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SailCork Continues Online Pilotage Courses Following ‘Huge Success’ Of Launch
SailCork continues its new series of online pilotage courses this week with a guide to exploring the South Coast from Youghal to Mizen Head. The Cork Harbour-based sailing school hailed its first distance-learning module, which explored Cork’s ‘Hidden Harbour’ last…
Laser sailing at the Ulster Championships - the European Radial Championships to be sailed on Belfast Lough has been cancelled
Ballyholme Yacht Club was to have been the venue in early July for the huge Laser Radial European Championships but the Iatest news from the EurILCA team is that due to the COVID-19 situation and expected restrictions on travel during…
Stena announced it was to furlough 600 employees and make 150 redundant in the UK and Ireland. Above AFLOAT adds is Belfast Harbour's VT4 (Stena Line) terminal used only for their Scottish service to Cairnryan operate by sisters Stena Superfast VII (above) VIII.
Ferry operator Stena is reducing its Belfast Harbour services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The firm, which normally operates seven ships on 138 sailings a week from Belfast, has temporarily berthed one ship (Afloat tracked to ro-ro freighter…
A vew from the west looking at Dun Laoghaire town and its harbour
Donal O'Sullivan muses on the implications of a forgotten financial scandal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour John Rennie, the eminent Scottish engineer who drew up the original plans for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, was destined never to see them come to fruition.…
Aries in Ballyholme Bay
The yacht Aries has been sheltering in Ballyholme Bay from the strong southerly and while Bangor Marina is closed due to COVID-19. Aries is a one-off 43 ft steel ketch owned by Simon Layton, a former UKSA instructor and friend…
The emergency measure will last up for a period of up to three months and apply to three companies, Irish Ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries
The Government has approved an emergency incentive to three ferry companies to keep five strategic maritime corridors between Ireland, Britain and Europe open during the COVID-19 pandemic writes  Lorna Siggins  Minister for Transport Shane Ross says the government has approved…
P&O is struggling to convince UK ministers to agree to put in £150m from taxpayers. The ferry firm delivers around 15pc of all the goods imported into Britain. Above AFLOAT adds in this file photo is underway on the Irish Sea P&O's freight/passenger (ropax) ferry Norbay bound for Liverpool from Dublin Port. Note astern of the freight trailers on the upper deck is an Irish Coast Guard helicopter on a training exercise.
According to The Telegraph, the jobs of almost 4,000 at P&O Ferries are under threat as the 180-year-old firm teeters on the brink of collapse. The ferry company's Dubai owner is scrambling to agree a £250m rescue deal that will…
A container ship berthed at Dublin Port
A document providing Covid-19 information relating to the Maritime Sector in Ireland has been recently released by the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport. The 26-page document titled “Maritime Sector COVID-19 related information” was released by DTTAS on Friday and…
Stena employs 2,500 people in the UK and Ireland. Above AFLOAT adds is the new E-Flexer class leadship Stena Estrid arriving in Dublin Port from Holyhead, north Wales.
Ferry firm Stena Line, based in Sweden, will furlough 600 employees and make 150 redundant across the UK and Ireland, it said (yesterday), as a result of the impact of the new coronavirus on the volume of traffic on its…
The Stealaway built in Ballyholme
Betty Amstrong explores past boatbuilding ventures in Ballyholme in the seaside town of Bangor on Belfast Lough. Did you know that before Enrico Caproni built his famous ‘Palais de Dance’ in 1928 on Seacliff Road that there was a shipyard…
Industry leader said (ferry) ships 'days away' from being laid up in ports. ABOVE Stena Estrid departing the Port of Holyhead and bound for Dublin Port
Laid up ferries, reports NorthWalesLive, could be in port and Irish Sea routes suspended unless the UK Government steps in to help, industry sources say. Ferry firms are lobbying the UK and Irish governments for support as passenger numbers between…
Most of the passengers (including Irish citizens) from the Zaandam and its (fleetmate) ship the Rotterdam will begin disembarking today (yesterday)
A cruise ship hit with the virus, RTE News reported, with around ten Irish citizens on board has docked in Florida in the USA (yesterday). Most of the passengers from the Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam will begin…
Belfast's City Hall was lit up in blue as a tribute the healthcare workers
The clapping for carers expression of support during the COVID-19 emergency was repeated at 8 pm last night across Northern Ireland and included applause for NHS workers, as well as the frontline staff who work in the docks – hauliers,…
Paschal Sheehy of RTE said: So, have you been panic buying during Covid19? At the Port of Cork, Harbour Master Paul O’Regan says cargo business is actually up, supply chains are moving, the country’s ports are open and everyone is working hard to maintain the supply of goods.
Operators of Dublin and Cork ports have said imports of food and other essential items have increased since the Covid-19 outbreak here over a month ago. According to RTE News, the ports said contingencies are in place to ensure ports…
File image of Dublin Port
It’s business as usual at the Irish Maritime Development Office — albeit remotely for now to protect employees, clients and stakeholders amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The IMDO says it is firmly committed to supporting the Department of Transport, Tourism…
Dublin's Docklands: Field tents erected by the Irish Army in efforts to assist the HSE Covid-19 Virus Testing Centre on the Liffey Quays, Dublin has so far involved three OPV (above L.E. Samuel Beckett) of the Naval Service take in turns to also run and provide help with ships used as quayside bases. NOTE: The Naval Service have announced that former personnel are encouraged to re-enlist and join the fight against #COVID19 - (see below for details).
When the P60 class L.E. Samuel Beckett took up critical supporting duties along with the army to assist the HSE establish a Covid-19 virus testing centre on the Liffey in Dublin last month, a further two navy patrol vessels have…

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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