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The car on the beach at Strangford Lough
Belfast Coastguard Rescue Team responded yesterday (8th February) to reports of a car which had left the road near Newtownards Sailing Club, just a few miles outside the town on the loughshore road to Portaferry There were three people inside.…
Marine Institute’s Bursary Scholarship Programme Now Open for Student Applications
The Marine Institute is inviting marine science undergraduates to apply for a number of work experience placements as part of the 2021 Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme. This year the programme will offer a number of eight- to 12-week placements for…
File image of the fishing fleet in Howth, Co Dublin
Fishing crews wishing to access UK waters must complete an application form made available online by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. The application covers access to the UK EEZ (12-200 nautical miles only) and/or the 0-6 nautical mile…
Cork Harbour can build on the maritime and energy infrastructure and capability that already exists, thereby positioning (the natural harbour) as the de facto floating offshore wind hub in the Celtic Sea, its authors claimed
Cork Harbour could see wind energy that would be as transformative as the biopharmaceutical industry, placing the region among the vanguard of Europe's transition to sustainable economies. That is one of the conclusions of a major new report by a…
An RS400 dinghy planing on a reach in great breeze at Greystones Bay, County Wicklow
Hoping to kick things off in late April at Greystones in County Wicklow, the RS Ireland dinghy class has set out its 2021 racing calendar. The class has seen a resurgence of RS numbers in the garden county harbour, with…
Lanzarote Wave Wipe Out for Annalise Murphy. See video below
A massive breaking wave capsized Ireland's Olympic silver medalist sailor Annalise Murphy yesterday during training in Lanzarote. As Ireland's only sailor so far nominated for Tokyo, Murphy continues to train with some of her rivals in the Canary Island's this…
What Irish Boaters Need to Know About Buying Vessels From & Cruising In Great Britain
Some Irish boat-buyers may be able to purchase new or second-hand vessels from the UK free of VAT. But for most yacht-shoppers, Brexit has pushed the cost of buying much higher — just as it’s done for the used car…
The German skipper Boris Herrmann, finished in fifth place in the Vendee Globe
With the arrival of Jeremie Beyou this weekend at the Vendee Globe in Les Sables d'Olonne, the IMOCA Class can now confirm the winner and the top-10 of the 2018-21 IMOCA Globe Series Championship*. The German skipper Boris Herrmann, who…
The British ocean racing team will now undertake a routine service of the yacht on the UK's south coast before announcing their plans for 2021 and beyond.
Alex Thomson and his crew today arrived back to their home base of Gosport, England having sailed close to 8,000nm from Cape Town onboard the HUGO BOSS boat. After departing from Cape Town last month - following his retirement from…
Towpath Maintenance on Royal Canal’s Lough Owel Feeder
Waterways Ireland notifies towpath users that sections of the towpath on the Lough Owel feeder of the Royal Canal from Mullingar Harbour to Fish Farm at Cullion will be closed periodically from today, Monday 8 February, until Friday 19 February…
Jon Simmons paddling the Liffey for his 7x7 challenge
Canoeing Ireland’s national talent development coach has completed seven kayaking marathons in just seven days in a charity fundraiser, as RTÉ News reports. Jon Simmons, who is also head junior club coach at Salmon Leap Canoe Club in Leixlip, took…
Up to UK 40 ports have reportedly submitted proposals, including some of the biggest names in the British ports sector, as they seek to attract benefits of 'Freeport'status among them Port of Milford Haven (above) in Pembrokeshire, south Wales. The leading UK port handles over 30m tonnes of cargo annually and is a major energy port. AFLOAT has identified in this 'file' photo the black hulled short-sea products tanker MV Brabourne / MV Blackrock (in 1989 the newbuild was named after the Dublin Bay suburb with a ceremony held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour) which Afloat reflected upon in recent years.
In the UK numerous ports, port groups and ports and logistics consortia appear to have applied for freeport status by last Friday’s deadline set for England by the UK government. This according to LloydsLoadingList, was to enable applicants seek to…
Another CGI image angle of newbuild RV Tom Crean, where the aft deck is where all the action is to take place in carrying out a whole host of oceanagraphy marine research using state of the art equipment as outlined below. Note the port of registry is Galway, the newbuild's homeport.
As Afloat first highlighted the Marine Institute's name of RV Tom Crean chosen for the new €25m research vessel due for delivery in Autumn 2022, is to feature a suite of the latest state of the art technology equipment, writes…
Artemis Technologies Chief Operations Officer, Professor Mark Gillan
Staff numbers at Artemis Technologies, which is leading a Belfast Lough-based consortium to decarbonise maritime, are expected to almost treble to 70 by the end of 2021 and rise to 100 by this time next year. It is part of…
Cian Mollen (left) and Will Byrne
Dublin Bay based America's Cup fans Will Byrne and Cian Mollen are hosting a National Yacht Club America's Cup Insight talk on Tuesday, February 9th night at 7.30 pm. As well as the road to the current 36th Cup, the…
Irish hauliers have been bypassing ports in Wales because of Brexit, say industry leader. Above the Fishguard-Rosslare route serving Stena Europe, AFLOAT adds the ferry's name given post-Brexit is somewhat ironic. The ferry is seen arriving this morning to the 'Europort' in Co. Wexford from where a rapid rise in ro-ro direct routes/services to the continental mainland have arisen in recent months.
The head of Rosslare Europort, said Wales should focus on having one ferry port in Pembrokeshire instead of two to run alongside the main Holyhead port, it has been claimed. As BBC News reports, Glenn Carr, general manager at Rosslare Europort…
Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X-34 is the latest entry into the 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Alpaca, Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X-34 yacht is the latest entry into June's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Offshore Race. The Cork Harbour entry brings to 42 the number of boats now entered for the 320-mile National…
Marine Institute Celebrates Women in Science
The Marine Institute is celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th February 2021, by highlighting the many brilliant women who play transformative and ambitious roles in understanding, exploring, protecting and sustainably managing the wealth of…
Laser dinghy on Dublin Bay
The Royal St. George Yacht Club Laser dinghy fleet hit the headlines at the weekend as the class also prepares to release a new video to promote solo sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. 2020 was a record season for the…
Stormy conditions are expected to last mot of this week at the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay
The Irish Coast Guard rescued two swimmers after they ran into difficulty while swimming at the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay yesterday. The incident occurred earlier today as the swimmers required help in the choppy sea. The Dun…

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