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Volunteers from Donaghadee and Bangor RNLI were requested to launch their lifeboats this evening (Thursday 3 August) after a group of dinghy sailors got into difficulty off the County Down coast. The inshore lifeboat from Bangor and the all-weather lifeboat…
Stena Superfast VIII, one of a pair that operates the Belfast-Cairnryan route
Ferry
#ferry - Strong volumes have been recorded by Stena Line on the ferry firms services out of Belfast for the first six months of 2017. To the end of June, freight volumes increased +5%, passengers and cars grew +4% year…
RHIBS from the LÉ William Butler Yeats (on horizon) attend the scene of their first search and rescue (SAR) of 109 migrant/refugees off the Libyan coast last weekend.
Navy
#navy - The first search and rescue (SAR) operation has been conducted by LÉ William Butler Yeats since the Irish Naval Service OPV was deployed this year to the Mediterranean with Operation Pontus. The SAR took place on Sunday, following…
NextDecade plans to supply one third of Ireland's natural gas requirements. Above a liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier in which the Port of Cork is capable of handling such large ships.
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - An energy company from the US writes RTE News has announced details of a project to ship more than €300 million worth of natural gas per year from its gas field in Texas to Cork Harbour, to be piped…
Natasha Lambert’s specially adapted yacht Miss Isle berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina yesterday
Dublin Bay
#Sailability - Natasha Lambert sailed into Dun Laoghaire Marina yesterday (Wednesday 2 August) to complete her challenge of crossing the Irish Sea by ‘sip and puff’ sailing. Twenty-year-old Lambert, who has athertoid cerebral palsy, sails her 21ft yacht by puffing…
Ferry Ben-My-Chree has conducted berthing trials at Larne
Ferry
#ferry- The Isle of Man Steam Packet has conducted berthing trials with Ben-my-Chree at Larne in Northern Ireland. A similar exercise reports IOM Today was conducted with fast craft Manannan at Larne earlier this year and both vessels carried out…
The new Howth 17 Orla bound for her first race on Tuesday August 1st
Howth YC
There is something almost sacred about the arts and crafts of the boat-builder writes W M Nixon. As the warm and enthusiastic response to our recent story on Afloat.ie about the veteran Wexford boat-builder Larry Duggan reaching his ninetieth birthday…
Avast, Me Hearties! Phoenix To Take Pride Of Place At Pirate-Themed Rush Harbour Festival This August Bank Holiday
Tall Ships
#TallShips - Phoenix, the tall ship owned by Cork man Shane McCarthy of marine film services firm Square Sail Ventures, will be the centrepiece of the Rush Harbour Festival this coming August Bank Holiday weekend. The 34m-tall, two-masted brig will…
Fireball dinghy sailing on Dublin Bay – Lawton & Oram (15061) chasing Clancy & Byrne (to windward & partially hidden)
Fireball
In a break from the growing trend of setting windward-leeward courses on a Tuesday night for dinghy racing on Dublin Bay, OOD Ben Mulligan (Flying Fifteens) & the DBSC Race Management Team set Olympic courses for the August 1st DBSC Fleet…
Vision of Connemara and Galway Bay cruising. Lunchtime stopover for Drascombes on passage from Kilkieran towards Roundstone
Galway Harbour
Irish sailors don’t need their attention mesmerized by the horses and people clattering around the Galway Races Week to be well aware that in sailing matters too, it’s not a question of whether or not the West’s awake writes W…
Dave Cullen’s recent victories on Checkmate XV at Dun Laoghaire Regatta and the Sovereigns Cup places him best of the home fleet
Kinsale
With a 21-strong record entry, three new boats, a formidable defending title-holder and a two-times runner-up all in the mix, next month’s Euro Car Parks sponsored Half Ton Classics Cup has all the ingredients for a memorable championship from Sunday…
Cunard Line’s Vista class cruise ship Queen Elizabeth berthed at Cobh
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - A new cruise liner terminal for Cobh could be up and running by 2020, as the Irish Examiner reports. Port of Cork commercial manager Captain Michael McCarthy says Ireland’s only dedicated cruise ship berth needs to take advantage…
Royal Cork Yachts among the fishing boats at Ballycotton
Royal Cork YC
Rounding Ballycotton Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon was satisfying, after a long beat from Crosshaven in the restored Royal Cork Ballycotton Race. Over the 15-mile course which took about three hours a Northerly breeze veered through to an Easterly whisper and then -…
Dr.Michael Kennedy and the disappearance of the South Arklow Lightship
Tom MacSweeney
The Irish Lights issued a statement about the South Arklow Lightship that didn’t tell the full story. Their official explanation that it was missing off station was that it had “disappeared.” In reality it had been sunk! Dr. Michael Kennedy…
Dublin Port Company is a step closer to opening up its surrounds to the public following the installation of a four tonne Stainless Steel Ball
Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company is a step closer to opening up its surrounds to the public following the installation of a four tonne Stainless Steel Ball. Casting Port Centre in a new light, the Ball is inspired by the Time Ball…
Port volumes in Dublin are up almost 30% in past five years – preliminary work is starting on a second major Masterplan Project to provide capacity for future growth.
Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company has published its latest trade figures showing half-year growth of 2.9%, putting Dublin Port on track for a third successive record year. As Afloat.ie reported yesterday, overall volumes in Dublin Port have grown by 28.8% in just…

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