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Sailing around the world, non-stop and alone, for between eight and nine months on an older boat, without being allowed use modern technology, a Limerick man, now living in Kerry, is ready to go in a race with rules set 54 years ago. We hear about the green-hulled fleet of Irish ships, now bigger than the former national fleet of the State-owned Irish Shipping and how ladies have revived coastal rowing. And there's much more on the programme which voyages around the Irish maritime sphere, with news, comment and opinion .... Maritime Ireland is presented by Tom MacSweeney.

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Click on the image above to listen to our latest Marine Times Radio Podcast were we highlight some of the main issues which are appearing in our June issue of the Marne Times Newspaper which is available to download or pick up from your local shop.

News 4th July:
RNLI lifeboat crew take to the pitch at Croke Park to promote water safety partnership with the GAA

Lifeboat crew from around the island of Ireland, took to the pitch during Sunday’s (3 July) All-Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final at Croke Park, to promote the charity’s partnership with the GAA on water safety. Before Limerick and Galway battled it out for a place in the final and in front of a packed stadium and TV audience, RNLI volunteers, dressed in their full kit, unfurled a giant flag showing an all-weather lifeboat in action. Full story here

Food Security Threat as Seafood Sector Faces Shutdown
Traditional Fish and Chips may not be on Irish Restaurants Summer Menus

Rising fuel prices are crippling the Irish Seafood sector, including fishermen, aquaculture producers and fish processors. That’s according to Aodh O Donnell, chief executive of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO), who says the crisis is a threat to food security.

The entire Irish Seafood Sector are calling on the Government to act now to claim available EU funds to compensate the seafood sector and get the situation under control. Full story here

News 26th June:
Floating offshore wind project proposed for the North West
Fishing industry and Hexicon unveil historic collaboration

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) and Sinbad Marine Services have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with global floating offshore wind developer and technology provider, Hexicon AB. The innovative and historic partnership is predicated on a ‘new approach’ which sees local fishermen engaged and influencing the development process from the onset.

Key decisions, including site selection, cable routing, and land fall, will be collectively analysed and agreed. Similarly, other stakeholders, including environmental organisations will also be given input at an early stage in shaping the location and design of the floating wind farms. In parallel, long-established port operator and marine service provider, Sinbad Marine, will ensure the floating offshore wind project maximises its engagement with local industry and leverages local infrastructure. Full story here

News 9th June:
Fishing Industry Demands Fair Share of Fish from Our Own Waters

Irish Fish Producers have called for a fairer share of the rights to fish in the waters of our 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “Other nations catch about €250m worth of fish a year in our waters - almost twice as much as the Irish fleet catches,” says IFPO chief executive, Aodh O’Donnell.

He says the quotas allocated by the EU to the Irish fishing fleet amount to “a paltry 18% of the volume of fish in our 200-mile Zone every year. Other nations take the balance of the fish, but bizarrely some EU States are unable to catch their annual quota allocations in this EU zone.”

“So, we are calling on the EU to – at the very least – enable reallocation of annual ‘uncaught’ quotas in Ireland’s EEZ to Irish vessels, to give us a more equitable share.” Full story here

News 6th June:
Baltimore RNLI on a 9hr callout to provide assistance to a yacht in difficulty with four people

Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide assistance to a yacht with four people onboard that got into difficulty 52 miles off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork, yesterday (Sunday 5 June).

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat just before 1pm, following requests from the Irish Coast Guard and the UK Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 36 foot motor yacht, with four people on board, which had encountered difficulties and was 52 miles south of Baltimore. Full story here

First call out for Clifden RNLI’s new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat

The volunteer crew of Clifden RNLI joined Aran Islands RNLI and Shannon-based Rescue 115 helicopter to carry out a search of the waters around Bunowen Bay on Friday night (3rd June).

A member of the public reported seeing a distress flare in the area around Bunowen, west of Ballyconeely at midnight on Friday 03 June. Shortly afterwards the crew launched the new Shannon class all weather lifeboat St. Christopher, her first call on service since being brought to Clifden three weeks ago. Full story here

News 27th May:
Legacy from British actor funds Fenit RNLI’s new inshore lifeboat ‘Lizzie’

A legacy from a popular British actor has helped to fund Fenit RNLI’s new inshore lifeboat. The lifeboat is being named Lizzie in memory of Liz Frazer this Sunday (29 May), in a ceremony at the Fenit Lifeboat Station with the public being invited to attend. The lifeboat is being named by Jan Bolt, the station’s admin officer and wife to the late station mechanic Bob Bolt.

Liz Fraser, who was born in Southwark in 1930 was a well-known and much-loved British actor, starring in roles on stage and screen over a career spanning decades. From her early TV work in Dixon of Dock Green, and Hancock’s Half Hour to four Carry On films to a final performance at the age of 87, in a role on the popular English crime drama, Midsomer Murders, Liz’s work was loved and seen by many. Her wish to fund a lifeboat in her name will now see a Kerry lifeboat station become the permanent home for her kind legacy. Full story here

News 23rd May:
Achill Island RNLI rescue lone sailor in 14 hour overnight operation to broken down yacht 40 miles west of Achill

Achill Island RNLI were involved in a 14 hour rescue overnight, (Sunday/Monday 22/23 May), to a lone sailor onboard a yacht which had lost power almost 40 nautical miles west of Achill Island.

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard to assist the sailor and their racing yacht which was in difficulty almost 40 miles off the west coast, having lost all power. The loss of power meant that the sailor onboard had no means of communication. A fixed wing aircraft located the yacht’s position which was then provided to Achill Island RNLI to assist with planning what became an overnight passage. Full story here

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