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Turning right at Loop Head – Chris Egan is going Round Ireland again this Summer
Shannon Estuary
Four years after he sailed around Ireland as part of a fundraising campaign, Limerick cancer survivor Chris Egan will take to the seas again - only this time he's battling a debilitating sight condition writes Andrew Carey. In 2013, Chris…
The shell of newbuild Scot Navigator just after launching. The cargoship will have a 5,500 cubic capacity for timber products and is due for delivery in May.
Ports & Shipping
#Newbuild - Scot Line a trader of packaged timber on the Irish Sea have added a 88 metre long newbuild to its fleet that operates an Ireland-UK-Scandinavia liner service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild Scot Navigator will become the 10th…
Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port are the first Port Perspectives artists commissioned to create public artworks, Cliona Harmey, Sheelagh Broderick, Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Silvia Loeffler.
Dublin Port
#PortPerspectives - Artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks were announced by Dublin Port Campany. They were chosen in response to Dublin Port's new programme Port Perspectives and its relationship with the City. New works by Sheelagh…
The Dun Aengus Dock of the Port of Galway. Afloat adds in this view is a coastal products tanker, Galway Fisher or Forth Fisher. Both tankers are regular callers from the Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour.
Galway Harbour
#Downgrade - A move by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to downgrade Galway Port by signing a ministerial order could signal the death knell for the multimillion euro harbour development – and the entire expansion of the city to…
Naval and cruise ships are visiting Dublin Port today where the St. Patrick's Day Parade led by the grand marshal Olympian silver medalist sailor Annalise Murphy, takes in a route on O'Connell Bridge. Among the vessels downriver is Dublin based St.Bridget an excursion boat is operating cruises in the bay. The vessel is seen above last week having wintered at a lay-by berth in Grand Canal Dock Basin.
Dublin Port
#Visitors - A French naval vessel, a UK based cruiseship and a local excursion boat are in Dublin Port to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, writes Jehan Ashmore. The French Navy are represented in the capital with the presence of the…
Saga Cruises’ MV Saga Pearl 2 calls to Cork next week
Port of Cork
Saga Cruises’ MV Saga Pearl 2 will start the Port of Cork’s cruise liner season on 20th March, the first of 65 calls expected to visit Cork this season. Seven new liners will call this season on their maiden call,…
Dublin Port Riverfest Returns This June Bank Holiday
Maritime Festivals
#Riverfest - North Wall Quay will once again play host to the Dublin Port Riverfest this June Bank Holiday weekend. Tracing the River Liffey from the Ha’penny Bridge in the heart of Dublin City right out through Dublin Port and…
Jeanie Johnston has finally returned to her Dublin city-centre Liffey berth at Custom House Quay where is located the EPIC museum on Irish emigration that have organised guided walking tours about the historic port over the St. Patrick's weekend. Behind the tallship is the Samuel Beckett swing bridge (see related report link below) that also referred to the notable construction of 'Capital Dock' (right of Poolbeg stacks on the skyline) that is part of the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).
Dublin Port
#WalkingTours – Award-winning guide and historian Pat Liddy will present special walking tours of Dublin’s historic docklands and the port as part of the St Patrick's Festival weekend. The tours are organised by EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum at the…
BG Freight Line is one of the companies within the Peel Ports Group, and currently operates 23 containerised vessels
Port of Cork
Leeside Shipping, agents for BG Freight Line in Cork have announced a new container service between the ports of Cork and Liverpool. This new service is due to commence at the end of March 2017. This is the first time…
TRANSIT GATEWAY Mapping Phase 2: 'Dublin Port from 1708 to 1785 / Walls of Protection' is the second of nine seminars that charts the evolving changes of the historic port over the centuries to the present day.
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As part of “Dublin Port Perspectives”, Transit Gateway is a project that documents the transitional changes of the shape of Dublin Port from its medieval shoreline to its current infrastructure. Following the recent introductory seminar of Transit Gateway, the…
Royal Princess on a cruise call to Dublin Port
Cruise Liners
#RecordCalls - Irish ports in 2017 will have their busiest ever cruise ship season with over 300 vessels scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past…
Port of Cork's ferry terminal in Ringaskiddy
Port of Cork
#BypassUK - The Port of Cork has ramped up talks with continental ferry companies writes Independent.ie about providing more direct freight routes between Ireland and mainland Europe due to Brexit, its chairman has said. John Mullins said fresh food exporters…
Sir David Attenborough and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret with a model of the newbuild polar research ship currently under construction at the shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside
Ports & Shipping
#ExportDrive -UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird that is building polar research vessel Sir David Attenborough, says it plans to unleash an ‘aggressive exports drive’ in 2017 after one of its busiest years for commercial marine work, which saw it land the…
Galway City Council councillors have voted to cut a marketing grant to Galway Port used to attract liner traffic. Above Afloat adds is Holland America Lines Prinsendam at anchorage during a cruise of western seaboard ports.
Galway Harbour
#GrantSlashed - There was consternation among Galway City County councillors that its marketing promotion fund would hand over €10,000 to the Port of Galway to attract cruise ships when the harbour body lavished handsome salaries on its executives. According to…
420 dinghy sailing at the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites Series
Kinsale
All 3 fleets left the marina under blue skies and bright sunshine in Kinsale this morning for the final day of the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series. A nice breeze of 7 – 9 knots was blowing from the west…
SEA FILM: Time of Their Lives, the latest film to star Joan Collins along with Pauline Collins. Scenes of the actresses were set on board a UK-France ferry for the film that is themed on love, adventure and true friendship.
Ferry
#SeaFilm - Time of Their Lives, the latest film to star Dame Joan Collins saw the actress sail on a UK-France ferry looking to find love, adventure and true friendship. In the film, Collins is joined by co-star Pauline Collins…

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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