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Naval Service offshore patrol vessels (OPV) of the P50 series / 'Róisín' class reports The Journal are to be tied up at the Naval Service Base in Cork Harbour as there are not enough sailors.  AFLOAT adds this would bring to five in total of patrol vessels either decomissioned or to remain in port from a fleet of 9 ships. Above LE Róisín (P51) and a newer varient OPV P60 vessel LE James Joyce (P62) second of the four series left to carry out naval duties.
A pair of Naval Service offshore patrol vessels (OPV) according to The are to be tied up in Haulbowline, Cork Harbour as there are not enough crew to operate the vessels. It has been confirmed by the Department of Defence…
Fire crews attended freight-ferry Stena Scotia which was forced to return to Belfast during a crossing to Heysham. Above the 1996 built ship is seen previously on the other side of England, when serving on the North Sea.
A freight ferry according to Stena Line said there was no fire on board its ship which was forced to make a return to Belfast Port on Tuesday evening. The incident led to fire crews attending the scene in the…
Following a two-year break due to the pandemic, Galway RNLI’s Sample Our Soup fundraiser will return to the streets of Galway on Saturday 11 February. The fundraiser — which sees proceeds raised go towards powering the lifesaving work of the…
Annacotty Weir on the lower Mulkear River outside Limerick
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched the tender process to appoint a consultant engineer to prepare an options report for fish passage improvement works at the Annacotty Weir on the lower Mulkear River outside Limerick. IFI is leading the Annacotty…
Larne RNLI coxswain Frank Healy accepting a cheque for more than £3,000 from NFU Mutual agent Richard Lee
NFU Mutual agents and staff in East Antrim recently nominated Larne RNLI to receive a donation of more than £3,000 from its national £1.92m Agency Giving Fund. The leading rural insurer has launched this fund, now in its third year,…
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RYA Northern Ireland have launched an OnBoard Development Day which will be hosted by the South Lakes Leisure Centre in Craigavon on Saturday 11 March 2023. OnBoard, RYA’s grassroots programme, is relatively new in Northern Ireland. Its aim is to…
Howth Yacht Club (pictured above competing in the 2019 Cup) and Royal Cork Yacht Club are in the line-up of twenty teams from 15 countries competing in the 2023 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Two top Irish sailing teams, one from Dublin and one from Cork, will contest the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup this September off Rhode Island. Howth Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club are in the line-up of twenty…
The IMOCA fleet races out of Mindelo at the start of Leg 2 from Cabo Verde to Cape Town on Wednesday 25 January
After being buffeted by strong trade winds for the duration of the short stopover, the waters off Mindelo, Cabo Verde were relatively calm on Wednesday (25 January) for the start of Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23. The short…
CGI image of the world's first wind-powered ro-ro vessel, Orcelle Wind from the Oceanbird concept for primarily wind-powered vessels. The Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) for Wallenius Wilhelmsen will be 220 metres and have a capacity for over 7,000 cars, but will also be capable of carrying breakbulk and rolling equipment.
Norwegian ro-ro operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen and project partners have secured a Horizon Europe funding totalling EUR 9m to support building a RoRo sailing vessel.  Over the next five years, all aspects of planning, building, and operating the wind-powered Orcelle Wind…
To celebrate the new February Bank Holiday weekend, the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire have a significant price reduction for anyone booking the National Powerboat Certificate course on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February
With the good weather finally starting to kick in, the team at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School are launching a series of special offers for the month of February across adult powerboating and yachting courses. National Powerboat Certificate…
Nautitech 44 Open, elected
Key Yachting, Irish Agents for Nautitech Catamarans, are pleased to announce that the Nautitech 44 OPEN catamaran has won the European Yacht of the Year Award for 2023, awarded at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in the Multihull category. This was…
Jacqui McCrum, Secretary General of the Department of Defence with Daragh Sheridan, Chief Executive of Sail Training Ireland at the signing of the Performance Delivery Agreements in Dublin
The Department of Defence will continue to provide funding to Sail Training Ireland for three more years from this year, 2023. This funding will provide sail training to young persons from disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding is subject to compliance with…
The late Brian Murphy’s lengthened and up-rigged Hydro 28 Crazy Jane in her glory days around 1995. In 1995 - Howth YC’s Centenary Year - Team Murphy’s many achievements included overall victory in the Moneley Oyster Pearl at Carlingford from a record fleet, and a class win in the biggest class in the Centenary Autumn League at Howth
When the brief notice of the death of Brian Murphy at the age of 77 was posted on the Howth YC Facebook page recently, the response from members said everything about a remarkable - indeed a unique - sailing enthusiast…
The Foyle Punt evolved from the generic Donegal Punt and was the workhorse of fishing Communities along Lough Foyle. The craft was raced by their owners at local regattas along the shores of the Lough. A new punt will be built by student Orlagh Thompson at the Basque Maritime Heritage Association in Pasaia, Spain as part of her boat-building studies
The Portaferry and Strangford Trust (PAST) is a charity, based in Portaferry at the mouth of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland, which aims to promote an awareness of the rich maritime heritage and natural environment of the Lough and the…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's all-weather lifeboat
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI lifeboat performed a medical evacuation in Dublin Bay last night after a man took ill onboard a ship. The all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 8.50 pm by the Irish Coast Guard. The lifeboat launched…
“The smaller inshore vessels that work from the hundreds of piers dotted along the rugged Irish coastline are the beating heart of rural coastal communities,” say the National Inshore Fishermen's Association
The National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA) has warmly welcomed its recognition as an EU seafood producer organisation (PO). The sanction by Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue was hailed by NIFA chair Michael Desmond. Desmond said it came after a “long battle”…
Rowing craft with University of Galway students were swept towards the salmon weir, where they were caught by pontoons and capsized due to the strength of the river flow
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has initiated an inquiry into a recent incident on the river Corrib where up to ten people were rescued after their rowing craft were swept towards the Galway city salmon weir. The incident was…
Robert Stanjek of GUYOT environnement - Team Europe speaks to the media alongside his fellow IMOCA skippers ahead of Leg 2
After a week of solid trade wind action in Cabo Verde, the forecast for the start of Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23 on Wednesday 25 January is much more benign: light northeasterly winds of five to eight knots.…
Herring from the Irish Sea
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue is launching a consultation process on a review of the 2012 Herring Management Policy. It will focus on the quantity of herring set aside from the southern North-West herring stock (Herring 6A South) for smaller/inshore fishing…
Works vessel An tOileanach
LCF Marine have planned to deploy two data buoys in Tralee Bay this week as part of dredge monitoring for Fenit Harbour. The buoys were scheduled to be deployed on Monday 23 January subject to weather and operational constraints. If…

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