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boot Düsseldorf 2021 is Fully on Course - Everything’s Going to Plan, Says German Organiser
The organiser of the world's largest indoor boat show says the successful staging of this month's CARAVAN SALON 2020 at the same venue has demonstrated the success of Düsseldorf trade fairs with September's exhibitors reporting amazing results.  Wolfram Diener, CEO…
More Than 1,000 In Ireland Contribute To Citizen Survey On Health Of Marine & Freshwater Environment
More than 1,000 people across the island of Ireland took part in a recent Europe-wide citizen survey on the health of our oceans, coasts and inland waters. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Ireland was one of two EU member states…
Sherkin Island in Cork is to benefit from funding in an allocation from Department of Rural and Community Development
Government responsibility for offshore islands has been transferred to the Department of Rural and Community Development. The islands had previously been within the brief held by the recently reconstituted Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht. Minister…
Canoe polo is a popular activity at Mullingar Harbour
Waterways Ireland advises all masters and users of the Royal Canal that canoe polo events will take place in the vicinity of the harbour in Mullingar this weekend, 27-28 September and the following Sunday, 4 October. Boat movements in the…
Alpha Marine’s tug Husky at SSE Renewables’ Arklow Bank wind farm off Co Wicklow
SSE Renewables recently hosted a virtual round table discussion with key stakeholders in the wind energy industry, examining their role in delivering on the Irish Government’s ambition for offshore wind energy. Among those taking part was Paul Brewster of the…
New Marine Minister Stresses Importance Of Protecting Ireland’s Fishing Industry In Brexit Negotiations
Ireland’s status as an island nation makes the future of our fishing industry of critical importance post-Brexit, the newly appointed Marine Minister has urged in Brussels. Minister Charlie McConalogue was speaking after his meeting yesterday (Tuesday 22 September) with EU…
UK hauliers have been warned delays could be in place for at least three months. Above busy scene as trucks use the Port of Dover in Kent. AFLOAT also adds in this scene asides routine ferries serving Calais, France are in the background cruiseships berthed at the port's eastern docks.
Michael Gove, UK minister responsible for no-deal planning, has written to logistics groups with the government's "reasonable worst-case scenario" planning, which warns of possible two-day delays for cargo travelling to France in January. The Cabinet Office document states that, in…
Wild Honey sailing in Cork Harbour
Approaching his 60th birthday, Cork Harbour sailor Peter Murray was looking for a boat he could easily sail single-handed when he came across the eight-metre sportsboat' Wild Honey' in County Wicklow My first sight of Wild Honey was on her road-trailer in…
Victorine (above) which CLdN launched onto the first pure RoRo service between the Iberian Peninula (Santander, Spain) with the UK and Ireland in June has been joined by another freight-only ferry Clementine but on a new link from these ports to Leixoes in Portugal.
Freight-ferry operator CLdN and UK ports group, Peel Ports celebate the addition of a second ferry service linking the Iberian peninsula to Liverpool and Dublin Port. The new weekly service connecting Leixoes, Portugal to the UK and Irish ports, follows the…
At Dublin Port announcing the launch of new customs clearance service, Declaron was Michael Costello, Managing Partner, BDO Ireland; Denis McCarthy, CEO of FEXCO; and Carol Lynch, Partner in BDO Customs and International Trade Services.
In a partnership financial services firm Fexco and BDO is to launch a new customs clearance service to assist Irish businesses to manage the substantial increase in customs clearance post Brexit. Declaron is designed to ensure customer compliance with new…
Ben Graf (53053) Lough Ree and Jack McDowell (54847) Malahide YC
Much to the satisfaction of RYA Northern Ireland and Ballyholme Yacht Club, splitting the 89 strong Youth Sailing Championship fleet over two days to mitigate risk in accordance with COVID – 19 guidelines, allowed the event to run smoothly with…
Sunfast 3300 with Quantum Fusion Main and Headsail
As this shortened season draws to a close, Mark Mansfield, Quantum Sails agent, outlines five tips to think about at the end of the season in order to get better life from your sails. If the sails are at the…
This is the second time that the Portmagee Rowing Club has been awarded the honour of hosting the National Championships
The Irish Offshore Rowing Championships take place in the village of Portmagee on the weekend of the 26th/27th of September. This is the second time that the Portmagee Rowing Club has been awarded the honour of hosting the National Championships.…
Richard Moore in Usain boat prior to Race 1 on Strangford Lough
Last Sunday was the first day's racing for most of the RS Elites this year as a result of a Covid-19 hit 2020 season. Five boats made it onto Strangford Lough with the hope of another couple joining next weekend. …
Online Fisheries Management Chart with real-time information on quotas and regulations now in use by industry  Pictured L-R: : Niall Connolly, MFV Patrick C and Val Reilly using the fisheries management chart online, October 2019
Skippers and crew working on the 2,022 registered fishing vessels in Ireland can now access an interactive digital fisheries chart which provides guidance on a vast number of conservation and fisheries management regulations designed to help fishermen understand the rules…
The RYA NI youth sailing championships at Ballyholme
More than 90 of Northern Ireland’s Youth and Junior sailors have taken part in the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships, which were hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club. Racing took part of over two days on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20…
The survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager
The next legs of the Mobility of Sediment Waves and Sand Banks in the Irish Sea (MOVE) Survey begin tomorrow, Wednesday 23 September, according to the latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the…
Action from last year’s Junior All Ireland Championships at Schull Harbour
The cancellation of the Irish Sailing All-Ireland Junior Championships this weekend is “a big disappointment” for all involved, both those competing and being the scenes, the governing body has said. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the event scheduled for Schull…
Rosslare Europort welcomed the Dutch Ambassador to see plans for offshore wind energy and how the Irish port will handle traffic post-Brexit. AFLOAT adds the Irish south-east port is seen earlier this month with a project cargo of new LUAS trams (bound for Dublin) which arrived from Cherbourg, France using the Stena Line service operated by ropax Stena Horizon. Also present in port was fleetmate Stena Europe when preparing to berth from Fishguard, Wales.
Rosslare Europort is where the Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm visited on Friday to see for himself plans that are being put in place for offshore wind energy as well as gauging the Wexford ferryport's viability in terms of handling imports…
Irish Coast Guard Saved Nearly 380 Lives In 2019, Says First Report On New National SAR Plan
The Irish Coast Guard saved 379 lives and assisted more than 3,500 people during the course of 2019. The figures are included in the first annual report on Ireland’s National Search and Rescue Plan, which was published yesterday (Monday 21…

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