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Cruiseships Bound for Sunny South-East
Ports & Shipping
As the summer draws closer to an end, particularly for land-based holiday-makers, those offshore onboard cruiseships continue to be drawn to our shores writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruise-ship season remains busy, stretching into September. Azamara Journey, a cruiseship built a…
Largest Ever Cruiseship to Dublin Set to Return
Dublin Bay
The largest ever cruiseship in terms of gross tonnage (GT) is due to return to Dublin next Wednesday (25 August) writes Jehan Ashmore. The giant vessel measures 117,651gt and has a total of 19 decks and a passenger capacity of…
DFDS Seaways Show True Colours on Irish Sea
Ports & Shipping
The acquisition of Norfolk Line (a subsidairy of Danish shipping giant, Maersk) by DFDS Seaways was finally completed in July writes Jehan Ashmore. Though it is only now that the visual signs of this takeover are becoming increasingly apparent on…
Multi-role Rosslare Europort
Ports & Shipping
The port of Rosslare Europort is synonymous with ferries plying the southern Irish Sea on routes to Wales and continental services to France, writes Jehan Ashmore. Apart from ferries the port also caters for a small fishing fleet and in…
Sitting High and Dry: The Last Lanby
Lighthouses
The decommissioned Codling Bank (Lanby) buoy is no longer in the water but rests firmly on a quayside in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. In late July  the Commissioners of Irish Lights withdrew the Lanby (Large Automated Navigation Buoy) was towed by the tender ILV…
Proposed 800 berth Cork Marina Would Rival Dun Laoghaire
Irish Marinas
A €750 million regeneration project at a city centre industrial site was unveiled in Cork on Wednesday and at its heart is an 800 berth marina. If it all goes ahead the new marina at Marina Commercial Park (MCP) will match the…
'The World' Lights Up Cobh - Photos here!
Cork Harbour
Though 'The World' Liner docked first in Dublin this month, it was not until she pulled in to the deepwater quay at Cobh in Cork Harbour did we see photographs as pretty as those captured last night by marine photographer…
New Ship Tower Sails into Dublin
Ports & Shipping
A revolutionary newbuild multi-purpose cargo vessel, E-Ship 1, docked at Dublin port for the first time today writes Jehan Ashmore. The vessel had arrived from Emden, Germany with a cargo of wind-turbines bound for a project in Leinster. At both the fore and…
Cobh Peoples Regatta Starts at the Promenade
Cork Harbour
Cobh People Regatta for all classes will be held this Sunday afternoon (15th of August). There'll be a first gun at 14:00 hrs and the start area is Cobh Promenade. A prizegiving afterwards will be held at Trade Winds restaurant.…
New Workboat For Shannon Estuary
Shannon Estuary
Delivery of the vessel from Mooney Boats in Killybegs was down along the West Coast of Ireland, up the Shannon estuary and through the twin locks at Ardnacrusha, to its new work place on the Lower Shannon. The Inis Muilinn…
Tankers Load Fuel in Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
In a highly unusual procedure, a tanker took on bunkers (loading of fuel) while anchored in Dublin Bay. The procedure took place on 2 August when the Whitstar (2,159gt) moored alongside the larger Pembroke Fisher (9,356gt) writes Jehan Ashmore. The Whitstar had arrived…
From Last Lightship to Last Lanby
Lighthouses
The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) withdrew the Codling Bank Lanby off Arklow on 24 July. This was the last Lanby to serve in Irish waters. The Lanby (Large Automated Navigation Buoy) is essentially a floating circular platform with a tower positioned centrally…
Dempsey Confirmed Winner with Race to Spare
Shannon Estuary
Jim Dempsey from Skerries with crew Scott Flanagan and Cian O'Regan won Mermaid week in Paul Winters' No. 183 Wannago (based on provisional results).  Dempsey was 2nd in Thursday's Race 5, sailed in shifty 7-10 knot westerly breeze at Foynes…
Dublin Port Company Presents Rare Ship's Pass to the National Library
Dublin Bay
A ship's pass dated 1687, signed by King James II and Samuel Pepys, which was acquired by the Dublin Port & Docks board in 1924, was presented to the National Library of Ireland today by Enda Connellan, CEO, Dublin Port…
Dempsey Declared Mermaid Champion with Race to Spare
Shannon Estuary
Jim Dempsey from Skerries with crew Scott Flanagan and Cian O'Regan won Mermaid week in Paul Winters' No. 183 Wannago (based on provisional results).  Dempsey was 2nd in today's Race 5, sailed in shifty 7-10 knot westerly breeze at Foynes on the…
'The World' Arrives on Dublin Bay! Pics Here!
Dublin Bay
The World, a 644 foot ship, owned by its residents arrived at the Poolbeg lighthouse on Dublin bay yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, August 4 2010) for a four day stop over in Dublin. The residents, from about 40 different countries, live…

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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