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Dubliners Lead Belfast Lough Dragon Champs
Belfast Lough
After three races of the the 2010 Irish Dragon Championships on Belfast Lough Dubliner Martin Byrne leads overall. The results after three races are attached. Race 4 is currently underway.
Four Foreign Ships Under Detention in the UK During June 2010
Ports & Shipping
The UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 4 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during June 2010 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were 2 new detentions…
Traffic at the Port of Cork amounted to 8.3 million tonnes in 2009
Cork Harbour
The Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr Dermot O'Mahoney commented on the company's annual results for 2009 stating that the Port of Cork had delivered a resilient performance given the national economic recession. Total traffic at the Port of…
Foynes Prepares to Stage Mermaid Week
Shannon Estuary
Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary is hosting the National Mermaid Championships, which will commence on Saturday, July 31, and which will be taking place for a full week at Cooleen Point. Quite an amount of preparation and organisation…
Government To Finalise Negotiations For Purchase Of New Naval Service Patrol Vessels
Navy
The Minister for Defence, Mr. Tony Killeen, TD, with his cabinet colleague the Minister for Finance, Mr. Brian Lenihan, TD, were today, at the Naval Service Base in Haulbowline, Cork to welcome home the Naval Service vessel the L.E. Niamh…
New Business Could Float in on the Tide
Dublin Bay
Local TD and Minister of Sport Mary Hanafin has given her support to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company's initiative to promote the town as a cruise tourism destination on Dublin Bay. Writing in her latest newsletter to constituents this month, the…
Minister for Sport Goes Sailing
Dublin Bay
Minister for Sport and local TD Mary Hanafin made good on a long-standing promise to go sailing when she joined 'Wow' (Women on the Water) scheme that held a one-day event at the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire, yesterday.…
Minister Killeen Visits L.E. Aoife In Kilrush
Navy
Minister for Defence, Mr. Tony Killeen, T.D. visited the L.E. Aoife which was in Kilrush, Co. Clare, on Saturday as part of the festivities surrounding the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association's (WIORA) Yacht Racing Championship. The event was hosted…
Delegates Discuss Shortsea Shipping Sector in Dublin
Ports & Shipping
Two hundred delegates, including many of Europe's senior port and shipping executives, gatheredfor the Annual European Shipping Congress at Dublin Castle, today (29th, June 2010) to discuss the current state of the European Shortsea shipping and port sector.The event, which…
Champagne Sailing for Royal Irish Regatta
Dublin Bay
The Royal Irish offered up a full three courses of delectable conditions at the weekend, with beautiful blue skies and up to 25 knots on Dublin Bay for their annual regatta.  While the cruiser and one-design courses were kept out…
Kinsale YC Sails to City Marina
Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club was the first to use Cork's new city marina facilities when a club flotilla arrived at the Port of Cork facility, opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Micheal Martin TD, a week ago. Bob Bateman captured the…
Cork's City Marina Officially Opened
Cork Harbour
The new Port of Cork City Marina was officially opened yesterday by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin TD in the presence of Mr. Dermot O’Mahoney Chairman of the Port of Cork. Towards the end of 2009, the Port…
Lord Mayor Casts Spear in Medieval Ceremony at Dublin Port
Dublin Bay
The Lord Mayor of Dublin and Admiral of Dublin Port, Cllr. Emer Costello, today performed the 522 year old "Casting of the Spear" ceremony at Dublin Port. The "Casting of the Spear" dates as far back as 1488 when the…
Report Shows Dun Laoghaire Regatta Worth 3 Million to Local Economy
Dublin Bay
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) is to launch a case study on the socio-economic significance of the 2009 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta tomorrow. The biennial event attracted an entry of 449 entries and is the biggest regatta in Ireland. Over…
Spike Island Will Open to Tourists
Cork Harbour
The first visitors to Spike Island this summer will be given walking tours of the new tourism attraction Cork County council says. The island in the middle of Cork harbour is the subject of proposals to develop it as a…
New Cork Harbour Park Contract
Cork Harbour
Cork City Council is inviting interest in the design of a new 32 hectare park for Cork Docklands. The full details of the 'new island district' are here.

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.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

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

This section of the site deals with Port and Shipping News on our largest ports Dublin Port, Port of Cork, the Shannon Estuary, Galway Harbour and Belfast Lough.

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.

We also post updates on fishing, fisheries, lighthouses, cruise liners, naval visits, the Irish Naval service, coastal marinas and lots more too!

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