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Military Vessels Call to Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour
A number of Military vessels are in Cork Harbour this weekend and moored at Kennedy and Horgan Quays in the city centre. The ships include the Estonian 52 metre Naval/Military Ship Admiral Cowan, the 55m Norwegian Hinnoey and two Polish Military ships…
Ferry Passenger Boost Recorded for First Half of 2010
Ports & Shipping
Ferry passenger numbers through ports in the Republic of Ireland rose by 16% in the first 6 months of 2010, according to the latest analysis published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). The 16% rise posted in passenger ferry…
November Lecture to Shine Light on North Dublin Lighthouses
Lighthouses
The Heritage Society of Engineers Ireland in association with the Civil Division of the same organisation (Engineers Ireland) will present an evening lecture on The Lighthouses of North County Dublin by Frank Pelly, Curator of the Irish Lights Museum, on…
Celtic Charter Finnforest to Italians
Ports & Shipping
Celtic Link Ferries ro-ro freight-ferry Finnforest (1978/15,525grt) is currently on a six month charter to Italian shipping operator, SNAV on the Naples-Palermo, Sicily route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Finnforest has since 1999 served several Scandinavian routes. In 2008 Celtic Link…
Film To Seek "Treasure Island" in Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
Ahoy me hearties...Dublin Bay is to become the setting for "Treasure Island", the classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stephenson, with filming scheduled next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 145-foot Earl of Pembroke, a three-masted barque will be centre-stage. Shooting…
Ireland Joins Ironman Calendar for 2011
Galway Harbour
Galway will play host to Ireland's first ever Ironman triathlon next year. Registration opens next Monday 11 October for the Ironman 70.3 event on 4 September 2011, which will comprise a 1.9km swim in Galway Bay, a 90km bike ride…
The Boat Factory Premieres In Belfast
Belfast Lough
A new play based on the lives of Belfast shipyard workers had its world premiere in East Belfast last Tuesday (5 October). The Boat Factory tells the story of Davy Gordon, beginning as he follows in his family's footsteps onto…
Tankers Thresher To Twaite Break Drogheda Records
Ports & Shipping
On Wednesday, the 105.5m Twaite, became the longest liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tanker to berth at Drogheda's Flogas terminal, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,720dwt Dutch flagged-vessel docked in Drogheda after loading a cargo from the Whitegate Refinery, Cork Harbour. Later…
Four Championships (and a Mega Party) Planned for Dun Laoghaire 2011
Dublin Bay
There is a new helmsman at the wheel of Dun Laoghaire regatta next season and after taking soundings from local Dublin Bay classes, new event boss Adam Winkelmann is expecting in excess of 500 boats, despite the hard times. 'We…
Sea Songs and Shanties Make a Winning Combination
Maritime Festivals
A wonderful weekend of maritime celebration took place in Rosses Point in August. It was the inaugural festival of Shanty and Seafaring organised by a local committee. The event took place over three days in the in the village which…
Department Denies Haulbowline Report
Cork Harbour
A spokesman for the Department of the Environment has disputed newspaper reports which suggests that the Government could face immediate fines of between €20,000 and €100,000 a day if it does not act quickly to clean up the former Irish…
Ships Meet In Dublin Port: Recall Collision in Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
As the ro-ro ferry Norcape departed Dublin Port last Monday, on a routine sailing to Liverpool, the vessel passed the docked general dry-cargo bulker Wilson Tana. The vessels were involved in a collision in Dublin Bay, over 20 years ago,…
Message in a Bottle Washes Ashore at Loop Head
Shannon Estuary
When Adam Flannery joined his family on holiday to Kilbaha, Co Clare this summer, little did he know that he would be assisting in a school science project that began some 6,000km away. Yet that's exactly what happened when the…
Boats,Bikes and Bentleys for Scottish Boat Show
Maritime Festivals
Scotland's Boat Show 2010 takes to the sea and shore over the weekend of 15th/16th/17th October. Now in its 24th year, Scotland's Boat Show 2010 show promises to be the biggest ever with over 150 boats for sale - from a…
Concerns for Greystones Harbour Development
Greystones Harbour
A report in today's Irish Times says there is concern over the Euro 300 Million redevelopment of Greystones harbour after the builders confirmed the project is to come under the control of Nama. Last week we posted details of the changes…
Cork Harbour Fort Attracts Thousands of Visitors
Cork Harbour
Thousands of people from all over Ireland visited Fort Camden, Crosshaven during September when the fort, officially named as Fort Meagher, was open to the public for the first time. The partnership project, which is being spearheaded by Crosshaven Tourism…

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.

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.

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