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Lough Derg Starboard Marks Change to Green
#INLAND – The black starboardhand marks on Lough Derg will be changed over to the colour "Green" during the course of the winter period say Waterways Ireland. Work will commence immediately at the northern end of the lough in the…
The Wait Begins for Second Tow-In Surf Session
#SURFING - The waiting period for the second Tow-In Surf Session at Mullaghmore Head is now under way. The invite-only list of the world's top big wave surfers has until 1 March 2012 to try to best the monster…
Canoeing Ireland Looking for New General Manager
#JOBS & CAREERS - Canoeing Ireland, the national governing body for canoe sports in Ireland, has a vacancy for a general manager based at its headquarters in Dublin. The successful candidate will "lead the organisation, its members and…
Stena Superfast VII Departs Poland for New Belfast-Cairnryan Route
#FERRY NEWS-Stena Superfast VII the first of two ferries to make a new career on the North Channel departed Poland yesterday after completion of an extensive upgrade in Gdansk. The work included the installation of a Nordic spa containing a…
Interim Harbour Opens at Greystones
#MARINA– Greystones Harbour developer is considering whether there is enough demand to open the planned Greystones marina next Summer following the opening of the interim harbour to the public last Saturday (November 5th). Initial marina plans focussed on the installation…
Giant New Car Truck Carrier Docks in Dublin
#PORTS AND SHIPPING-The 74,258 gross tonnes Figaro, a large car truck carrier (LCTC) capable of loading 7879 cars or 432 trucks, which was launched this year, docked at Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Figaro arrived into Dublin Bay off the…
Boats are Selling - Get Your Boat Sold on
#BOATS FOR SALE – In spite of the doom and gloom boats are still selling through Afloat and we've had good news from one customer this week who sold his yacht within a few weeks of the advert going up…
Facebook,Twitter Launch for Team O'Leary and Burrows, Website to Follow
#OLYMPIC – Ireland's Olympic sailing heavyweights Peter O'Leary and David Burrows are catching the new media wave and have launched a new twitter, facebook presence. The team say they're completing final testing on a new website too. It will be…
Tanker and Lifeboats Conduct Emergency Exercises off Dalkey Island
#MARINE RESCUE EXERCISE-By coincidence two separate emergency exercise practise drills took place yesterday off Dalkey Island, the first involved a 12,921dwt tanker in broad daylight while the second exercise involved lifeboats under pitch-dark conditions, writes Jehan Ashmore. The tanker Cumbrian…
Coveney Calls On EU States to Support Irish Efforts to Deal with Discards
#FISHING – Commenting on the first ever Irish Discards Atlas, which was launched today, Minister Simon Coveney said "Ireland has now taken the lead in the debate on discards and this Atlas will inform the process to achieve real change…
Commercial Motor Yacht Owner Pleads Guilty
#MOTORBOAT – The owner of a Princess 42 luxury motor yacht has pleaded guilty to carrying more people than licensed to do so between Strangford to Peel, Isle of Man. The merchant vessel 'Sarah May III' is registered in the…
Fishing Vessel Skipper Pleads Guilty
#FISHING – The skipper of Grimsby based fishing vessel 'Karen', that grounded on rocks at Ardglass in Northern Ireland, has pleaded guilty to the charge of endangering his ship and crew. On 3rd January 2011 the UK registered fishing vessel…
Chinese Irish Entry Announces  Leg One Retirement
#SANYA–Team Sanya hit choppy waters this evening following a decision to announce an official retirement from Leg One of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race but they vow to get back in the race as soon as possible. The team have…
Marine Institute Stragaire Training Programme: Fisheries Science Services
#JOBS AND CAREERS-The Marine Institute's Student Training Programme for recent graduates is designed to provide work experience opportunities in an area in which they are interested. As part of Fisheries Science Services, interested graduates will provide administrative support to the…
Campaign to Get Fishermen to Wear Lifejackets
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, Irish Water Safety (IWS), the statutory body established to promote water safety and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are continuing their campaign to encourage more fishermen to wear their lifejackets at…
Last Week's Most Popular Stories on
We count down the top ten most popular stories on from the past couple of weeks... 10. Dublin Port outlines plans for a dedicated Cruise Terminal 9. New scheme introduced to measure the sound pollution from wave energy 8.…
Green and Doorly Take FF Frostbite Title
#FLYING FIFTEEN – It was dubbed 'Super Sunday' as four boats were in contention going into week six of the National Yacht Club's Frostbite series for Flying Fifteens and with two races slated it was all up for grabs. Green/Doorly…
Sanya Hull Damage First Photos Here!
#SANYA HULL DAMAGE – Team Sanya crew were driven back to Alicante to the team hotel they have called home for the past few weeks. For most, their families are still here. The damage to the boat is plain for…
T.D.’s to Strut their Stuff in aid of Maritime Museum
#MARITIME MUSEUM – Independent T.D.'s Richard Boyd Barrett, Luke'Ming' Flanagan and Mick Wallace are to don 'conservative' attire, albeit briefly!..wearing collars, ties and suits for a 'Fashion Show Extavaganza' to aid the re-opening of the National Maritime Museum in Dun…
Emotional Walker Tells How Mast Broke (Video)
#ABU DHABI DISMASTING – "I knew there were going to be problems because my feet left the deck" skipper Ian Walker  describes the moment of impact when his Abu Dhabi yacht hit a huge wave and lost its mast in…

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