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Quarantine restrictions in the UK were lifted (yesterday, 2 Aug.) for fully-vaccinated EU and US passengers. Above AFLOAT's photo of Stena Britannia, (outward bound off Harwich), is one of pair of giant 63,500gt ferries that operates Stena Line's only 'combined passenger & freight' route connecting the UK and mainland Europe through the Dutch port of Hook van Holland. The North Sea route also acts as a UK 'landbridge' for trade travelling between Ireland and Europe and beyond, where in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, Stena operate a more larger route network.
In the UK, the North Sea ferry and cruise port of Harwich is set to benefit from an influx of tourists after quarantine restrictions were lifted (yesterday) for fully-vaccinated passengers arriving from amber countries in Europe and the USA. It comes as…
Niall Coleman (centre) and Susan Halpenny were the winners of the Flying Fifteen's 2021 Facet Trophy presented by Facet Jeweller Pat Shannon (left)
The Facet Trophy for Flying Fifteens on Dublin Bay is unique in that it is the only event within the DBSC Flying Fifteen Series where the trophy is presented on the day of the racing. This is due to the…
The Port of Waterford is showing positive momentum this year. Above Afloat adds is the port's main terminal, Belview located on the Suir, with bulk-carriers berthed.
Operating profits at the Port of Waterford for 2020 were €0.7 million, down from the €1.2 million recorded in 2019 during a period of trading set against the pandemic. The Port's turnover was €7.2m for the year a reduction of…
New life for old – Richard Leonard's David Thomas-designed Bolero Bandit, the Bruce Farr 1977-vintage Farrocious, and the Young family's Albin Express North Star racing with Royal Cork YC last Thursday evening
Where other people and places see problems, down Crosshaven way they see opportunities and solutions. Thus although the sailing world generally may be getting increasingly agitated about the fact that fibreglass boats seem to last forever and eventually present a…
Gold medal to Dylan Fletcher (left) and Stu Bithell (GBR)
Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell (GBR) have won Tokyo Olympic gold in the 49er Men with Pete Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) taking silver and Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) bronze. New Zealand wanted the right-hand side of the…
Martine Grael (right) and Kahena Kunze (BRA) successfully defended the Olympic title they won in Rio 2016
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) have won gold in the 49erFX Women with Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER) taking silver and Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) bronze. The remaining Irish interest in the Tokyo sailing regatta focussed…
A Quantum cableless code 0
Mark Mansfield, Agent for Quantum Sails in Ireland, provides some thoughts on setting up your yacht to make it more competitive offshore and on longer coastal races. Having competed in the Recent Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (finished third overall)…
Gary Mills and family in their Rankin dinghy in Cork Harbour
The Rankin dinghy revival has positively impacted Cove Sailing Club and is a source of satisfaction to those who have made great efforts over the past few years to restore this historic fleet in Cork Harbour. Two of the stalwarts…
All EU states registered large increases in exports outside Europe with the exception of Ireland and Cyprus. The opening up the Irish and EU markets to competition from the foreign companies associated with the free trade agreements can create problems for some sectors. Above AFLOAT adds an 'Ireland-Max' class containership, one of a quartet of Chinese built ships under the Cypriot flag and which operates out of Irish ports to mainland Europe in addition linking the UK.
Due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant has forced some countries to reverse plans to reopen their economies, denting the hopes of Irish exporters for continued expansion. In particular, falling exports to countries outside of Europe are beginning…
The rescue of the Lily B off Hook Head on 20 October 2020
The RNLI is to present three Irish lifeboat crews with gallantry awards for their role in a rescue last October that saved nine lives and prevented a 100m cargo vessel from hitting rocks at Hook Head. The coxswains of Dunmore…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels are being experienced on the 26th level (Long Level) of the Grand Canal’s Barrow Line. As of Friday 30 July, water levels are down 400mm from expected levels.…
File image of the AMS Retriever
Following the Marine Notice two months ago on the deployment of wave buoys and a floating lidar buoy at the Dublin Array offshore wind farm, a new notice has been issued regarding the lidar buoy’s move to a fixed position.…
Peter Lawless’ 41ft yacht Waxwing in Kilrush ahead of his pending solo circumnavigation
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is backing Limerick sailor Peter Lawless’ pending solo, non-stop round-the-world voyage on his Rival 41 yacht Waxwing. While the charity has sponsored the yacht’s passive self-steering equipment, in return Peter — son of…
The blue whale sighted some 320km west of Slyne Head in late July
A recent rare sighting of a blue whale off the west of Ireland is the first in six years, it’s been reported. Last weekend the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) shared an image of what’s believed to be a…
Flossie Donnelly (third from right) with young volunteers at the Sandycove portion of the nationwide Big Weigh In on Saturday 31 July
Nearly three-and-a-half tonnes of rubbish was removed from Ireland’s coastal areas and inland waterways this weekend as part of a nationwide ‘Big Weigh In’. Organised by Flossie and the Beach Cleaners, the first-for-Ireland clean-up saw more than 400 people take…
Two medical evacuations took place in separate airlifts from Inismor to University Hospital Galway. It is understood that both patients are in their early twenties
Clusters of Covid-19 have resulted in medical evacuation of two young people from the largest Aran island of Inis Mór at the weekend. As The Times Ireland edition reports, the HSE has confirmed an “increase in Covid infection activity” on…
Crew on board Our Isles and Oceans
On Friday last (30th July), a new scheme for young people affected by the pandemic began in Oban on the Argyll and Bute coast in Scotland. The first participants include a cabaret singer, intensive care doctor and a student. Named…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 192). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
The all-weather lifeboat Ger Tighclearr tows the casualty vessel back to Arklow Harbour
Arklow RNLI launched swiftly on Sunday (1 August) to assist a support vessel that lost propulsion during a sailing regatta off the Co Wicklow town. Most of the volunteer crew were already close to the station when they received the…
Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill (left) and Frank Whelan's new J122 Kaya will contest the Calves Week title at Schull Harbour Sailing Club from Tuesday
Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, whose victory in both divisions in 2019 clinched him the overall title, will defend on Tuesday in the first of four races to decide Calves Week Regatta 2021 in West Cork. A fleet of 36…

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