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Cabo Verde’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Integration, Rui Alberto de Figueiredo Soares speaking at a high-level round table event hosted by The Ocean Race in New York on Thursday 22 September
The Ocean Race and its partners — including the governments of Cabo Verde and Monaco and the Earth Law Center — are redoubling efforts to give the ocean a voice and gathering increasing support from countries around the globe for…
Image of one of DLRCoCo’s Harbour Patrol RIBs at harbourside
Afloat.ie recently highlighted some of the significant changes at Dun Laoghaire Harbour under the stewardship of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. One of those that’s been arguably less heralded is the introduction last year of a new safety patrol boat service…
Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy (left) do it again, winning gold and retaining their World title at the 2022 World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic
Two more medals are coming home to Ireland from the Rowing World Championship in the Czech Republic, with a Gold for the Lightweight Men's double and a Bronze for the Lightweight Women's Double. Tight racing had two crews racing in the…
Dragon racing at the Régates Royales, in Cannes
Martin Byrne’s Jaguar Sailing Team dropped to tenth overall after the final day of Dragon class racing at the Régates Royales, in Cannes on Friday. Byrne’s Jaguar Sailing Team from the Royal St. George, Dun Laoghaire and Daniel Murphy’s Fortitude from…
Off the start line at the GP14 Leinsters at Mullingar Sailing Club
With the GP14 World Championships less than a month behind us, many of the Irish sailors would be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas writes Andy Johnston. But with the arrival of autumn, the GP14 Ireland fleet moved to…
Home-from-home. Hoteliers John & Gwen Brennan took their Redbay Stormforce 1450 Dromquinna to Brittany, expecting to book into a hotel now and again, yet they spent every night on board in complete comfort. Thanks to John’s skills in manoeuvring, here at Saint-Marine in Benodet they have managed to get berthed beside the smaller craft with a minimal walk to the marina bridge
The Kenmare River where Kerry verges into Cork is one of Ireland’s cruising gems – it’s pure gold and then some. But we weren’t exactly cruising when the Nixon Tribe descended on the area precisely a year ago for a…
The Dublin Bay 21 Garavogue (number 4) is one of three competing in the 28km annual Kish Race
Barry Cunningham's new fast Cape 31 'Blast' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club will no doubt cut a dash in Sunday's Leinster Boats sponsored DMYC Kish Race on Dublin Bay.  With entries approaching 45 boats, organisers are hoping for good weather…
Local TDs and stakeholders mark the commencement of redevelopment works at Connaught Harbour on Friday 23 September
On Friday (23 September), Waterways Ireland marked the commencement of works on two significant tourism and navigation projects on the Shannon Navigation in Portumna, Co Galway. Minister of State for Disability, Anne Rabbitte and fellow local TDs Ciarán Cannon and…
File image of Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue, pictured at the launch event for Food Vision 2020
Minister Charlie McConalogue met on Friday (23 September) with representatives of the broad seafood sector covering the fishing fleet, aquaculture and processing, providing an update on progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Seafood Task Force. Minister McConalogue…
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency has today (Friday, 23 September) announced an extension to the Brexit Voluntary Permanent Cessation ( ‘decommissioning’ scheme) for fishing vessels. The new deadline is 5pm, Friday 18 November. BIM has also announced…
Irish Lights is recruiting for an Able Bodied Seafarer (Deck) on board its multi-purpose DP 1 vessel, Granuaile. THE SHIP Granuaile is an Irish Flagged 80-meter multi-purpose DP1 vessel with a 20-tonne crane and significant mooring handling capabilities. She is…
Katie O'Brien wins gold for Ireland at the World Rowing Championships in the PR2 W1x division
Katie O'Brien is the 2022 PR2 W1x World Rowing Champion! The first day of the finals in the Czech Republic has got off to a good start, with a gold medal in Ireland's pocket already. O'Brien showed fierce strength from…
Cork Container Terminal - With one of the largest deep-water, multimodal berths in the world (13-meter depth and 360 meters in length), the container vessels that can be facilitated in Ringaskiddy will be the largest that can be accommodated anywhere in Ireland. When fully operational, on completion of the M28 road network, CCT will have the capacity to handle 330,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) of cargo. This is set to have significant economic benefits for Cork and the Munster region, as well as the
national economy
Cork Port Company has formally opened its €89m deepwater container terminal at Ringaskiddy with an announcement that it is formulating a development plan for the harbour up to 2050. The new terminal is described as "the largest single investment in…
Spiorad na Gaillimhe (Spirit of Galway) was built and decorated by students from Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, in Co Galway
A mini-boat named Spiorad na Gaillimhe has been deployed from the icebreaker R/V Polarstern on passage between Germany and South Africa this week. Spiorad na Gaillimhe (Spirit of Galway) was built and decorated by students from Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, in…
Just over half of fishers interviewed said they do not always wear their PFD at sea
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has partnered up with the RNLI to deliver a series of one-day Man Overboard experiences aimed at Irish Fishers this autumn. The aim is to highlight the importance of wearing a correctly…
The Isle of Man Steam Packet's newbuild will be longer than the current ferry, the Ben-my-Chree. This will necessitate the project which is expected to be completed before winter 2023.
Douglas Harbour is to undergo major works that are needed to protect the new Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry, the infrastructure minister has said. Chris Thomas said the project would reduce the risk of damage to the Manxman and…
Quagga mussels discovered in Ireland as reported by scientists
A project involving nine local authorities to tackle the invasive Quagga mussel in the river Shannon is one of 128 initiatives approved for over €1.4 million in funding through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund (LBAF). A feasibility study of the…
Issues were highlighted by Michael Mulloy from IFA Aquaculture at this week’s Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture hearing on Wednesday, September 21st
Aquaculture businesses will “no longer be profitable” without significant supports to cope with “spiralling input costs”, a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has heard. The issues were highlighted by a delegation from IFA Aquaculture at this week’s committee hearing on…
Aran Islands RNLI official opening of shop and Visitor Experience poster
The RNLI’s most westerly shop in Ireland will officially open its doors next Saturday 1 October from 1-4pm on Inis Mór, raising vital lifesaving funds for the charity that saves lives at sea. And the day will also see the…
The dredger Hebble Sand (above before re-floating) however no repairs have yet taken place, and there is no date for removal as yet.
Since the dramatic rescue in Drogheda Port with the re-floating of the dredger Hebble Sand from sinking in the River Boyne recently, no repairs have been carried out, and there is no indication when the vessel will be moved. Local…

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