Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

afloat headers ports

Latest Ports Stories
The Transit Gateway project is at Mapping Phase 6: Dublin Port from 1930 to 1946 / Emergency. To book a place at the next seminar make sure to register
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - Transit Gateway A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port by Silvia Loeffler continues with the next seminar to take place on 26 July.  The Transit Gateway project is at Mapping Phase 6: Dublin Port from 1930 to 1946 / Emergency…
The famous yellow cranes of Harland & Wolff
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - The Belfast Telegraph writes that Harland & Wolff has reduced dozens of staff in an "unacceptable" year amid "difficult market conditions" which saw sales collapse and the firm posting massive losses of £6m. The former Belfast shipbuilder, which…
A variety of handcrafted currachs will be used, including fifteen Dunfanaghy currachs in the Meitheal Mara youth race
Cork Harbour
Organised by Meitheal Mara, this Thursday 13th of July will see dozens of young people from the Bádoireacht programme take part in a heated Youth Race between Blackrock and Cork City in Cork Harbour. Starting at 18:30 from the newly…
From right to left; Dun Laoghaire Trent Class Lifeboat, RNLB Anna Livia 14-05 (ON-1200) ex RNLB "Joseph Soar (Civil Service No. 34)" ON-971, ex RNLB "J W Archer" ON-933 and ex RNLB"Harold Salvesen" ON-1022
RNLI Lifeboats
In this bicentenary year of Dun Laoghaire harbour, the visit from three vintage lifeboats to Dun Laoghaire at the weekend served to highlight the RNLI's contribution to lifesaving from Dun Laoghaire Harbour since 1861 and also to celebrate the lifeboat…
Kingstown 200 Bicentenary Rowing Race Prizegiving (l to r) Cathy McAleavy (Classic Race Coordinator) Chris Doorly (St Michaels Rowing Club) Paula Keating, Leona Franey, Marc Nichols, Michael Sillery, Michael Dunne of the Wicklow Rowing Club and Tim Goodbody (Volvo Race Director)
Volvo Regatta
With a record entry of 123 crews, yesterday's St. Michael's Rowing Club regatta added a real splash of colour to the back of the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. This year's annual event for the local club was scheduled to…
Ireland's sole entry at the Dragon Edinburgh Cup, Martin Byrne, (IRL216) racing in the South Coast Championships. Byrne, is sailing this week  at the Edinburgh Cup with his son and past Irish Laser National Champion Conor Byrne and top professional Dragon crew Pedro Andrade
Dragon
Martin Byrne's Jaguar Sailing Team won the British South Coast Championship as the warm up event ahead of the Edinburgh Cup where racing starts today on the Solent just off Cowes, Isle of Wight. Only three races were completed in…
Artist's impression of Haulbowline Island post-remediation
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Marine Minister Michael Creed today (Monday 10 July) welcomed the signing of contracts to commence remediation of the East Tip as the main focus of the Haulbowline Island remediation project. Commenting at the signing, Minister Creed said: “I…
Fifty years of service – Willie Lee (left) with former Crosshaven Boatyard Managing Director Wally Morrissey at the party on Friday
Boatyards
A very pleasant nostalgia-laden party in The Oar pub in Crosshaven on Friday night honoured shipwright Willie Lee, who was retiring after fifty years with Crosshaven Boatyard writes W M Nixon. In addition to colleagues past and present, the attendance…
Not inconspicuous – the new super yacht arrival at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Dublin Bay
Capable of cruising in adverse sea and bad weather conditions, Superyacht 'Ruwenzori' arrived in to Dun Laoghaire Marina this week and according to YachtWorld, the 2011–built C Boat 27-82 is yours for US$ 2,222,805. Owners say it has the standards of…
The 2017 RS Feva Nationals take place over 3 days from 14 to 16 July at the Royal St. George Yacht Club.
RS Sailing
It's lining up to be an exciting week for youth sailing in Dun Laoghaire. The 2017 RS Feva Nationals take place over 3 days from 14 to 16 July at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. As a warm up…
VDLR 2017 Boat of the Week is won by Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The J109 skipper, John Maybury, is joined onstage by all other trophy winners
Volvo Regatta
Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, came to a gentle close this afternoon after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with over 475 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing. A light sea breeze of…
Liam Burke’s Farr 31 Tribal crew are 2017 WIORA champions with five straight wins
WIORA
The WIORA Championships concluded yesterday in the Aran Islands. First gun time was delayed on the final day to 1155 to allow competitors to see the Lions match before heading out racing. The forecasted light winds thankfully didn’t materialise and…
Paddy Gregory's Flashback took the Offshore lead at Dun Laoghaire Regatta this afternoon
Volvo Regatta
A sea breeze brought changes to the leader board in several classes in the penultimate day of Ireland's biggest sailing regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay today. One contender for tomorrow's (Sunday) top prize of the 'Volvo…
Class One competitors jostle for position at the favoured pin end of today's coastal race of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
As Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 reaches its halfway stage, overall leaderboards are shaping up across 35 racing classes. The so far light wind seventh edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event has produced some impressive performances on the water where…
The photo that says a thousand words. Periwinkle and Myfanwy approach Dun Laoghaire harbour towards the finish of the first race on the Kingstown 200 series. To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Kingstown Harbour, this year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 includes a significant fleet of Classic and Traditional vessels, racing for the Kingstown 200 Trophy. And the fleet is varied in the extreme.  Towards the end of their first race on Thursday - which concluded with an in-harbour finish close off the National YC where the classics are berthed - the leader on the water as expected was the superbly-restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle (David Espey & Chris Craig), an Alfred Mylne design of late 1930s vintage.  But the final leg to the harbour mouth was a long reach in a pleasant sou’easter from the middle of Dublin Bay, and the Welsh visitor Myfanwy, a 36ft cutter designed by Alexander Richardson of Liverpool in 1897 (he also designed John Jameson’s legendary Irex in 1884) was going like a train. Owner Rob Mason recently restored her himself from virtual dereliction. He has given her a fine suit of sails to match her generous spread of canvas, and with a keen crew, Myfanwy was very much a contender, though Periwinkle did stave her off at the very end.  However, it has given us what could well be the photo that symbolises the Kingstown 200 within Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 200. The splendid granite East Pier now looks as though it is a natural part of the environment – you could well imagine it in place when Dublin Bay itself was formed. The crisp, clean and generously-sized tricolour flying proudly tells us there has been a change of management, but one that increasingly respects all that we have inherited from the past. And coming in past the pierhead are two handsome yachts which speak eloquently of our rich sailing history and heritage, as the Dublin Bay 24s were a major and very successful class in the bay from 1947 to 2004, while Myfanwy is a direct link back to a period when John Jameson of Dublin Bay with his mighty Irex was the most successful yacht owner of his era. Photo: David O’Brien/Afloat.ie
W M Nixon
The difference between an un-sailable calm and a light breeze which is just good enough to provide decent racing is enormous when you’re trying to get a very large regatta off to a successful start. So although the fleet racing…
Shipping & Maritime Transport ‘Driving Ireland’s Blue Growth’
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - Ireland’s shipping and transport sector was the largest contributor in terms of turnover to the growth of the country’s blue economy’ in 2016. Shipping is also responsible for the FTE employment of 4,666 people, an increase of 6.7%…

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!

Featured Clubs

DBSC
nyc sidebutton flag

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Chandlery

chmarine sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
BSB sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating