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 The RNLI charity will deliver their usual lifeguard service across the Causeway Coast and in County Down this year
The RNLI has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown to recruit, train and prepare their lifeguards for what is expected to be another busy summer on Northern Ireland’s beaches. The charity will deliver their…
Double Olympic veteran and World Cup silver medallist, Ryan Seaton, from Carrickfergus, is paired with crew Seafra Guilfoyle from Cork
Three Northern Ireland sailors are all battling for a place at the Tokyo Olympic Regatta with qualification events taking place this week and in the next few weeks. Ryan Seaton, Oisin McClelland and Liam Glynn have been training for over…
Father-to-be Ryan Seaton has 'unfinished business' with Olympics
Northern Ireland Olympic sailor Ryan Seaton of Carrickfergus Sailing Club is set to miss the birth of his first child in his bid to reach the Olympic Games in Tokyo. As Afloat previously reported, Seaton and team-mate Seafra Guilfoyle along…
Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race opened at 00.01 this morning, 19 March
Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race opened at 00.01 this morning, 19 March. Organised by the much-respected Island Sailing Club, the Round the Island has always been one of the UK’s largest participation sporting events and regularly attracts…
the Cruising Association has said no white diesel supply exists in Northern Ireland
The Royal Yachting Association of Northern Ireland (RYA Northern Ireland), together with British Marine and the Cruising Association, met yesterday with representatives from HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury to discuss the difficulties for private pleasure craft in Northern…
Newcastle RNLI crew in PPE gear on their all-weather lifeboat
The volunteer crew at Newcastle RNLI in Co Down returned to sea recently after normal training exercises had to be curtailed due to Covid-19. While the station has remained fully operational throughout the pandemic and volunteers have remained on call…
There are no marine white diesel pumps in Northern Ireland
From 30 June non-commercial vessels wishing to refuel in Northern Ireland must do so with white diesel. What’s the snag? There are no marine white diesel pumps in Northern Ireland, and demand is insufficient for commercial operators to make provision…
Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine
Following the release of the UK - EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have been working to understand the impact of various aspects of the agreement on both the marine industry and recreational…
Carrybridge Atlantic 85 and the RNLI Rescue Water Craft
 Only a few days after Carrybridge RNLI which operates on Upper Lough Erne, received a generous donation from the Enniskillen Royal Boat Club, its Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat answered a shout yesterday (7th) to help a vessel with two people onboard…
Tim Murphy (right) and Shannon Clawson (left)  handed over cheques to Rosie Maguire, Action Mental Health and Stephen Scott (second left) from the RNLI
It’s 580 km from Malin Head to Mizen Head and this was the distance covered by members of the Enniskillen Royal Boat Club in a fund-raising virtual row in aid of the Carrybridge RNLI on Lough Erne and Action Mental…
Recreational boaters in Northern Ireland will no longer be able to use red diesel for propelling their craft and will need to use white diesel from June onwards
Hundreds of recreational boat owners in Northern Ireland could be affected by an HM Treasury decision outlining that from June they will be required to use white diesel instead of red. As part of the Spring Budget announcement, the UK…
Northern Ireland can no longer sell red diesel to ensure the UK meets its international obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement following Brexit.
Northern Ireland recreational boaters will no longer be able to use red diesel for propelling their craft. This is despite the British Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing on Wednesday, as Afloat reported here, that UK sailors will still be able to use…
Use of Red Diesel is to be Maintained in Great Britain
Use of red diesel will be maintained for all commercial boat operators and for private pleasure craft users in Great Britain following the UK's Spring Budget 2021 announcement. Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine called it a 'Red-letter day' for…
A matrix (downloadable below) has been produced, and approved by Government, detailing how British Marine members should interpret the guidance
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 22 February outlining the roadmap of when restrictions are likely to be eased across England, British Marine met with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to clarify the guidance specific…
Portaferry and Bangor Coastguard Rescue Teams during Strangford Lough Mud and Water rescue training
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue team was joined by the Bangor team for joint mud and water rescue training in Strangford Lough on Sunday, 28th February. The Dorn at Ardkeen was the location for the mud training. The word Dorn, from the…
File image of Larne and Larne Harbour in Co Antrim
NI’s Agriculture Minister has cited “practical difficulties” with the Northern Ireland Protocol in his decision to order a halt on construction of post-Brexit port inspection facilities. According to Politico, acting DAERA Minister Gordon Lyons has also told NI ports not…

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