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The Department of Transport has been advised of a geophysical marine route survey operation taking place in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean off Galway and Mayo from next week. The survey activity will take place within the Irish TS, Irish CZ…
The Wexford blue whale mosaic takes shape
A unique whale-shaped mosaic which is set for permanent public display aims to connect present-day Wexford with its storied maritime past, as RTÉ News reports. With the help of artist Helen McLean, Wexford Arts Centre has been creating the patterned…
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Following the start of route clearance and pre-lay operations last month, SubCom will carry out cable installation works along the route of the Grace Hopper subsea fibre optic cable system route in the Irish EEZ from this weekend. The first…
The naval flotilla are understood to be taking part in a NATO exercise this month, among them berthed in the UK at the Port of Liverpool (above). They are the Royal Danish Navy's leadship 'Absalon' class frigate RDN Absalon and the Royal Canadian Navy's leadship 'Halifax' class HMCS Halifax. Both frigates AFLOAT adds departed Merseyside this morning and headed into the Irish Sea between north Wales and the Isle of Man.
Two large naval warships which were spotted off North Wales this week, have berthed at the Port of Liverpool (Afloat adds, this morning they departed into the Irish Sea).  The Royal Canadian Navy's Royal Danish Navy's HDMS Absalon and HMCS…
The Cetilar branding for Roberto Lacorte’s new 60’ Foiler Flying Nikka has been revealed
Construction is due to start shortly on the County Wicklow extreme foiler design of the new 60’ Flying Nikka from the drawing board of Mark Mills.  The Cetilar branding for Roberto Lacorte’s Flying Nikka has been revealed by its sponsor PharmaNutra…
An image captured by drone of the third logboat spotted in the River Boyne by Anthony Murphy, this one on Sunday 2 May
A citizen archaeologist may have spotted the remains of two previously unknown medieval logboats in the River Boyne. Last week, The Irish Times reported on Anthony Murphy’s drone footage of a rectangular object in the riverbed captured on Monday 26…
Green Rebel Marine to Begin Geophysical Survey Off West Coast
Green Rebel Marine will conduct a geophysical survey campaign over 15 days between this Monday 26 April and Friday 4 June, weather depending. The works, which will involve the use of multibeam echo-sounder and sub-bottom profiling systems, will take place…
Former Six One presenter Bryan Dobson
In Friday’s Irish Times (23 April), RTÉ news broadcaster Bryan Dobson writes a length about his passion for sailing. Inspired by his earliest experiences afloat — in a small boat his father-in-law sailed out of Bullock Harbour in Dalkey — and…
Marine Notice: Route Clearance & Pre-Lay Run for Subsea Fibre Optic Cable in Irish EEZ
The Department of Transport has been advised of a route clearance and pre-lay grapnel run, on behalf of SubCom LLC, across the pathway of the Grace Hopper subsea fibre optic cable system route in the Irish EEZ. Operations were set…
Richard Street takes a pandemic regulations-compliant test row with the newly-acquired Glandore dinghy on Blessington Lake
You may remember a little while back, we were recording the sad yarn of Don Street losing his beloved vintage clinker-built service tender Red Rocket when a freakish October gale swept over Glandore pier, and removed everything in its way,…
Two of the stamps in the new set, one of which features a sketch portrait of Tom Crean
An Post has issued a new set of four stamps celebrating eight Irish men who played a significant role in the epic Antarctic expeditions of the 1800s and early 1900s. Irish men were at the heart of the pioneering expeditions…
Diver operations will be conducted by the dive support vessel Deep Discoverer
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport advises that Kinsale Energy will undertake diving operations at the Kinsale and Seven Heads Gas Fields for decommissioning on and around the subsea infrastructure. These works are due to commence on…
Bloodhound racing in Cowes Week, Duke of Edinburgh on helm. In theory she was the Royal Yacht, in reality she was the People's Boat
When the Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 on Friday, it took a while before the hundreds of public appreciations of his remarkable life began to mention the fact that sailing played a very important role in it. Yet although…
Icom IC-M94DE, The World's First Marine Handportable With a Built-In AIS Receiver!
Two-way radio communications manufacturer Icom has launched the world's first marine VHF hand-portable radio with an integrated AIS receiver as well as DSC and GPS. The IC-M94DE is the first handheld marine radio that offers users receive information broadcast by…
ISydney Harbour Opera House (built 1958-1973) and Sydney Harbour Bridge (1922-1932). It's perfectly possible that neither of these very special structures would have been given prior approval by a rigorous Feasibility Study
A secretive organisation known as SFA (the Studying Feasibility Alliance) is working behind the scenes to encourage the establishment of a professional body for one of the fastest-growing business sectors in the marine and other spheres in Ireland, the lucrative…
The RV Celtic Voyager will be used on the upcoming MOVE 2 survey
The Department of Transport has been advised that the MOVE 2 Survey of the mobility of sediment waves and sand banks will be carried out from this Friday 26 to next Tuesday 30 March in the Irish Sea between Wicklow…

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