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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has published the Notice of Race for its 2022 Spring Chicken series. Six races will be held on Sunday mornings from 6 February to 13 March (first gun 1010 hrs), using a progressive handicap on a…
Sitting pretty - On her mooring in Cork Harbour in January 2022, the 1937-built classic Maybird became the oldest boat to complete the Round Ireland Race in 2018
Darryl Hughes’ immaculately-restored 1937 43ft Tyrrell gaff ketch Maybird became both the oldest and the first gaff-rigged boat to complete the Round Ireland Race in 2018.  The historic yacht now moored in Cork Harbour on the Owenabue river is the…
Dublin Port is hiring
Friday 14 January is the last day to apply to join the Marine Operatives pool with the Dublin Port Company. The port’s multi-skilled and multifunctional Marine Operatives, under the supervision of a team leader, operate with full flexibility and carry…
Global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing scrutiny to become cleaner. Above Afloat captured this scene of the Maersk Mette, an E-class containership.
Shipping container giant AP Moller-Maersk now plans to achieve net zero emissions in its business by 2040, a decade earlier than previously announced, on the back of rising customer demand for green transportation and technical leaps. With about 90% of world…
A thrilling finish is shaping up for multihull line honours between PowerPlay, Argo and Maserati
On the sixth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, a thrilling finish is shaping up for multihull line honours between PowerPlay, Argo and Maserati. The 100ft Maxi Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth is estimated to be over two days…
Helvick Head RNLI launch on their first shout of 2022
Helvick Head RNLI of County Waterford came to the aid of two fishermen yesterday (Wednesday 12 January) after their 29ft fishing boat broke down at Ballyvoyle. On what was described as a sunny and calm day on the water, the…
All-hands-on-deck-at-SNG
A BIM scientist has welcomed two recent reports in the scientific journal Nature recording how fisheries management and marine conservation have helped to reduce overfishing. A recent Nature paper entitled “Rebuilding marine life” says that “substantial recovery of the abundance,…
50 entries are expected for the BYC Weekend of Speed from 17th and 18th September
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is hopeful that the Weekend of Speed which was cancelled last year will in fact happen in September. The dates set aside are 17th and 18th September and around 50 entries are expected. Richard…
Reporting 'a very messy Atlantic weather pattern' on board the Maxi Comanche
The RORC Transatlantic Race enters the fifth day with the potential for a real twist of fate at the front of the fleet. Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) still leads the multihulls, but as the first boat into an area…
The French cable-laying ship Ile d'Aix berthed in Cork Harbour
Further to previous installation works on the Havhingsten fibre optic telecommunication cable system in the Irish Sea, post-lay inspection and burial (PLIB) of the cable is planned to begin later this week. Works outside Irish and Isle of Man territorial…
Lough Derg “Lap the Lake” Cycle Will Raise Funds for RNLI
A Lough Derg “Lap the lake” 130 km cycle is raising funds for RNLI Lough Derg this May  Starting and finishing at the well-known harbour of Dromineer, parking and showers will be available at nearby Lough Derg Yacht Club.  Lough…
Unifeeder 2022 Irish route map
From this Friday (14 January), Unifeeder Shortsea will be launching its new shipping service linking Rotterdam to/from the ports of Dublin, Cork and Belfast. The company promises that this new service in the Irish Sea offers an enhanced carrying capacity,…
Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue
Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue today announced a support scheme for the inshore fisheries sector to assist inshore fishers in adjusting to the impacts of Brexit on their businesses. The Brexit Inshore Fisheries Business Model Adjustment Scheme delivers on…
Dara McGee's - ' Coconuts with and without husks, along with Sea Heart (Entada gigas) Fanore, Co Clare, 20.07.2019
Marine biologist Declan Quigley has said it is “conceivable” that some of the 67 coconuts recorded in Irish waters over the past half-century could have drifted from tropical areas across the Atlantic. In a paper published on the recent discovery…
Strong Wales comeback: Noble Caledonia’s flagship vessel, MS Island Sky, was welcomed on its maiden call at several of the ABP operated ports among them Swansea in south Wales.
Ports in Wales operated by the UK ports group, Associated British Ports enjoyed a successful return of cruiseships during 2021. While the pandemic brought the cruise industry to a halt, according to ABC they have seen a strong come back.…
Manx services: Fully vaccinated people will be able to enter the island without PCR testing in future. Above IOM Steam-Packet ferries both conventional and fast-craft in Douglas Harbour.
People who are fully vaccinated when arriving on the Isle of Man from an international destination will no longer be required to take a Covid-19 PCR test. Those arriving from outside the Common Travel Area (incl. Ireland) from 00:01 GMT…
H&W Group have announced their 2022 investors' events programme. Above at Belfast, one of the group's four shipyard sites, a team welcomed its first vessel this year when in January, Afloat adds ICG's/ Irish Ferries cruiseferry Ulysses was dry-docked during annual routine work which takes place in the quieter winter season.
Harland & Wolff Group is aiming to update investors and financial professionals on their progress and outlook for the future, with the announcement of sharing their 2022 investor events programme which will be held across all the group's four shipyard…
Hal Sisk’s 1991 replica of the 1663 Arklow-built catamaran Simon & Jude outperforming the Bantry Boat Unite in the mouth of the River Liffey
It’s said that when the experimentally-minded William Petty, the compiler of the Down Survey in Ireland in the 1660s, decided to build his very innovative Simon & Jude catamaran in 1663 for testing in Dublin Bay, the decidedly odd vessel…
Mike & Richie Evans on ‘Snapshot’s’ maiden sail in May 2021. Along with Matthew O’Gorman from the North Sails Service Team
2021 was a busy year at the North Sails Ireland service loft. With a more regular sailing schedule back in play, we had unprecedented demand and it was such a pleasure to re-connect with so many of our clients and…
File image of Dublin Port
Following a review of current circumstances locally and internationally by the HSE and Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), it has been decided to stand down the health reporting requirements around COVID-19 set out in Marine Notice No 06 of 2020.…
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