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Warrenpoint Port on the shores of Carlingford Lough, have revealed record volumes for the year 2016
Ports & Shipping
#Warrenpoint - Trade figures for Warrenpoint Harbour Authority released today reveal record volumes in tonnage of goods imported and exported through the Co. Down port for the year 2016. The port recorded 3.48 million tonnes of cargo – a 7.4%…
The third and final sister of a trio of 'W' class bulkers, Arklow Wind berthed at Ocean Pier, Alexandra Basin, Dublin. Asides the funnel's plume of black smoke, note the wash generated from the propeller and raised cargo-hold hatch cover. At the stern is mounted the free-fall lifeboat above the anchor port.
Ports & Shipping
#FinalWbulker - Arklow Castle (5,054dwt) this month became the third ‘C’ class cargoship launched, the same number had been built for older ‘W’ class bulkers, in which only one remains in service, writes Jehan Ashmore. This third and final sister…
Storm force conditions in Buckie, Scotland delayed in the loading of whiskey distillery tanks on board Scot Explorer. The 55m single-hold cargoship was bound for Jameson's Old Distillery plant in Midleton, Co. Cork
Ports & Shipping
#WhiskeyPlant - A cargoship in Scotland was delayed in loading distillery tanks bound for an Irish whiskey plant due to recent storms hitting the UK coast, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 81m short-sea trader Scot Explorer (1996/2,521dwt) was stuck in Buckie…
Largest vessel to dock at Drogheda Port, cargsoship Botnia seen assisted by tug Mourne Pride and tender workboat Boyne Protector.
Drogheda Port
#LargestShip - The largest ever cargoship to dock at Drogheda Port berthed at the Co. Louth's downriver terminal at Tom Roes Point. The MV Botnia arrived on 20 January from Klaipeda in Lithuania. The vessel having taken a seven day…
Port of Cork hosts this year's ISA Cruising Conference
Cruising
The Irish Sailing Association’s 2017 Cruising Conference takes place this year on Saturday, 18 February at the historic Port of Cork offices in Cork city. The conference is a chance for sailors to hear and discuss the latest knowledge and…
Stena Europe recently returned to Rosslare-Fishguard duties is the operators first ferry on the Irish Sea to receive the new corporate strapline during a refit at H&W, Belfast
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#ShipStrapline - Stena Europe may be the oldest ferry in the operator’s Irish Sea fleet of seven ships, but the 1981 built vessel has emerged fresh from dry-docking as the first to sport a new livery strapline, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
People attending a public meeting on the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey earlier this month.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour - Submissions totalling 283 writes The Irish Times have been filed on a controversial development proposed for one of south Dublin’s most popular coastal inlets. The Bulloch Harbour planning application would see a mixed-use development of commercial and residential…
W M Nixon will claim in Galway Bay SC on Wednesday February 1st that Irish sailors led the revolutionary changeover to Bermudan rig
Galway Harbour
Afloat.ie’s W M “Winkie” Nixon will be talking the talk at Galway Bay Sailing Club’s mid-week gathering at 8pm on Wednesday, February 1st in the re-vamped clubhouse at Rinville in Oranmore, and all are welcome. The hospitable GBSC clubhouse is…
Bow of Ziltborg as employees of a Dutch shipyard apply company colours of Wagenborg, the new Dutch owners of the cargoship which is managed by Corrib Shipping Group based in Dublin
Ports & Shipping
#FifthShip - Corrib Shipping, the Dublin based shipowners and ship management group has added a fifth cargoship to its fleet which is currently at a drydock in the Netherlands, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new addition is a 7,200dwt cargoship recently…
HMS Caroline in partnership with PRONI is to host an archive event in March to include the role of women in World War I. The veteran C class light battle cruiser is currently closed for hull conservation work at H&W and is scheduled to reopen as a visitor attraction in Spring.
News Update
#WomenWWI - In partnership, HMS Caroline and the Public Service of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will present an afternoon themed around archive creation and care on 23 March. The time for the event is 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm and held…
The INSS has launched an inter–company competition and networking through sailboat racing
Dublin Bay
Do you tell your friends or work colleagues all about your sailing adventures? Do they ask when you will bring them sailing or racing? Kenneth Rumball of the Irish National Sailing School thinks he may have the answer for you. The…
Spiddal Marine Energy Test Site Plans Attract More Than 500 Submissions
Galway Harbour
#GalwayBay - More than 500 submissions were lodged during last year’s public consultation on proposals to upgrade the marine energy test site in Galway Bay off Spiddal. And according to the Connacht Tribune, many voiced serious concerns over the project’s…
An artist's impression of Hall McKnight's winning design for the Mew Island Optic on Belfast's waterfront
Lighthouses
#MewIslandOptic - Plans to install a rare lens from one of Ireland’s tallest lighthouses on Belfast’s waterfront have been given the green light. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, plans were announced last summer to house the optic from Mew Island…
In 1964, the Secretary of State for Scotland ordered a trio of nuclear ships to be built for senior UK Government officials and members of the Royal Family. Among the ships was Columba (currently cruiseship Hebridean Princess seen above in Dublin). They were chartered to Macbrayne Ltd where they operated as ordinary car ferries but they had extraordinary features making it possible for them to act as 'floating nuclear bunkers'.
News Update
#FerryNuclear - In the event of a nuclear war between the West and Soviet Union, The Herald writes senior British Government officials would have survived on ships specially built by Caledonian MacBrayne as 'floating nuclear bunkers'. Afloat adds that among…
After grounding on the River Barrow cargoship Lisa is towed by Bargarth upriver to New Ross Port more than a week ago. On the neighbouring River Suir, newbuild Arklow Cape docked at Belview, Port of Waterford yesterday evening.
Ports & Shipping
#Cargoships - One of Arklow Shipping’s newest cargoships, the single-hold Arklow Cape is today docked on the River Suir at Belview the Port of Waterford, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish flagged 5,053dwt newbuild with Arklow as a port of registry,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is the biggest sailing centre in the country but there is no dedicated strategic plan for marine leisure interests
Dublin Bay
Last November's Afloat.ie article about why Dun Laoghaire yacht clubs needed to put on a united front got a swift – and largely positive – reaction writes David O'Brien. It dealt with some of the fundamental impediments for sailing in…

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.

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