About Us

Port of Registry: Skibbereen, No. 404664

Length overall:
Beam overall:
7 tonnes winch with 200M of warp
200m emergence tow warp
Speed (maximum)
Speed (efficient)
Ballard Pull
Bow Thruster
9.2 knots
8 knots
3 tonnes
40 HP
Main engine: Gardner 8 LXB
35 Kva 3 phase generator and Hydraulics
1.5 ton at 6m crane
45 ton per hour water pump
2 Radars, 3 GPS’s, Depth Sounder,
PC map plotter, Olex 3D ground mapping,
Map plotter, 2 VHF’s DSE, Navtex
Hand held VHF, SART, 406 Epirb.
Autopilot, GPS Compass, Magnetic Compass
P5 Licence for 12 passenger and 4 Crew
Workboat Code
Call Sign : EI-DG-3
MMSI No: 250001193
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT: Tow ropes / Wire and chain bridles / Shackles / Range of various tools and equipment.
Equipped for towing , crew transfer , safety standby, sea bed levelling, survey work and sea bed mapping.

Aodh O’Donnell, the owner and operator of the vessel Neachtáin, is based in Union Hall, West Cork.  He has 25 years experience of boat skippering, diving and survey work.

Aodh has always been involved with community and sporting activities.  He was a founder and trainer of the Ballydehob Judo Club and Munster Champion Downhill Mountain Biking 2004.  He is a qualified trainer in Padi diving courses, and a founder member of the Irish Technical Diving Association and the Fastnet Diving Club.

In 2007 Aodh, along with several other people, founded Ireland’s first voluntary medical emergency response unit, the West Cork Rapid Response Unit.  This project now has a fully fitted out vehicle with a Panel of Medical Experts, all run on a voluntary basis.  As of December 2010 they have saved 42 lives and assisted many more people in trouble.  The organization is currently running a program to up-skill General Practitioners in emergency medicine and is fund raising for a second vehicle.  See http://westcorkairambulance.ie for more information.

Aodh holds many marine-related qualifications, including Certificates in Sea Survival, Fire Fighting at Sea, Radio & Satellite Communications (LRC 3) and Advanced First Aid.