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Cobh People's Regatta Celebrates Cork Harbour Sailing
Today's “Cobh Peoples Regatta” was a celebration of sail with boats vying to win Cork Harbour’s most valuable silverware writes Bob Bateman. Today's cruiser racing followed yesterday's Cobh People's dinghy regatta, as Afloat reported here. A blustery day with a…
A Rankin dinghy is made ready to launch for the Cobh Peoples Regatta. Scroll down for more photos below
Blustery conditions in Cork Harbour for the Cobh Peoples Regatta meant today's dinghy division racing did not include a fine turnout of the historic Rankin class. Regatta organisers, Cove Sailing Club, who celebrate 100-years this season, will race cruisers on Sunday…
Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine is to be nationalised by the Scottish Government if no buyer is secured within four weeks. Above: Afloat adds is a file photo of newbuild Glen Sannox, first of a pair of much delayed dual-fuel ferries for CalMac. This ferry is destined for the Firth of Clyde service linking Ardrossan and Isle of Arran.
On the Clyde the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow has been nationalised by the Scottish government. Ministers reports BBC News, will now operate the yard under a management agreement with administrators, which will see the Scottish government buy the facility…
Lieutenant Commanders Nessa Maloney (LE Ciara), Grace Fanning, (LE Riosin) and Clare Murphy (LE Niamh).
Only just 6.5% of personnel account for women in the Naval Service but for the first time in its history, three of its ships - a third of the fleet - are being captained by female Lieutenant Commanders. As the…
The 2019 BJ Marine sponsored Taste Of Greystones Regatta will ne held on August 25th
Greystones Sailing Club in County Wicklow believes that 'the summer that never happened' will surely kick in for its annual BJ Marine sponsored Taste Of Greystones Regatta next  Sunday, 25th at Greystones Harbour Marina. This east coast regatta has averaged…
Positive talks took place over the future of the famous Belfast shipyard
"Positive discussions" have been held regarding the sale of Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff, according to the administrators. The business, BBC News reports, entered administration earlier this month, with accountancy firm BDO overseeing the process. The move places 120 jobs…
Kinsale's Gina Griffin, the World Disabled Sailing Championships sailor came second overall in the European 2.4 Para section at Gydnya, Poland Regatta in 2017
Four hundred and fifty participants have registered for the Watersports Inclusion Games according to Dave O’Sullivan, Commodore of Kinsale Yacht Club where a Disability Awareness Training Day this Saturday is a prelude to the hosting of the Games on the…
Howth will next week get a Seabin water cleaning device much like this one
A campaign to raise funds for Howth Harbour’s first Seabin has been successful, and the first device will be switched on at a special event next Wednesday morning (21 August). Earlier this year, local man Rowan Byrne launched a crowdfunding…
A containership berthed at Dublin Port
Planning approval has been secured by Dublin Port for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage, reports Independent.ie, of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more…
Newbuild leadship tanker Thun Lidkoping is one of five 18,650dwt chemical product tankers, which AFLOAT tracked arriving to Dublin Port from Milford Haven, south Wales this morning. A sister, Thun London (above) was recently delivered to the same Swedish based shipping group who are regular callers to the Irish capital port.
A brand new Chinese built Dutch flagged tanker ordered by a Swedish lake based shipping group arrived into Dublin Port from Wales this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The L-class leadship Thun Lidkoping is the first of five 18,650 deadweight chemical…
Dalmore and Safehaven undergoing sea trials recently
Safehaven Marine have shared new video from rough weather sea trials for its latest pilot boat, Dalmore, as well as its new XSV20 named Safehaven. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Dalmore is an Interceptor 48 — the 15th of this…
Large guns must be stripped down for maintenance every three months. Above AFLOAT adds is LÉ Samuel Beckett which as above last week carried out primary armament gunnery drills involving its bow-mounted Oto Melara 76mm gun.
According to The Irish Times, the Naval Service is operating with about a third of the required number of personnel needed to safely maintain its weapons. There are currently only three armourers, also known as armament artificers, in the Naval…
The Harland & Wolff shipyard
A trade union, writes Belfast Telegraph, the GMB has said it's in talks with the administrators of Harland & Wolff about extending the temporary lay-off of staff beyond Friday, it has emerged. GMB and the Unite union last week reached…
The Scottish government has said it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership. The facility AFLOAT adds is the last commercial civilian shipyard left on the Clyde where a pair of newbuild dual-fuel ferries according to the government are to be completed for CalMac's west coast services including the Isle of Arran.
In a decision by the Scottish government it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has announced. As BBC News reports, the minister said this was to avert the yard's closure with…
No indication where new vessel will be built according to Manx Radio which would replace the current IOM Steam-Packet flagship Ben-My-Chree seen above swinging off the berth in Douglas Harbour
Operator Isle of Man Steam Packet says it's looking for a Senior Master to help oversee a planned new company vessel. As Manx Radio reports, the current flagship, Ben-my-Chree was launched in 1998. It's envisaged the ropax ferry may become…
Papers detail efforts by officials to prepare Minister Paul Keogh for media questions. In an announcement last June LÉ Eithne and LÉ Orla (above) were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages which caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel.
At the Department of Defence, reports The Irish Times, they were unhappy with how the military responded to media queries about two Naval Service ships being taken out of service, internal documents show. An announcement last June that the LÉ…

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