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Pictured at the announcement of the launch of the 2024  BIM Innovation Studio are, Left to Right: Jessica Giannoumis, Aquatech Community Manager, Hatch Blue; Richard Donnelly, Director of Development and Innovation, BIM; Wayne Murphy, Co-Founder of Hatch Blue; Caroline Bocquel, CEO BIM and Colm Lynch, CEO of Aquamonitrix, winner of the 2023 BIM Aquatech Business of the Year
Aquatech businesses are urged to apply for a new mentoring programme which Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) describes as “groundbreaking”. The sector has just attracted a €15 million investment from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), according to BIM. Minister for…
BIM conducts an annual online survey inviting all active vessels to submit economic, employment, and operational details for their previous year’s activity
Fishermen in Ireland have responded in record numbers to the latest National Seafood Survey for fisheries, with more than 500 surveys completed by vessel owners, more than double the survey returns from last year and the highest response rate achieved…
Clementine van Steenberge (right) and her crew Jessica Riordan from the George picked up another Europa Cup win in March and sailed to victory at the cut-short Irish Sailing Youth National Championships in Cork Harbour in April
National Yacht Club sailing and performance programmes ran all winter alongside frostbite racing, keeping racing sailors training and progressing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The club had coaching series in almost all the main classes sailed off the NYC platform with…
Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC75 race boat had previously been transported under the cover of darkness from the team’s North Shore build facility to the Wynyard Point base where an intensive fit out programme has been undertaken.
Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC75 race boat has emerged from its building facility after an intensive 10-month programme. The America's Cup boat was wheeled out to prepare for its launch and commissioning phase in Auckland this month. The team's…
The Wild Atlantic...Sand Artist Manuel Frolich, putting the finishing touches to his sand artwork on Ballybunion North Beach (Ladies Beach) County Kerry to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic Wild Atlantic Way - Launched in 2014, the longest defined coastal routes in the world, which stretches for 2600 km from Cork to Donegal. At the anniversary, were staff of Wild Atlantic Way (Fáilte Ireland) in Kerry, Sharon Houlihan, Declan Murphy and Veronica O'Connor
Tourism is now worth €3billion per year on the Wild Atlantic Way, an increase of 59% on 2013, according to Fáilte Ireland. This growth has contributed to the creation of an additional 35,000 jobs, with tourism now supporting 121,000 jobs…
Emotional scenes, Pen Duick VI FR (14) taking the treasured double - “provisional” first in line honours and first in Leg four IRC handicap ranking
The French legend Pen Duick VI FR (14), skippered by the indomitable Marie Tabarly, has taken provisional line honours in the final leg of the inaugural McIntyre Ocean Globe Race – and in the days ahead could potentially win the…
The vintage half-tonner 2Farr pictured racing in Calves Week 2023. The boat has recently been refurbished and optimised ahead of competition at July's Volvo Cork Week Regatta where she will face the ICRA Boat of the Year, the half tonner Swuzzlebubble
Competition in Volvo Cork Week 2024's IRC classes are shaping up with some interesting battles developing, particularly in the vintage quarter tonner and half tonner classes. The 2024 regatta intends to embrace its traditional format, with each fleet rotating through…
A still from video footage of IdaLina, the Arcona 460 that sank in the Pacific on Monday 8 April after a broken rudder stock apparently punctured its hull
The chief executive of Arcona Yachts has issued a statement following the sinking of an Arcona 460 in the Pacific Ocean after a rudder stock failure. According to Marine Industry News, the Swedish-flagged IdaLina sank on Monday (8 April) after…
File image of the River Clare at Cregmore, Co Galway
Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan has made the following order and bye-laws as of Thursday 11 April: 1. Control of Fishing for Salmon (Amendment) Order S.I. No. 81 of 2024 This order authorises the issue of commercial…
Yacht in Kinsale Harbour at low tide, listing against the adjacent keel wall with its mast looming over the road
Low tide was a little too low for one Kinsale yacht which listed over the adjacent quay on Wednesday afternoon (10 April). As CorkBeo reports, a section of Pier Road in the West Cork town was closed to traffic after…
At the launch of the new Northern Ireland Maritime & Offshore (NIMO) network are (from left) Stephen Kane (NIMO chair), Kerry Muldoon (NIMO member),  Kieran Donoghue (Invest NI chief executive) and John Patterson (head of defence at Artemis Technologies) with their Spirit of Belfast berthed alongside at the craft’s namesake port and the iconic backdrop of Harland & Wolff shipyard.
The Northern Ireland Maritime & Offshore network (NIMO) is a new government-backed body, to unlock commercial opportunities in the growing maritime and offshore sector has been created. The region currently employs more than 5,000 people in the sector and contributes…
Danish ferry company DFDS reaffirms its commitment to the electrification of English Channel transport after meeting today with the UK Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform. Above Delft Seaways on the Dover-Dunkirk route. AFLOAT adds that the DFDS-only Ireland-Europe ‘passenger’ route of Rosslare-Dunkirk is currently using an alternative ropax, A F Claudia, on some of their sailings until mid-April. The A-F Claudia was observed last month in Rosslare Europort when on charter from Adria Ferries, operator of Italy-Albania routes.
Ferry operator, DFDS reaffirms commitment to the electrification of English Channel transport after meeting today the UK Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform, Lord Dominic Johnson. DFDS's long-term goal is to have up to six battery-powered vessels operating on its…
A sight to behold, the Sørlandet, which arrived in Dublin Bay this morning and took anchorage in Scotsman’s Bay, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, having sailed from the Azores.
Making an impressive sight in Dublin Bay this morning is the world's oldest and most authentic fully-rigged ship still in active service, the Norwegian-flagged Sørlandet, writes Jehan Ashmore. Sørlandet with several sails set aloft approached Scotsman’s Bay, where it anchored…
The 'Spirit of Kinsale' cruise vessel operating in Kinsale Harbour
The Spirit of Kinsale, which has operated cruises in Kinsale Harbour for over 20 years, is being sold. Owner and operator Jerome Lordan has decided to retire. A former fisherman with experience in Ireland and overseas, he left that industry…
Karin Dubsky of Coastwatch
Progress on eradicating single use plastics which are so harmful to the marine environment will be discussed at a workshop hosted by Coastwatch later this month. The “Coastwatch and more4nature Earth Day 2024 workshop” will celebrate the disappearance of most…
J109 Ruth (The Shanahan family) is expected to be among the starters of the second ISORA Viking Marine Irish Coastal Race off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Saturday morning
ISORA cruiser-racers are looking for a 'weather window' to get their 2024 season underway this Saturday morning (13th April). The second race of the Viking Marine Irish coastal series is due to start at 11 am off Dun Laoghaire, but…
Poster for Cookery Demonstration with Glen Wheeler at Enniskillen RNLI
Celebrity chef Glen Wheeler from 28 At The Hollow will cook up a delicious menu at Enniskillen RNLI’s lifeboat station at 7pm on Monday 29 April. The culinary masterclass is in aid of the Enniskillen lifeboat and tickets for the…
Frank Mullen in safety gear between two kayaks on the shore at Donabate in North Co Dublin
Frank Mullen won’t let Parkinson’s disease deter him from completing an epic 300km paddle of the River Shannon by kayak this summer. As Dublin Live reports, the 61-year-old Donabate man will set out on 28 June on a planned 10-day…
De Wadden: After many months of planning by Wicklow maritime enthusiasts, large sections of the former Arklow general cargo sailing vessel ‘De Wadden’ built in 1919 are now back in the vessel’s Irish home port. AFLOAT adds that the schooner was the last to trade under sail in the Irish Sea, calling to ports on both sides, including Liverpool, with cargoes, chiefly coal, pit props, gravel, and burnt ore from Arklow.
A community of Wicklow maritime enthusiasts, after many months of planning, has secured large sections of Arklow's historic last sail cargo vessel ‘De Wadden’ that were returned to the schooner’s home port, having been a static-ship exhibit in the UK.…
The BIM Aquaculture Remote Classroom
Prospective students interested in a marine career will be able to visit an aquaculture “remote classroom” at an Atlantic Technological University (ATU) open day this weekend. The mobile classroom which gives a taste of aquaculture has been developed by Bord…

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