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Oyster trestles in South East Galway Bay at Kelly Oysters
Shellfish growers have welcomed a new research project which will measure the benefits to the coastal environment of their activity. The ShellAqua project led by researchers at the Ryan Institute in NUI Galway (NUIG) aims to quantify the "benefits to…
The new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal in Liverpool Docks will cost Manx taxpayers more than £50m as Infrastructure Minister prepares to ask Tynwald for an extra £13.8m towards the project.  Above construction work AFLOAT adds at the Princes Half Tide Dock.
Newly appointed Isle of Man Steam Packet MD says securing the Liverpool ferry route is vital. As Manx Radio reports, the excessive cost of the new ferry terminal in Liverpool is worrying but will be worth it to secure the…
Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour is holding the Ballinacurra Race this Saturday (24th July) in conjunction with the National 18 dinghy class.  The last race there was in 2019 but prior to that the 'Ballinacurra Cruising Club' would traditionally have…
BOXBOATS AHEAD: A year ago, capacity on newbuild orders was under 10% of the existing fleet. That has now doubled and new orders coming through from carriers and owners are pushing towards a ‘psychological barrier’, after which overcapacity becomes a risk again. Above: Varying sized containerships at the Port of Felixstowe, the Britain's biggest boxboat port.
Shipyard orderbook for containerships could rise as high as 24% of the existing fleet if a spate of unconfirmed orders go to completion, threatening an ‘overheated’ market and eventual oversupply. “Ocean carriers, non-operating owners, investment banks and lessors have gone…
Drogheda Port invite applicants to apply for position of Harbour Master at the regional port.
Drogheda Port Company are inviting applications for the position of Harbour Master for the Port of Drogheda. Drogheda Port is the largest commercial regional port in Ireland, handling over 1.5 million tonnes of cargo per annum and over 1000 ship…
Defence Minister Simon Coveney said he hopes to 'provide certainty by the end of the year' on what will happen to personnel.
Experienced Defence Forces personnel numbering 700, will know before the end of the year at the latest, if they will be forced to retire or be kept on. The cohort, known as the Post-94 group, were given shorter contracts when…
The young Irish crew of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove earned the final spot for Tokyo competing at the Lanzarote International Regatta in March, winning their first-ever Medal Race at the event and seizing a bronze medal ahead of a world-class fleet
Since winning Olympic gold in the Men’s Skiff – 49er at Rio 2016 five years ago, Pete Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) have packed a whole lifetime of sailing achievements into their busy careers. In 2017 Burling steered Emirates Team…
Ballyglass RNLI launch to capsized jet ski in Blacksod Bay
Ballyglass RNLI’s inshore lifeboat in northwest Mayo was requested to launch yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 20 July) by the Irish Coast Guard to assist two people on a jet ski in difficulty between Doolough and Claggan in Blacksod Bay. The volunteer…
European Commission has proposed the UK should agree to follow EU food standards. Afloat adds above freight vehicles on board a ferry on the North Channel when bound for Belfast Harbour.
Today the British government will set out a series of major changes it wants made to the Northern Ireland Protocol, the element of the Brexit trade agreement intended to avoid the return to a hard border on the island of…
The musicians are on the Galway hooker Mac Duach, skippered and owned by Dr Michael Brogan
Award-winning harpist Laoise Kelly has embarked on a concert tour to five west coast islands on a Galway hooker. As The Times Ireland reports, Kelly aims to reconnect island communities with music, storytelling and song. Kelly, a TG4 musician of…
RS Aero sailor Brendan Foley of the Royal St. George Yacht Club
RS Aero sailor Brendan Foley of the Royal St. George Yacht Club was the winner of both light air Portsmouth Yardstick DBSC dinghy races at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In both races, Foley beat the National Yacht Club's Noel Butler, who,…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels are being experienced on the summit level of the Royal Canal near Mullingar as the Midlands experience the highest temperatures of Ireland’s extended heatwave. Water levels are currently…
Annalise Murphy racing a Laser Radial in Medemblik in June 2021
Scuttlebutt Sailing News pays tribute to legendary yacht designer Bruce Kirby, who has died on Sunday (18 July) at the age of 92. Kirby is internationally renowned as the designer of the Laser class — in which Ireland’s own Annalise…
Ireland is represented in the Laser Radial by Annalise Murphy who starts racing on July 25
After five long years the moment has come – it’s time for Tokyo 2020. The delayed Olympics is on! With less than a week to go until the opening ceremony –  and a promising forecast –  here’s how you can…
Winner of five Olympic medals and narrowly missing out five years ago on home waters at Rio 2016 where he finished an agonising fourth place, Robert Scheidt is defying his age and setting out to prove that a 48-year-old can conquer athletes half his age.
The simplest of all dinghies, and barely changed since it surfaced 50 years ago, the Laser made its first Olympic appearance at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. A 23-year-old Brazilian called Robert Scheidt narrowly won the gold medal in Atlanta…
Aran Islands RNLI all-weather Severn class lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI's volunteer crew came to the aid of a cyclist who fell off his bike today (Monday 19 July). The crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 12.19 pm. A male visitor to the…
Lough Ree RNLI crew are busy as several craft experience difficulties on lake
Lough Ree RNLI volunteer crew has had a busy five days coming to the rescue of 24 people and a dog on five boats that ran aground on the lake in the past week. After 9 pm last evening (Monday…
Clean Coasts is hosting a workshop this Thursday, July 22nd to address any issues arising from the public consultation
 With just ten days to go in the public consultation on marine protected areas, An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme is reminding people to “have their say”. Ireland currently protects just over two per cent of territorial waters, and the Government…
Galway City Sailing Club celebrates its tenth birthday on the water
Galway City Sailing Club started in 2011 with two boats writes Sharon De Bhaldraithe. Now in 2021, as they celebrate its tenth year of sailing in the city, its fleet of modern boats include Argos & Picos, Optibats, and a…
Salmon post smolts sampled in the Norwegina Sea, May 2008
Marine survival of salmon in the eastern North Atlantic has substantially declined in recent decades, yet little was known about the migratory behaviour and distribution of populations. A new genetic tagging study, just published in the international journal Fish &…

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