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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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
Malin Head in Co Donegal
#MalinHead - The local man who died after a boat capsize off Malin Head in Donegal on Tuesday afternoon (17 July) lost his father in the same area four decades ago, it has emerged. According to the Irish Independent, Gerry ‘Malin’…
The Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 was involved in yesterday’s operation off Malin Head
#Donegal - A man in his 60s and a teenage boy have died after the fishing boat they were on capsized off Malin Head in Donegal yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 17 July). As Independent.ie reports, it’s believed the vessel got into…
The huge iceberg in Greenland has drifted close to a village on the western coast, threatening residents in case it splits resulting in waves swamping homes.
#MarineScience - In Greenland, a huge iceberg has drifted close to a village on the western coast, prompting a partial evacuation in case it splits and the resulting wave swamps homes. The iceberg reports BBB News is looming over houses…
The hull of newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough pushed a big wave out into the Mersey from the shipyard of Cammell Laird, Birkenhead. A yellow submarine named Boaty McBoatface forms part of the ship's sophisticated equipment.
#MarineScience - This afternoon Sir David Attenborough launched the 10,000-tonne hull of the UK's newest polar ship - named after him - into the River Mersey. The BBC reports the broadcaster pushed the button, sending the hull sliding out from…
Daniel Norton of SEMRU, Ministers of State Damien English and Sean Kyne, and Marine Institute CEO Dr Peter Heffernan at the launch of SEMRU’s latest bi-annual report
#OurOceanWealth - New research from NUI Galway’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) focuses on the ecosystem service benefits that society receives from Ireland’s marine environment. The latest bi-annual report — Valuing Ireland’s Marine Ecosystem Services — was launched at the…
 Volunteers from Stena Line, third engineer Johnny Joensuu and Maria Ekstrand who will work on board hospital ship Africa Mercy
#HospitalShip - After a year of preparation, the first volunteers from Stena Line are on board Mercy Ships’ hospital ship Africa Mercy. In addition to fundraising and raising awareness for the humanitarian NGO, Stena Line aims to contribute to the…
PwC partner Declan McDonald, oceanographer and climate change expert Kathryn Sullivan; Marine Minister Michael Creed and Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan pictured ahead of this year’s Our Ocean Wealth Summit, which opened in Galway yesterday
#OurOceanWeath - Employment growth of more than 16% in the marine sector was among the encouraging statistics cited by Marine Minister Michael Creed in his address to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit, which opened at Galway Docks yesterday (Thursday 28…
MV Lifeline, which is carrying 234 rescued migrants
#NewsUpdate - Tánaiste Simon Coveney hopes Ireland's decision to take 25 migrants from a stranded rescue ship will encourage other EU countries to do the same. As The Irish Examiner reports, MV Lifeline, which is carrying 234 rescued migrants, has…
Map of Long Beach, east of New York City
US emergency services have suspended the search for a Limerick man missing after going swimming at a New York beach earlier this week. As Independent.ie reports, Neil Gibbons, 30, disappeared after he and friends got into difficulty in the water…
Louis Smyth (right) sailing his Fireball with crew Glen Fischer in 2017
Louis Smyth who has died at the age of 81 was an inspirational figure in dinghy racing in Ireland. Born in Birmingham in 1937 Louis first went to sea with his father at the age of eight in a torpedo…

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