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Manx ferry Ben-My-Chree which provides the backbone of services returned to routine duties today following repairs to a damaged propeller. Alternative services involved fastferry Manannan along with ro-ro freight ferry Arrow (together above in Douglas) from where daily services linking Heysham, England were maintained with the backdrop of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Following repairs to a propeller of a Manx ferry, the Ben-My-Chree returned to service today plying on the main route linking the Isle of Man and the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ropax custom built in 1998 for the Isle of…
File image of a British fishing vessel
The European Commission president has warned the British government not to backtrack on its commitments in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement pertaining to fishing rights, among other issues. Ursula von der Leyen spoke out on Twitter as a furore has grown…
Ilen departs Foynes, on passage for Kilronan in the Aran Islands. Conor O'Brien – Ilen's designer in 1926 – ensured that all his major voyages essentially started from Foynes, his home port where he lived on Foynes Island
The restored 1926-built Conor O'Brien-designed 56ft ketch Ilen of Limerick found the Atlantic in a challenging mood last week as she undertook a combined educational, cultural, and commercial cargo voyage. Yet despite the vagaries of the Irish weather and the…
The search and repair works will be conducted from the Edda Sun
Mariners in the vicinity of the Corrib Gas Field are advised of electrical fault-finding works at the field’s subsea infrastructure set for later this month. Works conducted from the Edda Sun (callsign LARF7) will begin on or around next Friday…
Applications Open For Latest Radio Surveyors Panel
A call for applications has been launched for the latest three-year panel of radio surveyors. As with previous iterations, this panel will carry out statutory radio surveys on Irish seagoing vessels, including fishing vessels greater than 15m LOA, for compliance…
Jonny Clements new dinghy
Last year Jonny Clements took part in a boating event in Lough Erne in a mixed fleet of craft from canoes to sailing boats. Having been impressed by the sailing dinghies and not having ever sailed before, he bought a…
Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire, England
Portsmouth Harbour will be the venue for the UK’s first hosting of the annual Yacht Racing Forum this November. The event on 23–24 November will be based around the harbour, with the main conference taking place in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s…
As expected the ferry group's finances have been hit but second quarter shows signs of recovery. Above Stena Adventurer swings off the Port of Holyhead in north Wales
Ferry firm Stena has posted major losses for the first six months of the year after the pandemic devastated travel. Coronavirus has seen passenger numbers slashed and freight reduced on Stena Line's key routes - including those from Holyhead, Liverpool…
File image of freshwater pearl mussels
A new joint initiative between the Marine Institute and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) aims to revitalise the freshwater pearl mussel through a pilot captive breeding programme. Pearl mussels are capable of surviving for up to 140 years,…
Figaro boats in stage two of the race to Dunkirk
There's another strong performance in the making for County Meath's Tom Dolan in the second stage of the La Solitaire du Figaro today with the third time Irish Figarista lying 11th in the 35-boat fleet, having been as high as…
Lough Derg RNLI assisted four people on the 35-foot motor cruiser
At 8.25 pm this evening, Monday, September 7, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier to assist 4 people on a 35ft cruiser reported to be aground near Terryglass Bay. At 8.47 pm the lifeboat launched with…
French skipper Robin Marais got a fright this morning after falling asleep
The strain of the marathon La Solitaire du Figaro Race is starting to take its toll on the 35-competing solo sailors off the French coast. French skipper Robin Marais got a fright this morning after falling asleep and running his…
Prodigal Crew Win Squib Battle at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
An Olympian, World and national champion were among the sailors competing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club for the 13-boat 2020 Squib Class Northern Championships on Belfast Lough. Race 1, 17kts WNW, got away without a hitch, 13 boats…
Irish Maritime Administration Launches Engagement Survey
A new survey from the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) of the Department of Transport encourages feedback regarding its communication with stakeholders and service users. Marine Notices are one method used to communicate important information by the IMA and its divisions,…
GMIT’s Galway campus
SmartBay Ireland have collaborated with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to launch a new scholarship scheme for a candidate from the Connemara Gaeltacht to begin a Master’s research programme. Commencing in November 2020, the new programme aims to develop…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer
Lough Derg RNLI volunteers were tasked to the aid of two people on a cruiser which engine failure near Mountshanon Harbour yesterday afternoon, Sunday 6 September. The inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer diverted from a training exercise just before 2pm and…
A fair tide with a soldier's wind for Lambay – Roddy Cooper's Leila (built Carrickfergus 1898) and Anita (D.O'Connell & M. Karasahin, built Kingstown 1900 and re-built France 2019) at the start of the Howth 17's Lambay Race
The Olympic sailing dream is of competition on a sterile racing area with weak to non-existent tides, well clear of any special wind effects that a nearby coastline and an island or two might provide, while of course using a…
Appledore shipyard in Cornwall, UK is hosting career open days this week, Thursday and Friday. Above Afloat adds is the covered building hall of the shipyard on the banks of the River Torridge where the last ship floated-out was the Irish Naval Service L.E. George Bernard Shaw in March 2018. Late last month, Afloat also adds the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a visit to the newly acquired Harland & Wolff (Appledore) shipyard. At the re-opening of the Cornish shipyard the PM commented that this will be a fantastic opportunity for the entire UK. We must get on and “build, build, build”.
Initial steps to getting local workers back through the gates of Appledore Shipyard in the UK began last week with two careers open days. New operator Harland & Wolff is hosting to events at the Cornish site for prospective employees…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay
For a Class that has been synonymous with the National Yacht Club, for a significant period of time, – there are seventeen Flying Fifteens parked on the deck – it was entirely appropriate that there should be a good turnout…
Ropax Ben-My-Chree was repaired in Cornwall AFLOAT adds at A&P Falmouth from where the ropax is to return to service tomorrow ahead of schedule
The main Isle of Man passenger and freight ferry will return to service earlier than expected after a damaged propeller was repaired, the operator has said. As BBC News reports, Ben-my-Chree was damaged during a crossing between Douglas and Heysham,…

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