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Tug-of-War to Visit Capital
An unusual visitor to Dublin Port in the form of the large German Navy salvage tug, Fehmarn (A1458) is to make a weekend courtesy call, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,289 gross tonnes Fehmarn (photo) is to arrive in the morning and…
Big Plans for Rosslare Europort
Ambitious plans to introduce load-on load-off (Lo-Lo) facilities at Rosslare Europort have been announced, according to a report in yesterday's Wexford People.   John Lynch, manager of the port talked about the expansion of the ports current role which is…
Hugh's Fish Fight Continues
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall returns to our screens next Monday with an update on his influential 'Fish Fight' campaign to end to the practice of discarding commercially-caught sea fish. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/fishing/ Earlier this year the public were shocked by the newds that half…
Scientists Probe Claims that Pollution Caused Pilot Whale Strandings
The Daily Telegraph reports that scientists are investigating the possibility of a link between the recent mass stranding of pilot whales in Scotland and the dumping of toxic waste into the sea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/8680932/Was-pollution-responsible-for-mass-stranding-of-pilot-whales.html http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/marine-wildlife/ Though no connection has ever been…
O'Donovan Matches Nixon With Win at Dorney Lake
Paul O’Donovan matched the feat of compatriot Holly Nixon when he won his heat of the single scull at the World Rowing Junior Championships at Dorney Lake in England this morning. The Skibbereen man took over the lead coming up…
Take Part in New Survey on Boating Holidays in Ireland
Afloat.ie is looking forward to the results of a new survey on boating holidays in Ireland. http://www.afloat.ie/resources/business/aquatic-tourism/ Fáilte Ireland is looking to hear from anyone who has recently enjoyed a boating holiday in Ireland to learn about their experiences, and…
Spanish Point Site Could Be a Dream Investment
A half-acre site in the picturesque environs of Spanish Point, now on the market for €400,000, could prove to be a dream investment. The site in Ballycotton, Co Cork, which is the former location of the Spanish Point Restaurant and…
Nixon Begins With a Win at World Junior Rowing Championships
Holly Nixon dominated her first race at the World Junior Rowing Championships this morning. The Enniskillen woman led down the course in the second heat of the women’s single scull and had over 10 seconds to spare over second-placed Juliette…
Who Will Be July's Sailor of the Month?
What a month! The judges are making up their minds for July's Sailor of the Month Award to be made at the weekend. Who would they have in mind? We can think of Anthony O'Leary who was just one point…
Crosbie’s Café Lightship Plan Rejected
Dublin docklands property developer Harry Crosbie has been refused permission to relocate the former lightship Kittiwake in front of the O2 Theatre, according to a report in today's Irish Times. Crosbie had intended to convert the 1959 built Kittiwake into…
Dun Laoghaire's Hyland in Good Form on the Baltic
Dun Laoghaire's Adam Hyland finished strongly at the Optimist German National Championships yesterday finishing a 19 (his discard) (a bad start followed by a wrong decision on the first beat), 2 and 4. The results put him in strong position…
60% of the Figaro Fleet Finish Within 60 Minutes
Today in Caen, the day after the finish of the first light and demanding leg of La Solitaire du Figaro it it time to review the race standings; there is plenty of hope as 60% of the fleet remain within…
Irish Optimists Make the Grade at British and German National Championships
Following on from the success of the IODAI European team in Portugal last month where Royal Cork's Peter McCann finished in 7th place and Tralee's Sophie Brown had an overall win in the Girls section of the French Nationals, Irish…
Navy’s Night-Time Detention of Belgium Fishing Vessel
A Belgium registered fishing vessel was detained by the Naval Service off Co. Wexford late last night, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fishing vessel was apprehended by the CPV L.E. Ciara (P42) some 25 nautical miles to the south-west of the…
Lecture: Dublin’s Own Titanic-The 'Tayleur'
In advance of this month's Heritage Week which includes a one-day maritime lecture's seminar on Sunday 28th August, another Dun Laoghaire based lecture is to take place next week. The lecture on Dublin's Own Titanic: The Sinking of the 'Tayleur'…
New Coastal Canoe Trails for Northern Ireland
This week Northern Ireland welcomes the launch of two new coastal canoe trails. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/canoeing/ The new Foyle Canoe Trail stretches for 33 miles from Lifford in Co Donegal to Moville on the Inishowen peninsula at Lough Foyle, passing through Derry…
Kilfeather Retains Irish Open Surf Title
Stephen Kilfeather retained his Irish Open Surfing Championship title at last weekend's County Sligo Open. http://afloat.ie/watersport/surfing/ The 24-year-old Sligo native squeaked past fellow Team Ireland members Cain Kilcullen and Ronan Oertzen to clinch the title for the second year in…
Varadkar Welcomes Payment of First-Ever Port of Cork Dividend
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar has today welcomed the decision of the Port of Cork to pay the state a dividend of €634,315 in respect of 2010. This represents 30% of the Port's after tax profits and…
Container Ship Refloated After Beaching in Cornwall
A container ship en route from Cork to Rotterdam has been freed after running aground off Cornwall. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/port-and-shipping-news/ BBC News reports that the 131m-long Karin Schepers was beached near St Just early this morning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-14384139 Rescue teams were alerted to…
Minister Coveney Lends His Support for Cork Harbour Open Day
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr Simon Coveney T.D was in Ringaskiddy at the National Maritime College of Ireland today to help promote Cork Harbour Open Day 2011. The event which takes place on Saturday 10th September is…

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