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Caitríona Lucas, a 41-year-old librarian and mother-of-two, was a highly experienced volunteer with the Irish Coast Guard’s Doolin unit.
Irish Coast Guard volunteer Bernard Lucas has called for a re-investigation into the cause of his wife Caitriona’s death off the Clare coast in 2016. In an interview with today’s Sunday Independent, Mr Lucas says he finds as “shocking” the…
Maxime Sorel brings V and B Mayenne home in tenth place in the Vendee Globe
Day 84 - Bringing the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe to an incredible crescendo eight competitors arrived back in Les Sables d’Olonne within 23 hours and 44 minutes. With a record entry of 33 boats and an atypical sequence…
Big seas at Dun Laoghaire on Saturday, January 30th. Scroll down for more
Getting into situations over his head rarely fazed Sir Roger Casement, so a new Dublin Bay seafront home should present no difficulties for the statue of the Sandycove man at the refurbished Dun Laoghaire Baths site. Saturday's north-easterly gale flooded the…
Flying Fifteen sailing on the Clyde
Scottish club Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club is keen to recruit Irish Flying Fifteen entries for its staging of the UK National Championships from 24th - 27th June 2021. Ireland has a strong tradition of attending the UK event, particularly when…
The lifeboat returning to Courtmacsherry  pontoon with casualty on board
The Courtmacsherry All-Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out this afternoon at 4.10 pm at to go to the immediate aid of a windsurfer who got into difficulty over one kilometre from shore off Garrylucas Strand near the Old…
Short Film on Cork’s Otters to Have Online Premiere
The otters of Cork get a tribute in a new documentary that gets its online premiere this Tuesday 2 February at 7pm. Made by the Cork Nature Network with funds from The Heritage Council among others, Cork Otters explores the…
Irish free diver Dave McGowan, who will walk 24 hours straight for charity next week
An Irish free diver in Egypt who last year sought public support for his competitive efforts is paying it forward with a plan to walk for 24 hours straight in aid of Pieta House. Dave McGowan tells the Irish Examiner…
An AFLOAT photo of an Irish Sea ferry in stormy seas that also faces the ferry sector that is keenly felt at the north Wales port of Holyhead due to Brexit & Covid. While offshore south of Anglesey today, heavy seas and east winds has led to a trio of other merchant shipping vessels that took to the relative shelter off the Welsh coastline along the Llŷn Peninsula.
As stormy seas hit the commercial reality of a post-Brexit Holyhead ferryport, the UK Met Office marine forecast for the Irish Sea was up to severe gale force 9, with ships today riding out bad weather off Anglesey, writes Jehan Ashmore…
Brexit Reality: As ferry company, Stena has placed them (dockers) on the UK Government wage scheme as they wait for demand to return (to the Port of Holyhead). As NorthWalesLive also highlighted a move that has also sparked fears arise, as the operator next week is to replace Stena Estrid (last Saturday deployed to Dublin-Cherbourg duties) with the smaller Ireland-France route's routine 'Visentini' class ro pax Stena Horizon pictured above by AFLOAT on a previous relief stint on the Irish Sea route.
Ferry operator Stena Line has placed a quarter if its dock workers at Holyhead on furlough as Covid and Brexit hit demand for services. The ferry giant, reports NorthWalesLive, has seen a slump in trade since January 1 due to…
European Parliament adopted report on revision of Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed.
The European Parliament has adopted the report on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines (2019/2192(INI)) with a large majority. With the adoption of the own-initiative report last week, the Parliament set out its position on the upcoming…
Students sort shellfish on a previous Science@Sea survey
The call is now open for Marine Institute SMART Research Vessel Bursaries 2021 — but applicants must act fast, as the closing date for the first survey is this coming Tuesday 2 February. This year up to 20 bursaries are…
"Our jewel and darling Dublin…." Far from being seen as a problem, the intertwining of the city, port and sea should be thought of as something to cherish and develop
Dublin and its Port. The City and the Sea. The Culture and the Commerce. The Buzz and the Business. The sense of real working and creative life, with the romance of the ocean and the hint of salty far horizons,…
Donaghadee Harbour on thre County Down coast
Plans are afoot to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the building of the present harbour at Donaghadee, a small port on the north coast of County Down, but unearthing the Time Capsule, buried 24 feet below the pier during construction,…
Pitch Perfect Italian Luna Ross Crew Go Through to the Prada Cup Final
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli finally got the redemption they were looking for and, scoring four points in a row, win the PRADA Cup Semi-Final. The Italians started firmly in the driver's seat ahead of the day’s races and needed only…
3,500 MW (megawatts) of electricity will come from offshore wind in the Government's climate action plan for 2030
An environmental group has expressed fears that the Government is prioritising industry-funded offshore wind and wave energy projects over its international commitments on marine protected areas. As The Times reports, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has questioned why legislation is…
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan says he plans a review of how marine accidents are investigated which should take “several months”. Addressing an Oireachtas Transport and Networks Communications committee on Friday (Jan 29), Mr Ryan said that the the “fundamental…
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Crew involved in this evenings callout were Coxswain Sean O'Farrell, Mechanic Stuart Russell and crew Ken Cashman, Paul McCarthy, Dave Philips and Evin O'Sullivan.
The Courtmacsherry All-Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out this Friday evening to assist a man who was in difficulty on board a boat in Ring Harbour near Clonakilty, West Cork. The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O'Farrell and…
Princesa Trofeo Sofia qualification regatta in Palma de Mallorca, now just 56 days away
The hope is that racing will decide the final Olympic berths in the 49er class in which Ireland is one of four countries hoping to progress to Tokyo but uncertainty surrounds this as COVID threatens to cancel the Princesa Trofeo…
Operator of the new Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk freight-ferry route, DFDS have chartered the Drotten, a sister ropax from Scandinavian operator 'Destination Gotland'. The near 30,000 gross tonnage vessel replaces Optima Seaways, so to increase freight capacity between Ireland and mainland Europe. As above the ship is seen stern first making an inaugural arriving at the Wexford's port outer pier to undertake berthing trials in advance of commencing operations
Ferry changes yet again took place at Rosslare Europort as the ropax Drotten made a first arrival from Dunkirk, France, the bypass Brexit route that DFDS only launched this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat first became aware of the Drotten…
Luna Rossa in control in Auckland
The first day of the PRADA Cup Semi-Final went smooth as silk for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli which scored the first two points on the leader board against New York Yacht Club American Magic that, against all the odds, managed…

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