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    Seascapes Friday 11 April 2014

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    The maritime programme for this island nation presented and produced by Marcus Connaughton .

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    Seascapes Friday 11th April 2014

    features Padraig Whooley of Irish Whale & Dolphin Group; Captain James Robinson;Hugh Oram on Ivan Beshoff from Ukraine; RNLI new pontoon in Aran Islands.

    Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – this week a recent letter from Captain James Robinson of The Irish Maritime Forum on our maritime domain and its protection ; Kinsale RNLI celebrate their 3rd Award plus a new pontoon is in place on the Aran Islands; Hugh Oram on the life and times of Ivan Beshoff and his journey from his native Ukraine to Dublin ; former Radio Officer Norman Freeman on an amorous sea captain ; over the past two decades we’ve carried coverage on the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group talking to Simon Berrow , and Padraig Whooley to name but two so yesterday Seascapes headed to West Cork to speak to Padraig Whooley of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group on recent findings and the work of the group – we wondered what it was that sparked Padraigs’ interest in the first place in cetaceans ......

     

     

       You can read and see more about the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group by visiting www.iwdg.ie – our thanks to Padraig Whooley ...

     

    Captain James Robinson in a recent letter to the Irish Times responding to Colonel Dorcha Lees article on the decline of our armed forces had this to say ..........

     

       Col Lees article is timely , coming as it does between Green and White Papers on Defence. The Irish Maritime Forum shares Col Lees concern at the low percentage of GDP allocated to defence. In the context of the vastly increased sea area claimed by Ireland , the forum advocates an increase in the allocation to maritime security.

    The area of operations to be covered by the navy has more than doubled since the publication of the last defence White Paper. To patrol the area encompassed by the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (410,000sq km) , the White Paper on defence 2000 recommended   eight ships and one thousand one hundred and forty four personnel . The defence and security of our hugely expanded maritime domain ( now one million sq km) is surely worthy of an increase to a more realistic number of ships and personnel.

       We are an island nation and we now claim the largest maritime domain to landmass of any north western European state. In fact ninety two per cent of Ireland is under water. This domain contains natural resources with a potential value of several trillion euro, including mineral deposits , fossil fuels, marine life , fisheries and wind and wave energy. Effective policing of our maritime domain is an important indicator of our determination to exploit our marine resources effectively and sustainably.

     

    Yours etc,. Captain James Robinson on behalf of The Irish Maritime Forum .......Captain James Robinson is a past president of The Nautical Institute.......

     

     

     

       Next here on Seascapes to a remarkable man from the Ukraine Who left an indelible mark on Dublin where he settled after the turn of the last century – Hugh Oram on Ivan Beshoff.

    Volunteer lifeboat crew with Aran Islands RNLI will be able to launch their all weather Severn Class lifeboat faster following the installation of a 24 metre pontoon,which will enable the lifeboat crew to board the lifeboat from a newly installed berth. The new stable platform will also ensure that the transfer of casualties onto or from the lifeboat can be done more easily and safer. You can see and read more on the Seascapes webpage .......

     

    Last Friday was a busy night for the volunteer crew of Kinsale RNLI as they collected two West Cork community awards for bringing to safety the 30 crew members of the training ship 'Astrid' that sank outside Kinsale harbour in July last year.

    The first honour of the night was bestowed at the 25th anniversary awards ceremony in Bandon’s Munster Arms Hotel, organised by The Opinion magazine and sponsored by Bandon Co-op. Kinsale RNLI lifeboat Miss Sally Anne (Baggy) was first on the scene on 24th July 2013 when the Astrid ran aground. Volunteer crewmembers Liam O’Connell, Nick Searls and James Grennan worked in treacherous conditions to safely evacuate all 30 crew on board. They accepted The Opinion/Bandon Co-op Community Award on behalf on the RNLI, along with volunteers from Courtmacsherry RNLI who assisted the rescue. Next stop was the Actons Hotel for the Kinsale District and Community Awards. Flanked by boat and shore crew and volunteers from the fundraising team, Liam, Nick and James accepted their second trophy of the night.

     

    This brings to three the number of awards related to the Astrid. Earlier this year the Irish Cruising Club presented Kinsale RNLI with the Waterford Cup, a perpetual trophy dating back to 1953. All three awards will be on display in Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday 13th April at 4pm as thanks to the yacht club members who played a role in the Astrid rescue.

     

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: The Reel Thing
      Composer: Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Album: ACOUSTICS, CDACS 047
      Duration: 1:35
    • Title: The Reel Thing
      Composer: Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Album: ACOUSTICS, CDACS 047
      Duration: 1:35
    • Title: Sailing By
      Composer: Ronald Binge
      Performer(s): Bbc Concert Orchestra
      Performer(s): Bbc Concert Orchestra
      Album: CLASSIC FM, BITCD 324
      Duration: 2:06
    • Title: The Last Leviathan
      Composer: Andy Barnes
      Performer(s): Molgoggers
      Performer(s): Molgoggers
      Album: MOLGOGGERS, 54367 95251
      Duration: 1:23

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