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Dara Calleary is Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo
Dara Calleary has been named as the new Minister for Agriculture and the Marine following last night’s dramatic sacking of Barry Cowen from the post. RTÉ News reports on the new appointment confirmed today (Wednesday 15 July) by Taoiseach Micheál…
Isle of Man Registry Director Cameron Mitchell. The launch of the app will become the first ever seafarer welfare app designed by a ship registry.
The Isle of Man Ship Registry, which is one of the world's leading flag states, is set to launch the first ever seafarer welfare app designed by a ship registry. Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry Cameron Mitchell…
The new Rodman Spirit 31 at Crosshaven Boatyard
Crosshaven Boatyard — the Irish agents for Rodman Boats — yesterday took the wrapping off a new Rodman Spirit 31 at their Cork Harbour yard and marina. The hardtop inboard model comes with 320HP Volvo diesel engine, slightly different from…
Get Out & Have Fun On The Water With Jobe Towables From CH Marine
With the weather looking up from this weekend, there’s no better time to get out and have fun on the water with a Jobe towables from CH Marine. The range includes inflatable chairs like the two-seater Anura, now only €239…
Floating Wind Technology a "Game Changer" for Ireland -Eirwind Blueprint Forecasts
Cork harbour could become central to Ireland’s development as an international centre for hydrogen energy technology, a new offshore wind blueprint by the Eirwind consortium forecasts. As The Irish Examiner reports today, Ireland could be exporting bulk hydrogen as part…
Barry Cowen is Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly and had been in the role of Minister for Agriculture and the Marine for only two weeks
Ireland’s new Marine Minister has been sacked from his role amid controversy surrounding a three-month road ban he received for drink-driving in 2016. RTÉ News reports that Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen’s appointment as Minister of Agriculture and the Marine…
Four Fireballs from the Irish fleet contested last night's DBSC Tuesday race
Four Fireballs raced in the third of the Tuesday DBSC series in Dun Laoghaire last night. Once again the harbour was the setting due to Covid19 restrictions on rescue personnel. Any fears that the enclosed waters may have resulted in…
Another fine turnout of Lasers for DBSC dinghy racing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
DBSC Results for 14/07/2020 Race one: Laser Standard result is under review. Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Something Else,…
A stack of creels used for lobster and crab potting
The UK’s Cruising Association’s Regulations and Technical Services group (RATS) has welcomed the move by the Scottish government to update its rules for marking lobster pots in Scottish waters. The best practice guidance, which came into force on 20 June,…
Alison O’Hagan training in Lough Neagh before her eventful swim last Saturday
An open water swimmer has hailed her crossing of Lough Neagh as a triumph — despite being whisked to hospital after breathing water into her lungs. As BelfastLive reports, Lurgan woman Alison O’Hagan was 13km into her 14km endurance swim…
Baltimore RNLI’s Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat
Two Baltimore women are running a virtual relay race around Ireland for their local lifeboat, after the annual charity walk was cancelled over coronavirus restrictions. Anna Carthy and Odharnait Collins are now on day three their ‘Race to Raise’ in…
A new traffic system at Dun Laoghaire cuts off the primary access route to the base of the East Pier where the National Yacht Club (pictured) and Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat are located
A new cycle lane at Dun Laoghaire Harbour runs across the primary access route for the town's RNLI Lifeboats, one of the busiest stations in the country and restricts the lifesaving service in its emergency response, according to the Dun…
More Time To Fly Your Flag At Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire’s local authority has extended the deadline to take part in its summer flag-making initiative. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, locals of all ages are invited tell their own Covid-19 story with a flag of their own making. Submitted…
British Ports Association called the promised resources to cover infrastructure, systems and staffing ‘helpful measures designed to ease the new borders requirements which come into force next year’. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of a Larne-Cairnryan serving ferry, European Causeway of P&O Ferries which also has just two of an original five-strong fleet operating Dover-Calais albeit in a freight-only mode due to the fallout of Covid-19. The UK government has however provided a further funding of £37m (in April it was £17m) to the ferry firm and others to ensure a secure and stable supply of goods to and from the UK and the EU. Afloat also adds the financial support package includes funding from the N.Ireland Executive on some Irish Sea routes: Cairnryan-Belfast/Larne and Heysham-Warrenpoint.
BrexitPorts: The British Ports Association welcomed a new UK government promise to provide more than £700m (US$880m) in funding to cover infrastructure, systems, staffing to cope with the new border requirements relating to the Britain's departure from the EU customs…
Among the variety of vessels berthed in the Port of Galway (Dun Aengus Dock) at the weekend was the general cargoship Pasendena (on left) loaded with scrap-metal. Afloat has indentied the owners of the 2,993grt short-sea trader as Gerhard Wessels based in Germany.
Afloat previously featured the Port of Galway's shipping activity and likewise the company of the mid-west port highlighted on social media the variety of vessels along with respective cargoes that called to the harbour at the weekend. A trio of…
Mirrors racing downwind on Lough Ree
Mirror Sailing Ireland has announced new dates in August for the Northern regionals that were due to take place this weekend, 18-19 July. Lough Ree Yacht Club will now host the Mirror Northerns on the weekend of 29-30 August as…
The 39ft ketch Teddy of Clifden in a Greenland anchorage
When long-distance American sailor Nick Kats – now 62 - arrived into Clifden in far west Connemara nearly ten years ago with his 39ft steel Bermudan ketch Teddy, it started a fascinating new chapter in an already interesting life. For…
Guidance On Sailing Events During The Covid-19 Pandemic
A group of volunteer race officials have worked together to create a guidance document to help in planning and implementing safe and happy sailing events for the season ahead. Irish Sailing has now published these guidelines, with details on planning,…
For sale: One Seal 22 in aid of the RNLI
Thanks to the generosity of Ivon and Jane Roberts from Rosscarbery, County Cork, you now can be the next owner as the couple has donated their boat Decade to Union Hall RNLI. Ivon and Jane bought Decade on their tenth…
Stay Safe On Or Near The Water With Handy Website Advice & Checklists
Before you take part in any water-based activity this summer, or any time of year, you should consider what you need to do in order to stay safe while on or near the water. Depending on whether you are actually…

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