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The Baltimore RNLI inshore lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide assistance to a yacht in difficulty in Baltimore harbour, West Cork this afternoon (Monday 3 May) in a second callout of the day. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 12.05…
The Irish Coast Guard requested Baltimore RNLI to give medical assistance and evacuation to a man living on Sherkin Island
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation in the early hours of this morning (Monday 3 May) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 00.28…
Belfast Harbour where the Harland & Wolff shipyard ‘would be very capable of building a prestigious ship of this scale’. Above the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 (QM2) berthed at its homeport of Southampton, has called to several Irish ports. AFLOAT adds the giant luxury cruiseship/liner was in 2003 built by the French shipyard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Nantes.
The naval architect who designed Cunard’s flagship cruiseship / ocean liner Queen Mary 2, has backed Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard to build a new UK flagship vessel aimed at promoting Britain around the world. Stephen Payne, a past President…
The May Bank Holiday saw the return of excursion cruises on Dublin Bay linking the harbours of Dun Laoghaire and Howth (as above with St. Bridget). In addition cruises involve around Dalkey Island and Ireland's Eye (also above).All of the 9 cruise options remains with passenger Covid19 restrictions in place.
The May Bank Holiday weekend finally marked a particularly eagerly awaited return of Dublin Bay Cruises, following Covid19's dramatic impact on last year's reduced season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Normally the season starts during the St. Patrick's Festival and so the…
The ISORA fleet are preparing for June's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race on June 9th
ISORA will be running training events this month ahead of the first big Irish offshore fixture of the season, the 320-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race on June 9th.  The training events, starting on the 15th of May, will allow boats to…
Mixed Team Racing in the Laser Radial dinghy is one of the three Alternative Event Proposals for Paris 2024 approved by World Sailing. Ireland's Annalise Murphy (above) won silver in the Radial in Rio in 2016.
After the IOC informed World Sailing that they are continuing their assessment of the Mixed Offshore Event to address challenges raised but formally requested that World Sailing propose alternative event(s). Following a request from the IOC for such proposals, MNAs,…
€6.8m has been provided for the Dinish Island pier extension at Castletownbere on County Cork's Beara Peninsula. The 2021 programme sees a 35% increase in funding for Local Authority harbours. see details below
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, announced this morning details of a €38.3m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network including 79 Local Authority Harbours across 12 coastal Local…
DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan has been out on the Dublin Bay race track at the weekend inspecting the newly laid race marks ('J' or 'Asgard' mark pictured) for its forthcoming summer season
139 yachts and dinghies are now signed up for the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Summer Season. Following the Government announcement of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the club is expecting to hear news of when club training and racing can…
The 470 competition is on a very high level ain the final turn on the road to the Tokyo Olympic Games
81 470s from 25 countries (but not Ireland) will be competing from 30 April to 7 May in the men's, women's and the new mixed fleets for the respective European Champion titles in Vilamoura, Portugal. 34 out of the 40…
58 entries including 29 IRC Two-Handed teams racing overnight for the first time this year
The Royal Ocean Racing Club organised two races over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 58 boats entered, including a 91nm race for IRC Two Handed, the first overnight race of the year. Giovanni Belgrano’s Classic Whooper won the race for…
An end of April launch for Arklow Artist - the final of the 'A' series of newbuild cargoships
The last day of April saw Arklow Artist, as the final 'A' series of six newbuilds to be launched at Ferus Smit's Dutch inland shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. This newest cargoship constructed in Westerbroek, is the first to carry the…
MII invites you to join next Thursday, May 6th, for their next online event 'MIIN in Galway - A Microcosm for Marine Innovation and Industry Opportunities'.
Marine Ireland Industry Network (MIIN) is next week (Thursday, 6th May) to hold an online event 'MIIN in Galway - A Microcosm for Marine Innovation and Industry Opportunities'. The event (11am-12.30pm) is to focus on innovative marine industrial activities taking…
385 boats to date had entered for July's now-cancelled Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
July’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021 has been cancelled due to the ongoing "uncertainties" over the Covid-19 pandemic. The scrubbing of Ireland's biggest regatta, scheduled for the first two weekends of July, comes after careful consideration of the latest government…
Racing on Loch Fyne at a previous edition of the Scottish Series
With less than four weeks to go to the first race of Scotland's top sailing event, the revamped Scottish Series on the Clyde has received only 13 IRC entries received so far. Entry is due to close on May 14th…
The UN Resolution recognises the association between drowning and development, as well as the critical inequity between countries and regions. Action on drowning prevention presents an important opportunity to make progress towards targets within several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Irish water safety organisations have welcomed the first-ever UN Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention which was adopted by the UN General Assembly last week. The UN adopted a historic Resolution on drowning prevention, acknowledging the issue for the first time in its 75-year…
The Irish Fish Processors & Exporters Association has described as
The Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association has called on the Minister for the Marine to "do his duty and stand up for the industry he is mandated to represent." The Chief Executive of the Association, Brendan Byrne, has described…
Youghal's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat arrived on scene in less than 10 minutes to tow the angling boat
For the third time this week, Youghal RNLI responded to their pagers on Saturday, May 1 at 3.08 pm to a report of a 17ft angling boat with engine trouble, half a mile south of the Eastern Cardinal in Youghal…
On the seashore with the Explorers Education Programme crew for the Wild About Wildlife on the Seashore video series
Can you tell the difference between a gastropod and a bivalve? Do you know how to identify a decapod, amphipod or an isopod? And can you tell what fish can walk across seaweed, are slippery as butter or can hide…
H&W has announced a 2021 Apprenticeship Scheme which is now open for applications.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff has launched an apprenticeship scheme that is available across all of their four sites either side of the North Channel and the Irish Sea. The scheme is applicable to H&W Appledore, Arnish, Belfast and Methil, with…
P&O's Pride of Burgundy departing the Port of Dover
As Irish Ferries is to become a rival to P&O Ferries on the Dover-Calais market, the ferry firm is set to respond on the UK-France route by deploying a fifth vessel. The DP World-owned company announced its ro-pax Pride of…

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