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Monday 28th - Thursday 31st December

Coaster callers included CROWNBREEZE and SCOT TRADER, which was the last caller of the year.

Traffic sightings included the car carrier HEOGH TARGET heading south for Antwerp after delivering new cars to Dublin. Coaster traffic included ARKLOW FLAIR, LEYLA and NOEST. Container traffic included JORK RELIANCE, ELBTRADER, BG ROTTERDAM, WES CARINA and PICTOR J.

The Coast Guard s92 helicopter was noted doing a winch exercise with a coaster heading south on Wednesday evening.

Monday 21st - Sunday 27th December

Coaster callers included CROWNBREEZE. She spent Christmas in the port.

Traffic sightings included the containerships SAMSKIP EXPRESS heading south out of Dublin on Monday afternoon and the VANQUISH and ARX. Ro/Ro sightings included VESPERTINE.

Wicklow Swimming Club held its annual St Stephen’s Day swim on Saturday at the North pier.

Monday 14th - Sunday 20th December

Coaster callers included CEG COSMOS and AYRESS

Visitors to the port this week included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

Traffic sightings included the tankers BRO DESIGNER and GAS CERBERUS. Other sightings included the mussel trawler RONA and the Ro/Ro PEREGRINE.

The Coast Guard s92 helicopter was noted in the bay on a training flight on Friday afternoon.

Monday 7th - Sunday 13th December

Coaster callers included ANNE DORTEand BURHOU I.

The coaster JOHANNA DESIREE anchored in the bay during the week to shelter, she departed early on thursday to resume her passage to Waterford.

Traffic sightings included the coaster MONIKA MUELLER heading south for Leixoes and the RNLI Trent class lifeboat RNLB WILLIE & MAY GALL (14-34) heading north after a refit in Passage East.

The CIL tender GRANUAILE was noted working on the South India bouy during the week , she anchored in the bay for a few days , before departing on Sunday morning for Greystones.

'Hearn boats' were out during the week in the bay. l saw one boat shaking out nets on the Quay.It brought back memories of when we were kids, and both the North and South quays would be lined with local fishermen shaking out nets.

Monday 30th November - Sunday 6 December

Coaster callers included SCOT PIONEER,PATRIA,BURHOU I,AYRESS and ANNE DORTE.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

The coaster FLUVIUS OTTER went to anchor overnight in the bay on Tuesday.She departed the next morning heading south for Holland.

Traffic sightings in the bay included ARKLOW RAMBER, AASFJORD , LEYLA. Ro/Ro sightings included MAZARINE and VESPERTINE.

Monday 23th - Sunday 29th November

Coaster callers included CROWN MARY , AYRESS , JETSTREAM and RABA.

A catamaran fishing vessel tied up overnight at the South Quay on Monday evening , she departed early the next morning heading north to search for spratt.

Traffic sightings included the Irish Ferries EPSILON heading north for Dublin on Monday , after her weekend trip to Cherbourg. The LPG tanker GAS CEREBUS for Dublin from the Tee's. Container sightings included WES CARINA and CERES.

CIL tender GRANUAILE was noted working at the South Codling on Tuesday morning , she headed south later.

Monday 16th - Sunday 22nd November

Coaster callers included BOUNDER and BURHOU I

Visitors to the port this week included the beam trawler Mary Kate.

Divers were noted working at the East pier this week , unconfirmed reports suggest they are conducting an underwater survey of the port.

Aviation traffic over the bay included Air Corps Defender and Cessna 172 aircraft.

Storm Barney casued some damage around the town as it crossed the country on Tuesday night. Strong winds blew some yachts overin the Sailing club yard.

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat assisted a visiting yacht in the harbour on Sunday evening after it went aground. The lifeboat crew brought the vessel safely alongside the north quay.No one was injured in the incident.

Traffic sightings in the bay included the containership CHARLOTTE BORCHARD out of Dublin and the tanker THUN GENIUS inbound for Dubli from Milford Haven. A notable sighting on Sunday was a Customs cutter heading north at speed.

Monday 9 - Sunday 15 November

Coaster callers included BURHOU I and BOUNDER

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

Traffic sightings included the ferry EPSILON heading north on Monday from France. Container traffic included ELBTRADER and FLINTERCAPE. A notable sighting was the containership VANQUISH heading north for Warrenpoint as the Dutch VANQUISH was also heading north for Dublin port.

Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th November

Coaster callers included ELENA and ISIDOR

Visitors to the port included the trawlers MARY KATE and BRIDGET CARMEL.

Traffic sightings included the containership SAMSKIP EXPRESS north for Dublin port. EPSILON was noted in the bay on Monday morning returning from Cherbourg.

Monday 26th October - Sunday 1st November

Coaster callers included GEERVLIET, SCOT ISLES, CEG COSMOS and ELENA.

Visitors to the port included the trawlers MARY KATE and BRIDGET CARMEL.

Traffic sightings included the containerships ANINA, CORONEL, ATLANTIC COMET and ELBFEEDER. Ro/Ro ferry traffic included EPSILON, VESPERTINE and CELENDINE. The coaster HYDRA was noted heading north on Saturday morning for Dublin port.

Monday 19th - Sunday 25th October

Coaster callers included ELBETOR, AYRESS and KARION.

Visitors to the port included the trawlers MARY KATE and VIERGE MARIE.

Mussel trawlers EMERLD GRATIA and RONA were noted working in the bay on Tuesday morning.

The CIL tender GRANUAILE anchored in the bay during the week, the crew were noted checking navigation lights around the harbour on Thursday evening.
Traffic sightings included the containerships ATLANTIC COMET, MSC LIESELOTTE, CONMAR ELBE, ARX, ELBTRADER and CORONEL. Coaster traffic included ARKLOW FORTUNE, SWAMI, ARKLOW RESOLVE, AASFJORD and DOGGERSBANK.

Aviation traffic included the Irish lights charted EC-135 helicopter (EI-LIT).She was noted transiting north over the bay on Wednesday afternoon.

Monday 12th - Sunday 18th October

Coaster callers included CEG COSMOS, AJOS G, BURHOU I and ELBETOR.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

The CIL tender GRANUAILE anchored in the bay overnight during the week, she was noted working at various locations along the Wicklow and Wexford coast.

Traffic in the bay included the coasters KENTO, ISIS and containerships CORONEL, ARX, ELBCARRIER, VANQUISH and FLINTERCAPE. Tanker sightings included THEODORA, THUN GARLAND and LEMONIA. The research vessel CORYETES was noted working offshore during the week. The mussel trawler EMERALD GRATIA was also noted in the bay on Sunday morning heading south.

Monday 5th - Sunday 11th October

Coaster callers included CROWNBREEZE, ISIS and BURHOU I.

Visitors to the port included the fishing vessels AZTEC and WESTERN DAWN, PROVIDER and MARY KATE.

Traffic in the bay included fishing vessels RACHEL JAY, DILLON OWEN, ATLANTIC QUEST, GUIDING STAR II and the mussel trawler RONA. Coaster sightings included LADY CLARA, RABA and WILSON AVILES. The RNLI Trent lifeboat 14-11 (RNLB BARCLAYCARD CRUSADER) was noted passing the port during the week on passage to Ballyhack for a refit.

Aviation traffic included an Air Corps 172 light aircraft and the Coast Guard s92 (EI-ICD)

Monday 28th September - Sunday 4th October

Coaster callers included SCOT PIONEER, JET STREAM and BURHOU I.

Traffic sightings included the coasters RABA, ISIS and EEMS DART. Container traffic included CORONEL, WES CARINA, SAMSKIP ENDEAVOUR, ELBCARRIER, INDIA, ENCOUNTER and JORK RELIANCE. Ferry traffic included EPSILON on her weekend French run out of Dublin. Ro/Ro sightings included VESPERTINE, PEREGRINE, MAZARINE, OPALINE and CELENDINE. Tanker sightings included THUN GENIUS and BRO NISSUM.

Notable sightings included the Customs cutter SUIRBHEIR and line NORWEGIAN STAR. A naval vessel was noted northbound outside the Codling buoy on Tuesday afternoon. Possibly, to take part in a exercise off Scotland.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler BRIDGET CARMEL.

Monday 21st - Sunday 27th September

Coaster callers this week included ISIS (x2) and CEG COSMOS

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

Wicklow RNLI launched during the week go assist a whelk boat with mechanical problems about nine miles offshore.

Traffic sightings included the coasters RABA and RMS RATINGEN, the mussel trawler MARIE LENA , container vessels ARX , CORONEL , ANDROMEDA J and JORK RELIANCE. Ferry traffic included the EPSILON returning on Monday morning from her weekend run to Cherbourg. Two notable sightings were the German sailing vessel GORCH FOCH southbound on Monday evening, after a visit to Dublin. The other was a Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer a long distance offshore and visible from high ground on Tuesday evening.

Aviation sightings included the Coast Guard SAR s92 helicopter over the bay on a training flight.


Monday 14th - Sunday 20th September

Coaster callers this week included CROWNBREEZE , ISIS , ALIZEE and CEG COSMOS.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

Traffic in the bay included the CIL tender GRANUAILE , the liner ASTOR , ARKLOW FERN and NAMA , a 15ft skiff being rowed around Ireland for charity.

Monday 7th - Sunday 13th September

Coaster callers this week included CROWNBREEZE and CEG COSMOS.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat ANNIE BLAKER departed for Falmouth on Friday for a refit. The relief fleet DAVID ROBINSON is covering while she is off station. The relief lifeboat got her first callout over the weekend , when she went to the assistance of a fishing vessel with mechanical problems in the bay on Sunday morning.
Traffic sightings included the containerships CORONEL , ANDROMEDA J and ELBFEEDER. Coaster traffic included ARKLOW FALCON.

Monday 31st Augst - Sunday 6th September

Coaster callers during the week included SCOT ISLES and ISIS

Vistors to the port included the mussel trawlers EMEMRALD GRATIA , RONA , MARIA , MARIA LENA , and JANNA .

Traffic sightings included the newly commisioned naval vessel LE JAMES JOYCE , the coasters RABA and HELENIC. The containerships HERCULES J , CORONEL and ARX. Some notable sightings included the 147ft ketch MARI-CHA III and the liner BRAEMAR.

The Coast guard s92 helicopter (EI-ICD) was noted in the bay during the week.

Arklow RNLI Lifeboat put to sea on Saturday afternoon to assist a mussel trawler taking on water , the boat was escorted into Arklow.

Monday 24th - Sunday 30th August

Visitors to the port this week included the BIM Inshore survey vessel T BURKE.

Traffic sightings included the ferry EPSILON north for Dublin after a run to Cherbourg. The Coasters RABA south for Rosslare with round timber and ISIS also southbound for Youghal with a similar cargo. Liner traffic included the AZORES southbound out of Dublin. A notable sighting was the sailing vessel BESSIE ELLEN southbound off the Codling on Friday morning.

Wicklow Inshore RNLI Lifeboat launched on Sunday evening to assist a small angling vessel with engine failure. The crew located the casualty near Wicklow head, a towline was established and the boat with two occupants was towed to safety.

Arklow
The sailing vessel KASKELOT visited Arklow during the week , she sailed on Sunday heading south for Bristol.

Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd August

Coaster callers to the port this week included the Dutch GOUWEBORG. She was later renamed LEHMANN RUNNER at her next port of call in Delfzuil  and CROWNBREEZE.

A female swimmer was plucked to safety, by Wicklow RNLI near the Silver Strand on Tuesday. Rescue 116 airlifted the woman to Tallaght hospital after it landed on the Castle.

The relief fleet RNLI Tyne class lifeboat DAVID ROBINSON (47-030) arrived on Wednesday evening, she will cover while the Annie Blaker is off station for maintenance.

Visitors to the port included the BIM research vessel T BURKE and beam trawler MARY KATE.

Traffic sightings included the containerships JORK RELIANCE and MANFRED, the liner OCEAN PRINCESS for Dublin, her last port of call was Milford haven. The RABA was noted heading south for Youghal with round timber. A notable sighting was the ocean tug TOISA EXPLORER towing the oil exploration rig OCEAN GUARD north for the Firth of Forth on Wednesday night. The rig had been test drilling off Cork and locations around the coast. Visibility was good at the time and the rig was lit up like a Christmas tree.

Monday 10th - Sunday 16th August

Coaster callers included ISIS with round timber.

The Trinity house vessel PATRICIA arrived during the week to pick up an Irish lights technician from the East pier on Tuesday morning, to carry out maintenance work on the Codling buoy.  The technician was returned to the port at lunchtime the same day, before the ship departed for Greenock on the Clyde. The GRANUAILE was not available, as she was working off the West Coast.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

There was a mixed bag of traffic sightings in the bay. Notable sightings included the liner ARTANIA southbound out of Dublin for Cork. The low air draught coaster ARCTICA HAV was noted northbound for Dublin. Ferry EPSILON southbound for France on Saturday afternoon. The self-propelled jack up work platform THOR south for Oostende after a call at Dublin port. The offshore supply tugs TOISA ELAN and TOISA EXPLORER were sighted off the Codling on Friday evening, southbound for Cork. A smaller tug the ADA DOROTHY was noted southbound off the port on Sunday morning.

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th August

Coaster callers to the port this week included BURHOUI I.

Wicklow Rowing Club held its Annual Rowing Regatta on the Bank Holiday Monday. In between races, the RNLI Lifeboat crews put on various lifesaving demonstrations in front of the large crowd along the ‘Prom’. There was also a flypast by the Coast Guard s92 rescue helicopter. The Regatta Festival finished off with a brilliant Firework display in the harbour.

Visitors to the port included the mussel trawler WINGS of the MORNING, she moored at the North pier on Monday evening. She is now sporting a blue hull instead of the red one we are accustomed too.

Traffic included the Damen built Irish coaster HUELIN DISPATCH southbound after a spell in dry dock in Dublin port. The vessel is on long-term charter working between Southampton and the Channel Islands. Other coaster sightings included RABA on her usual run with Scottish timber to Youghal and ARKLOW RANGER northbound for Dublin port. Tanker traffic included BRO DELIVERER on her regular run between Dublin and Milford Haven and GLEDA MEGAN heading north for a call to Dublin.
Notable sightings included the tall ships BELEM and FS BELLE POULE; she was outside the Codling and was returning to France.

Monday 27th July - Sunday 2nd August

Coaster callers to the port this week included ALLER, SCOT PIONEER and CEG COSMOS.
Visitors to the port included beam trawlers MARY KATE and JOHNNY K and ex RNLI Lifeboat JW ARCHER.
Around the harbour, there was great activity with the Regatta Raft Race and best dressed boat competition taking place over the bank holiday weekend.
Traffic sightings included the Ro/Ro ferries CELANDINE and PEREGRINE. Container traffic included CORONEL on her regular run to Cardiff and ARX. Coaster sightings included NEPTUN, ARKLOW ROGUE, BURHOUI I, BEN VARREY, LINNAU and NOEST, she is making regular calls to Drogheda at the moment. Tanker traffic included THUN GRATITUDE and THEODORA. A notable sighting was the naval vessel LE JAMES JOYCE north bound for Dun Laoghaire over the weekend.
Arklow
LE CIARA arrived on Friday for a courtesy visit to the port for the Maritime Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Monday 20th - Sunday 26th July

Coaster callers to the port this week included BURHOUI sister and I vessel ISIS.

Visitors to the port included the BIM vessel T BURKE, beam trawlers MARY KATE and Johnny K and the former RNLI lifeboat JW ARCHER. She arrived for the RNLI Open day and launch of the Stations new book ‘All clear , let ‘er go’. A notable visitor was the new RNLI Shannon Class lifeboat REG

Traffic sightings included the container ships ELBTRADER, ELBCARRIER, SOPHIA and CORONEL. Other sightings included the liners CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE and MEGALLEN. Coaster sightings included RMS WANHEIM and DANICA HAV.

The RNLI Open day was cancelled on Sunday due to poor weather in July! The lifeboat volunteers launched twice on service to yachts. One was towed into Greystones , the other required no further assistance.

Monday 13th - Sunday 19th July

Coaster visitors to the port this week ALLER ,GEG COSMOS and TINA

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE and BIM inshore research vessel T BURKE.
Traffic sightings in the bay included the Cunard liner QUEEN ELIZABETH and P&O BRITANNIA. Notable sightings included SCOT ISLES and the OCEANIC, southbound outside the Codling.  Ferry traffic included EPSILON on her weekend French trip.

Monday 6th - Sunday 12th July

Coaster visitors to the port this week SCOT VENTURE , VERITY ex UNION MERCURY CEG COSMOS and ALLER.

Traffic included the low air draught coaster ARUNDO southbound off the Codling , BB SURF , RABA , PERU , NOEST and HAGEN . The auto carrier SOUTHERN HIGHWAY was noted inbound for Dublin port on Wednesday.

Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats launched on Sunday evening, after a motor cruiser began taking water off Brittas bay. The boat with two occupants apparently hit a submerged object. The all weather lifeboat brought the boat to Arklow.

The raft 'WENDY' was put out on moorings near the platform on the North pier on Friday.

Aviation traffic in the bay included Air Corps 'CASA 252' , the Garda Defender aircraft and the Coast Guard s92 helicopter. She was noted winch training with passing vessels in the bay.

Monday 29th June - Sunday 5th July

Coaster visitors to the port this week BURHOUI I

MTS VANQUISH and WAVEWALKER 1 departed for Falmouth on Wednesday morning , the passage was expected to take two and a half days.

Traffic sightings included sailing vessels ANTERP FLYER , HNLMS URANIA and RONA II northbound for the Tall Ship Race at Belfast. A notable sighting was the coaster HERMAS , she was renamed at Dublin port and is better known as ARKLOW VENUS. liner sightings included CRYSTAL SYMPHONY northbound outside the Codling for Liverpool.

Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat crew were called into action on Friday afternoon, to assist a jet skier in the bay, after his craft developed mechanical problems. The man and jet sky were landed safely ashore.

Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th June

Coaster visitors to the port this week included SCOT TRADER , CEG COSMOS , ISIS and MARIE LEHMANN.

Work on the wind turbines was completed on midweek , the WAVEWALKER 1 returned to Wicklow on Thursday evening. HUSKY assisted MTS VANGUISH bringing the platform alongside the North pier. The platform was brought to the Packet pier on Saturday morning to unload the 500 tonne crane. The two tugs returned the platform to the North pier later the same evening.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler MARY KATE.

There was a great variety of ships in the bay during the week , notable sightings included the sail vessels EENDRACHT northbound off the Codling , she was bound for the Tall ships Race in Belfast , the Mexican CUCUHTEMOE southbound after a visit to Dublin port. The KEEWAYDIN and JOHANNA LUCRETIA went south on Monday after attending the Drogheda Maritime festival. The DE GALLANT went north undersail on Saturday after a night stopover in Arklow , she was also bound for the Tall Ship Race in Belfast. The Customs cutter FAIRE was noted heading south , the Naval vessel LE CIARA was also spotted heading south. Liner traffic included MEGELLAN and the WIND SURF northbound for Dun Laoghaire. Ro/Ro and ferry traffic noted were EPSILON , OPALINE, PALANDINE and CELANDINE.

Monday 15th - Sunday 21st June

Coaster visitors to the port this week included MUSKETIER , CEG COSMOS , SCOT TRADER and ISIS.

MTS VANQUISH left Wicklow port on Monday morning with WAVEWALKER 1 , to work on wind turbines off Arklow. The local tug HUSKY assisted in the operation.

Visitors to the port included the work vessel FASTNET SOUND. She arrived on Monday morning to work on filming scenes for the new Sky Viking's series. A large fotilla of boats including a replica longside gathered in the port for filming in the bay Tuesday.

The Customs cutter FAIRE was noted in the area during the week on operations.

There was plenty of traffic in the bay , notable sightings included the Royal Navy P2000 craft HMS DASHER and EXPRESS northbound off the Codling for a visit to Poolbeg in Dublin port. The largest sighting was the stone carrier YEOMAN BANK southbound off the Codling on Sunday afternoon. Other sightings inculded the Ro/Ro ferries MAZARINE and PEREGRINE on their regular Thursday calls to Dublin port. Sail traffic sightings included the Lowestoft smack KEEWAYDIN northbound in the bay on Wednesday evening, she was on passage to a Maritime festival at Drogheda over the weekend.

In Arklow the latest new build from Arklow Marine Services was launched during the week. The GAIRYSAY SOUND will be fitted out over the coming weeks , before going into service in the Scottish fish farm industry.

Monday 8th - Sunday 14th June

Coaster visitors to the port this week included CROWNBREEZE , ISIS and MUSKETIER.

The tug MTS VANQUISH arrived on Thursday evening with the jack up barge WAVEWALKER 1 .

The fast cat PENRYN BAYarrived on Thursday afternoon , she departed the following day for Arklow.

Traffic sightings included the ferry EPSILON , the mussel trawler EDENVALE . Container traffic included MEERA and ARX , a notable tanker was STOLT REDSHANK northbound for Dublin. The RABA was noted southbound in the bay on Wednesday bound for Youghal.

Monday 1st - Sunday 7th June

Coaster callers this week included KREMPERTOR , BURHOUI I and CROWN BREEZE.

Visitors to the port included the BIM inshore survey vessel T BURKE.

Two swimmers who are embarking on a round Ireland swim arrived on Friday evening from Greystones.They resumed the swim on Sunday afternoon heading south. The swim is called the Costcutter 360 and will raise funds for charity. More details here

Traffic this week included the sailing vessel SPIRIT of OYSTERHAVEN , coasters RABA , SCOT TRADER , ARKLOW RAMBLER , VIRAGE and the liner AZORES. Container traffic included SYLT , CORONEL , ANDROMEDA J , ELBFEEDER and ELBCARRIER. The sisterships passed in the bay on Saturday.

Wicklow Inshore RNLI Lifeboat launched on Friday morning to assist a small fishing vessel , with a rope fouled prop.

A notable sighting was the PDG EC-135 Helicopter heading north along the coast during the week (PDG is the parent company of Irish Helicopters Ltd, who presently provides services for the Commissioners of Irish Lights. More details here

Monday 25th - Sunny 31st May

Coaster callers this week included ISIS (twice), CEG COSMOS and ALESSANDRA LEHMAN.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawlers MARY KATE and BRIDGET CARMEL.

The sailing ship MORGANSTER went to anchor overnight in the bay on Wednesday evening, she sailed the following day for a festival in Dublin port.

The Custom cutter RCC FAIRE was noted in the bay during the week on operations.

Monday 18th - Sunday 24th May

Coaster callers this week included SCOT ISLES and BURHOU I .

The tug HUSKY was noted winch training with the Coast Guard s92 helicopter in the bay during the week.

Traffic sightings included BALTIC SKIPPER , DOGGERSBAK , GRANDE TEMA , EPSILON , PEREGRINE and FLINTERBAY. A notable sighting was the French naval sail vessel FS ETOILE undersail in the bay on thursday afternoon.

Monday 11th - Sunday 17th May

Coaster callers this week included THEA MAREIKE , PINNAU and SCOT ISLES.

Traffic sightings included the Aran Island ferry GLOR na FARRAIGE , Liners LE BOREAL and SAGA PEARL II . Coaster traffic included SCOT RANGER , KINE , NAMAI , BURHOU I and HEINZ G.

The coaster RABA was noted in the bay on Sunday on her first run south with Scottish round timber for Youghal , after a refit in Poland.

GRANUAILE was noted working at the Codling Bank over the weekend , she anchored in the bay overnight on Friday.

Monday 4th - Sunday 10th May

Coaster callers this week included CEG COSMOS and CROWN BREEZE

Wicklow Sailing Club had its lift in day on Saturday, yachts are now on moorings at the north pier.

Traffic sightings included LE ORLA , ARKLOW MILL , YEOMAN BANK , MANFRED , FLINTER RUBY , 3 OAK , RCC FAIRE , ICE RUNNER , liner MARO POLO and the Ro/RoPAULINE. Notable sightings included The 60ft MOD 70 Trimaran Oman passing Wicklow harbour at lunchtime on Thursday . She has just set a new record for the fastest circumnavigation of Ireland under sail. The yacht left Dun Laoghaire on Monday and crossed the line over 40 hours later, breaking the previous record by over 4 hours. The other sighting were the liner QUEEN VICTORIA northbound for Dublin on Friday morning from Cobh , where she took part in a ceremony to remember the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the LUSATANIA off Kinsale. The liner had stopped over the remains of the ship at 3am on the 7th for a wreath laying ceremony.

Monday 27th April - Sunday 3rd May

No Coaster callers this week.

The survey vessel T BURKE completed her mussel survey and departed this week.

Traffic sightings included the liner ASTOR , Dutch naval frigate DE ZEVEN PROVINCIEN , French naval training vessels LION , LEOPARD and EGLANTINE. Other sightings included VITA , THUN GLOBE , 3 OAK , ARKLOW FERN , BF AURELIA and EPSILON , on her usual run to France.

Monday 20th - Sunday 26th April

Coaster callers this week included SCOT ISLES

Traffic sightings in the bay included Arklow and Rosslare RNLI lifeboats going to Dun Laoghaire for lift out. The mussel trawlers WINGS of the Morning , ENTERPRISE 1 and BRANDING. Other traffic included SYLT , ARKLOW ROSE , ARKLOW RULER , CORONEL , ADAMAS , LUHNAU and ARISTOTE. A notable sighting was the research vessel CELTIC MIST , she spends her time now observing whales and seals around our coast , but in a former life she was a luxury yacht owned by a Former Taoiseach.

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat ANNIE BLAKER was out winch training with the Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter (EI -ICR) on Monday evening near the Codling buoy.

Monday 13th - Sunday 19th April

Coaster callers this week included ALLER to load scrap metal.

Traffic sightings in the bay included EPSILON , LE EITHNE (P31), VELOX , AMADINE , LISA and AMADEUS GOLD.

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat ANNIE BLAKER launched on Wednesday afternoon after a local whelk boat sank about 8 miles off the harbour. The 3 crew had to scramble onto a liferaft as the boat sank suddenly. Luckily they were not injured. They were airlifted by Rescue 116 to hospital. The lifeboat crew recovered the liferaft and brought it ashore. Emergancy beacons on the fishermens life jackets activated and alerted the emergency services.

Monday 6th - Sunday 12th April

No Coaster callers this week.

Traffic sightings in the bay included GRANUAILE on her way south for Swansea. Other notable traffic included the coaster AMADEUS GOLD with round timber for Cork , she is taking over the run while RABA goes for drydocking in Poland. The RNLI relief fleet Seven lifeboat DUKE of KENT went south for Castletownbere on Saturday afternoon.

Visitors to the port included the small BIM inshore research vessel T BURKE. The crew will be conducting a survey to determine if mussel will be harvested.

There was a search for a missing person during the week involving the RNLI and CoastGuard shore units as well as Rescue 116 along the Coastline and river.

Monday 30th March - Sunday 5th April

Coaster callers this week included THEA MAREIKE

The coaster AYRESS anchored in the bay on Tuesday evening as bad weather crossed the country.

Traffic sightings in the bay included EPSILON , SCOT ISLES , CRIMSON SATURN , CORONEL , BRAMAU , NEPTUN , NICOLE C , BEN VARREY and the RNLI Trent class lifeboat SAXON.

About a dozen microlite aircraft flew over the town on Saturday afternoon on a Round Ireland flight to raise money for charity. The aircraft had a brief stop at the nearby Newcastle aerodrome.

Monday 23rd - Sunday 29th March

No Coaster callers this week included SCOT VENTURE , OHLAU ,THEA MAREIKE and CEG COSMOS.

Traffic sightings in the bay included BRO DESIGNER , ELBTRADER , EMSTAL , CELTIC WARRIOR ex THULE , EPSILON , PALATINE , ANN SIBUM and EMDEN.

Air Corps CASA '253' was noted in the bay on Friday afternoon.

Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat ANNIE BLAKER launched on Saturday afternoon to rescue a kit surfer in difficulties near the Wolf Rock.

Monday 16th - Sunday 22th March

Coaster callers this week included the MV LEINE and CEG COSMOS , she discharged round timber up river at the north quay.

Traffic sightings in the bay included the car carrier HEOGH JACKSONVILLE northbound for Dublin. other sightings included the containership BF AURELIA , working between Warrenpoint and Avonmouth.

The was a Solar eclipse on Friday at 9-30am , cloud obscured much of it.

Monday 9th - Sunday 15th March

No Coaster callers this week.

Traffic sightings in the bay included the coasters ARKLOW FLAIR on Wednesday afternoon, RABA , ARKLOW RAIDER , SEA HUNTER and FRI SEA. Tanker sightings included BRO DELIVERER and THUN GENIUS. A notable sighting was the classic liner AZORES southbound outside the Codling bank on Friday morning for Avonmouth. The liner is well known as the STOCKHOLM , which was in a collision in the 1950s with the ANDREA DORIA.

The suction dredger UKD ORCA was noted working off Arklow port.

Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th March

No Coaster callers this week.

Traffic sightings in the bay included the coasters RMS RUHRORT , ARKLOW VIKING , SEA EMS and BEAUMOTION. Tanker sightings included HIGH SUN , GAS CEREBUS , STOLT REDSHANK and THUN GRATITUDE. The most notable sighting was HMS PORTLAND in the bay on Monday morning.

The Dublin based Coast Guard s92 SAR helicopter (EI-ICR) was noted in the area on Sunday morning on a training flight.

Visitors to the port included BRIDGET CARMEL.

Monday 23th - Sunday 1st March

Coaster callers this week included 2 visits by SCOT ISLES.

Traffic in the bay included the cement carrier CEMISLE , containership SAMSKIP ENDEAVOUR , tankers TEQUILA and BRO DEVELOPER.

Visitors to the port during the week included the beam trawler BRIDGET CARMEL.

The workboat WINDCAT 23 was noted visiting Arklow during the week.

Monday 16th - Sunday 22nd February

Coaster callers this week included MV TINA.

Traffic in the bay included the coasters AYRESS and ARKLOW RIVAL. Container sightings were VERITAS H , ICE RUNNER and ELBFEEDER.

A notable sighting was Air Corps AW139 helicopter '278' winch training with the GRANUAILE in the bay on Tuesday. Another Air Corp CASA maritime patrol aircraft was also noted in the bay on Friday evening.

Monday 9th - Sunday 15th February

Traffic included the containership ARX , coaster sightings were RABA , WILSON GRIMSBY and KRUCKU. Tanker traffic included STELLA MARIS , GAS CEREBUS.
The ferry EPSILON was noted heading south on Saturday afternoon for France.

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat ANNIE BLAKER launched on Sunday to assist a whelk boat with a fouled prop.

HUSKY was noted on the slip in Arklow during the week for a refit.

Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th February

Coaster callers to the port included NORDERAU and BEAUMOTION.

Traffic included the coaster BURHOU 1 southbound with Scottish round timber for Youghal. ARKLOW RULER and  ARKLOW FLAIR. Container traffic included FRANCOP and EMSTAL. Ferry traffic included EPSILON southbound for France and ISLE OF INNISMORE out of Dublin for Rosslare. The LPG tanker GAS PASHA was noted in the bay during the week after a visit to Dublin.

A notable sighting was the RNLI Trent lifeboat 14-22 EDWARD DUKE of WINDSOR.

Monday 26th January - Sunday 1st February

Coaster callers to the port were SCOT ISLES.

Traffic sightings included the French Naval vessel SOMME southbound outside the Codling  on Tuesday afternoon , after a weekend courtesy visit to Dublin. The Irish Naval Service vessel LE AOIFE also went south on Thursday afternoon, after her final visit to Dublin. The ship was on her way to Waterford for a decommissioning ceremony after thirty five years service.

Coaster traffic included MONIKA MUELLER, SCOT VENTURE, ARKLOW RESOLVE, NATHALIE and VELOX. Container traffic included ARX, IRIS BOLTEN, VANQUISH and INDIA.

Air Corps PC-9 light strike aircraft were in the area on Tuesday morning transiting south along the Coast.

Monday 19th – Sunday 25th January 2015

Coaster callers to Wicklow included the Dutch TINA with Crown Line packaged timber.

Traffic sightings included the container ships JORK RANGER,DETTE G, ARX, SAMSKIP ENDEAVOUR and ELBTRADER. Coaster traffic included AMNI, NATHALIE, PARSIVAL and RABA. Tanker traffic included THUN GRATITUDE. Ro/Ro ferry traffic included EPSILON, PAULINE and VESPERTINE. A  notable sighting was the bulker ALYCIA northbound from  Dublin.

Monday 12th – Sunday 18th January 2015

Coaster callers to Wicklow included the VERONA to load RDF

The MV EMS went to anchor in the bay on Wednesday evening, to await the arrival of spare parts. She weighted anchor on Friday afternoon heading south for Cork.

Boats were out in the bay again this week, fishing for Spratt.

Traffic sightings included the coasters RABA, SEA KESTRAL, WILSON BREMEN, WILSON FINNFJORD, LEHMANN BALTIC and AERANDIR. Container traffic included VERITAS H. A notable sighting was the YEOMAN BANK southbound outside the Codling on Thursday afternoon. Ro/Ro ferry traffic included PEREGRINE and PALATINE. The auto carrier EMDEN went north for Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

Helicopter traffic included a Bell Jet Ranger and the Coast Guard Search and Rescue s92.

Monday 5th - Sunday 11th January 2015

Coaster callers this week included BEAUMOTION and VERONA.

Traffic sightings included the CIL Tender GRANUAILE , container vessel CORONEL , coaster VICTRESS , ferry EPSILON, the dredger SOSPAN DAU and the RO/Ro ferry OPALINE.

Three extra boats joined the spratt fleet during the week , bad weather disrupted fishing on some occassions.

The Coast Guard s92 helicopter was noted on training flights over the bay early in the week.

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th January 2015

The first commercial caller of the year at Wicklow port was the Dutch flagged BEAUMOTION, arriving from Cork to load out RDF for Germany.

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat Station held its Annual Service of Remembrance on New Years Day to remember past lifeboat crew and all associated with the sea from the town.

Five vessels were noted fishing for spratt in the bay over the weekend , the catches were landed at Wicklow harbour.

Rescue 116 the Coast Guard s92 rescue helicopter was noted transiting north over the bay early on New Years Day , she was returning from an incident at Arklow.

The first sighting of 2015 was the Ro/Ro ferry PEREGRINE northbound for Dublin at lunchtime on New Years Day. Other sightings included MAZARINE , HANSE COURAGE , AVEIRO and CORONEL on her regular service to Cardiff. A notable sighting from Wicklow head was the SD VICTORIA heading north for Greenock in the mist on Sunday afternoon. The Welsh hills were visible from Wicklow head on Saturday for a short time.

The Irish lights tender GRANUAILE was working on navigation bouys north of the port over the weekend. She anchored off Greystones on Friday night.

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