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An update has been issued for the Seafarer/Fisher Medical Examinations Scheme, detailing medical and eyesight standards and a list of approved doctors. The updated scheme supersedes that previously issued in mid 2014 and is included in Marine Notice No 34…
Brian Black was a noted Arctic sailor and environmentalist who was profoundly concerned by the deterioration of climate conditions globally, and particularly in high latitudes
Brian Black, the multi-media communicator, Arctic sailor, and environmentalist, died today (Tuesday) after a tragic accident at noon when his car plunged off the pier at his home village of Strangford in County Down. Originally best-known as a presenter with…
London Commuter's Call: The first branded 'Uber Boat' by Thames Clippers (Afloat above has identified as Jupiter Clipper) set sail on the River Thames today, marked the start of a partnership between Uber and commuter / tourism operator Thames Clippers. Unlike the Republic's August Bank holiday Monday, London cummuters today used the rebranded catamaran craft (with brackdrop of National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) where the new 'Black & White' livery clearly demonstrated a greater emphasis on 'Uber Boat' branding. This compared to the discreet all lower-case typeface of 'thames clippers' which is discernable albeit using smaller letters on the right.
Afloat reported last week, the later than planned opening of Dublin's 'seasonal' Liffey Ferry service due to Covid-19 travel restriction measures which too were eased in the UK where the London based year-round operator Thames Clippers began service seven weeks…
Exam Schedule For Certificates Of Competency Now Available
A full schedule of the Irish Maritime Administration examinations for Certificates of Competency as Deck Officers, Marine Engineer Officers, Skippers and Second Hands for the year commencing 7 September 2020 is included in Marine Notice No 28 of 2020 attached…
The ceramic amphoras could date from the first century AD
A routine inspection of a frozen seafood shop near Alicante in Spain has revealed a trove of ancient Roman artefacts, as the Guardian reports. Objects including a number of ceramic amphoras — receptacles for carrying oil and other liquids —…
The new and the traditional – Clifden Boat Club is saluted by classic Galway Hookers
Clifden Boat Club is the primary sailing and boat sports access point for the picturesque town of Clifden, the natural capital of Connemara, the “Land of the Sea” on Ireland’s far west Atlantic coast. While the club’s history goes much…
Dara Calleary is Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo
Dara Calleary has been named as the new Minister for Agriculture and the Marine following last night’s dramatic sacking of Barry Cowen from the post. RTÉ News reports on the new appointment confirmed today (Wednesday 15 July) by Taoiseach Micheál…
Barry Cowen is Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly and had been in the role of Minister for Agriculture and the Marine for only two weeks
Ireland’s new Marine Minister has been sacked from his role amid controversy surrounding a three-month road ban he received for drink-driving in 2016. RTÉ News reports that Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen’s appointment as Minister of Agriculture and the Marine…
UK Waters: The Home Office said at least 480 migrants attempted to cross the English Channel on Sunday, where AFLOAT adds above is a UK Border Force Coastal Patrol Cutter (CPV) Eagle. The agency has staff at airports and ports among them a base in the Port of Dover. The next busiest ferryport in the UK is Holyhead, Wales where Afloat tracked just over a month ago another such craft, CPV Active which departed Liverpool to arrive at Holyhead Boatyard. Also in port were a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class training boats, HMS Biter (P270) and HMS Charger (P292) which departed Holyhead Marina in the west of the harbour and when bound for Liverpool. Today another Archer class HMS Tracker (P274) is berthed at the facility.
Migrants in record numbers, reports BBC News, have crossed the [English] Channel on the day the home secretary announced a "new operation approach" to dealing with small boat crossings. The Home Office said 180 migrants made the crossing to the…
An artist’s impression of the floating pool (right) separated by the Sean O’Casey Bridge from George’s Dock (left)
A site on Custom House Quay adjacent to the planned white water rafting course in George’s Dock has been earmarked for a €15 million outdoor pool, as TheJournal.ie reports. The scheme being proposed by Dublin City Council is modelled after…
Barry Cowen on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme on Sunday
Newly appointed marine minister Barry Cowen has said he regrets an incident where he was disqualified from driving four years ago after being breathalysed. The Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly and brother of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was appointed…
File image of the Obelisk Bridge which crosses the River Boyne near Townley Hall
Independent.ie reports that a man has died in an incident while fishing on the River Boyne near Townley Hall, outside Drogheda yesterday afternoon, Saturday 27 June. It’s understood that a man in his 30s was taken from the river two…
Minister for the Marine, Barry Cowen TD
Barry Cowen (52) is the new Minister for the Marine. A brother of a former Taoiseach, the Laois-Offaly TD will get a chance to sit at Cabinet following nine years on the party frontbenches. Cowen's work and party pedigree make…
National Maritime Pollution Contingency Plan Is Published
The new National Maritime Oil & HNS Spill Contingency Plan (NMOSCP) will establish “a national framework and strategy to co-ordinate marine pollution preparedness and response”, according to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Published yesterday (Friday 26 June), the…
 Jimmy Furey quietly in action in his remote workshop in County Roscommon on the west shore of Lough Ree
Jimmy Furey, who has died at the age of 94 was very probably the finest boatbuilder of his generation. He was also a man strong-willed enough to do what very few of others ever do and live life totally on…
Brendan Griffin is Minister of State with responsibility for tourism and sport
A funding package of up €70 million has been approved by Government to support the sport sector emerging from the coronavirus shutdown. This funding package will support the sport sector through: funding of up to €40 million for the three…

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