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TechWorks Marine plans to deploy four trawl-resistant bottom mounted acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) frames in Castlemaine and Valentia off the coast of Co Kerry from this Monday 7 February. Weather permitting, the Ocean Navigator (callsign EI018) will deploy the…
A source of eternal and increasing fascination - Ernest Shackleton's doomed Endurance locked in the thickening ice of the Weddell Sea
The Kildare-born Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton becomes more famous with every passing year, particularly in America where his successful saving of the lives of every member of his doomed 1914-1916 expedition with the ice-crushed Endurance is used in top businessschools…
File image of Simon Coveney TD
Russian military exercises planned for next week will no longer take place within Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Foreign Affairs Minister has confirmed. In a tweet published this evening (Saturday 29 January), Simon Coveney — who is also Minister for…
Grace O’Sullivan is MEP for the South constituency
An Irish MEP and former Greenpeace activist has spoken of her experiences encountering the Russian military amid the controversy surrounding next week’s planned live-fire exercises within Ireland’s EEZ. Grace O’Sullivan recalled facing a forceful response when she climbed the anchor…
Map showing the area where Russia plans to conduct military manoeuvres
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport advises of “serious safety risks” for vessels” around plans by the Russian military to conduct live-fire exercises off the Cork coast from next week. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, concerns have…
Aileen and Moir Patton onboard their International 12 dinghy at Boyne Yacht Club in 1959 with National 18s in the background. The search is on for more details of Boyne Yacht Club for a forthcoming publication
Linda Patton is collaborating with Richard Gerrard, a Drogheda historian and author, in researching the history of the Boyne Yacht Club. The yacht club was founded in 1955 by a group of enthusiasts. These original members carried out a lot…
Xocean’s X-09 remotely piloted vessel
Survey operations conducted by an uncrewed surface vessel (USV) are taking place in Dundalk Bay this week. The remotely piloted X-09 — from Greenore-based Xocean — was scheduled to launch from Clogherhead, Co Louth today, Tuesday 25 January, for the…
The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115
RTÉ News reports that a man in his 30s has died after he was swept out to sea while picking seaweed on the West Clare coast on Sunday (23 January). The man’s body was recovered in a multi-agency response on…
File image of the RV Celtic Explorer
The first and second legs of this year’s Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS 2022) will be carried out from next Saturday 5 February to Tuesday 1 March. Surveys will be conducted to the West, Southwest and South Coasts of…
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) with US President Joe Biden at the summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 June 2021
Concerns have been raised over Russia’s plans for a missile test off the coast of Ireland early next month, as TheJournal.ie reports. What's been termed as a “major” military exercise by the Russian navy and air force will take place…
AMS Retriever
Marine data company Partrac is planning to deploy Metocean instrumentation at the North Ireland Sea Area (NISA) over a two-day period from tomorrow, Monday 17 January. The survey campaign covers two sites in NISA off North Co Dublin, Meath and…
The French cable-laying ship Ile d'Aix berthed in Cork Harbour
Further to previous installation works on the Havhingsten fibre optic telecommunication cable system in the Irish Sea, post-lay inspection and burial (PLIB) of the cable is planned to begin later this week. Works outside Irish and Isle of Man territorial…
Sara Sutcliffe
It’s a new year and ‘all change’ at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as the team today (Monday 10 January) welcomes Sara Sutcliffe MBE as the organisation’s new chief executive. Sutcliffe takes over from interim chief executive David Strain, who…
A tranquil boating scene at Drake's Pool in Cork Harbour
Dear Reader, Because of your and our other supporters' generous backing, Afloat.ie has had another record year for visitors, with a significant 13% increase on 2020 figures. Our website dedicated to Irish sailing, boating and maritime issues reached another high…
Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys
A Connemara business group has expressed frustration over an apparent lack of enthusiasm by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys in a privately funded museum that would celebrate Marconi’s connections with Connemara. As The Times Ireland edition reports,…
Dara McGee's - 'James Wharram 1928-2021
Irish polar adventurer and boatbuilder Jarlath Cunnane has paid tribute to the pioneering skills of fellow sailor and multihull designer James Wharram, who died earlier this month at the age of 93. Wharram, renowned for his Polynesian double-canoe style sailing…

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