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A new video featuring five of the most dramatic RNLI rescues of 2020 has been released today as the lifesaving charity braces itself for another busy Christmas:  Figures for the last 10 years for the festive period (Christmas Eve to…
A Sperm Whale pod; Irish researchers have found the noise from deep-water trawling can upset whales
Whales are known to be disturbed by the noise of ships and oil and gas drilling, but now a new study says that bottom trawling can also upset marine mammals. As the Irish Independent reports today, scientists at NUI Galway’s…
The replica logboat was modelled on the sunken boat that measures some 7.5m long, 0.61m wide and 0.4m deep.
An oak tree’s transformation from trunk to replica iron age boat on Connemara's Lough Corrib has been filmed as part of a University College Cork (UCC) project. Entitled "A New Logboat for Lough Corrib: The Pallasboy Project", the film was…
Dublin Port Completes Major Road Works & New Traffic Management Measures in Advance of Brexit
With just over two weeks to go before the re-introduction of border controls on goods arriving from Great Britain, Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today announced: The completion of works to increase the capacity of Dublin Port’s internal road network;…
SUPPing  Santas in Bangor Harbour
Last week Jersey Coastguard was asked to go to the aid of a man dressed in red who reported that he had fallen out of his sleigh during a routine test flight and was stranded on a sandbank. Both RNLI…
Carol Flahive with her long Service badge and members of the Wicklow RNLI crew
RNLI Lifeboat volunteer Carol Flahive has received a long service badge in recognition of 20 years' dedicated service to the community. Carol joined Wicklow lifeboat in November 2000 and over the years has been in charge as the Helm on…
Loads on a TP 52, like Quantum racing, are extremely high and Dyneema SK99 is often used for strength and low weight
Mark Mansfield, Professional sailor and agent for Quantum Sails goes through what options are available on rope and which to use in various circumstances Rope is one of the most used items on race boats, along with sails. Rope material…
Charlie Dalin lit the afterburners on APIVIA this afternoon
Day 35 at Cape Leeuwin -  As if to prove to that his slow speeds were indeed down to a prolonged dose of light winds and not any technical problems, Vendée Globe race leader Charlie Dalin lit the afterburners on…
The location of Bremore on Ireland's north east coast
Drogheda Port Company has announced it is to develop a new deepwater port, to be located on the Meath coast north of Bremore Head, that will support Ireland’s Climate Action and EU Green Deal targets and act as a national…
Drowning Incidents Prompt Marine Notice Highlighting Dangers of Boating Single-Handed & Without Lifejacket
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport draws attention to the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft, following two recent reports from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). In October, the MCIB’s report into…
Cushla Dromgool-Regan with Anna Quinn and Dr Noirín Burke from the Explorers Education Programme with the new workbook
A publication by the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme that connects children, parents, teachers and the media with the seashore in Ireland has been highlighted at a major international conference. My Explorers Seashore Guide Workbook was recently presented at the…
Irish MEP Barry Andrews has criticised the British government's plan to put Royal Navy patrol boats on standby to protect UK waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit. "It's 19th century gun boat diplomacy," he said. Above. A Royal Navy fisheries patrol vessel HMS Mersey which AFLOAT adds has visited Irish ports since its commissioning in 2003.
The Irish MEP Barry Andrews has criticised the British government's plan to put Royal Navy patrol boats on standby to protect UK waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit. "I think it is irresponsible. It's completely inappropriate. It's 19th…
Artist’s impression of the new pilot boat for the Port if Waterford
The Port of Waterford is to invest almost €1 million in a new pilot boat from Safehaven Marine. Due to come unto use in September 2021, the pilot boat will be named Port Láirge, the Irish for Waterford and a…
RNLI Galway
In Galway city, the RNLI inshore lifeboat rescued a man caught in rising tide while out walking at Ballyloughane beach near Renmore. A member of the public spotted the man who had taken refuge on Hare island at about 11…
Lough Ree lifeboat call out
Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to come to the assistance of four people on board a barge which ran aground on Saturday afternoon (12 December). The 36ft Dutch barge was stranded where the River Shannon meets Lough…
Sobedo - out with rudder damage after 16 days into a 40 day record attempt
Thomas Coville and his crew aboard Sodebo have been forced to abandon their attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy after suffering damage to the starboard rudder. After 16 days at a blistering pace that has taken them to the bottom…
Yannick Bestaven [Maître CoQ IV is 97.38 nm from the leader
Day 34  - With less than 200 nautical miles to make to cross the longitude of the Cape Leeuwin, Charlie Dalin’s lead on the Vendée Globe fleet is a much more tenable 81 nautical miles after long periods slowed in…
Northern Ireland Sailing Clubs Called for Submissions for New Sports Sustainability Fund
RYANI is encouraging sailing clubs across Northern Ireland to prepare for a joint application to the newly announced Sport NI Sports Sustainability Fund. Northern Ireland Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín launched the £25 million fund for Governing Bodies and affiliated…
The ten metre trawler was taking on water and in danger of sinking
Both lifeboats at Clifden RNLI were launched this morning just before 11 am after a Coastguard request to go to the aid of a ten-metre fishing trawler that was taking on water and in danger of sinking. With two crew…
A catch-and-release angler poses with salmon before it’s returned to the water
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has reopened its sales of salmon and sea trout angling licences for the 2021 season. E-licences can now be purchased online and will be delivered along with a logbook straight to your phone or computer. Gill…
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