News Diary

Monday 8 – Sunday 14 July 2019

Coasters noted at Wicklow port this week included Crownbreeze, Ceg Universe and Isidor.

Traffic sightings during the week included the W.B Yeats on the usual Dublin – Cherbourg run. The RNLI Severn class lifeboat 17-46 also went south to Rosslare from Dun Laoghaire. The tanker Bro Nordby was sighted heading south after a call at Dublin.

The liner Viking Sun was noted heading north for an early morning call at Dublin, the Queen Vitoria was also visible offshore going south for Southampton after a cruise to Norway. Another liner Seabourn Quest was also noted going south to Dunmore East after visiting Dublin.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler Bridget Carmel, the former Wicklow RNLI 42’ Watson lifeboat J.W Archer and the Polish training yacht Brego.

Tellus Aerial Survey over Wicklow bay
DHC-6 Twin Otter survey aircraft (C-GSGF) working over Wicklow bay on Tuesday. The aircraft is operated by the Canadian Sander Geophysics Ltd, who are carrying out the aerial survey on behalf of Geological Survey Ireland.
The survey is a national programme to gather geochemical and geophysical data across Ireland – in other words, to examine the chemical and physical properties of our soil, rocks and water. The aircraft operates at 60 metres over rural areas and will rise to 240 metres over urban areas. The project commenced in May and will continue up to late Autumn.
The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter has a top speed of 296km/h, a wingspan of 20 metres and is powered by 2 turbo prop Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines. 

Air Corps AW139 helicopter ‘277’ carried out a medevac from a football pitch in Rathnew to a hospital in Dublin on Tuesday. When operating Aeromedical duties the callsign AC112 is used. The service, a joint project between the HSE and the Defence Forces, means that NAS paramedics now have the assistance of a dedicated military helicopter for the rapid transfer of critical patients to the most suitable hospital. More details here

The Coast Guard Rescue helicopter based at Dublin (EI-ICG) carried out winch exercises with various ships in the bay during the week, on Tuesday it was noted working with Elbcarrier and W.B Yeats the following evening.

Three Air Corps helicopters took part in a Fire fighting exercise in the Wicklow mountains with Wicklow Fire Service on Tuesday. A report on the RTE TV teatime News showed AW139’s ‘274’ and ‘276’ deploy water on a simulated fire using bambi buckets, with EC135 ‘270’ providing support.

Monday 1 – Sunday 7 July 2019

Coaster callers at Wicklow port this week included Ceg Cosmos, Ceg Galaxy and Liv Greta.

Visitors to the port included the beam trawler Bridget Carmel and the former RNLI lifeboat Joseph Soar, it arrived for a short visit from Wexford on Monday morning, after attending the Wexford Maritime Festival over the weekend. The lifeboat moored alongside the East pier and has visited Wicklow on a couple of occasions in the last few years.

The swimming raft Wendy broke from its moorings in the harbour during the week and drifted ashore. It was quickly refloated and anchored again without any disruption for swimmers.
Harbourman Triathlon 2019 was held in the harbour on Sunday morning with well over 500 entries from all over Ireland. The annual event is organised by Wicklow triathlon Club.

The 70-foot UK registered yacht Vittfarne weighed anchor in the bay on Monday morning, and resumed passage north.

Traffic sightings in the bay included Irish Ferries W.B Yeats, working the Dublin – Cherbourg route. Ro/Ro ferry traffic included the Cobelfret operated Peregrine and the recently introduced Ysaline. These vessels maintain a weekly freight link between Dublin and mainland Europe.

The Dublin Airport based Coast Guard s92 helicopter (EI-ICG) was noted in the bay on a training flight on Sunday evening.

Notable sightings included the Sailing ship Pelican of London southbound out of Dublin on Tuesday afternoon, another sailing ship the Volharding built in 1886 was also noted heading north on Thursday afternoon, the vessel was recently acquired by Silvery Light Sailing, a Northern Ireland sailing charity who plan to base the Dutch Sailing Barge at Victoria dock, Newry.  We last saw the barge in Wicklow bay during a 12-day delivery voyage from Maldon, Essex to Newry in early May.

Coaster traffic included the Ayress northbound on Friday after delivering a cargo of round timber to Rosslare.
The CIL tender Granuaile was noted working on the Breeches buoy north of Wicklow harbour on Saturday morning, before continuing south to anchor off Arklow the same evening.
There was plenty of aviation activity over Wicklow bay on Saturday as aircraft and helicopters took part in a annual charity event at Newcastle airfield.

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland ‘Sea breeze’ steam special passed through Wicklow on Sunday shortly after Midday. The train hauled by No.85 Merlin was to run from Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort, unfortunately the steam locomotive failed at Gorey and 071 type diesel locomotive ‘074’ was dispatched from Dublin Connolly to haul the train back to Dublin under diesel power.