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    Borehole Drilling in Dublin Bay

    Thursday, January 6th, 2011

    This jack-up barge Excalibur has been spending the past month drilling 23 boreholes in the Bay on behalf of the Ringsend Waste Water Treatment programme, and has been quite visible from the shore. Dublin City Council is undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) into expanding the wastewater treatment works at Ringsend to its ultimate capacity, […]

    Spotted at the New Year

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

    We spent a great week in Baltimore, County Cork, leading up to the New Year.  We took time to visit Leo to see how his Sile a Do is getting along.  Leo is working on the boat in Hegarty’s Boat Yard on the River Ilen at Oldcourt, halfway between Skib and Baltimore.  At the entrance […]

    What a Mess!

    Monday, June 7th, 2010

    Here is what the BP oil spill in the Gulf would look like if it had happened in the middle of the Irish Sea.  How can they possibly clean it up?  What if it happened here? The Google Map overlay is available at the If It Was My Home website.  Go there to see the […]

    Buffy out, Luffy in

    Thursday, March 4th, 2010

    The Stena fast ferry Lynx III arrived in Dun Laoghaire from Holyhead for the first time this afternoon, a test run before scheduled daily service begins on 15 March. The docking was followed by the sound of angle grinders trying to make the car bridge and the pedestrian bridge fit the ferry.  No lorries or […]

    Happy New Year

    Friday, January 1st, 2010

    Small bit of snow here in Dublin, many panicked people!

    Happy Christmas!

    Thursday, December 24th, 2009

    T’was the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook With snowflakes a’landing, asleep with my book. When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff. “I’ve been boarded!” I thought, and I need to be tough. Then down the companionway hatch came a dude, He was dressed like a nut and I thought, […]

    Drilling for Coal in Dublin Bay!

    Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

    Or, just east of the Kish Bank to be more accurate.  The newly built dynamically positioned drillship Fugro Synergy is due to commence drilling operations for VP Power in the Kish Basin, approximately 13.5 Nautical miles east of Bray Head on or around 7 December 2009. The wells will be shallow coal exploration drilling to […]

    Things to do with your broken mast…

    Friday, November 27th, 2009

    This is a Laser dinghy broken top mast serving as support for our Monstera Deliciosa, commonly known as a swiss cheese plant. It is supported top and bottom with a turned timber disc hollowed out with a hole saw. We recycle!

    Howth Lifeboat in Dun Laoghaire

    Thursday, November 26th, 2009

    Sunny day in the Harbour and the Howth Lifeboat is on the hard for quick powerwash of her hull. It’s an all-weather Trent Class designed to lie afloat at deep water moorings or at berth. The sheerline sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery and the hull is of a ‘hard chine’ design Name: Roy […]

    Recycle your broken spars

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

    In the past week I was speaking with two different sailboat racers who explained they each took their broken masts to the public amenity recycle centre in Ballyogan. And they each paid €20 for the privilege of dumping their spars! Aluminium is a commodity and scrap metal merchants will purchase bent and broken masts and […]

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