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Wakeboarding boats like the MasterCraft ProStar are among the many kinds of US-made vessels subject to the new tariff rise
#Trade - European importers of pleasure craft from the US have already been impacted by new EU tariffs that add an average of €20,000 per boat. According to Boating Business, dealers across Europe have been placing orders for new boats…
Waterford Harbour's Fools Gold was the sole Irish entry in the IRC/ORC inaugural World Championships
UK Sails Ireland sailmaker Graham Curran who competed on 'Fools Gold', Ireland's sole entry at the Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018, reviews the event that was truly the pinnacle of cruiser racing in Europe and concludes IRC and ORC need to…
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…
Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish novelist who wrote ‘Treasure Island,’ didn’t have much regard for politicians. “Politics,” he wrote in ‘Familiar Studies of Men and Books,’ a collection of his articles and essays is “perhaps the only profession for which…
Buying A Boat Tops British Lottery Winners’ Shopping List
The majority of Britons would buy a boat if they were to win the lottery. That’s according to a major study carried out by TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show, which revealed that almost two-thirds (63%) would choose a boat as their…
The incident occurred off Cromane in Co Kerry on Friday 10 August
#Kerry - RTÉ News reports that a kayaker drowned off the Iveagh Peninsula in Co Kerry yesterday afternoon, Friday 10 August. Emergency services were alerted around 2.30pm to Cromane after the kayaker had been recovered from the water by a…
The INSS are inviting experienced sailors and power boaters who are either already retired or nearing retirement to consider undertaking training to become instructors
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is continuing to expand careers in the marine leisure industry beyond the traditional school/college age cohort. Demand for training has shifted and no longer can sailing and powerboat training be considered an exclusive…
A EUCON containership, Elbetrader makes an arrival at dusk in the outer approaches of Dublin Bay when bound for the capital, having sailed on a routine passage from the major Dutch port of Rotterdam. The photo was taken from Irish Ferries Holyhead bound Ulysses, which likewise of the containership represent divisions within ICG.
#Jobs&Careers - Eucon, part of the Container & Terminal division of Irish Continental Group (ICG) have become the first company registered for a new Logistics Associate Apprenticeship programme. The apprenticeship programme is to be delivered in association with Dublin Institute…
Rival freight ferries from Seatruck and P&O Afloat adds are seen departing Dublin Port. In total there are four operators providing daily supply-chain services on the Irish Sea linking between the capital and the UK ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Holyhead.
#Ports&Shipping - State agency Bord Bia has published a a strategy guide to assist Irish food and drink manufacturers to identify operations partners and establish more efficient distribution channels. As the Irish Farmers Journal reports increased lead times, especially for…
Alistair Rumball explains his dedication to the business in conversation with Fergal Keane
#INSS - On the latest episode of RTÉ Radio 1’s Seascapes, Fergal Keane chats with Alistair Rumball, who is celebrating 40 years of his Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Some 3,000 youngsters are expected to…
In this view taken from CMV's cruiseship, Marco Polo, three of the four ship-to-shore gantry container cranes are visible at the Hull Container Terminal. Two of the cranes were constructed in Ireland by Liebherr of Killarney. In the foreground is ScotLine's timber products cargoship, Scot Mariner which had been a caller to Wicklow Port but these days other vessels from the fleet call including the 2017 newbuild Scot Navigator.
#Ports&Shipping - Earlier this year, Afloat highlighted the arrival of Irish built ship-to-shore container cranes worth £10.5 million to the UK North Sea Port of Hull where further business has since taken root, writes Jehan Ashmore. The growing trade of…
Planning permission at the former Dun Laoghaire Harbour ferry terminal has been granted to a project developer who says could support up to 1,000 jobs
#DublinBay - Proposals to turn the former Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal into a “digital technology hub” which could support up to 1,000 jobs and 50 companies has received planning permission. The Irish Times writes that the project’s developer, Philip Gannon,…
Colin Kavanagh's Blue Velvet leads at the Puppeteer National Championships off Howth
North Sails-powered "Pups" took 1st, 3rd and 4th overall at the Puppeteer 22 Irish Championships held in Howth Yacht Club on July 28/29. Long-time North Sails Ireland clients Colin and Kathy Kavanagh in "Blue Velvet" won the title for their…
Dragons racing at Cork Week
This was the subject of some discussion aboard our Dragon at the recent Volvo Cork Week. We had a UK Dragon sailor with us who also happens to be the organiser of the British Dragon Association East Coast Championships later…
This whale tale sighting was no fluke for the Nationwide team that went to sea with Cork Whale Watch this past May
#OnTV - Be sure to tune in to RTÉ One’s Nationwide tomorrow evening (Monday 30 July) for a special feature on whale watching and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) conservation and research work. RTÉ filmed with IWDG sightings…
The red Fletcher speedboat after the incident in December 2015 that claimed the life of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown
#Speedboat - A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the manslaughter of a woman who died after his speedboat crashed in London three years agp. According to The Guardian, Jack Shepherd (31) was absent from sentencing…

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