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#FERRY NEWS - The captain of a cargo ship that crashed into a passenger ferry in Belfast Lough last month has pleaded guilty to four charges related to the incident, RTÉ News reports.

More than $1 million of damage was caused when the cargo vessel Union Moon collided with the Stena Feronia on the evening of 7 March, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

The 27,000-tonne ferry was on its way from Birkenhead in Merseyside to Belfast when it was struck by the cargo ship, captained by Miroslaw Pozniak, about a mile-and-a-half from the shore between Carrickfergus and Helen's Bay.

Fifty-five year old Pozniak, from Poland, was arrested shortly after the incident, charged with 'excess alcohol by the master of a ship'.

At a second hearing in Downpatrick Crown Court he also pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) that include failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to safely navigate the lough, and causing serious damage to both vessels.

However, BBC News reports that he denied the charges of failing to follow safety rules and proper watch keeping arrangements, and that these will remain 'on the books' and will not be proceeded with.

Pozniak was released on continuing bail before sentencing at the end of next month. He could face up to two years in prison.

Published in Ferry

#FERRY NEWS - BBC News reports that the captain of the cargo ship that collided with a passenger ferry in Belfast Lough could face up to two years in prison as his case has been sent to Crown Court.

Miroslaw Pozniak, 55, pleaded guilty on Friday to the charge of 'excess alcohol by the master of a ship' after the cargo vessel Union Moon collided with the Stena Feronia close to the Fairway buoy on Wednesday.

Both vessels were substantially damaged in the incident but there are no reports of injuries.

Newtownards Court heard yesterday that Pozniak has been fired by his employer. He will remain in custody until 20 March when the judge will again consider bail.

Published in Ferry

Esailing & Virtual Sailing information

The concept of e-sailing, or virtual sailing, is based on a computer game sailing challenge that has been around for more than a decade.

The research and development of software over this time means its popularity has taken off to the extent that it has now become a part of the sailing seascape and now allows people to take an 'active part' in some of the most famous regattas across the world such as the Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Sydney Hobart, Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup and some Olympic venues too, all from the comfort of their armchair.

The most popular model is the 'eSailing World Championship'. It is an annual esports competition, first held in 2018 and officially recognised by World Sailing, the sports governing body.

The eSailing World Championship is a yearly competition for virtual sailors competing on the Virtual Regatta Inshore game.

The contract to run the event was given to a private company, Virtual Regatta that had amassed tens of thousands of sailors playing offshore sailing routing game following major offshore races in real-time.

In April 2020, the company says on its website that it has 35,000 active players and 500,000 regattas sailed.

Virtual Regatta started in 2010 as a small team of passionate designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs gathered around the idea that virtual sailing sports games can mix with real races and real skippers.

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