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ESPO welcomes the TRAN (Delli Report) report on more efficient and clean maritime transport.
In a response the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has supported the main outcomes of a vote on the own-initiative report on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport (Delli Report) in the European Parliament’s Transport…
Barton's Laser Kits are approved 'class legal' by the Laser Class
Barton Marine’s Laser dinghy kits have now been approved as class legal for the Laser class, providing an option for sailors looking for lightweight, free-running gear to upgrade their one-design Laser. Extensively tested, sailors across the globe can train and…
The Sir Thomas Lipton Memorial Cup
Since 1970 it has been the tradition that Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor on Belfast Lough, presents the Sir Thomas Lipton Memorial Cup to the America's Cup Challenger's Yacht Club. When the first Challenger series was run in that…
CEO Melissa Payne has 25 years of experience in the sporting/event World, from production, technical and commercial project management.
Following a 12 month Media blackout with respect to the Global Pandemic, The 2022 Golden Globe and 2023 Ocean Globe Races are now back in the news with a permanent office opened in Les Sables d’Olonne, France and a major…
Opposition calls to introduce mandatory hotel quarantine for all arrivals into the country’s ports and airports. Above close up of the main terminal (No.1) building in Dublin Port.
Political parties from the opposition have called for the introduction of mandatory hotel quarantine for all arrivals into the country’s (ferry)ports and airports. Mandatory hotel quarantine legislation, which would see passengers from 20 countries stay in facilities for two weeks…
The new look for Yannick Lemonnier's Mini 6.50. Original designer Sam Manuard has done away with the single canard daggerboard, and replaced it with two asymmetrical foils
Quite a few of us still think of Yannick Lemonnier as the keen young French guy who came to Galway by way of Dingle, and in time became the Irish branch of Quantum Sails, with a new loft in the…
Megan Roantree with her late father, Sean
Lee Early, deputy coxswain of the RNLI’s Arranmore lifeboat in Donegal lost his life in 2019, but his name is one of 10,000 which will be inscribed on the hull of the new Shannon class lifeboat bound for Clifden, Co…
RNLI Lifeguards are recruiting
RNLI Portrush has posted that RNLI Lifeguards are recruiting and applications are open for 2021. If you have a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard qualification and are interested in joining a dynamic, well-trained team responsible for keeping beach users safe around…
Conor O'Regan circumnavigated the globe in his 38-foot yacht Pamina
The National Yacht Club U25/U30 Speaker Series continues this evening with the Dun Laoghaire Harbour club's very own Vice-Commodore Conor O'Regan who circumnavigated the globe in his 38-foot yacht 'Pamina'. O'Regan will walk attendees through everything from preparation and planning…
File image of an Irish Coast Guard cliff rescue team
Irish Coast Guard training needs “will be addressed” after units expressed concerns about their safety with exercises suspended under lockdown, as TheJournal.ie reports. While limited coastguard training resumed earlier this month, the likes of cliff units have not been able…
Dave Robinson is coxswain with Portrush RNLI
Both Portrush RNLI lifeboats were launched within an hour of each other to separate incidents on Northern Ireland’s North Coast this afternoon (Wednesday 24 February). Initially, the volunteer crew were requested to launch the all-weather lifeboat by Belfast Coastguard at…
Alex Byrne won the Gold Medal with a time of 5.55.3
Irish rower Alex Byrne has won the Under 23 Men’s 2,000-metre race at the World Indoor Rowing Championships. Alex won the Gold Medal with a time of 5.55.3 Last week, Alex was on training camp with the Senior High-Performance Team in…
Ciro Prisco & HP Rower/NUIG Athlete Fiona Murtagh
Rowing Ireland has announced a new partnership with the National University of Ireland Galway. NUI Galway is now an official ‘Rowing Ireland Partner Pathway University’ which will help develop the high-performance programme at the University. This partnership builds on the…
A Brig Falcon RIB fitted with a Suzuki outboard engine
Visitors to the Suzuki booth at this weekend's RYA online dinghy show will find out more about why this brand of outboard engine is proving so popular for use on club safety boats, coaching/chase boats and, of course, leisure craft…
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An abandoned lighthouse on the largest Aran island off Galway bay is for sale for over half a million euros. As Times.ie reports today, the lighthouse and ruined buildings command a view of the Atlantic from the island’s highest point.…
'Med' ferry: Mega Express Four has been operating in very wintry weather on the Dublin-Holyhead link and last weekend the Irish capital-Cherbourg connection to mainland Europe from where the ferry normally operates France-Corsica. Afloat understands this is the first time the Corsican operator has chartered a ferry to Irish operators. In 1980 the former B+I Line chartered Expresso Olbia,  registered in Cagliari, Sardina, but two years later renamed for operator Corsica Ferries as Sardinia Nova. The above scene shows Mega Express Four and a 'Rickmers' 1970's built fleetmate in the Mediterranean Sea where a sister serves for rivals as Moby Vincent. The former Sealink British Ferries St. Brendan/ Sealink British Rail chartered in Stena Normandica served Fishguard-Rosslare (see 'Europort' call for a single Pembrokeshire ferryport) 'Ferry News' 3rd Feb.
Afloat tracked Mega Express Four, which normally serves in the Mediterranean Sea is currently on charter to Irish Ferries, however strong gale force winds required towage assistance prior to a debut Ireland-France crossing, writes Jehan Ashmore. The towage scene last Saturday…
Cruise ships in future visiting the Port of Holyhead will use a jetty upgraded that will make it 'more attractive' to passengers. In addition the £500K investment will also help Orthios get the jetty (above with cruiseship Silver Wind) also ready to receive recycled plastics. AFLOAT adds the jetty leads off the north Wales's ferryport at Salt Island located in the centre of the outer harbour. Afloat tracked today the new UK polar research vessel Sir David Attenborough berthed at the jetty.
Cruiseships that had used the deep water jetty at the Port of Holyhead, NorthWalesLive reports, is now receiving an upgrade that will make it more attractive for passengers and prepare it for a new use. Work has begun on the…
Irish Exporters Association welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s renewed trade strategy which puts 'sustainability' central stage in the EU trade agenda.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s renewed trade strategy which puts sustainability central stage in the EU trade agenda. The Commission’s renewed strategy comes at a crucial time for businesses throughout the EU…
Most boats being brought in to Ireland second hand from Great Britain will likely face a 33% tax (23% VAT and 10% duty)
Two months after Brexit, there's no doubting the new seascape for importing boats into Ireland. VAT and tariffs' imposition means it is now a costly exercise to either buy or sell a boat in the UK, traditionally a big marketplace for…
Islands Fishing Group Gets Recognition as EU Seafood Producer Organisation
In what’s expected to be a significant boost to offshore communities, the Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation (IIMRO) has been officially designated an EU Producer Organisation. The IIMRO is based on Arranmore Island in Co Donegal and represents the interests…

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