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The former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena, a passenger-cargoship Afloat adds was confirmed by the St. Helena Government with a sale of the ship concluded in London yesterday. The 6,000 gross tonnage ship is now to serve as an anti-piracy security transfer vessel in the Middle East.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK's last working postal ship, RMS St. Helena, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled…
Weymouth Sailing Club was the scene of the incident on Monday 16 April
A man has died after he was crushed by the half-ton yacht he was working on in a Weymouth boatyard, as Mail Online reports. The 56-year-old, believed to be a company director, was carrying out repairs on his 29ft sailing…
The Endurance trapped in pack ice during the Shackleton-led Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
#Shackleton - A new expedition is being launched next year that will attempt to find the wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance in the Antarctic. As BBC News reports, the primary focus of the scientific mission is to study the Larsen…
Rescue 118, pictured above, airlifted three casualties from a life raft 16 miles off Eagle Island
The Irish Mirror reports that a man has died after a fishing boat capsized off the Mayo coast yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 10 April). It’s understood that the deceased was a man in his 50s from North Mayo. He was one…
Participation in UK Boating Activities Hits Highest Levels Since 2002
According to the latest research released today, a record 3.96m UK adults (7.4% of the UK adult population) participated in one or more of 12 core boating activities1 in 2017, the highest volume recorded since this research initiative was first…
Fodder Emergency: The Irish Co-operative Society has warned that if the weather does not improve the fodder situation will become very serious. Afloat adds above are ferries from rival operators using Rosslare Harbour where routes link the UK via south Wales ports of Fishguard and Pembroke.
#NewsUpdate - A delivery of the first imported animal feed in response to the deepening - and now nationwide - fodder crisis has arrived in Rosslare Harbour. The feed reports RTE News, which has been imported from Britain, will then…
Hugo Duplessis relaxing during a cruise in West Cork in 1982. He was a pioneer in fibreglass boatbuilding technology, and an early developer of charter cruising in West Cork
Hugo Duplessis was a complete one-off, and his death at the age of 94 brings to an end a lifelong involvement with boats and cruising. Yet everything about him was in a sort of amiable contradiction. As he’d a decidedly…
The MV Fugro Discovery is conducting survey operations off the North West Coast this week
#MarineNotice - Fugro is currently carrying out marine operations for the HAVFRUE Subsea Cable System Project, further to its work carried out in January. The current survey within Irish territorial waters off the North West Coast began on Wednesday 14…
€6 Billion In Investments & Counting Under EU Atlantic Action Plan
The EU’s 2013-2020 Atlantic Action Plan has spurred over 1,200 new maritime projects and nearly €6 billion of investments so far, according to an independent consultant tasked by the EU to take stock of the initiative at mid-term. Most of…
The Irish Coast Guard were involved in the search for Jamie McAllister, whose body was recovered on 27 May 2017
Investigations have concluded and no prosecution will be directed by the DPP over the death of a fisherman off Skerries last summer, as the Irish Examiner reports. Garda divers recovered the body of Jamie McAllister (28) on 27 May 2017,…
The relatively isolated location of Wicklow SC enabled the outboard thieves to access the Boat Park from the lifeboat slip on left
Following an outboard motor theft from their boat park in the small hours of Monday morning, Wicklow Sailing Club are advising other clubs – particularly those with stand-alone locations like WSC – of the risk of organised equipment theft even…
The USS Gallagher, after Lance Corporal Patrick Gallagher, will be the same class as the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke, pictured here in Chesapeake Bay
The US Navy is set to name a new vessel after a Mayo man who served in the Vietnam War, as TheJournal.ie reports. Patrick Gallagher emigrated from Ballyhaunis to the United States in 1962, joining the Marine Corps four years…
Cargoship MV Helena with the dramatic backdrop of the mountainous coast of St. Helena Island, located in the South Atlantic Ocean. Helena is seen docked in Ropert's Bay on the first day of arrival (7 March) following a delayed debut on the new freight service from South Africa.
#Ports&Shipping - Following the final RMS St. Helena sailing linking the UK overseas territory of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean with the outside world, a replacement freight-only service has finally begun, writes Jehan Ashmore. The lo-lo containership MV…
This on board bow view shows the moment as the latest Irish Naval Service newbuild OPV90 LÉ George Bernard Shaw is floated-out from the building hall at Babcock's shipyard in Appledore, north Devon, UK.
#Navy - The latest Irish Naval Service newbuild, LÉ George Bernard Shaw was floated-out for the first time from a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. LÉ George Bernard Shaw costing €67m, is the fourth of the offshore patrol vessel (OPV90…
Ireland’s seventh President Mary Robinson is expected to speak on the impact of climate change in Galway this June
#OurOceanWealth - Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson has been confirmed as keynote speaker for this year’s Our Ocean Wealth Summit, taking place in Galway on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June. Now in its fifth year, the Our Ocean…
Cathal McCahey’s report covered fellow DCU student Robert Dickson and his Tokyo 2020 campaign with Sean Waddilove
An aspiring journalist from Dublin was among those highly commended in the first YJA Young Blogger of the Year Competition. Cathal McCahey, 21, was longlisted for the inaugural prize for his video profile on Ireland’s 49er Olympic hopefuls Robert Dickson…

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