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The Belview Terminal, which in the majority handles lo-lo traffic is the main terminal for the Port of Waterford
Ports & Shipping
#Results2016 - The Port of Waterford Company recently announced that the port handled 1.4m tonnes of goods in 2016. The figure is very much in line with 2013 and 2014 but somewhat back on the 2015 numbers. Bulk tonnages handled…
Conor Phelan's Jump Juice leads in Kinsale
Kinsale
James Matthews, sailing his Ed Dubois quarter tonner Diamond, made a clean sweep of class three at the Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series and is now leading by two points writes David Sullivan. Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice pulled out all the…
Two Cork Harbour Clubs have combined efforts to promote cruiser racing in the harbour this Summer
Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay and Cove Sailing Clubs have agreed a joint cruiser racing programme for this season which will set a new course in Cork harbour sailing, writes Afloat's Tom MacSweeney in the Evening Echo. The neighbouring clubs have been in…
Tight racing at the 2015 Sovereign's Cup - The first gun for the biennial cup will have an afternoon start in June
Sovereign's Cup
The Sovereign’s Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club will have an afternoon start for all cruiser–racer fleets on the first day of racing on June 21st. The first gun for the biennial cup has been pushed back to 1355hrs to make…
The Juniors of the National Yacht Club celebrate Annalise Murphy’s Olympic achievements. When the Junior Training programe at the National YC was inaugurated 50 years ago, the extensive boat platform on which this is all happening didn’t exist
W M Nixon
A very special Golden Jubilee coming up in May provides links to an Irish Olympic Sailing Silver Medal, the Fireball World Championship, and the America’s Cup. W M Nixon finds the widest connections go even further than that to include…
A giant cruise caller to Belfast Harbour in 2016 was Caribbean Princess. Afloat adds that the 112,000 tonnes cruiseship will be the fifth caller to the city this season in early May.
Belfast Lough
#RecordCalls - A new tourism high as almost 90 cruise ships are expected to visit Belfast Harbour this summer, bringing with them 150,000 passengers and crew to the city. Belfast’s record cruise schedule for 2017 marks an unprecedented period of…
Transit Gateway Mapping Phase 3: Dublin Port from 1786-1866
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. This will be third seminar so far of…
Beneteau 31.7s on the line for a DBSC race start
DBSC
Class captains from twenty Dublin Bay Sailing classes were briefed on the new Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) season this week. DBSC Commodore Chris Moore's briefing notes are below. The first DBSC race will be on Tuesday 25th April, then the first Thursday race…
ICRA Sponsor Offers 'Free Model Truck' As Entry Incentive for Royal Cork National Championships
ICRA
As ICRA ramps up its promotion for the Cruiser–Racer National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in June, fleet sponsor WD40 is offering a free 'collectors item' model truck to the next six entries received. The RCYC entry list is…
GATEWAY TO IRELAND? An exhibition in the dlrLexicon, explores 200 years of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the theme of the travelling public. Afloat adds that the historic ferry service (Stena HSS) to Holyhead, Wales that closed in 2014, left neighbouring routes out of Dublin to serve the UK. Among them Irish Ferries whose HSC Jonathan Swift is underway beyond the East Pier bound for Anglesey. In the foreground, the Carlisle Pier was for many generations the main embarkation point to where ‘Mail-Boats’ were involved in large-scale emigration. Also seen is the obelisk erected after King George IV visit in 1821 to Dunleary which was renamed in his honour as Kingstown. Also in this present day view facing the harbour is the new retail development 'Marine Walk' under construction.
Dublin Bay
#Gateway2Ireland – In an exhibition that covers two hundred years since Dún Laoghaire proudly became the ‘Gateway to Ireland’, the flagship dlrLexicon Library that aptly overlooks the harbour explores the theme of travel and travellers to Ireland. Utilising material from…
'Heyshamax' ro-ro freighter sisters, Stena Performance and Precision berthed in Belfast
Ferry
#FreightGrowth - In the first three months of 2017, Stena Line has carried over 31,000 freight units on the Belfast-Heysham service making it one of the most successful starts to the year since it acquired the business back in 2011.…
SeaFest is co-ordinated by the Marine Institute, on behalf of the Marine Coordination Group
Maritime Festivals
Businesses across Galway and the region are giving their support to SeaFest 2017, with festival activities extending from Galway Harbour to The Latin Quarter and Salthill. SeaFest 2017 is Ireland's national maritime festival and will include a variety of marine-themed…
The proposed mixed development in Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey that was refused planning permission in February. DLRCoCo are considering to bring lands at the scenic south Dublin Bay into public ownership.
Coastal Notes
#BullochPublic - In a move being considered by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the local authority could bring land at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey into public ownership. The decision reports DublinLive, would also see the land developed in the public’s interest,…
Total throughput at Dublin Port for the three months to the end of March was 8.7 million gross tonnes with 1,843 ship arrivals, equivalent to 20 ships each day
Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company today published trade statistics for the first quarter of 2017 showing continued strong growth of 4.2% after last year’s record throughput of 34.9 million gross tonnes. Dublin Port also announced that it will pay a dividend to the State…
The second sister built, Arklow Cape which likewise of Arklow Clan was launched without christening ceremony, but this will happen at a later stage.
Ports & Shipping
#DoubleEvents - On the same day ICG’s new Irish Ferries cruiseferry had a first steel-plate cutting ceremony held in a German yard, this was in marked contrast to Arklow Shipping having yet another ship launched in neighbouring Netherlands, writes Jehan…
Pictured (L-R) Mr. Eamonn Rothwell – Chief Executive – Irish Continental Group plc; Mr. Rüdiger Fuchs – CEO – Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (FSG); Mr. Andrew Sheen – Managing Director – Irish Ferries and Mr. David Ledwidge – Chief Financial Officer – Irish Continental Group plc.
Ferry
#ICGnewbuild - Senior management of Irish Continental Group (ICG),parent company of Irish Ferries, visited the German shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG that is to build a new €144m cruiseferry. It is almost a year to when ICG announced the…

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

The ports are therefore a vital cog in our economy but they're also a great place to see some interesting ships. 86 cruise liners called to Dublin in 2010 and a similar number came to Cork, including some of the biggest in the world.

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Our pages are covering some of the most notable arrivals around our coast and reporting too on port development and shipping news.

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A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

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