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The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare
In Ireland, 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast and many communities along the Irish coast depend on industries such as tourism, fishing and aquaculture. Furthermore, there is now mounting evidence that the ocean plays a key role…
The incident occurred in the waters close to Dunluce Castle in Co Antrim
RTÉ News reports that a teenager has died after a group of sea swimmers got into difficulty off the North Coast in Northern Ireland yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 16 June. The young man was part of a group that was reportedly…
ISORA Publishes Offshore Racing 'Reboot' Protocol & New 2020 Calendar
ISORA has made good on its promise to publish its 'Back to Boating' Protocol this week (downloadable below), the offshore racing body is eager to get back racing at the earliest possible opportunity on the Irish Sea. The first race…
SB20 sportsboats will race as part of DBSC's 2020 revised race programme downloadable below
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued a revised schedule for its much anticipated 2020 season. Commodore Jonathan Nicholson says his committee has considered many factors in putting the programme together and reports as follows: Dinghy Racing Dinghy racing commences in…
Wexford RNLI leaving Killurin after bringing five people to safety
Wexford RNLI came to the rescue of five people on Monday afternoon (15 June) after the jet ski they were on lost power and began to sink. The four teenagers and an adult had managed to get on top of a nearby…
Bangor’s lifeboat comes alongside the stricken motorboat in Belfast Lough
Bangor's lifeboat rescued four people aboard a motorboat from Carrickfergus after the boat broke down off Whitehead, and the group risked drifting into a shipping lane in Belfast Lough in fading light. A volunteer crew from Bangor RNLI was requested…
Movanagher Lock on the Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland advises masters and users of the Lower Bann Navigation of details regarding the reopening of the Locks from this Tuesday 23 June (pushed back from the original date of Thursday 18 June). Locks will operate from 9am to…
DBSC Laser dinghy racing moves inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour this season
As was announced today, the Dublin Bay Sailing Club has taken the extraordinary decision to shift dinghy racing to inside Dun Laoghaire harbour DBSC writes Laser Class Captain Gavan Murphy. However, these are extraordinary times we live in and require…
Next week’s Solo Maitre Coq starts and finishes in Les Sables d’Olonne.
With the gradual easing of the French lockdown and offshore racing sailors now having returned to training, the future is again looking brighter for Irish solo racer Tom Dolan. Since relaunching at the beginning of June the Brittany based racer,…
The Belfast Lough IMX 38 eXcession is entered by owners Ruan O’Tiarnagh from Ballyholme YC, John Harrington (Royal Ulster) and Johnny Mulholland, also from Bangor
The second Northern Ireland entry for August's Round Ireland Race is, as Afloat previously reported, the Belfast Lough IMX 38 eXcession entered by owners Ruan O'Tiarnaigh from Ballyholme YC, John Harrington (Royal Ulster) and Johnny Mulholland, also from Bangor. Joining…
Irish Sailing Waits for Sport Expert Group’s Response to Phase 3 & 4 Return to Sailing Proposal
Irish Sailing is waiting to hear back from the Government's Sport Expert Group to see if mixed household crew (in a pod system) and using regular crew with effective contact tracing as the mitigating factor will be allowed. Irish Sailing…
The revived Dublin Bay 21 Class will remain true to their original colours, but their order of restoration is non-numerical, as Number 6 – Naneen, centre - has been the first to sail again, as she was the only one to be built in Dun Laoghaire
The complex project of restoring the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 21 class – which first raced in 1903 and ceased racing in 1986 – has been in hiatus during the Lockdown. But now Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra have…
Annalise Murphy, pictured with her Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, has been selected to represent Ireland in the Laser Radial class at the forthcoming 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo
The news that Ireland’s 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal-winner, sailor Annalise Murphy, has been nominated to represent Ireland in the Laser Radial class at the forthcoming 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo has been warmly welcomed by Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales…
Johanna Murphy of Cobh, Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, is also a Committee Member of of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association
Some offshore racing enthusiasts may have been hoping that the historic re-enactment of the “Kingstown to Queenstown" Race of 1860 – the first proper offshore event in Irish and British waters – might still have been staged in some very…
Friendly port and ocean crossroads – Horta in the Azores, with the commercial, ferry and cruise-liner berths in foreground, while the anchorage, old harbour, and yacht harbour are beyond
Today (Monday), the Quinlan-Owens family from Kinvara on Galway Bay with the Atlantic-circuiting 39ft steel ketch Danu have been finally free to roam ashore as they please in Horta on Faial in the Azores, as the next phase in the…
Sport Ireland Support for Clubs Includes Free Awareness eLearning Course
As Ireland moves through the various phases of the Government Roadmap, Sport Ireland is providing training & support resources to the sector in relation to Covid19. A Sport Ireland COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course is now available on Sport Ireland's website…
Ship 'Sample' (Part 1 of 2) Stena Nordica seen shifting berths following a layover in Dublin Port more than a decade ago when serving on the Holyhead route. The ro-pax ferry continues to play an important role for the ship's owners as a relief ferry on the Irish Sea. As since last night the 'Nordica' carried out final sailings on the Wales route until today's resumption finally by the route's newbuild ropax Stena Estrid after engine-trouble in May. Also pictured is former Arklow Racer berthed at DeepWaterQuay (See: Shipping Snippets 'Ports & Shipping' news 5th June) one of the 'R' series of dry-cargo/ container ships which formed part of the backbone of Arklow Shipping's fleet for almost 20 years, but these oldest in the fleet are been disposed as ASL continue a newbuild programme. Afloat will feature in Ship Sample (2 of 2) on some of the 'R' class cargoships which have been sold, while looking into newbuild Irish flagged traders. As for the photo, this may be familar with reader/collectors of 'Ships Monthly' (Feb) 2010 issue as part of their Ships Pictorial centrespread.
Stena Nordica continues in nomadic mode as Afloat tracked the ropax ferry on a repositioning passage to Fishguard, having relieved duties of former engine troubled newbuild Stena Estrid which returned to the Holyhead-Dublin route today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The leadship…
After successful implementation in selected countries, the container line (MSC) is now extending the programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Above AFLOAT adds is DNV GL's ground-breaking new class notation to mitigate fire risks on container ships had been awarded to MSC. The notation has been implemented on the largest container ships in the world, the 23,000+ TEU MSC Gülsün class with their also important lowest CO2 emissions per container carried by design.
Following a successful implementation in selected countries, global container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is now extending its the MSC Carbon Neutral Programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Since early 2019, MSC has partnered with leading global climate solutions provider…
The new government targets include increasing offshore wind energy from 3.5 gigawatts (GW) to five GW off the east and south coast by 2030
Plans for upscaling offshore renewable energy under the new Programme for Government will fail unless the State agencies receive more resources, an industry group has warned. The Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA) has described as “revolutionary” the new targets, which…
Set of safety measures announced by Stena Line with potential easing of lock-down and travel restrictions on non essential travel is aimed to ensure those taking a ferry is the safest form of public transport
A set of safety measures announced by Stena Line, given the potential easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-emergence of non-essential travel, is aimed at ensuring ferry travel is the safest form of public transport. Social distancing, fog machines, fresh…

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