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Galway Bay is one of the first Irish coastal inlets to have been fully mapped by INFOMAR
The Galway Bay based Marine Institute has presented competitors in the 54–boat ICRA Cruiser Racer National Championships currently being hosted by Galway Bay Sailing Club with a large A1 sized full colour poster illustrating the seabed imagery of the Bay…
The ICRA fleet in Galway Docks with Half Tonners, Sportsboats and the large J24 fleet in the foreground
The first race of the ICRA Championships in Galway has been cancelled today due to strong winds on Galway Bay. The 54-boat fleet, moored in Galway Docks, was expecting an early start and as many as four races this morning…
Launch of an Open Call for Filmmakers to respond to Dublin “Port – River – City” Brief
#DublinPort - Dublin Port and the Little Museum of Dublin have announced a new Irish film prize with a commissioning fee of €20,000 to produce a new short film. The film will be seen by over 100,000 visitors to the…
Maude Delap in 1950
#MarineScience - Pioneering marine biologist Maude Delap is the focus of an exhibition celebrating her work at her former home of Valentia Island this Saturday (18 August), as The Irish Times reports. The self-taught Delap, who was born in Donegal…
An Irish Naval Service rigid inflatable boat (RIB) from LÉ James Joyce makes a 'Friendly Approach' to a merchant vessel in the central Mediterranean Sea. This type of vessel is used in the offshore energy sector, noting the extensive aft working deck.
#NavalService - As previously reported on Afloat, LÉ James Joyce last month was deployed to the central Mediterranean to take over Operation Sophia duties which also involve 'friendly approaches' The Irish Naval Service P60 class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) replaced…
CY&BC members on the water at Clontarf
Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club will host its fourth annual Sail Against Suicide event on Saturday 25 August from 10am to 4pm. Sail Against Suicide event is an initiative from Jessica Clohisey, one of the junior members of the club…
Handling of wind-turbine blades from a vessel docked at Foynes Port, Co. Limerick, the main port on the Shannon Estuary is part of SFPC operations.
#ShannonEstuary - Maintaining a strong growth pattern last year, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), delivering a record EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) of €6.6million, its annual report reveals. In what was the third consecutive year of record profits…
At the Optimist National Championships in Kinsale were from left Peter Crowley PRO, Michelle Kennelly, Michael Walsh, Vice Commodore and Sue Horgan Rear Commodore (House)
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Davy Irish Optimist National and Open Championships took place tonight at Kinsale Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. 178 entries are registered for the event running from August 16th-19th with sailors coming from France, Spain,…
The 54-boat ICRA fleet berthed at Galway Docks
There was a disappointing start to today's WIORA sailing championships with the postponement of the much-anticipated races due to strong winds on Galway Bay. A 54-boat fleet was scheduled to race two races this morning but the Skippers Briefing at the…
Cruiseship Variety Voyager remains under detention in Dublin Port. Visible is one of two of the 68m megayacht's lifeboats on the port side. Astern on the quayside is a construction cement silo along with the restored 'Diving Bell' on Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#Detention - Among the reasons cited for the detention of a cruiseship in Dublin Port which has remained docked for almost three weeks, Afloat can now reveal chiefly concerned the condition of the ship's lifeboats, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to…
100 Boats for 100 Years: Commemorating the Centenary of the Sinking of the RMS Leinster
The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club has announced the 2018 edition of its Kish Lighthouse Race will be known as “100 Boats for 100 Years”, reflecting the forthcoming commemoration of the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster with…
SMS Towage's new 72 bollard pull ton tug Superman and CMV's Marco Polo in the King George V Dock lock entrance at ABP's Port of Hull where the North Sea port has become an increasingly popular cruise calling destination. In addition to cruises departing Hull including Marco Polo visiting Irish Sea ports.
#CruiseLiners - The deep blue-hulled Marco Polo, Cruise & Maritime Voyages veteran vessel as Afloat previously featured calling to Irish ports is among seven cruiseships that will use the UK Port of Hull this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The North…
A photomontage of the envisaged development at Castletownbere upon completion in 2020
#Harbours - Works on the €23.5 million quay extension at Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre are due to begin by September. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Marine Minister Michael Creed attended the signing of the contract for the 216-metre Dinish Wharf extension with…
Detained cruiseship Variety Voyager remains in Dublin Port (Sir John Rogersons Quay) from where the mega-yacht like vessel had arrived in late July. On the left is the distinctive orange painted 'Diving Bell' restored in recent years.
#Detention - A Maltese-flagged cruiseship still remains under detention in Dublin Port having arrived in the capital almost three weeks ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. Authorities, Paris MoU, the official body responsible for eliminating the operation of sub-standard ships (see list) detained…
Cammell Laird Leander frigate project director Tony Graham (for images of the new class of frigate click the website link below). Afloat adds above in the background docked in the wet basin at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead is RFA Wave Ruler, a Royal Navy double hulled auxiliary tanker.
#Shipyards -  An Irish Sea based shipbuilder on Merseyside, Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has unveiled a new website for a cutting-edge warship, the 'Leander' Frigate, in a bid to capitalise on growing interest from navies around the world. The BAE…
Doolin ‘is in pristine condition’, says local Eugene Garrihy, despite a new report claiming otherwise.
#CoastalNotes - Eugene Garrihy a Clare businessman writes The Irish Examiner has criticised the results of a new survey that has labelled Doolin a “litter blackspot." Mr Garrihy, father of Dancing with the Stars celeb and Fair City actor Aoibheann…

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