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Irish dock workers urge for better protection at Ireland’s ports

The ITF has joined Irish dock workers union SIPTU, during its urgent call for better protection for all workers in Ireland’s ports, after a 50-year-old truck driver lost his life in North Docks at Dublin Port on August 14. The death of the worker marks the seventh death of a worker in an Irish port in the last two years.

Ireland wants environmental surveys for floating wind turbine

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland informed that it has launched a tender, with which its seeks environmental surveying services to develop a floating offshore wind turbine at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site. Anyone interested must submit applications until 26 August by 12:00 local time. The duration of the contract is 27 months, with no options for renewal.

Cruise Belfast opens first dedicated cruise terminal

Cruise Belfast, a collaboration between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast, opened the first dedicated cruise terminal on the island of Ireland to cater for Belfast’s growing popularity as a cruise destination. 

Northern Ireland not suitable to accommodate offshore wind farms

Northern Ireland’s coastline cannot be used for offshore wind farm development, because of potential objections to how they would look. The findings were presented in a Department of Economy report. The report said the ‘visual impact’ to potential sites located within 13km of the shore would be a ‘significant issue’.

MCIB investigation: Capsizing leads to fatality on River Suir

Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on the fatality of a trainee kayak instructor during kayaking on the River Suir in November 2017. The report mentions that while the other kayakers saw their colleague capsize, they did not attempt going over the weir and assumed that he would exit the water safely.

Ireland rejects offshore exploration ban

The Government of Ireland decided not to proceed with the Climate Emergency Bill and allow oil and gas exploration to continue, which is an important step to ensure energy security and create jobs, according to the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA).

Irish offshore wind project a step closer to survey phase

The Oriel offshore wind project in Ireland is getting ready for the start of site surveys after having secured a license by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The investigation projects are planned to begin in August, at the site off the coast of Dundalk, in discussions with the stakeholders and the local community.

Lack of crew training and compliance with procedures leads to fatality

Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) issued an investigation report on a fatal incident involving the fishing vessel ‘Aisling Patrick’ 15 nm off Broadhaven, Co Mayo, on 10th April 2018, that resulted in one fatality. The report highlighted poor training and maintenance, as well as inefficient EPIRB. 

Capsized rigid inflatable boat not certified for activities it engaged

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board published its report on the fatal incident involving the Kilkee Irish Coast Guard rigid inflatable boat, on September 12, 2016. Three crewmembers were thrown into the water, one was picked up, another was rescued by the SAR rescue helicopter and the third one was recovered by a SAR rescue helicopter.

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