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Four people have died on the MS Zaandam, though none of the deceased is Irish. The ship has 1,243 guests and 586 crew on board.
On board a Dutch flagged cruise ship is where a coronavirus outbreak has occurred with several Irish citizens travelling is expected to dock in Florida, USA in the coming days, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said. Four…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 184). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
Dublin Port at its most attractively busy on a summer’s day. However, the suggestion that commercial port activities be moved elsewhere to aid city waterfront development has recently been aired yet again.
In recent months the concept of a fixed link between Ireland and Britain has been rapidly developing as various politicians have proposed bridges between Northern Ireland and Scotland across the narrow, storm-tossed and tide-riven waters of the North Channel. But…
Lough Ree Yacht Club's Clinkerfest Postponed
The second oldest yacht club in the world, Lough Ree Athlone, has cancelled a major event planned for the celebrations of its 250th year writes Tom MacSweeney. The Club's Commodore, Garrett Leech, said that Clinkerfest, planned for three days over…
The 2020 race course
On 30th August in Saint Brieuc bay, France it is going to be a demanding and difficult start for the 51st edition of the Solitaire du Figaro for Ireland's solo sailor Tom Dolan and the rest of the foiling Figaro…
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Tune into North Sails Webinars
Our North Sails Moth webinar last week was a great success with "Mothies" from all over the world tuning in - including Irish Moth sailors from around the country! The upcoming North Sails Webinar schedule can be found here We'd…
Boats moored at Carrickfergus Marina in County Antrim
The 320 berth Carrickfergus Marina on Belfast Lough and smaller harbours and launching facilities on the Antrim Coast and on the River Bann owned by Mid and East Antrim Council are the latest to hit the buffers due to Covid-19…
Focus on Freight: A pair of new RTG's (rubber tyred gantry) cranes for Doyle Shipping Group's (DSG) container terminal in Dublin Port were discharged from UAL Focus in Alexandra Basin while along Ocean Pier yesterday. A further part-cargo of a STS (ship to shore) crane was also loaded on board the German owned heavy-lift vessel in Cork Harbour was shipped to Belfast Harbour for use by the port commissioners.
Afloat tracked a heavy-lift vessel berth in Belfast Harbour today having sailed from Dublin Port and from where in both ports project cargoes consisting of container infrastructure had been loaded in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Portuguese flagged heavy-lift…
Boats on the Shannon Navigation
The Shannon Navigation plays hosts to some 8,400 boats, according to the draft tourism masterplan currently open for public consultation. And the figure of predominantly private leisure vessels far exceeds the number of berthing spaces, which total 4,500 across 58…
The 2020 Cork Harbour Festival has been postponed
Cork Harbour Festival and the Ocean to City Race have taken the decision to cancel this year’s events. The festival was due to take place 15 May – 8 June, with the flagship Ocean to City – An Rás Mór…
The 2020 DBSC sailing season has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions
The opening of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's summer season scheduled for the last week in April has been postponed due to Government Covid-19 measures. The revised start date is so far unknown.  The club, one of the largest yacht racing…
A Water Safety Ireland life ring
Water Safety Ireland has warned that children are at greater risk of drowning during the current period of Covid-19 restrictions. The organisation points out that over half a million primary school-age children are confined to an area within 2km of…
RYA Urges British Boaters To Think Again Before Cancelling Payments & Support Local Networks
British boaters are being encouraged to support their local boating networks wherever possible during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As Boating Business reports, the RYA is asking people to think again before cancelling payments to sailing clubs, marinas, class associations and…
HBIRL78 (or NA10446) sighted off Boa Vista in Cape Verde on 10 March
Despite desktop research replacing field work during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group recently made a breakthrough in confirming a second Irish humpback whale at breeding grounds off Cape Verde — following last year’s confirmation of what…
If effluent enters a river or stream the impact can be devastating at any time of year but are magnified in particular when river flows are reduced and dilution capacity is at a minimum
Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers to remain vigilant during the fertiliser spreading season to avoid water pollution and the loss of nutrients or other chemicals into rivers, lakes and other watercourses.  The appeal comes on the…
Free Explorers Fun Ocean Facts & Lesson Plans For Primary School Pupils
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme outreach team are currently sharing their favourite marine facts and lesson plans about the ocean for teachers, parents and primary school children to use while learning from home. The ‘Meet the Explorers Team’ online…
NUIG/Castleconnell celebrate winning the women's senior eight at the 2019 Irish Championships
The Irish rowing season has been suspended, but a contingency plan is being prepared for an Irish Championships in September. The Championship Committee is studying possible dates.  The Rowing Ireland working group on Covid-19 considered the issues. It will convene…
The Shannon Navigation in Athlone
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and users of Ireland’s inland waterways that the following closures are in place as of midnight last night, Monday 30 March: All locks on all navigations are closed until further notice. All service…
Leadship of the new E-Flexer ropax class AFLOAT adds is Stena Estrid in Dublin Port from where the ferry operates on the Holyhead route as part of keeping Irish & UK supply lines stay open across the Irish Sea. Afloat also adds as for the Ireland-north Wales service is also operated by Stena Adventurer.
Ferry operator Stena Line in response to the impact of the Coronavirus as it tightens its grip on everyday life across Europe, has moved to reassure freight and travel customers. The operator is taking every precaution possible to help ensure…
The 2021 Irish Sea sailing calendar has some early date clashes for cruiser-racer campaigners. The Dublin Bay J109 Something Else (John Hall), above, is a regular competitor and past class winner at the Scottish Series in late May but next year the Loch Fyne event clashes with the ICRA Nationals at Hall's home club, the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire
The wholesale cancellation of early 2020 regatta fixtures, is impacting the 2021 season with some conflicting dates appearing for May and June 2021. So far, four key fixtures of Irish interest appear to be affected next season. Firstly, Scotland's biggest sailing event,…

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