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Artist’s impression of the white water rafting centre proposed for George’s Dock
The white-water rafting course proposed for Dublin city centre is still on the agenda — though the tender for its construction has been pushed back to next year. According to TheJournal.ie, it’s emerged that “challenges” arising from the coronavirus pandemic…
Research Contracts Awarded to Develop Ireland’s Seaweed Resource
Three Irish consortiums have been awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts by the Marine Institute and Enterprise Ireland to develop Ireland’s intertidal seaweed resource. The Phase 1 ‘Challenge’ contracts will run over four months, and will involve scientific observations…
Skerries RNLI approaching Shenick Island
A father and son were rescued by Skerries RNLI after they were stranded on Shenick Island by the rising tide yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 27 October). Pagers sounded for the lifeboat volunteers at 3pm and within minutes the Atlantic 85 inshore…
ESPO welcomes Karima Delli's Chair of the TRAN committee's recommendations on the key role of sea #ports, the importance of short sea shipping and the need for a strong CEF to decarbonise the sector.
The European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) today will discuss the draft own-initiative report on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport. The aim of MEP Karima Delli, Chair of the TRAN committee and rapporteur…
Author Alan McMahon, painted the boat name on the harbour wall in Porto Santo, his entrance point to the Atlantic
Dublin sailor Alan McMahon has published a book on his solo sailing adventures aboard a Hallberg Rassy 352 which he sailed across the Atlantic and back in 2018/19.  'Sailing Away' is an autobiographical account of one man's 13-month adventure, sailing…
Covid-19 illness and retention crisis curbing crew members and operation of navy vessels. Above LÉ Eithne AFLOAT adds when stationed in Cork City quays earlier this year to support the HSE during the first lock-down. The flagship is one of two vessels currently tied up (at the Haulbowline Naval Base) due to manpower shortages.
Crew rostering of the Naval Service now have to frequently postpone seagoing missions due to its chronic manpower shortage and the effects of Covid-19. Within the last year the service’s six operational ships have been regularly operating with close to…
Radial Euro championship silver medalist, Anne Marie Rindom is reported to have tested positive for COVID-19
An outbreak of COVID-19 at the European Championships in Poland a fortnight ago has led organisers to contact all 300 competitors alerting them to the outbreak of the virus at the event. Sailors competing in Gdansk received an email communication…
The busiest lifeboat station has been Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with nearly 100 call outs for this year so far, according to the RNLI
Rescue agencies are reporting a record year for incidents on the water as thousands of people turned to the coastline, lakes and rivers during Covid-19. The Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have all been under pressure to…
First day at school: the trading ketch Ilen in her new role as the Ilen Marine School, getting under way on Bank Holiday Monday.
When the 56ft Conor O'Brien-designed trading ketch Ilen - built in Baltimore in West Cork in 1926 - was retrieved and brought back to Ireland by Gary MacMahon of Limerick from the Falkland Islands in November 1997, it was the…
Miss Scarlet, with Mia Connolly on crew, with the fleet in this past weekend’s PIC Coastal Classic in New Zealand
Homing in on her second anniversary Down Under, West Cork sailor Mia Connolly reports to Afloat.ie that she recently completed one of New Zealand’s biggest coastal races. Mia crews on trim as well as bow, mid-bow and pit for the…
One of the young anglers in the Donegal Foróige group with a dogfish caught on their visit to Buncrana beach in August
Inland Fisheries Ireland’s (IFI) education and outreach team have been working with Foróige to get young people angling with the Go Fishing programme. Due to the latest public health-related restrictions on gatherings, the programme has now evolved into a “blended…
Aquaculture workshop helps position Ireland as leader in next phase of industry’s innovation – participants of this year’s aquaculture workshop
Ten start-ups from backgrounds including tech and AI took part in this year’s Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Aquaculture Workshop. This year’s event, run by Hatch and supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund took place entirely online due to…
Ireland's Tom Dolan is one of a number of Irish sailors with Olympic ambitions in the new mixed keelboat class
Just when proponents of Offshore Mixed Doubles sailing should be celebrating new Olympic status, the champagne is on ice this week as World Sailing debates a submission that it should not proceed with changes it agreed last year due to…
Picture shows: (L-R) Paul Murnaghan, Regional Director for BT’s Enterprise division in Northern Ireland and Joe O’Neill, Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour with 5G remote controlled inspection technology, which will improve productivity and safety measures by reducing the need for staff to work at height.
BT and Belfast Harbour today announced a landmark partnership to build a state-of-the-art 5G ecosystem within the Port. The partnership will deliver a series of 5G-led innovations to accelerate Belfast Harbour's digital transformation and help deliver its smart port strategic…
Chief Executive Officer, Waterways Ireland: An Exciting & Challenging Leadership Opportunity
Waterways Ireland is responsible for the management, maintenance, development, restoration and promotion of the inland navigable waterway system throughout the island, principally for recreational and tourism purposes. It has responsibility for approximately 1,000km of navigable waterways. With a staff of…
Capt Dara Fitzpatrick (pictured), Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has appointed a new review board into the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s (AAIU) final report on the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. As The Irish Independent reports today, the review experienced a setback last month when…
The affected crew member is from the ropax Stena Horizon AFLOAT adds is serving as a relief ferry on the Dublin-Holyhead (above off the Welsh port's breakwater).  All 'close contacts' have also been advised to self-isolate and get a Covid-19 test.
An Irish Sea ferry crew member from Stena Line is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. Company bosses said the worker had no symptoms when they left the Stena Horizon on Wednesday, but later tested positive for Covid-19. The ropax…
IMDO has published its Shipping Report for period Q2 of 2020 which outlines trends within Ireland’s shipping industry and how its refleccts the wider economy. The most impacted shipping sector caused by Covid-19 has been the Ferry Sector. Above Rosslare Europort, the nearest Irish port to continental mainland Europe.
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has published its iShips Index of its Quarterly Shipping Report for the period Q2 of 2020 which covers and outlines trends within Ireland’s shipping industry, and as a result, the wider economy. Below Afloat…
The final 'James Eadie' race of the ISORA season with overall champion, the JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) in the foreground
Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) racers will agree the 2021 Race Schedule early next month but like most things to do with the 2020 offshore season it will be a little different so there is no surprise that this…
Racing the J109 Whiskey Jack in Hong Kong
Racing a J/109 in IRC has its compromises because you're sailing with asymmetrics, you're limited to certain angles and only so much boat speed is generated both up-wind and down. While living in Hong Kong, I raced the J/109 Whiskey…

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