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Ideas for Jetski Use Launched on New 'Ride the Wave Right' Website
#JETSKI – The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has launched its new global personal watercraft resource website which is intended for PWC riders. Working in collaboration with personal watercraft manufacturers Kawasaki, Yamaha and BRP, ICOMIA's 'Ride the Wave…
Report into Death of Crab Fisherman Prompts Call for Review of Stability Standards
#MCIB - The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has recommended a ministerial review of stability standards for fishing vessels following its report into the death of a crab fisherman off Co Cork in January last year. Gerry Hegarty drowned after…
Marine Notice: Hydrographic Survey in Irish Sea
#MARINE WARNING - The latest Marine Notice from the DTTAS advises all seafarers in the Irish Sea between north Dublin and north Wales to give a wide berth to the hydrographic and oceanographic survey operation in the area this week.…
Atlantic Salmon Trust Launches 2012 Auction Online
#ANGLING - The Atlantic Salmon Trust's 2012 Fishing Country Sports Auction went live this week, with some 300 lots offered - including three prime Irish fishing spots on the Blackwater, Mourne and Drowes. “The annual auction remains our single most…
Campaign to Stop Planned Oil Drill off Dalkey Island
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT - An online petition organised by Protect Our Coast in protest over plans by Providence Resources to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Dalkey Island, in south Co. Dublin, has reached over 2,000 signatures to…
Exclusion Zone Set Up Around Wreck of Fishing Vessel 'Tit Bonhomme'
#GLANDORE TRAWLER – In the interest of safety and to facilitate any search and recovery operations in the vicinity of the sunken vessel the F.V. TIT BONHOMME, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has set up an exclusion zone…
Lock Closes for Repair on Clondara Canal
#SHANNON – Work will commence on lock gate maintenance on the Shannon Navigation at Clondra Lock on the Clondara Canal. Waterways Ireland is advising masters and owners that work will commence on Thursday, 19 Jan and will be on-going for…
Another Good Performance From Seatruck
#FREIGHT FERRY - The third of four newbuilds, Seatruck Performance was launched at the FGS Flensburg Yard, Germany, last week, according to The Motorship. The first of the newbuildings, Seatruck Progress, is now operating on the Dublin-Liverpool route. The second…
Irish Couple Speak of 'Titanic' Experience on Capsized Cruise Liner
#NEWS UPDATE - The Irish couple rescued from the stricken cruise liner off the Italian coast have spoken of their joy to be back home safe and sound. Séamus Moore (52) and his wife Carol (50) from Clonmel were greeted…
Irish Paralympic Sailing Crew Finish Seventh at IFDS worlds
#IFDS – The IFDS World Championships have drawn to a close and Ireland's sailors John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello have finished seventh overall, a disappointing outcome for the Kinsale trio given they were tied for the top spot…
Worrall Thompson Thanks Irish Wife at Fundraiser for 470 Duo
#WORRALL THOMPSON - Celebrity chef Anthony Worrall Thompson - in Dublin at the weekend for a fundraiser for Olympic hopefuls Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan - has credited his Irish wife with being the "rock" that kept him going through…
Search Resumes for Missing Fishermen in West Cork
#RESCUE - The search resumed this morning for five men missing after their fishing boat went down in rough seas in West Cork early yesterday, The Irish Times reports. One of the six-person crew of the Tit Bonhomme was rescued…
It's Blue Monday but Cheer up, Come and Join us!
#BLUE MONDAY – Christmas credit card debt? New Year Gloom. Still a month before the boat goes back in the water! According to some mysterious science today is dubbed 'Blue Monday 'aka the saddest day of the year'. Cheer yourself…
Port of Cork Gets off to a Good Start in 2012
  #CORK – January 2012 kicked off to a good start for the Port of Cork with over 76,000 tons of dry bulk animal feeds unloaded in one week, a record for the Port. The high quantity of feed which…
Early Poll Shows Kenefick Leads in Sailor of the Year Vote
Quarter ton sailor and All Ireland Sailing Champion George Kenefick has established an early lead in the readers poll for the 2011 Sailor of the Year Award. The Crosshaven helmsman has 81 votes so far, nearly triple that of the…
Performance X-34 Cruiser on Afloat Boats for Sale Site
#BOATS FOR SALE – Whether you are looking to step straight into a race prepared X-34 for winning regattas or a well prepared 34 footer for performance cruising an X-34 on the Afloat boats for sale site,  represents an excellent…
Combating Piracy off the Seychelles
#ON THE TV – In tomorrow's concluding two-part documentary 'Hostile Environment' (RTE 1, 21.35) actor Liam Cunningham explores the criminal world in the Seychelles. Also examined is the role of anti-piracy work, as almost one third of all the oil…
Glandore Search Continues for Five Missing Crew
#GLANDORE SEARCH – The Naval Vessel LE Niamh has joined up to 18 other vessels including lifeboats from Baltimore and Courtmacsherry and a large fleet of up to 18 fishing vessels in a bid to locate five men missing from…
Irish Ferries 'Flagship' Returns to Dublin Route
#FERRIES - Ulysses arrived fresh from refit on the Dublin-Holyhead route yesterday after annual dry-docking at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on the Irish Ferries 'flagship' sailings on the central corridor route (also served by…
Bundoran Lifeboat Launches for Surfer in First callout of 2012
#BUNDORAN RESCUE – On Saturday 14th January, following a distress call, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were tasked to assist a surfer in trouble at Tullan Strand, Bundoran. The surfer got into difficulty around 4pm after his surf board snapped during a…

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