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The BIM report, for 2021, says that the data indicates an increase in landings by weight from 2020 (+6%) and a decrease in value of landings (-7.5%) due to decreasing fish prices and changes in quota allocation
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has confirmed the serious economic situation for the Irish fishing industry. In its annual report, the State fisheries board says there will be a decrease in landings, revenue and profitability. It says, "In the long-term, decommissioning will…
East Antrim Boat Club in Larne is a haven of peace and quiet in busy commercial town, manufacturing centre and ferryport
East Antrim Boat Club is a haven of almost rural peace and quiet on the point of land with the remains of historic Olderfleet Castle at the south side of this commercial town. For Larne is a bustling manufacturing centre…
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 starts on Saturday, October 8th
A four-week Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 will take place in the National Yacht Club starting on Saturday, October 8th.  Up to 30 of the 20-foot keelboats are racing on Dublin Bay, most NYC-based, so a strong entry…
Boats at sail on Dublin Bay
Afloat.ie understands that there was little representation of sailing stakeholders at a public meeting earlier this month to discuss Ivana Bacik’s Dublin Bay Bill. As previously reported on Afloat.ie last December, the Dublin Bay South TD’s bill proposes establishing a dedicated…
Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers (right) with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath ahead of today’s Budget announcement
Sports in Ireland have received a relatively modest €8 million funding boost in today’s Budget announcement, as The Irish Times reports. About half of this figure will go towards supporting sailors, rowers, paddlers and other athletes’ preparations for the 2024…
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D, today delivered a record Budget provision for the seafood sector and coastal communities for 2023 of €335 million. The allocation represents a 62% increase in funding from 2022. This covers fisheries, aquaculture, seafood processing, fishery…
Today, strike returned at the Port of Felixstowe, where about 1,900 people took action at the UKs biggest container port for eight days last month. Above, AFLOAT's file photo of the 14,000TEU capacity Toledo Triumph berthed at the Suffolk port in south-east England where the North Sea port has 'feeder' and global container services.
According to BBC News, further strike action has begun at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port. Workers at the Port of Felixstowe are walking out between 27 September and 5 October, as Afloat reported after the union Unite rejected an…
Ian Davies, Head of UK Port Authorities and Stena Line Ports highlights the return of cruise liners this year in added an expansion of Holyhead next year to enable cruiseships to berth directly again in port and enable passengers to disemabark at a deep-water jetty.
Eagle-eyed ship-spotters in Wales are used to seeing ferries coming in and out of Holyhead Port on and a daily basis, but this year they may have noticed more activity that usual. This is because the north Wales port has…
IOM Ship Registry secures four ship deal with fellow Manx based ship owner MX Bulk whose newbuild Maye Manx (registered in Douglas) was recently delivered. Credit: IOMshipregistry
The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) is expanding its fleet after securing a new deal with fellow Douglas based ship owner MX Bulk. The agreement will see the IOMSR flag four new 63,878 MT bulk carriers presently being built…
Warrenpoint Port congratulate the Seatruck team on their acquisition by CLnD. The Seatruck brand will be retained by CLnD and the team will continue to be led by Alistair Eagles.
Operator Seatruck Ferries announced last week that, subject to regulatory approval from the Irish competition authorities, it is to be acquired from Clipper Group by CLdN. CLdN, headquartered in Luxembourg is one of Europe’s leading multimodal logistics providers with three…
Charlie Frize on his Corby 33 Banshee
The 2022 Vantage Health and Life RC35 Championships is a wrap! Another very close season with tight racing in a great variety of locations and conditions.  The season started with a great turnout of 10 boats at Kip Regatta, where one…
North Sails One Design clients have had a stunning 2022 with our fantastic customers recording victories in so many World, European, National and Regional championships here in Ireland. For the month of October, we are running our 15% off season…
An unallocated five million euro in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund could be used as a support measure, with EU approval, the organisations have pointed out
Fishing industry representatives have said they are “ confounded and disappointed” by the Government’s repeated refusal to draw down EU-approved fuel aid for the Irish fleet. As Afloat reported previously, the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation (IFPO) and Irish Fish Processors’…
Iain Murray’s role will see him take charge of all aspects on the water of the 37th America’s Cup and all AC World Series Events in the lead-up to the regatta’s start in September 2024
In a double announcement by America’s Cup Events Limited (ACE) it is confirmed today that Iain Murray has been appointed as Independent Regatta Director for the 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona alongside Richard Slater who continues in the role as…
Another big entry is expected for November's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the advance notice of its popular 'Turkey Shoot' winter sailing series that starts on Sunday, 6th November. Now in its 22nd year, the AIB-sponsored seven-race series will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club…
Greg Yarnall at the seashore
RYA Northern Ireland’s new chief operating officer Greg Yarnall took up the post earlier this month following his appointment in July. In a special Q&A with the regional governing body for boating, he tells a bit about himself, his professional…
BIM’s National Seafood Survey provides insights into the status of Ireland’s catching sector on an annual basis. It is an integral part of fisheries’ performance data reporting to the EU. Based on the most recent survey returns the Annual Fisheries…
The 2019 French-built Howth 17 Orla (Marc FitzGibbon & Daragh Gallagher) had a good day in the latest two-race outing for the Beshoff Motors Autumn League, moving herself up to second overall in class with a fourth and a first
The 40th Annual Autumn League at Howth Yacht Club – sponsored these days by specialist car company Beshoff Motors – enjoyed a bright and brisk northerly breeze with a touch of nor’east for its second weekend. “Brisk” with a mixed…
File image of Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spier
On Sunday afternoon (25 September), Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to assist three people on a 30ft cruiser reported adrift in Scariff Bay, southeast of Mountshannon Harbour. The inshore lifeboat Jean Spier launched at 3.47pm with helm Eleanor Hooker, Owen…
Artist’s impression of the EF 24 Passenger ferry from Artemis Technologies
Leading maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies has unveiled the design of its new fully electric EF-24 Passenger vessel, targeting the global high-speed ferry market. And it’s set to make its debut in 2024 on a route between Belfast…

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