23rd October

Ireland ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention

Ireland's ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention which sets standards for working and living conditions for seafarers, will cover both Irish-flagged ships and international ships calling at Irish Ports.

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Dublin Port: The MLC covers both Irish-flagged vessels and international ships calling into Irish ports. Photo Gillian Mills

Effective from July 21, 2015 work is now underway to inspect and certify Irish ships, according to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Pascal Donohue and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

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US marine is remembered at Whiddy Island

A commemoration in June remembered a young US marine who was killed in a seaplane crash in October 1918 while returning to Whiddy Island on the south coast of Ireland. 

The event began with a wreath laying ceremony at the crash site attended by 25 boats out of Bantry, followed by the unveiling of a memorial on the island by Lt Col Sean Cosden, Defence Attaché to the American Embassy and US Air Corps.

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 Also among the gathering were County Mayor Alan Coleman; Col Barry Hanon, Irish Air Corps; Comdt Keohan, Irish Army; representative of the Irish Naval Service; local politicans; members of the American Legion; the Castletownbere Lifeboat and Bantry Inshore Search and Rescue.

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Launch of Maritime Safety Strategy public consultation

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar called for a major change in attitude to maritime safety, when he launched a new consultation process on maritime safety: Sea Change – Building a new Maritime Safety Culture.

Minister Varadkar highlighted the 134 maritime fatalities that have occurred since 2002, almost half of which related to recreational craft.

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Leo Varadkar, Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport with Jason Whooley, BIM chief executive and Simon Coveney, Miniister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the launch of the sea-safety initiative in Union Hall, July 2013. Photo Gillian Mills

“We all need to take a fresh look at how we use the waters in and around our island, and build a culture of maritime safety in our communities. This requires a radical change of culture in our attitude to safety.”

 He added that the sea and any open water can be hostile and dangerous environments and demanded total respect.

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Virtual marina safety awareness game-based simulation wins award

Valentia Island-bsaed company, MYMIC Global, was honoured with the 2014 Innovation Showcase Award for Training at Seawork International - the leading commercial marine and workboat event in Europe. 

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Thomas Mastaglio, MYMIC Global, with  sponsor Paul Duckworth, Smith & Williamson (left) and Paul Clifton BBC South

The Spirit of Innovation award ackowledges companies that have introduced innovative products or services withn the past twelve months.

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Nautical Institute Presidency for Irish Mariner

On June 17 in Sydney Australia, the AGM of the Nautical Institute will elect Captain Robert McCabe to the Presidency of the Institute for a two-year term.

The Nautical Institute is the international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships and is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It has 6,500 members worldwide across 110 countries.  

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Captain McCabe is a career long member of the Institute, a former Chairman of the Institute’s Technical Committee and a frequent contributor to international conferences particularly on e-Navigation and user needs issues.

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Spanish tall ship visits Dublin

On a calm morning in early June, the world's third largest tall ship, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, arrived into Dublin on a four-day courtesy call, the first since 1999.

This 113 metre, four-masted schooner built in Cádiz in 1928 is the midshipmen training vessel for the Spanish Navy. Each year she carries out a six-month training course, mostly outside of Spanish waters. Of the 85 cruises todate, ten have been world circumnavigations. When visiting foreign ports, Juan Sebastian de Elcano also acts as floating embassy, welcoming aboard Spain's diaspora.

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Juan Sebastián de Elcano arriving into Dublin. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Tourism Office

The ships is named after a notable Spanish sailor who made one of the biggest exploits of Spanish maritime hisitory. In 1519 he enlisted as a navigation expert in a five-day expedition ordered by the Emperor Charles the First, which departed from Sanlúcar de Barrameda under the command of Magellan. The mission was to find a new route to the Spice Islands.

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