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Bangor Firm Wins French Boatbuilder Deal
A Bangor-based engineering firm has won a deal to supply pump systems to French boatbuilder BJ Technologie. The Belfast Telegraph reports that Munster Simms, which also trades as Whale Pumps, will supply bilge and shower waste pumps to the international…
New Visitor's Guide to Historic Lagan Canal
Lesser Spotted Ulster's Joe Mahon was on hand to launch the first comprehensive free visitor's guide to the Lagan Canal recently, the Ulster Star reports. http://www.lisburntoday.co.uk/news/local/tv_personality_launches_first_visitors_guide_to_lagan_canal_1_2426647 The new guide provides information on the canal's storied history and its abundance of…
Marine Department Promised, First America's Cup Capsize, Whales and Sailing Oil Tankers
I am reflecting this week on a varied list of maritime issues which have arisen in my writings on marine topics. Following recent pieces I wrote about the attitude of political parties in the General Election towards the marine sector,…
Hugh Mockler Joins Crosshaven Boatyard
Crosshaven Boatyard Company Ltd has announced that Hugh Mockler, (formerly of HM Yachts Ltd), is to join long established yacht broker, Donal McClement in the Boatyard's new boat and brokerage sales division.Matt Foley, General Manager of Crosshaven Boatyard, told Afloat,…
Public Meeting in Belfast on Coastguard Modernisation Proposals
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Belfast on Thursday 3rd March 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre…
Historic Trophy for South Pacific Dream Cruise
An ocean cruise by a husband and wife from the shores of Galway Bay to Tahiti in the midst of the Pacific in an owner-built boat has been awarded Ireland's senior cruising trophy, the Faulkner Cup of the Irish Cruising…
Conference Reveals State of Marine Leisure Industry
With boat sales falling by as much as 80%, marina business down 20%, retail sales in chandlery down up to 38%, insurance down 12.5% the marine industry in Ireland and Wales had to take some action to ensure the marine…
Amendments to Pilotage Byelaws
The Port of Cork Company has announced that it intends to make amendments to their current 'Pilotage Byelaws'. The changes will reflect recent amendments made under the Harbours Acts 1996 – 2009 and the Merchant Shipping Act 2010. Such amendments…
Rambler Breaks Caribbean 600 Record
George David's maxi yacht, Rambler 100 crossed the finish line in Antigua in the early hours of Wednesday morning in an elapsed time of 1 day 16 hours 20 minutes and 2 seconds. Rambler 100 has broken the monohull race…
Enter European Endeavour
As the ro-pax European Endeavour enters the Mersey tonight, the 22,125grt vessel will mark her first round trip as the latest addition on P&O (Irish Sea) Liverpool-Dublin route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Built in 2000 the vessel can take 130 lorries…
Cruising Association Shocked by Fatal Shootings
The Cruising Association (CA) has issued a statement this evening following the fatal shooting of the the Crew of the sailing vessel Quest. The CA is shocked to learn that Scott and Jean Adam and their crew Phyllis Macay and…
Strong Winds Launch Caribbean 600
As if by magic, the tradewinds blew into the starting area off English Harbour, Antigua after several days of light winds. With 22 knots or more in the gusts. The strong winds launched the RORC Caribbean 600 fleet into action…
Missing 18-Year Old Found After Two Hour Search in Bangor
A search for a missing 18 year old boy that was launched after his friends feared he had fallen from Central Pier was stood down at 01.50 this morning after he was found hiding in the crew accommodation of a…
Marine Leisure Conference Aims to Combat Downturn
Over 120 marine trade and leisure companies from Ireland and Wales are coming together in Dun Laoghaire this week to examine ways to combat the current economic downturn on both sides of the Irish Sea. Speakers at the conference at…
Minister Lenihan Supports Environmental Initiative on Dublin's River Dodder
Minister for Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan, T.D., has joined 4th class pupils from St. Pius X Girls national school, Terenure on a field trip of the River Dodder. The purpose of the field trip was to analyse the water quality…
Carrickfergus Navigator Ian Moore Plots Aegir Caribbean Course
On loan from the Oracle America's Cup Team, Northern Ireland ace navigator Ian Moore is the navigator on board the Carbon built 80-footer Aegir for this week's RORC race in the Caribbbean. Antigua Yacht Club is buzzing with excitement, with…
Clipper Race Doc Goes Global on UK television
Against the Tide, the six-part international documentary series about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – the only global ocean race to be contested by people from all walks of life – is to be launched in the UK…
Bangor Lifeboat Reunite Missing Child with Parents
RNLI Bangor Lifeboat launched at 3pm on Sunday 20th February 2011 to search for 6 year old boy reported missing from Lukes Point close to Ballyholme Bay which is on the southern shores of Belfast Lough. Belfast Coastguard received the…
Maximus Tops HYC Brass Monkey Race
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. BRASS MONKEYS SPRING (RACE) 20/02/2011 Class 2 HPH: 1, Maximus P Kyne; 2, Papillon B O'Halloran; 3, Rum Doodle D Byrne; Class 3 HPH: 1, Just Good Friends M Carroll; 2, Invader G Glynn; 3, Scullduggery G…
Cork Crews Rise to the Top at Cork Head
Cork crews saw off rivals from far and near at the Cork rowing Head of the River at the Marina on Saturday. UCC’s men’s senior eight were the fastest men’s crew – by 1.3 seconds from De Maas of Rotterdam,…

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