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Gareth Martel (right) and crew from Pippa VI, winners of the 60th Anniversary Ailsa Craig Race, missing is Zander Boyd
The light winds forecast for the Ailsa Craig Race from Royal Ulster on Belfast Lough on Friday night turned out to be at times 17 knots, which for Stuart Cranston’s Ker 32 Hijacker appeared just at the wrong time when…
Kinsale locals Colm Dunne and Rob Gill won the ‘Practice’ race of the Squib Nationals in Allegro
Day one of the Bandon Co-op Squib National championships in Kinsale started in a strong 16kt northern breeze with significant gusts. The Traditional Practice race gave visitors a good beat and run across the racecourse before Race 1 officially got…
Balblair alongside sister pilot boat Dalmore at the Port of Cromarty Firth
Safehaven Marine’s latest deliveries this month include a second pilot boat for Scotland’s Port of Cromarty Firth and a specialised vessel for port operations in Southampton. Williams Shipping have taken delivery of an Interceptor 48 for crew transfer operations and pilot…
A file photo of the Clondalkin community-built 43ft Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan on Dublin Bay in 2003
Weather has once again forced the postponement of Féile an Spidéil, the regatta for traditional craft in Co Galway. The regatta, which was originally set for June 12th off An Spidéil on the northern shores of Galway Bay, had been…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat arriving at the West Cork harbour’s pontoon with the 40ft yacht
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s volunteers called out early this morning (Saturday 18 June) at 4.35am to go to the aid of a 40ft yacht in difficulties 21 miles south east of the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. The all-weather lifeboat…
Baltimore RNLI crew member Rob O’Leary was put aboard the casualty vessel to assist in rigging a tow passed to the yacht from the lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI were called out earlier today (Thursday 16 June) to provide assistance to a yacht with two people onboard that was taking part in a race. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 11.45am, following a request…
LÉ James Joyce on Dublin Bay on Bloomsday. The Naval Vessel flew 
The Irish Naval Vessel  LÉ James Joyce was positioned off Sandycove Point on Dublin Bay for over an hour today, close to the Martello Tower made famous by Irish writer James Joyce in his novel Ulysses. The special Bloomsday tribute was made by…
The jack-up barge now in position on Dublin Bay and as seen from Blackrock, with Howth Penninsula in the background. The rig will carry out test holes for piling in connection with the Codling Wind Park project
Nearshore site investigations are underway on Dublin Bay between the areas of Poolbeg and Dun Laoghaire as part of the Codling Wind Park Project. According to the latest Dublin Port Notice to Mariners (downloadable below), works will be undertaken from the…
Irish debut: Finnlines is to open their new freight route of Rosslare Europort-Zeebrugge which is to launch in July. The Finnlines Group is a major shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic, North Sea & Bay of Biscay.
As previously speculated, Finnlines is to open a new freight route of Rosslare Europort-Zeebrugge with the Belgium link also offering a new connection between Ireland and the Nordic nation. On 23 July, Finnlines will launch the new service linking Ireland…
Hijacker, Stuart Cranston's Ker 32
Royal Ulster’s Classic offshore overnight Ailsa Craig race will start from the club line at Bangor in Belfast Lough on Friday evening (17th) with the first warning signal at 19.00 hrs. On a good day, the Craig can be seen…
DLRCoCo lifeguards at Killiney Beach
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is now recruiting qualified lifeguards for its beaches for the 2022 summer season. The DLRCoCo website lists qualifications and details for the role, which pays a wage of €12.18 per hour (plus appropriate differentials) for a Junior Lifeguard…
Cork County Council has engaged a contractor for the removal of the wreck of the fishing trawler, MV Sceptre, at Union Hall, West Cork and work has commenced. The wreck will be removed by barge for transport to an overseas…
The EU Commission has also announced fresh legal action over the alleged failure of the UK to build and staff border control posts at Northern Ireland ports
Legal action has resumed by the EU against the UK following the publication of the bill that would overturn the Northern Ireland Protocol. A senior EU official has warned that the UK could be brought before the European Court of…
Union Hall RNLI’s crew and shore crew following a callout on Monday 13 June
The volunteer crew at Union Hall RNLI were requested to launch their inshore Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding at 12.15pm on Monday (13 June) to a 10m fishing vessel with two people onboard that had got propped…
The Wexford Maritime Festival will now take place at the later date of 3-4 September with events lining the town's waterfront quays.
Organisers of the Wexford Maritime Festival have following a groundswell of public support, have opted against cancelling this year’s event, in favour of postponing for a couple of months. Originally slated to take place on Wexford’s quayfront on 2-3 July,…
N.I. Protocol Trade Dispute: Senior Italian, Dutch and Austrian ministers all accused the UK of threatening to break international law. Above freight trucks at a ferry terminal in Belfast Harbour.
Senior figures from EU member states have threatened a strong response to the UK's legislation. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz yesterday hinted at trade measures against the UK, while the EU's chief negotiator, Maroš Šefčovič, said the European Commission could resume…

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Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

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