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Could the UK shipyard of Appledore Shipyard in Devon reopen? The yard's final ship to be built AFLOAT adds was the Irish Naval Service OPV P60 class L.É. George Bernard Shaw seen berthed at the fit-out quay (noting without bow-mounted 76mm OTO Melara gun). The €67m OPV (P64) made its delivery voyage from the Torridge Estuary and across the Celtic Sea to Cork Harbour in October last year.
In the UK, a Torridge MP is ‘cautiously optimistic’ Appledore Shipyard will reopen in the near future after a crucial meeting at Downing Street. As the North Devon Gazette reports, it follows a high level meeting convened by Geoffrey Cox…
Gareth Protheroe of Seawitch holding a red mullet, with Josie Mahon of IFI
Welsh boat ‘Seawitch’ has won the Rosslare Small Boats Festival for the first time — and set a new record for the event with 34 species landed. Seawitch beat 34 other boats with 105 anglers from across England, Wales, Scotland,…
The one-day course is designed and presented by Brian Hughes, recently of Killen Marine
Next Saturday 5 October sees the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire host an outboard engine course designed and presented by Brian Hughes. With 48 years of experience in the industry — most notably and recently with…
The hull of the FV Aisling Patrick washed ashore in western Scotland on 28 May 2018, from the MCIB report
New Marine Notices from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) remind skippers and crew of small fishing vessels of the requirements set out in the relevant Code of Practice, following the official maritime reports into two fatal incidents…
Robert Hendrick
#Canoeing: Robert Hendrick qualified Ireland for an Olympic place in canoeing at the World Championships in La Seu d’Urgell in Spain this morning. Going off first in the C1 competition, the Kildare man put down a nerveless run of 95.12…
Peter Kennedy (left) with the Trophy of Trophies, the salver which dates back to 1947, with his crew Stephen Kane after winning the All-Ireland at Lough Ree in October 2018. It was raced in SB20s, in which Kennedy is Irish champion. But though this year’s series will be staged in Flying Fifteens at the National YC in a week’s time, defender Kennedy may have inherited form here, as his parents Terence & Bridget Kennedy of Strangford Lough YC were British F/F  Champions in 1962
The Champion of our Sailing Champions? Ireland first ran with the idea 72 years ago. And while other countries have since come up with their own versions with varying levels of success which have sometimes reduced annually until fading away,…
Gantry cranes at a container port.
In advance of the European Parliament’s hearings of the commissioners-designate, a coalition of more than 40 European associations and organisations renewed their call for a strong transport budget according to the European Sea Ports Organisation.  While the previous European Parliament and…
Sam Curtis
#Canoeing: Ireland’s three competitors in the men’s K1 (racing kayak) failed to make it through to the semi-finals of the canoe slalom World Championships in Spain today. Eoin Teague, who had a good first run, had five touches in his…
The fastferry Manannan otherwise known as the 'SeaCat' Afloat adds is berthed in Douglas Harbour along with ropax fleetmate, Ben-My-Chree.
IOMToday writes that arm’s-length Manx government-owned ferry operations such as the Isle of Man Steam Packet could become subject to Freedom of Information laws. Minister for Policy and Reform Chris Thomas says that transparency when public money is involved is…
Eoin Teague
#Canoeing: Eoin Teague was the top Ireland performer after the first run of the men’s K1 at the canoe slalom World Championships. Teague negotiated the course with no touches. His time of 94.91 put him in the lead  – but…
At the Port of Foynes is pictured: Mark Cullen, Assistant CEO of the HSA, Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection and Pat Keating, CEO of Shannon Foynes Port Company, who were on hand recently to see the quality health and safety standards in operation at the port.
It was another record performance achieved at Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) as the western port revealed its annual report for 2018. According to SFPC, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were €6.8million. As for operating profits in…
Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral of RCYC
“Twenty-five individuals formed the Water Club of Cork on Haulbowline Island, now the RCYC, in 1720. One yacht club with 25 members,” says the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s present Admiral, Pat Farnan. “There are now thousands across the globe whose…
An average 2,700 lorries and other HGVs every day pass through Dublin Port from where above AFLOAT adds a truck on the Tom Clarke (East-Link) bridge is seen loaded with a Hapag-Lloyd container. A subsidiary of the giant global liner container shipping company, HL Cruises introduced the new leadship 'Expedition' class Hanseatic Nature with a maiden call to the capital earlier this year (see story: Dublin Port, 30 May). The 15,000 gross tonnage cruiseship made a repeat call yesterday to the same berth as pictured above.
It has been identified at the Department of Transport several sites in Dublin that can be used for the parking of some 500 trucks should Brexit-related congestion block traffic at Dublin Port. The site, according to The Irish Times, includes…
Across the world, Women in Maritime associations help improve gender balance in the shipping sector. One of these regional networks was formalized last week in Latin America.
Today is 'World Maritime Day' which is been celebrated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the global shipping community. The theme for this year's event is "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community". This provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the…
A record turnover of £10m was achieved at Foyle Port during 2018/19. Above: Afloat adds is the bulk-carrier Clover Colossus berthed at Lisahally, the port's main terminal located downriver of Derry city.
It has been announced that Foyleport had a record £10 million in turnover despite the uncertainty posed by Brexit. The Derry harbour, reports The Irish News, recorded an operating profit of £1.9m during 2018/19, marking its seventh year of consecutive…
UK shipyard Cammell Laird located on Merseyside is where the newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough is to be named at 2pm today. WATCH LIVE Link see below.
In the UK, the newest polar research ship is to be formally named the RRS Sir David Attenborough today by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The royals will follow tradition by smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull…
Rower ‘Shaken’ After Rescue From Strong Shannon Currents At Killaloe Bridge
BreakingNews.ie reports that a charity rower was left “shaken” after he was rescued from strong currents in the River Shannon at the Killaloe bridge. Killaloe Coast Guard Unit were tasked at 2.40pm yesterday (Wednesday 25 September) to the scene where…
Robert Hendrick (right) with Eoin Rheinisch
#Canoeing: Robert Hendrick qualified for the semi-final of the C1 (Canadian canoe) at the canoe slalom World Championships at La Seu d’Urgell today.  The Kildare man took 10th place in his second run – just inside the crucial cut-off point.…
Rian Geraghty McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge win race 3 in Strangford Lough
The 29er Northerns was raced in Strangford Lough Yacht Club last weekend as part of the 30th RYA NI Youth Sailing Championships as Afloat reported earlier. It was the final event of the '29er triple crowns'. Nine teams competed: 3…
Kristin Chadwick with her fiancé James (Kim) Martin, who was paralysed after an incident while diving at the Lusitania wreck last month
A woman is appealing for help to bring her fiancé back home to Canada after he was paralysed following a diving incident at the Lusitania wreck last month. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, a man was airlifted to hospital and…

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