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Migrants rescued from the barge by LE Samuel Beckett northeast of the Libyan capital
#MigrantsRescued - A total 772 migrants were rescued by LÉ Samuel Beckett from a large wooden barge during a “complex search and rescue operation” off the coast of Tripoli, Libya. The operation writes The Irish Times was carried out on…
Sanita Puspure in Old Collegians colours.
#Rowing: Ireland’s Sanita Puspure had an impressive result at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The Old Collegians rower teamed up with Magdalena Lobnig of Austria to finish second in the Women’s Championship Doubles behind Kim Brennan, the…
IWAI Kildare will use the Naas Canal Festival to showcase the leisure potential of the Grand Canal
Inland Waterways
The inland waterways of Co Kildare comes to life this coming October Bank Holiday weekend. Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Kildare will host it’s now annual Naas Canal Festival from Friday October 28th to Monday 31st. A large fleet…
Monika Dukarska
Coastal Rowing
#Rowing: Monika Dukarska took her second World title today. The Killorglin oarswoman won the women’s solo final at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco. She had over 26 seconds to spare over Greek international Alexandra Tsiavou (31) who finished…
Underway in the Pool of London, Thames river-bus Meteor Clipper with RMS St. Helena alongside HMS Belfast. The Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena as reported on Afloat in June made an historic first ever visit to the UK capital. She was due to be decommissioned from routine South Africa-St. Helena route this summer, following construction of the South Atlantic island’s first airport. The airport however has not opened due to aviation safety concerns which has led to extension of RMS service.
#CityRiverFerry – Last night’s Late Late Show’s competition for a holiday in the UK capital is where visitors can take in the sights of the famous River Thames, which is to benefit with new larger passenger craft in summer 2017,…
Berthed at Kilronan Pier on Inis Mór is the Chateau-Thierry (first from right), a former US Army landing craft vessel that recently transported electrical generators to the neighbouring islands
Island News
#AranIslands - Major repairs to an undersea power cable between Galway and the Aran Islands have been completed more than two months after a fault left residents on Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr without power for several days. According to…
New Roadmap For Marine Biotechnology Research & Innovation In Europe Is Launched
Marine Science
#MarineScience - As previously highlighted on, the Marine Biotechnology Research and Innovation Roadmap was launched by the EU-funded Marine Biotechnology Consortium (ERA-MBT) last week in Brussels. The consortium brings together 19 partners from 14 countries across Europe to work with…
Galway Hosts Atlantic Action Plan & Marine Economics Conferences
Marine Science
#BlueGrowth - Galway's Marine Institute will host the third Irish national event of the support team for the Atlantic Action Plan on Thursday 24 November. Under the theme of ‘Linking the Atlantic Strategy and Current Funding Opportunities’, this event is aimed…
Marine Institute Open Day In November
Marine Science
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute is set to open its doors for its annual Open Day on Wednesday 23 November from 9.30am to 3pm. The Open Day at Ireland's national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation is especially…
The complete package. DBSC Commodore Chris Moore racing his J/109 Powder Monkey in Calves Week at Schull. Despite her undistorted hull shape and comfortable accommodation, the J/109 frequently beats all comers in open IRC racing, while also now offering the possibility of viable One Design racing in Dublin Bay
W M Nixon
The J/109 has proven herself to be well suited for sailing in Irish waters for several years, achieving major successes in the main offshore races and championships allied to starring roles in top regattas. Yet it is only now that…
Arklow Cape was launched today in the Netherlands and will join the Irish flagged fleet with a port of registry at Arklow. Initially she flies the Dutch flag (see mainmast) before been officially handed over to her Irish owners.
Ports & Shipping
#CapeLaunch – A cargoship was launched today for Irish owners as the second of 10 in a new series from a shipyard in the Netherlands, writes Jehan Ashmore. Ferus Smit’s Dutch yard in Westerbroek, is where the single hold 5,054dwt cargoship,…
Monika Dukarska
Coastal Rowing
#Rowing: Monika Dukarska won her heat and qualified for the A Final of the women’s solo (single) at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco today. The Killorglin Rowing Club competitor had 11 seconds to spare over second-placed Benedetta Bellio…
An aerial view of Carrickfergus marina (left) the sailing club (centre) and the town Harbour on the right in County Antrim
Irish Marinas
Carrickfergus Marina situated on the northern shore of Belfast Lough is making the most of the current Euro-Sterling exchange rates to highlight its Five Gold Anchor facility, with 300 fully serviced berths, to sailors and boat owners considering a change…
Busy scene at Belfast Harbour where ferry operator Stena from today ramp-up additional freight capacity for Christmas
#ExtraCapacity - Additional freight capacity by Stena Line on the Belfast-Liverpool service began today, in support of the retail sector in preparation for the key pre-Christmas trading period. Stena Line is adding an extra two sailings per week, from Friday,…
Inis Mór is the largest of the Aran Islands
Island News
#AranIslands - “Policy decisions beyond our control” have been cited by Island Ferries Teo for its suspension of services between the mainland and the largest of the Aran Islands from November till next spring, as Galway Bay FM reports. The…
HMS Duncan which departed Portsmouth Naval Base to 'shadow' the Russian Navy. Seen above at the UK port is a sister of the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon which called to Cork Harbour this summer.
Belfast Lough
#Destroyer - A UK naval destroyer was forced to cancel a visit to Belfast today, due to Russian warships understood to be bound for Syria to reinforce attacks on Aleppo, writes Jehan Ashmore. Senior Royal Navy Officer for Northern Ireland,…
Conor Fogerty's BAM, a Sunfast 3600, from Howth, pictured here during Jun'es Round Ireland Race, races in division IRC six in Malta tomorrow
One Irish boat and a good selection of Irish sailors are among 112 twelve boats, from twenty five nations and six starts in tomorrow's Middle Sea Race. A light wind forecast means that it may suit smaller boats rather than…
Shane Mulvaney and Paul O'Donovan at the Irish Indoor Championships 2016.
#Rowing: Ireland’s high performance director, Morten Espersen has announced that four grants will be available to rowers who produce exceptional performances on ergometers (rowing machines). The grants, of €5,000, will be for world class times on Concept 2. The performances…
RStGYC Commodore Justin McKenna entered totally into the spirit of the evening with his Gala Dinner outfit at the IDRA14 70th Anniversary Dinner in the RStGYC last Saturday night. Class Commodore Ian Sargent is presenting him with his special pennant to mark an outstanding year for this historic class which had its first race at the RStGYC in 1946.
Historic Boats
When you’re among friends at a major anniversary celebratory dinner for a dinghy class of national historic significance, it’s something of a gamble to allow a roving microphone to be taken into the midst of the gathering at the height…
Ro-Ro freight trailers and Lo-Lo containers are the mainstay of Dublin Port’s business
Dublin Port
Dublin Port has announced new figures showing a 6.8% increase in trade volumes for the first nine months of the year. The current pace of growth puts Dublin Port on course for a record year for the third year in…

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