Club Night Out – Fri 27th Feb – Myles Breens

Hi members. 

We are going to have a club get together this Friday night.

All are welcome

 

Date: Friday 27th March. Location: Myles Breen, 18 Shannon St. Limerick Time: 8pm

Aughinish SAC Fundraiser for Lifeboats – Marine Species of Ireland

 

What: Aughinish SAC Fundraiser for Lifeboats – Marine Species of Ireland

When:  Friday March 6th, 8oc

Where: Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd.

How much:  No admission charge. Donations accepted for RNLI.

What’s it all about:

We have “Marine Species of Ireland” presented by Pascal Dower.He will also speak on the seal tagging programme and deer in Killarney National Pk.RNLI will also attend and show a short film of their work.The presentation should be of interest to the general public and not only divers.
Please make a special effort to come along and bring all your friends.
There will be plenty of seats.No admission charge. Donations accepted for RNLI.
All are welcome

Oil spill expected to hit south coast in 16 days

UPDATE  19-02-09

The huge oil slick threatening the south-east coast can be seen from space.

The European Maritime Safety Agency, which is monitoring the spillage, yesterday released satellite photographs of the scene as hopes rise that mild weather conditions in the Celtic Sea will avert an ecological disaster.

The oil slick was expected to hit the coastline in just over two weeks, but changing wind patterns mean it may now be blown further out to sea.

Pollution

The Irish Coast Guard, which along with its British counterpart, is continuing to monitor the pollution from the skies, said the slick had not moved significantly since Tuesday evening.

“The good news is that our medium-range weather forecast shows the wind turning to the west, and even to the north-west and north over the weekend, so that will actually push the slick further offshore,” said Irish Coast Guard director Chris Reynolds.

The spill was discovered on Saturday close to where a Russian warship was refuelling and has been estimated at between 500 and 1,000 tonnes. Ireland is continuing diplomatic contacts with Russia over the incident, which environmentalists said had the potential to devastate marine and wildlife, with knock-on effects on seaside tourism and fishing hot-spots.

An Irish tug vessel, MV Celtic Isle, was this evening preparing to carry out tests at the scene to see if the oil can be mechanically cleaned up at sea to limit its harmful impact, although such operations are known to be difficult.

Samples already taken have been sent to a laboratory in Scotland to be “fingerprinted” for comparison against samples of fuel being used in the Russian aircraft carrier.

Test results expected by Friday will also help authorities determine how best to deal with the spillage.

  

Oil spill expected to hit south coast in 16 days

Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0217/breaking51.htm

This image released by the Coastguard shows the scale of the oil spill on the surface of the Celtic Sea close to where the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was refuelling.

AOIFE CARR

Up to 1,000 tonnes of oil spilled off the west Cork coast by two Russian naval vessels on Saturday is expected to hit the South east coast of Ireland in 16 days time depending on weather conditions, according to the Irish Coast Guard.

The spill is also expected to hit the Welsh coastline. It is currently breaking up and spreading over a larger area and moving eastwards paralleling the Irish coast about 30 to 40 miles out to sea.

Coast Guard computer modelling of the spill shows that some of the oil is expected to evaporate or dissolve into the water column. However the majority is expected to develop into tar balls which may end up on the South east coast in 16 days time.

The Irish Coast Guard is carrying out further surveillance flights over the area today in conjunction with their British counterparts. Samples of the oil have been taken from the scene for analysis.

The incident occurred on Saturday when the two Russian vessels were attempting to transfer fuel from one to the other 80km (50 miles) south of Fastnet. The oil then spread over an area measuring 4.5km by 5km.

The spill did not happen in Irish waters but was within the zone around the Irish coastline being monitored for pollution by Irish authorities.

Vessels currently at the scene include the Irish naval vessel L.E. Aisling , two refuelling tankers, one aircraft carrier, one Russian ocean-going tug, one Russian destroyer and a British destroyer.

The Irish Coast Guard has contracted a Cork-based tug to go out to the spill and evaluate the possibility of cleaning it up at sea. Oil coming ashore on the South east coast will be recovered mechanically by local authorities with assistance from the Coast Guard who will oversee the operation.

The coast guard is briefing various Government departments and agencies today to outline the current situation and the potential impact to the coastline and marine environment.

The Russian Naval Attache confirmed an internal investigation is being carried out into the cause of the incident. The Russian embassy has been asked to supply samples of the oils carried onboard the Russian vessels and for oil characteristic data sheets.

Labour party spokesperson on the Marine Senator Michael McCarthy said Minister Noel Dempsey needed to take a more hands-on approach to managing the situation.

“When news of this oil spill first emerged, we were given to understand that there were about 300 tonnes of oil in question, and that there was little or no risk that it would impact on our coastline,” he said.

“Now it appears that there was more like 1,000 tonnes of oil spilled, and that the slick could very well make landfall along the southern coast, with Wexford particularly vulnerable.”

He called on Mr Dempsey to produce a risk assessment report as a matter of urgency.

“Communities along the South Coast, particularly those that are dependent on fishing or on maritime tourism, are entitled to know what the chances are that their area will be affected, so that they can take the appropriate preventative measures,” he said.