26th June

Seafest maritime festival launches interactive app

An festival guide app for Seafest 2017 is now available to download free (Android and iOS), giving the latest information on Ireland's premier maritime festival, Galway (June 30-July 2).

The app contains the full festival programme; maps and directions; latest news along with general visitor information and social media feeds. 

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Gold at the end of the rainbow for Marine Institute RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager? Seafest 2016, Galway. Photo Gillian Mills 

It also features and interactive 'My Favourites' list where users can add in their preferred festival events and create their own unique 'My Map'.

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Ireland hosts IoT for the Sea conference

Enabling a 'connected ocean' presents enormous opportunities for the Irish marine sector, where Ireland as an ICT hub is fast becoming a global hub for 'blue technology', according to the organisers of the 2017 Digital Ocean conference ( NUI Galway, June 30).

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Looking into the blue future are John Breslin, SmartBay Ireland and Francis Flannery, SonarSim

Ireland has 'real capabilities across key enabling technologies' required to drive blue tech innovation, such as nanotechnology; sensors; data analytics; robotics; communication technologies and advanced materials, says Dr Edel O'Connor, Irish Marine Development Office.

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Marine traffic increase through Irish ports

Overall traffic through Irish ports increased by 2% in 2016, predominantly by unitised trade - roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/lift-off by 7% - according to the Irish Maritime Transport Economistproduced by the Irish Maritime Development Office. 

Dublin Port

Dublin Port: 14.2m GT exports in 2016

The report also highlights an 11% increase in the number of cruise vessel calls to Irish ports (274); however passenger numbers between the island of Ireland, UK and continental Europe declined by 2.6% to 4.3 million over the same period.

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Cruise berth judicial review: SOS welcomes outcome but seeks clarification

An Bórd Pleanála has indicated it does not wish to contest the judicial review initiated by the environmental group, Save Our Seafront, in respect of the proposed cruise berth in Dún Laoghaire Harbour which lies 12km south of Dublin City.

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Star Legend (135m) will visit Dún Lagoghaire on June 26

It has further stated by way of explanation that 'certain unspecified information' potentially relevant to the assessment carried out prior to the grant of permission, 'had not been furnished by the Harbour Company or identified by any other prescribed body or third party during the course of the application process'.

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Absence of map data may have contributed to fatal helicopter crash

Photo: Black Rock island and lighthouse. Tiles on the roof of the outhouse exhibit damage 'consistent with being struck by falling debris'

A warning system that increases pilot ‘situational awareness’ did not include Black Rock and its lighthouse or the terrain of the island in its database, according to the preliminary report of the Air Accident Investigation Unit into the crash of Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 that claimed the lives of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, co-pilot Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith.

 A digital map that allows the pilot to view a representation of terrain and obstacles ahead is included in the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), ‘provided these are contained in the database’.

 EGPWS manufacturer, Honeywell, informed the Investigation that compliant processes include the ‘integration and validation’ of multiple public and private data sources, furnished by customers, governments and private industry.

 It added however: ‘Honeywell’s selected terrain and obstacle source data do not include Black Rock.’

 And while the island is present in alternate data sets, ‘the actual altitude of Black Rock is considerably higher than what is indicated in these alternate data sets.’

They confirmed the obstacle data for ‘the Ireland region’ is sourced from their ‘Type 1 LOA supplier’. This data ‘does not include obstacles on Black Rock’ Honeywell told the Investigation.

 The EGPWS also includes basic modes that prevent descent into level or evenly sloping terrain. Enhanced or ‘look ahead’ modes are based on Global Positioning System (GPS) position compared to terrain and obstacle databases.

 ‘Look ahead’ modes are intended to prevent the aircraft from running into ‘sharply rising terrain or man-made obstacles’, the report notes.

FULL REPORT: Inshore Ireland (Summer edition)

Blackrock Island

Black Rock island and lighthouse. Tiles on the roof of the outhouse exhibit damage 'consistent with being struck by falling debris'

State agencies depart crash site at Black Rock Lighthouse

The Air Accident Investigation Unit and An Garda Síochána, in conjunction with the Irish Coast Guard, have expressed their 'sincere appreciation' to the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Marine Institute, supported by Geological Survey Ireland, for the extensive search conducted around Black Rock Lighthouse following the loss of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 on March 14.

Blackrock Island

The search operation by the Marine Institute's Holland 1 ROV concluded this afternoon when the CIL's vessel Granuaile departed Blacksod Bay. Supt. Tony Healy confirmed that the Garda water unit would conduct diving searches in the vicinity of Blackrock Lighthouse as soon as wind and tidal conditions are favbourable. 

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