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SS Parthenon
Ocean Infinity is set to begin a subsea survey of two World War II-era shipwrecks off the southwest coast this week. The SS Songa was a Norwegian-flagged cargo steamer that was torpedoed by a Nazi U-boat in January 1940. All…
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RYA Cymru Wales has issued a statement confirming the resignation of its chair, Mike Butterfield. Brian Oulton, as senior independent director, will assume the position of interim chair until a new chair is appointed. Oulton said: “The members of RYA…
Kinvara Pier in County Galway
Emergency services were tasked to Kinvara, Co Galway this evening (Thurs 18, August) when a car left the pier and tumbled into the sea. No one was in the vehicle at the time, and it is believed the Volkswagen may…
The main deck crane on EDT Jane
Vermilion Exploration & Production Ireland Limited will carry out a maintenance campaign at the Corrib Gas Field’s subsea infrastructure from next weekend. The works are due to commence in field next Sunday 14 August and last for up to 21…
Geo Ocean V
Greenlink Interconnector Ltd (GIL) is proposing to develop an electricity interconnector between the southeast of Ireland, from Great Island in Co Wexford, to southwest Wales at Pembroke. As part of these proposals, a pre-construction survey is expected to be carried…
Hospital ship charity Mercy Ships newbuilding, the 36,600gt Global Mercy at its Dakar (Senegal) inauguration in July 2022 alongside the charity’s existing 16,572gt converted former Danish rail ferry Africa Mercy built in1980.
Mercy Ships, the hospital ship charity's first ever purpose-built newbuilding has been inaugurated in Dakar, Senegal in a ceremony and ribbon cutting overseen by the west African country’s president. President Macky Sall cut the ribbon to the 36,600-gt Global Mercy…
The team had to conduct a lot of research beforehand to narrow its search area 
The world’s deepest shipwreck on record has been found by a team of explorers in the Philippine Sea. The hull of the USS Samuel B Roberts, or Sammy B as it was known, was located at 22,916 feet (6984.7 metres)…
Petty officers Edgar Evans and Tom Crean (left) mending reindeer sleeping bags on 16 May 1911 during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13
The latest Library Blog post from the Royal Irish Academy celebrates the heroics and legacy of Irish polar explorer Tom Crean. Collecting a number of revealing images — including a drawing of Crean’s Co Kerry home from the RIA’s own…
Rush Sailing Club Regatta 2022 is back next weekend
North Dublin's Rush Sailing Club Regatta 2022 will take place next weekend, 2/3 July after an unscheduled break over the last couple of years.  The club will no doubt use the annual occasion to celebrate its success last weekend at…
Chris Preston
The Royal Yachting Association has today (Monday 27 June) announced that the board has agreed a one-year extension to the tenure of Chris Preston, a passionate sailor with more than 50 years' experience of racing and cruising, as its chair.…
File image of Simon Coveney
Planned French military exercises near Irish waters have been halted, the Foreign Affairs Minister has confirmed. But as TheJournal.ie reports, Simon Coveney stopped short of declaring the drills cancelled outright or merely postponed, telling the Dáil today (Thursday 23 June)…
A Marine Leisure Guide has been launched by ABP’s Port of Southampton to assist leisure craft users stay safe on The Solent and Southampton Water.
As summer is underway along with leisure activities, ABP’s Port of Southampton has published its Marine Leisure Guide to help recreational users stay safe in and around The Solent and Southampton Water. As one of the UK’s busiest ports located…
File image of the cable-laying vessel CS Durable
SubCom has begun carrying out cable installation operations along the route of the IRIS Subsea Fibre Optic Cable System in Ireland’s Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone and Exclusive Economic Zone areas. Following pre-lay shore end operations, as previously reported on Afloat.ie,…
Ireland’s Ocean Economy 2019 report cover
The Marine Institute and the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway are conducting a survey of marine and marine-related businesses as part of the regular reporting on Ireland’s Ocean Economy. Although the CSO and other State organisations provide…
AMS Retriever
Further to Marine Notice No 25 of 2022, Van Oord Ireland is due to commence installation of a 927m long pipeline as part of the Arklow Long Sea Outfall project. The installation works were set to commence today, Monday 20…
French naval vessel
Irish vessels and crew have been warned over safety risks associated with a French military exercise off the South West Coast next week. Marine Notice No 38 of 2022 from the Department of Transport gives details of the planned rocket-firing…

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