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Refugees rescued by the Irish Naval Service fell in numbers from 7,029 to 1,888 after a change in policy. Above: Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne in the Mediterranean.
#Navy - Refugees rescued by Irish Naval Service vessels involved in humanitarian operations fell in numbers from 7,029 in 2016 to 1,888 last year, after a change in policy to focus on security operations targeting smugglers and a drop in…
A Scandinavian ro-ro freight ferry Afloat adds operating a Malmö (Sweden)-Travemunde (Germany) route is seen heading south to the German port on the Baltic Sea, having passed under the impressive Oresund Bridge. The combined motorway and rail bridge over the Oresund Strait links Denmark and Sweden.
#NewsUpdate - A bridge connecting Northern Ireland and Scotland a top architect has said claimed could create a "Celtic powerhouse". According to the Belfast Telegraph, Professor Alan Dunlop from Liverpool University said a road and rail crossing from Larne to…
Body Of Second Irishman Found After Ecuador Kayaking Incident
#Ecuador - The body of a Tralee man has been recovered after a kayaking incident in central Ecuador that claimed the life of a Sligoman at the weekend, as previously reported on According to The Irish Times, 26-year-old David…
Australian Champion Ichi Ban’s cockpit and deck layout is notably austere. There’s no comfort of steering wheels in the TP52 for helmsman Gordon Maguire. He controls with a long tiller and an even longer tiller extension, and on every tack has to get himself and this paraphernalia swiftly across the wide cockpit to a minimal perch on the new weather side.
December’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2017 overall winner Gordon Maguire, originally of Howth and now sailing master of Matt Allen’s TP52 Ichi Ban in Australia, simply keeps on winning writes W M Nixon. The Australia Yachting Championship on Port Philip…
The perfect place. Derrynane Harbour was made even better by the hospitable presence of Bridie Keating
To understand why the recent death of the kindly and hospitable Bridie Keating of Derrynane at the age of 83 has deeply affected so many people in the area, across the country, and throughout the world, we have to understand…
A map showing the planned HAVFRUE network
Fugro, a Dutch geotechnical, survey, subsea, and geoscience services provider, will be carrying out marine operations on behalf of TE Subsea Communications LLC (TESubCom) for the HAVFRUE Subsea Cable System Project. The project is scheduled to begin on Saturday 20th…
Rescue 115 was involved in the recovery of a man swept into the sea near Kilkee yesterday afternoon
#Creeragh - reports that a man has died after he was swept into the sea by an unexpected wave near Kilkee in Co Clare yesterday (Saturday 13 January). The 30-year-old man, believed to be a Hungarian national resident in…
As Afloat has previously reported, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena notably made a historic once-off visit to Dublin and Cork (Cobh) during a private cruise-charter in 1995. More than two decades the 6,767grt ship made a first in 2016, by visiting London (as above alongside HMS Belfast) while on a special farewell voyage prior to the withdrawal from the South Africa-St. Helena service (due to have closed that year) but instead is to take place within weeks. The reason for the delay to decommission the 'RMS' service arose due to initial safety concerns following completion of St. Helena's first commercial airport and in which have since been resolved. Flights connecting to the remote South Atlantic island began last October.
#Ports&Shipping - The unique Royal Mail Ship, RMS St Helena (see related ship for sale report), will depart on a final voyage from the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena on Saturday, 10 February, having dutifully served for the…
Mitch Booth is coming to Swords for a two-day high performance tutorial this May
#MitchBooth - Olympic catamaran sailor Mitch Booth has been booked to give a two-day high performance tutorial at Swords Sailing & Boating Club this May, organised by the Irish Multihull Association in tandem with the Avon Ri sailing school in…
Lower Lough Erne
#LoughErne - The PSNI is investigating the death of a former Lough Erne Yacht Club commodore whose body was found in the lough last week. As BelfastLive reports, the remains of Michael Beattie, 55, were discovered on the shore at…
Speakers at yesterday’s information session on what Horizon 2020 and blue growth mean for Ireland’s marine and maritime sector
#Horizon2020 - This week’s information day on Horizon 2020 as a key investment driver for the marine sector highlighted the importance of ‘blue growth’ as an important opportunity for marine research in Ireland. Since 2014, 27 Irish marine participating organisations…
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The body of Lu Na McKinney was found by a jetty at Devenish Island on Lough Erne, near Enniskillen
#LoughErne - BelfastLive reports that a man has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in Lough Erne earlier this year. Lu Na McKinney was recovered from the water by emergency services in the early… is aiming for even more readers in 2018 thanks to a great scene on Irish waters is on course for another record year for visitors on its dedicated Irish boating website, with a 20% increase on 2016 figures. The Irish sailing, boating and maritime website reached a high water mark a year ago, informing and…
Several members of the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WDPF) group are seen protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. This was followed last night with an overnight vigil held outside the Dáil. Afloat adds that the Naval Service's OPV LE Niamh is currently tasked overseas as part of the Eunavfor Med Operation Sophia which is attempting to tackle the issues of people-smuggling from north Africa.
#Navy - More than 100 people writes RTE News have taken part in a protest over pay and conditions for rank and file members of the Defence Forces. The demonstration was organised by the Wives & Partners of the Defence…
Carrickfergus Sailing Club were named Club of the Year at the RYANI Annual Awards on Friday night
#RYANI - The RYANI Annual Awards on Friday 24 November recognised successful sailors, rising stars and volunteers who have made a positive difference to the sport over the last year. Double Olympic sailing gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE was on…

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