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Seascapes Friday 22 November 2013



The maritime programme for this island nation

Seascapes Friday 22nd November

features MaREI Marine Renewable Energy;Kieran Devaney -Atlantic Conveyor;TJV -Damian Foxall.

Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes this week we hear about that RNLI Exhibition of Nigel Millard’s photographs in Grand Canal Square in Dublin that opened this week ; Kieran Devaney recalls a near miss and the loss of the Atlantic Conveyor in the eighties ; Gery Flynn Features Editor of Inshore Ireland on whats in the latest edition of the magazine; Rosslare earlier this evening saw the launch of

Irish Shipping – A Fleet History we’ll have details on Seascapes in the coming weeks and we’ll be talking to the authors; next to

THE CENTRE FOR MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY IRELAND (MaREI) which was launched last weekend -MaREI is a unique, new centre in that it brings together marine energy experts, academics and industry partners from all over Ireland to work together in an integrated way to form and create spin outs, new technologies and devices, to ultimately make Ireland a global player in marine energy..........Seascapes spoke to the Minister for Research and Innovation –Sean Sherlock TD –


 The Minister for Research and Innovation we hear next on Seascapes from Professor Mark Ferguson – Director General of Science Foundation Ireland .......

Also addressing the gathering in the Lewis Glucksmann Gallery in the grounds of UCC was Professor Tony Lewis .......

You can read more on Marine Renewable Energy Ireland on .


The return of Brazilian sailing legend Robert Scheidt to Laser competition after nine years in the Star class has raised the stakes among the 2016 Olympic Games contenders at the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships organized and hosted by the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Sail in Oman.....

Having won eight world titles and three Olympic medals in the class, the 40 year-old Scheidt is the most successful Laser sailor of all time. With the dropping of the Star class from the Olympic rota, he has now returned to Lasers to qualify for the Olympics on his home waters in Rio de Janeiro and is currently ranked number 71 Laser sailor in the world. Our own James Espey is representing Ireland .

Next here on Seascapes to our Galway Studios where we can hear from Gery Flynn – Features Editore of Inshore Ireland magazine on whats in the latest edition ......




A new book “ The Lifeboat – Courage on our Coasts” celebrates the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution published by Conway and featuring the photography of Nigel Millard we’ll be talking to Nigel on Seascapes next Friday and hearing from some of the intrepid lifeboat crew members we met at the launch of the exhibition to coincide with the book – The exhibition is located in Grand Canal Square beside the Marker Hotel and The Bord Gais Theatre – an area transformed – not to be missed .... you can see some of the images from the exhibition on the Seascapes webpage......






To the North West via Liverpool and Kieran Devaney next here on Seascapes with a true tale of three Master Mariners, one from the Royal Navy, one from the Merchant Marine and the third from Foxford in County Mayo. Its a story of a Britain at War and the story of the only British merchant vessel to be sunk in a battle at sea since the end of the Second World War...... a battle which could have cost Kieran his life.........



Kieran Devaney and the Atlantic Conveyor with thank’s to Trevor Sweeney ......



Sightings of pods of dolphins and several Minke ; Fin and Humpback whales have been reported by skipper Martin Colfer in waters off The Hook you can contact Martin by emailing or call 087 2657177 or see photos on the Off The Hook on the book of the face.... ......they are a spectacular sight and right now is Whalewatch Season more sightings have been reported west of Baltimore in West Cork.........




We’ve had a note from Conor Galvin about the new naval vessels .......

Hi Marcus, the idea of naming of the new naval ship was made by the Dail , The idea is based on wherever the L.E. Beckett is based anywhere in the world -people will remember Beckett from Ireland........ nobody is that happy with the name - but a new ship is good news - its really not a ships name but rather what the naval ship does



Staying with Naval vessels and thanks to our colleague Niall O Sullivan for this – “The Nigerian Navy has in its fleet four warships whose names all mean “hippopotamus” but in different local languages..


NNS ERINOMI   - Hippo in Yoruba




NNS DORINA   - in Hausa


And NNS OTOBO   - Hippo in Igbani ; Idoma and Kalabari.


After a 5,968 nautical mile match race across the Atlantic Ocean,

Congratulations to Damian Foxall and Sidney Gavignet in the MOD 70 Oman Air Mussandam who finished in 2nd place in the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre to Brazil in just over eleven days – a remarkable achievement ....... Damian, who during his last Transat Jacques Vabre in 2005 was airlifted to safety, was delighted to have completed the race. He has crossed the Equator a whopping 24 times during his career. They will recover for a few days while the rest of the 45-boat fleet finishes, before the final round of the Transat Jacques Vabre on the 30 November when all classes are scheduled to sail an in port race before returning to their respective home ports.


   Earlier this evening in Rosslare “Irish Shipping – A Fleet History “ was launched we’ll be speaking to the authors of this long anticipated history in the coming weeks.........




“Next week here on your maritime programme Seascapes we’ll have that virtual tour by Photographer Nigel Millard of the RNLI Exhibition in Grand Canal Square – The Lifeboat – Courage on our Coasts ; we’ll have details of the Annual RNLI Reindeer Runs in Dublin and Cork ; the International Maritime Organisation have declared a ban on the dumping of the chemical PIB at sea ; all that and much more on Seascapes next Friday night , until then tight lines and fair sailing.”






NUI Galway Zoologist Dr Louise Allcock led the team which explored the Whittard Canyon, an undersea canyon system, using the Irish deep-water remotely operated vehicle, ROV Holland I. The scientists discovered a vertical rock face half a mile below the sea surface, which extended upwards for about 150 metres, and was covered in a rich assemblage of bivalves and corals.

“It is really unusual to see so many conspicuous animals so close together at these depths” explains Mark Johnson, Professor of Marine Environment at NUI Galway. “The bivalves are also remarkably large, and we know that deep-water oysters of this size elsewhere in European Seas may be more than 200 years old. So we are probably seeing an exceptionally long-lived and stable community”.

The bivalves and the corals are filter feeders and are reliant on particles derived from surface waters for their food. The researchers studied the water column to work out how sufficient food might be arriving at the site to support such a large and vibrant community.

NUI Galway oceanographer Dr Martin White said “We were particularly intrigued as to how food particles might be concentrated into one particular area and we found evidence for an internal wave caused by the shape of the canyon, which could be delivering food to the foot of the wall”.

Deep-sea habitats are known to play many important roles in ecosystems, including recycling of nutrients, carbon sequestration and can act as nursery areas for other species, so the scientists are keen to discover more. Remote-operated-vehicles (ROVs) have made many of these habitats accessible for the first time.

This deep-sea research is guided by ocean floor mapping around Ireland’s coast (INFOMAR) and the knowledge that similar canyon systems around the world are home to the kinds of organisms likely to yield novel pharmaceuticals; an aim of Ireland’s biodiscovery programme.

Dr Allcock says “this habitat, because of its age and fragile structure is potentially extremely vulnerable to damage. We need to establish where else it occurs and what measures are needed to protect it.”

NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute was formed in 2010 by the merging of the Environmental Change Institute and the Martin Ryan Institute for Marine Science. It promotes interdisciplinary excellence in environmental, marine and energy research. It is committed to international collaboration, and a regional, national and EU sustainable development agenda. This research survey was carried out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013.


Image of the habitat: Limid bivalves Acesta excavata (red flesh) and deep-water oysters Neopycnodonte zibrowii dominate, together with the corals Madrepora oculata (lower centre, with branching shape) and Desmophyllum dianthus (solitary corals, for example lower left). Red dots produced by laser sightings are 10cm apart.

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Seascapes, the RTÉ maritime programme with Fergal Keane. Seascapes brings you around our coasts and onto traditional and modern boats and yachts for a taste of the great outdoors. Whether you are a trawlerman or a yachtie, Seascapes will be of interest to you.

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