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Peel Ports Group in the UK announced today that it was awarded 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'. The group includes an Irish operation Peel Ports Dublin (MTL Terminals) which neighbours Poolbeg Y&BC, Ringsend. The container terminal provides short-sea connections with ports in Central Europe and Irish Sea as well as 'feeder' services connecting the Far East, India and South America. Above BG Ireland (on left) which previously served the terminal and the deck of P&O Ferries ropax Norbank underway from another terminal when bound for Liverpool, one of several UK ports operated by the group.
The Peel Ports Group have been awarded the accolade 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'  after securing the most online votes, amongst those who voted, from the maritime directory’s 15,000-strong readership of professionals in the sector. The win comes…
Gaff rig leaders Stiofan O Laoire, Paul Keogh and Johnny Wedick in Poolbeg Y&BC. Paul Keogh was honoured by the international Old Gaffers Association at their AGM at the weekend with the prestigious Jolie Brise Trophy for his long years of dedicated service with the Clondalkin-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan
For many years until her transfer to Galway in 2021, the Clondalkin community-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan was a feature of sailing life in Dublin’s River Liffey at Poolbeg Y&BC in Ringsend, and she was a regular attendee at traditional…
A guard of honour on National Services Day last September, also marked the start of the Naval Service's 75th anniversary (see today's related story). The Naval Service is hoping to get permission to alter its regulations to entice more retired sailors back into the fold on a part-time basis to help alleviate the critical shortage of personnel.
According to the Irish Examiner, the Naval Service is hoping to get permission to alter its regulations to entice more retired sailors back into the fold on a part-time basis. This is to help alleviate the critical shortage of personnel.…
Further delays at the new Liverpool ferry terminal to serve the Isle of Man Steam Packet
ManxRadio reports that it is two years since start the of construction at Princes Half Tide Dock in Liverpool. It's frustrating that the new ferry terminal in Liverpool is yet to be completed. That's from the enterprise minister ahead of…
Actor Niamh Cusack was enlisted to give a professional reading of the poem Statio Bene Fida Carinis (Latin for ‘A Place Most Suitable For Ships’) onboard the L.É. James Joyce while alongside Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The actor Niamh Cusack temporarily enlisted with the Naval Service to give a professional reading of a significant poem on board the L.É.James Joyce while alongside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Her nuanced, balanced and knowing delivery of the work, recorded by…
The Haulbowline Island remediation works is a real turning point in the story of the Island's remediation to an area of real civic worth to the community and also as a suitable home to our Naval service
One year on since completion, the Haulbowline Island Recreational Amenity in the heart of Cork Harbour is the largest project of its kind to date in Ireland. The Haulbowline Remediation by Cork County Council has transformed the former East Tip site into…
Comanche crew celebrate setting a new race record in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race after completing the race to Grenada in record time: 7d 22hrs 1min 4secs. The winning crew: Guillermo Altadill Fischer, Mitch Booth, Diogo Cayolla, Pete Cumming, Dom Davies, Damien Durchon, Shannon Falcone, Pavlo Kalynchev, Alexei Kapustin, Pavel Karachov, Campbell Knox, Petr Lipa, Lago Lopez Marra, Paul Magee, Will Oxley, Corrado Rossignoli, Louis Sinclair, Justin Slattery, (far left on front row) Eduard van Lierde, Rudi van Velzen, Konstantin Vasilev, Daryl Wislang
The 30.48m (100ft) VPLP Design/Verdier Maxi Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth and with Cork's Justin Slattery as part of the crew has taken Monohull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, winning the magnificent IMA Trophy. Comanche has set…
The late Jim Fahy and his wife Christina, both keen sailors
Tributes have been paid among the west coast’s sailing community to former RTÉ western editor Jim Fahy who died late last week at the age of 75. The journalist’s association with Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) since its foundations were…
Staff with the State’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) have served notice of a 24-hour work stoppage this week with further strike action to follow. Barring last minute efforts to resolve issues, the move is expected to cause disruption in…
Wicklow RNLI Inshore RNLI lifeboat
Wicklow RNLI Inshore RNLI lifeboat was launched at 10:30 am this morning (Sunday 16 January) after a concerned member of the public contacted the Coast Guard to report a lone kayaker in difficulties south of Wicklow harbour. The Inshore lifeboat…
AMS Retriever
Marine data company Partrac is planning to deploy Metocean instrumentation at the North Ireland Sea Area (NISA) over a two-day period from tomorrow, Monday 17 January. The survey campaign covers two sites in NISA off North Co Dublin, Meath and…
Patrick Pruniaux (left), chief executive of Ulysse Nardin with Richard Brisius, race chairman of The Ocean Race
With just one year to go to the start gun for leg one of The Ocean Race 2022-23, the countdown is on and Ulysse Nardin, the pioneering Swiss watch manufacturer, has become the official timekeeper of the race. Ulysse Nardin…
Get a glimpse behind the scenes at X-Yachts’ production facility in Haderslev, Denmark
X-Yachts is offering a unique opportunity to get up close with its range of performance yachts — from the workshop to the showroom and beyond. From Monday 28 February to Sunday 6 March, a select group of visitors to X-Yacht’s…
What will be the effect of Marine Protected Areas on sailing?
Where will marine protected areas and marine conservation zones be located in Irish coastal waters and what effects will they have on sailing, watersports generally, angling, commercial fishing, shipping? The Marine Environment Section in the Water Division of the Department…
Kenneth Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy
The Offshore Racing Academy which aims to provide professional impartial offshore sailing and racing advice to make offshore sailing and racing more fun, enjoyable and safe for sailors of all levels from the gruelling Figaro and Class 40 solo offshore…
Effortless progress – Rob Mason’s newly-restored 1938-built trawler yacht Blue Hills moves sweetly through the waters of southwest Wales
To say that Rob Mason of Milford Haven has an eye for a boat is a bit like saying that the late Vincent O’Brien was quite a good judge of horseflesh. The retired Milford Haven tugboat skipper turned up from…
Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from RNIYC are one of eight NI Squibs heading for the Kinsale based Irish Nationals in June
It’s a long way for crew and boats to travel from Belfast Lough and Strangford Lough to Kinsale but eight from the northern-based Squib class will be making that 300 mile trip in June for the eight-race Bandon Co-Op Squib…
Laser Winter racing at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
Saturday, January 15th, was day two of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s Laser Winter League in Cork Harbour. A windless morning was in store for the competitors. The bay was calm and clear, and the air had a cold bite. Nonetheless,…
Norwegian oil industry union official Stein Bredal who died earlier this month at the age of 71
Tributes have been paid in Ireland to the Norwegian oil industry union official Stein Bredal who died earlier this month at the age of 71. Bredal, who was a safety representative, shop steward and board member of Statoil – now…
Ireland's multi Volvo Ocean Race round the world champion Justin Slattery has added another line to his world-class sailing CV this morning by setting a new RORC Transatlantic Race Record onboard the maxi Comanche. Five days ago Slattery predicted he…
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