freya picked up a kitesurfer in distress off Wicklow
Day #1 7 pm The largest yacht in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race has temporarily suspended racing this evening to rescue a kitesurfer off the off Wicklow Coast. The 14th edition of the 280-mile offshore fixture started at 2 pm today off Dun…
Stena Spey mobile offshore drilling unit
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport advises that Kinsale Energy’s well decommissioning operations at the Kinsale and Seven Heads gas fields will continue in June and July. The Stena Spey mobile offshore drilling unit (callsign GCWP) is…
Coast of Ireland by Tom Szumski
The fourth and final episode in the Oceans of Learning podcast series airs tomorrow, Thursday 10 June, with presenter Finn van der Aar finding out how the next generation can seek to influence and engage with politicians and government and…
Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team coasts into Alicante at the finish of Leg Two of The Ocean Race Europe
The second leg of The Ocean Race Europe finished in Alicante, Spain early this morning (Wednesday 9 June) with the Mirpuri and LinkedOut teams at the top of their respective classes after three days of tight racing between the 12…
A wildlife charity has urged the public to take care when disposing of face masks after it’s alleged a puffin became entangled in a mask and died. According to The Irish Times, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) said it was…
The scene at Rathlin Island as yachts moor at the island marina for the start of the 2021 St.Kilda Challenge organised by Ocean Sailing Scotland
Rathlin is Northern Ireland's only inhabited offshore island. It has a population of about 150 and lies opposite Ballycastle on the world-famous North Antrim Coast. Today (9th June) the marina in Church Bay is buzzing with yachts raring to start…
Retired - The First 40 Prima Forte had halyard problems shortly after the start of the D2D Race
Day #1 4 pm: The first retiral from the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race is the First 40 Prima Forte that has retired into Killiney Bay just two hours after the start. The 14th edition of the 280-mile offshore fixture started…
Defending champion Rockabill VI makes a perfectly timed pin end start to the 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Day #1 (Start Time) 2 pm: They say in One-Design Racing that the boat which has made the best start is the one that is in a commanding position five minutes after the off. But in a distance race like the…
Former trans-Atlantic liner tug tender and Aran Islands ferry Galway Bay, built (1929) originally as the Calshot, served in the UK during Southampton's rich inter war ocean liner era is to be restored in the Hampshire port.
In the UK plans to save a "unique" D-Day historic vessel moored in Southampton have been unveiled - ending years of anxiety over its future, having as Afloat reported also spent a career tending to trans-Atlantic liner passengers in Galway…
The UK Chamber of Shipping is to host their first ever 'M7' event today, which will replicate the G7 summit to be held from Friday. The maritime meeting held online will focus on digitising trade and green R&D projects.
The UK Chamber of Shipping is to bring leading and developing shipping nations to discuss barriers to trade in a meeting today, that sets to replicate the G7 event to be held this week in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. The maritime…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D with Jim O’Toole, CEO BIM, at the pier in Greencastle, Co Donegal
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D today paid tribute to the men and women working in Ireland’s seafood sector for their continued efforts to reduce Ireland’s marine waste as part of the Clean Oceans Initiative. To…

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