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The site of the now cancelled Ocean Village Show in Southampton
At 6.34 pm this evening, Thursday 10 September, on the eve of opening day, British Marine received the devastating news from Southampton City Council that the BOATS2020 show could no longer go ahead due to the rising risk of COVID-19…
The philosophical concept of "less is more" acquires an added layer of meaning when Mark Mills applies it to the design of the new award-winning MD75 Karma. Like the stately homes of the 19th Century, the theory is that almost all the mechanical and physical work needed to keep this extraordinary concept at optimum performance is taking place out of sight
County Wicklow-based international superyacht designer Mark Mills has scooped another major trophy at the stratospheric end of the global sailboat design spectrum. Back in April, he was an Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month" awardee when his very advanced prototype Wally…
A CGI image of how the former RMS St. Helena, the final 'passenger' and freight ship to serve St. Helena in the remote South Atlantic Ocean and the rest of the world until an airport was completed in recent years for commercial flights. In addition a cargo-only (container) service took over by still connecting South Africa. Currently AFLOAT adds the renamed St. Helena is berthed on Merseyside undergoing conversion for a new career with Extreme E which is a radical new racing series which will see Electric-SUVs (transported onboard) compete in the most remote corners of the planet that have been impacted by climate change.
Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, reports BBC Top Gear, has announced the creation of a new team to compete in the inaugural season of Extreme E with a team called ‘X44’. Now, Hamilton you might be familiar with (six F1…
Applications Open For Latest Radio Surveyors Panel
A call for applications has been launched for the latest three-year panel of radio surveyors. As with previous iterations, this panel will carry out statutory radio surveys on Irish seagoing vessels, including fishing vessels greater than 15m LOA, for compliance…
Irish Maritime Administration Launches Engagement Survey
A new survey from the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) of the Department of Transport encourages feedback regarding its communication with stakeholders and service users. Marine Notices are one method used to communicate important information by the IMA and its divisions,…
A yacht wrecked at Crookhaven in Storm Francis
The West Cork harbour of Crookhaven took a hammering earlier this week in Storm Francis with at least one sailing boat lost from its mooring on Tuesday. Footage online shows the village pontoon swaying in the Force 11 gusts (see…
A yacht aground in Baltimore, West Cork during Storm Francis
Storm Francis hit the West Cork Harbour of Baltimore today with the town's RNLI lifeboat called out to nearby Crookhaven Bay to two yachts in difficulty on moorings as Afloat reported here this morning. Pleasure craft in Baltimore Harbour itself were also in…
Member – Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) was established on the 1st of January 2007. The remit of the Authority includes promotion, detection and enforcement of sea-fisheries and seafood safety legislation, regulations, notices and statutory instruments, to protect and conserve fisheries resources…
Dara Calleary has tendered his resignation as Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine following his attendance at a golf dinner this week
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Dara Calleary has tendered his resignation with immediate effect, after attending an event in Clifden, Co Galway, just a day after new Covid-19 measures were introduced. The Fianna Fáil Mayo TD, who had only…
Father and son team – Patrick & Morgan Oliver aboard their 7 Metre Cheetah Class Catamaran in Galway Docks today (Saturday)
It says everything about the announcement that Patrick Oliver of The Claddagh in Galway and his son Morgan are to receive the Afloat.ie National Seamanship Trophy with immediate effect, when we realise that everyone in the country will know exactly…
Walkers take a selfie over Lough Derg
Waterways Ireland is part of a new Government campaign promoting responsible behaviour when enjoying the outdoors and help turn back a recent increase in litter hotspots, particularly in scenic locations. ​Love This Place, Leave No Trace is a joint initiative…
Ship docked at Dublin Port
An update has been issued for the Seafarer/Fisher Medical Examinations Scheme, detailing medical and eyesight standards and a list of approved doctors. The updated scheme supersedes that previously issued in mid 2014 and is included in Marine Notice No 34…
Brian Black was a noted Arctic sailor and environmentalist who was profoundly concerned by the deterioration of climate conditions globally, and particularly in high latitudes
Brian Black, the multi-media communicator, Arctic sailor, and environmentalist, died today (Tuesday) after a tragic accident at noon when his car plunged off the pier at his home village of Strangford in County Down. Originally best-known as a presenter with…
London Commuter's Call: The first branded 'Uber Boat' by Thames Clippers (Afloat above has identified as Jupiter Clipper) set sail on the River Thames today, marked the start of a partnership between Uber and commuter / tourism operator Thames Clippers. Unlike the Republic's August Bank holiday Monday, London cummuters today used the rebranded catamaran craft (with brackdrop of National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) where the new 'Black & White' livery clearly demonstrated a greater emphasis on 'Uber Boat' branding. This compared to the discreet all lower-case typeface of 'thames clippers' which is discernable albeit using smaller letters on the right.
Afloat reported last week, the later than planned opening of Dublin's 'seasonal' Liffey Ferry service due to Covid-19 travel restriction measures which too were eased in the UK where the London based year-round operator Thames Clippers began service seven weeks…
Exam Schedule For Certificates Of Competency Now Available
A full schedule of the Irish Maritime Administration examinations for Certificates of Competency as Deck Officers, Marine Engineer Officers, Skippers and Second Hands for the year commencing 7 September 2020 is included in Marine Notice No 28 of 2020 attached…
The ceramic amphoras could date from the first century AD
A routine inspection of a frozen seafood shop near Alicante in Spain has revealed a trove of ancient Roman artefacts, as the Guardian reports. Objects including a number of ceramic amphoras — receptacles for carrying oil and other liquids —…

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