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Flyboarders in action at Galway Docks during SeaFest
#OnTV - RTÉ One’s Nationwide will devote this Wednesday’s episode to this year’s SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, which welcomed over 100,000 visitors to Galway over the weekend. Presenter Mary Kennedy spent a couple of days in Galway Harbour, talking…
Passenger numbers don't justify routes between Ireland and the Isle of Man. Afloat adds the Irish services operated mostly by fastferry Manannan are: Belfast-Douglas and the slightly longer crossing connecting Dublin and the Manx capital.
#FerryNews - Passenger ferry numbers reports Manx Radio for Irish routes to and from the Isle of Man don't justify the cost of laying the services on. That's the conclusion of the outgoing chair of the Isle of Man Steam…
RS Elite start on Belfast Lough
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club hosted the RS Elite UK National Championships over four days last weekend at Cultra on Belfast Lough. The event has added interest for Irish sailors as next year it comes to Dublin Bay for…
 Volunteers from Stena Line, third engineer Johnny Joensuu and Maria Ekstrand who will work on board hospital ship Africa Mercy
#HospitalShip - After a year of preparation, the first volunteers from Stena Line are on board Mercy Ships’ hospital ship Africa Mercy. In addition to fundraising and raising awareness for the humanitarian NGO, Stena Line aims to contribute to the…
Bangor Town Regatta – The head turner will be Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40 from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club seen here competing at Howth's Wave Regatta
There's less than a week to go until the inaugural Bangor Town Regatta hosted by Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club in Belfast Lough. The last Bangor Week was hosted back in 2005 when a full week was…
The six-day Sail Training voyage is aboard the Tall Ship Pelican of London
Twenty four deaf and hearing impaired students along with four aided communicators from around Ireland have set out on the adventure of a lifetime on a 6-day Sail Training voyage aboard the Tall Ship Pelican of London. The voyage organised…
Squib winners Colm Dunne (left) & Fiona Ward (far right) winners of the Squib Southern championships
Kinsale Yacht Club hosted the Squib Southern Championships this weekend. Six races were sailed over the two days with different wind and sea conditions each day. Saturday had a 12 – 15-knot breeze coming from due east so there was…
Slower Speeds? in Norway's World Heritage Fjords. Afloat adds the above is Hurtigruten's MS Trollfjord at 16,140 gross tonnes is one of the largest of the coastal-car carrying cruising fleet. The Norwegian built 638-bed capacity vessel visited Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of a publicity call in the early 2000's which involved berthing at the jetty along the East Pier.
#CruiseLiners - Limitation on speed in the Norwegian World Heritage fjords is one of several measures the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) is considering in order to limit pollution from ships in these areas according to Cruise Europe. DNV GL carried…
Tall Ship ‘Kaskelot’ which will make its debut at this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival (14-22 July) in Derry-Londonderry
#MaritimeFestivals - How often have you admired the River Foyle but wondered what the walled city must look like from out on the water? Whether it’s swimming across it, flying above it or sailing along it, your options are endless…
Gar Heffernan holding the winning image of Hook Head (Lighthouse) Co. Wexford, the scene captured the essence of summer fun at our lighthouses.
#Lighthouses - It is more than eight weeks ago when Bobby Kerr, Chair of Great Lighthouses of Ireland helped kick off summer in fine style when he announced the ‘Great Lighthouse, Great Fun’ photography competition. The competition was held to…
The largest ever containership, MV Polar Costa Rica to berth in the Port of Cork arrives at Ringaskiddy Deepwater Terminal. Afloat adds the tug, Doyle Shipping Group's DSG Titan is seen assisting the Hamburg-Sud operated lo-lo ship at the stern.
#PortofCork - No slip ups took place yesterday as the largest container ship to ever berth in the Port of Cork's deepwater terminal unloaded a mega cargo of fruit - including millions of bananas. The MV Polar Costa Rica, reports…
A rare opportunity for the public is to visit a supertrawler, Girl Stephanie (above arriving in Galway Harbour yesterday) for SeaFest, that began today and continues this weekend.
#OurGirl - SeaFest, a three-day (29 June-1 July) jam-packed maritime spectacle began today in Galway Harbour where the public have a rare opportunity to board a supertrawler, Girl Stephanie, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 45 metre super pelagic trawler, Girl Stephanie…
Port Of Galway Recruiting New CEO
#Jobs - The Port of Galway is recruiting a new chief executive officer for a seven-year fixed term to oversee the port’s ambitious expansion and development plans. Operating under the direction of the board, the CEO will be responsible for…
Artist’s rendering of how Rowan Point will appear on completion in Greystones Marina
#Property - A sea view in scenic Greystones is just part of the appeal of Rowan Point at the Wicklow town’s Marina Village development. The first phase of 58 apartments is now for sale off plans, with views either north…
New light – The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) say the project will deliver significant safety and environmental upgrades while securing structure of the tower
The new light on Fastnet Rock Lighthouse is scheduled to go into operation on schedule on the evening of Monday 2nd July, the Commissioners of Irish Lights has confirmed. The new rotating lantern will have the same character as the…
Classic profile of former liner, Marco Polo sporting a distinctive blue hull when seen underway off the Irish east coast during a cruise-leg between Dublin and Cork last weekend. The 800 passenger cruiseship built in 1965 is nearing completion of a Round Britain cruise that began from Hull on the North Sea. During a career spanning more than five decades, the ship has sailed the oceans and to all the continents,.
#CruiseLiners - Classic former liner Marco Polo made cruiseship calls to Irish ports last weekend and today the veteran vessel is nearing the end of a cruise that began in Hull, the UK North Sea port which is increasingly becoming…

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