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THIS ISLAND NATION
By Tom MacSweeney, Marine Correspondent
Dateline – September 8, 2014.
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A weekly review of maritime news, comment and opinion.
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THIS ISLAND NATION ON MONDAYS IS MOVING TO AFLOAT on Mondays.

Open the Monday Marine TIN from this week on the AFLOAT MARINE WEBSITE:
afloat.ie/blogs/island-nation
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Why does the Irish Central Bank not recognise the marine sphere? Open the MONDAY MARINE TIN …….NOW on afloat.ie/blogs/island-nation…. Go there now for weekly marine news and comment
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To expand coverage of the marine sphere…
FROM THIS WEEK – THIS ISLAND NATION ON FACEBOOK IS MOVING TO SATURDAYS.

Every Monday a new and updated THIS ISLAND NATION column will now appear on Afloat.ie So you will have two opportunities to read different, varying and widespread coverage, comment, opinion and news about the marine sphere.
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Regular daily marine news updates will continue on TWITTER: @TomMacSweeney
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AND MORE EXPANSION OF MARITIME COVERAGE

FROM OCTOBER my monthly maritime programme THIS ISLAND NATION on community radio is expanding from monthly to fortnightly.

More details about this later.

In the meantime, you can use TUNE IN RADIO to hear THIS ISLAND NATION. Download the TUNE IN RADIO app from the Google Play Store which gives access to all radio stations on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

• TUNE IN RADIO, great for radio listening anywhere.
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IRISH MARITIME FORUM

Liebherr Maritime Crane Division will sponsor the first Irish Maritime Forum in Cork City Hall on Friday, September 26, on the theme: ‘Developing the Dynamic Future for Ireland’s Maritime Sector.’ It will focus on exploring the future of the maritime sector within Ireland and will look at challenges and opportunities within the industry. It is being organised by the Port of Cork in conjunction with the Irish Ports Association. Pat O’Leary, Managing Director of Liebherr Maritime Division which has production plants in Killarney, Nenzing, Rostock and Sunderland, said that the Port of Cork has been a partner of Liebherr for almost 50 years. Speakers confirmed for the forum include Vincent De Saedeleer, Vice-President of the Port of Zebrugee; Alan Gray, Managing Director of Indecon International Consulting Group; Liam Lacey, Director of the Irish Maritime Development Organisation; Captain Fredrik Van Wijnen, General Secretary of the Confederation of European Shipmasters’ Associations (CESMA); Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation and Christophe Mathieu, Deputy Managing Director of Brittany Ferries.
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THIS ISLAND NATION MONTHLY HOUR-LONG RADIO PROGRAMME

The SEPTEMBER EDITION is being broadcast now on www.afloat.ie/blogs/island-nation and www.marinetimes.ie It is also available as a Podcast from www.cry104fm.com The programme is produced at Community Radio Youghal, on the East Coast of County Cork and the banks of the River Blackwater.
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BOOST FOR LOUGH DERG

€2m. is being invested in marketing the attractions of Lough Derg. Part of this is a new website dedicated to the promotion of the Lakelands Lough Derg Region. www.discoverloughderg.ie provides visitors with information on places to visit, events, accommodation, restaurants and land and water- based activities. The website is one of a number of marketing initiatives intended to establish the Lough Derg area in Counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary as Ireland’s premier lakeland destination. According to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, Lough Derg is a “most important tourism asset” and there is a “need to continue to work on increasing the demand for lakeside and leisure activities.” Implementation of the Plan is being co-ordinated by the Lough Derg Marketing Group (LDMG), comprised of Fáilte Ireland, Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries, Clare, Galway and Tipperary County Councils, LEADER and tourism industry representatives from the private sector.

• Businesses interested in being included on the Lough Derg website should Email to: info@discoverloughderg.ie

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CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE VOLCANIC KIND

gCaptain website reports that a couple of cargo ships had “a front row seat for the eruption of the Mount Tavurvur volcano in Papua New Guinea on August 29 which sent lava and ash shooting into the air, not to mention a massive shockwave.” The volcano is located practically next to the Port of Rabaul and scattered ash across the island of New Britain.
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58 NEW SHIPS FOR US COAST GUARD

The U.S. Coast Guard plans to acquire 58 Fast Response Cutters to replace its present 110-foot Island-class patrol boat fleet. The service has ordered 24 FRCs. Ten have been commissioned and nine cutters are in production. The latest commissioned is named the ‘Commander Raymond Evans,’ honouring a man who was decorated for heroism when an enlisted sailor in World War II. On September 27, 1942 during the Second Battle of Matanikau, part of the Guadalcanal Campaign, Evans and Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro faced heavy enemy fire while evacuating 500 U.S. Marines from the beach. Munro was killed in the battle and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour and to this day remains the only Coast Guardsman to receive this award. Cmdr. Evans, who survived, was awarded the Navy Cross. The USCGC ‘Commander Raymond Evans’ has a crew of 23.
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AMAZON’S LARGEST FISH THREATENED

The arapaima is the largest fish in the Amazon River Basin. It is about 10 feet long and can weigh more than 400lbs. A survey of fishing communities in the State of Amazonas in Brazil has warned that its numbers are rapidly dwindling and may be already extinct in some areas. The State researchers said that the species is thriving, however, in areas where fishing is regulated. The fish is also known as the pirarucu.
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SCHULL MARINA IN WEST CORK

A community-driven project to develop Schull Harbour in West Cork to include a 235-berth marina “has been progressing well and it is hoped construction will start soon,” according to information from Fastnet Marina, the organising group. Fifty of the berths will be reserved for visiting boats they say and that it will “create a link with Dingle Marine for those wanting to explore the Atlantic Coastline.” Berths will be available for annual or longer leases for those wishing to base their boats in the area.
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CONNACHT TOP ANGLING TEAM

The Connacht Team won the Interprovincial Challenge Cup at the Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association Interprovincial Match hosted by Lough Lene Anglers. While a team event, it is also part of the process to select anglers who will represent Ireland at the 2015 International Fly Fishing Matches. Basil Shields of Galway Corrib Angling Club won the Lennon Trophy for the best overall angler. The Leinster team was second, Ulster third, Munster fourth. Basil Shields caught 11 trout for 4,340 points on dry flies and also won the Deacy Cup for the best rod from Connacht, whilst Eamonn Keaney of Moycullen Angling Club won the Scotch Bowl for the largest trout, which measured 60cm. Other successful anglers who will represent Ireland at the 2015 International Matches include, Mike Keady (Galway Corrib); Thomas O’Loughlin (Ennis); Arden Pollock (Agivey); Colin Cahill (Lough Bane); Hubert Smith (Dundalk); Peter Roche (Ballina Cloghans); Denis Goulding (Kilbride); Paul Lunney (Lough Sheelin) and Gary Smith (Bangor).
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PORT CONGESTION

The Port of Antwerp in Belgium seems to be profiting from on-going congestion issues in the Port of Rotterdam, according to World Maritime News website. It reports that, in order to be able to meet their schedules shipping companies are switching calls from Rotterdam to nearby ports, Antwerp being among the top choices. German shipper Hapag-Lloyd has switched several vessel calls from Rotterdam to Antwerp. The latest to join the switch is Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)
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CORK PORT FOR SALE – MARINO POINT

Marino Point, the former base of NET and IFI in Cork Harbour has been put up for sale. It has a deepwater jetty of 250 metres and is described by DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald who have advertised it as “a major port property.” Bids are being sought by October 17. It has been advertised in the same week as a Bord Pleanala hearing starts on Cork Port Company’s second attempt to expand their port facilities further downriver at Ringaskiddy. Harbour residents are strongly opposed as they were the last time the Port sought permission.
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TOWN CRIER

Youghal’s Town Crier, Clifford Winser, has come second in the World Town Crier Championships in the UK. “There were 20 of the world’s top Town Criers from 10 different countries competing,” he says.
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CORK HARBOUR OPEN DAY

Cork Harbour Open Day will take place on Saturday, September 20. Cork Port Company says that the day is “a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy all that Cork Harbour has to offer.” There will be a Coastguard Air Sea Rescue Demonstration; family fun on Spike Island; an Irish Naval vessel will be open to the public; free trips are to be offered on the Port of Cork’s pilot boat. Other activities will include a raft race organised by Scouting Ireland.

• More information about the weekend on www.corkharbour.ie
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OTHER MARITIME READING

THIS ISLAND NATION weekly on AFLOAT https://afloat.ie/blogs/island-nation
‘SEA ECHOES’ on Wednesdays in the Cork Evening Echo
SAILING NEWS each Thursday in the Evening Echo
MARITIME FORUM and THIS ISLAND NATION supplement each month in THE MARINE TIMES newspaper
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