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Dublin Port’s volumes have increased by 25% in just four years
Dublin Port
Dublin Port’s Masterplan 2012-2040, a framework to guide the future development and operation of Dublin Port, makes provision for periodic reviews.  This ensures that the Masterplan reflects changing circumstances such as developments in policies governing planning, national transport, the environment…
Yachts racing off Dun Laoghaire by John Ryan. The maritime painting hangs in the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
Irish Marine Artist Pete Hogan will give a personal history of marine painting in Ireland with an emphasis, he says, on 'yots'.  The Round the world sailor, artist and author will speak at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on the…
Minister of Transport, Shane Ross at the Doolin Ferry Co. stand at the Holiday World Show, Dublin. The Clare based company is to introduce a 200-passenger ferry and operate the fastest ever crossing time on an Aran Islands route from April.
Island News
#FastestCrossing – A newly acquired passenger-only ferry is to offer the fastest ever crossing time to the Aran Islands, when Doolin Ferry introduce a highspeed craft just one month after the seasonal service resumes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Speaking to Afloat…
Trucks using the Port of Dover's internal roads network which handled record freight volumes in 2016, showing the continuing importance of efficient UK-European trade flows: The port handles up to £119bn of trade or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods.
Ferry
#DoverRecord – Record freight for Belfast Harbour user Stena Line on routes to Scotland and England for the year 2016 has also been achieved by other ferry operators based in the Port of Dover, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dover, Europe’s busiest…
Record freight volumes for Stena Line's Belfast Harbour routes to Scotland (Cairnryan) and England (Heysham and Liverpool). Above: Stena Superfast VIII berthed at Belfast having sailed from Scotland.
Ferry
#RecordFreight - It has been a record year for Stena Line freight traffic volumes on the operator's Belfast Harbour routes in 2016. For the first time in its history, the ferry company has carried over 500,000 freight units through the…
Irish Ferries has won in the ITAA's Best Ferry Company award. Their flagship Ulysses is seen berthed at Dublin Port's Terminal 1 while an inbound cruiseship Delphin arrives.
Ferry
#TravelAwards – At the Irish Travel Industry Awards held recently in Dublin, the winners in the Ferry and Cruise categories were presented in the historic surroundings of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel…
Iver Ability – a 'reaction' onboard the Asphalt/Bitumen Tanker led to its long term anchorage on Dublin Bay from August 2016 to January 2017
Ports & Shipping
Iver Ability, the red hulled ship, anchored in Dublin Bay since August, left its six–month mooring yesterday, bound for the Dutch Port of Delfzijl. The long term anchorage of the ship followed a 'reaction' onboard the Asphalt/Bitumen tanker during her…
Storms in Scotland delayed loading of distillery tanks on board Scot Explorer as above. The project cargo was bound for Jameson's Old Distillery, Midleton, Co. Cork
Ports & Shipping
ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight. The Department of Transport has launched its new Seafarers website resource for all seafarers, fishers, recreational craft users and others looking to obtain…
The current warehouse site near Cork City Marina is zoned for mixed use and will be of interest to both commercial and residential developers
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - More than three acres of Cork docklands are coming to market, as the Irish Examiner reports. The lands comprise a warehouse property between Monahan Road and Centre Park road east of the city centre, in an area already…
Warrenpoint Port on the shores of Carlingford Lough, have revealed record volumes for the year 2016
Ports & Shipping
#Warrenpoint - Trade figures for Warrenpoint Harbour Authority released today reveal record volumes in tonnage of goods imported and exported through the Co. Down port for the year 2016. The port recorded 3.48 million tonnes of cargo – a 7.4%…
The third and final sister of a trio of 'W' class bulkers, Arklow Wind berthed at Ocean Pier, Alexandra Basin, Dublin. Asides the funnel's plume of black smoke, note the wash generated from the propeller and raised cargo-hold hatch cover. At the stern is mounted the free-fall lifeboat above the anchor port.
Ports & Shipping
#FinalWbulker - Arklow Castle (5,054dwt) this month became the third ‘C’ class cargoship launched, the same number had been built for older ‘W’ class bulkers, in which only one remains in service, writes Jehan Ashmore. This third and final sister…
Storm force conditions in Buckie, Scotland delayed in the loading of whiskey distillery tanks on board Scot Explorer. The 55m single-hold cargoship was bound for Jameson's Old Distillery plant in Midleton, Co. Cork
Ports & Shipping
#WhiskeyPlant - A cargoship in Scotland was delayed in loading distillery tanks bound for an Irish whiskey plant due to recent storms hitting the UK coast, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 81m short-sea trader Scot Explorer (1996/2,521dwt) was stuck in Buckie…
Largest vessel to dock at Drogheda Port, cargsoship Botnia seen assisted by tug Mourne Pride and tender workboat Boyne Protector.
Drogheda Port
#LargestShip - The largest ever cargoship to dock at Drogheda Port berthed at the Co. Louth's downriver terminal at Tom Roes Point. The MV Botnia arrived on 20 January from Klaipeda in Lithuania. The vessel having taken a seven day…
Port of Cork hosts this year's ISA Cruising Conference
Cruising
The Irish Sailing Association’s 2017 Cruising Conference takes place this year on Saturday, 18 February at the historic Port of Cork offices in Cork city. The conference is a chance for sailors to hear and discuss the latest knowledge and…
Stena Europe recently returned to Rosslare-Fishguard duties is the operators first ferry on the Irish Sea to receive the new corporate strapline during a refit at H&W, Belfast
Ferry
#ShipStrapline - Stena Europe may be the oldest ferry in the operator’s Irish Sea fleet of seven ships, but the 1981 built vessel has emerged fresh from dry-docking as the first to sport a new livery strapline, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
People attending a public meeting on the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey earlier this month.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour - Submissions totalling 283 writes The Irish Times have been filed on a controversial development proposed for one of south Dublin’s most popular coastal inlets. The Bulloch Harbour planning application would see a mixed-use development of commercial and residential…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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