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Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy (right) with Adrian Doyle of the Odyssey Trust
A high-performance Belfast maritime design firm could work with ship repair and engineering firm Harland & Wolff in the future, its chief executive has said. Iain Percy, a double Olympic gold medallist and chief executive of Artemis Technologies (see: previous story),…
Stena Superfast X has ended a career on the Irish Sea having served on the Dublin-Holyhead route since 2015 and recently albeit briefly out of Belfast serving Cairnryan, Scotland. AFLOAT adds today the 'Superfast' set a southerly course to Rosslare Europort to cover a dry-docking period of Ireland-France (Rosslare-Cherbourg) route routine ropax ferry Stena Horizon.
The recent introduction of Stena Estrid, the brand new ferry on Stena Line's Dublin-Holyhead led to the direct replacement of a ferry that from today will temporary serve on the operator's Ireland-France route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Stena Superfast X with…
Poolbeg Vice Commodore Eileen Murray carried out the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle on the bow of the Tolka
Dublin Port Company has today officially christened its new Pilot Boat, DPC Tolka, in a short ceremony held at Poolbeg Yacht Club. The state-of-the-art vessel arrived in Dublin Port in December. Father Ivan Tonge of Ringsend Parish and Reverend William…
Deadline Approaching For European Maritime Day ‘In My Country’ Events In 2020
The deadline for applications to make your event a part of European Maritime Day celebrations this year is next Friday 31 January. In 2019, a total of 145 events were organised across 23 countries under the ‘EMD In My Country’…
The quarter tonner Peja was pursued along the Liffey through Dublin’s Docklands
The captain of a small sailing boat has been found guilty of operating a vessel while intoxicated, among a number of charges over an incident during the Dublin Port Riverfest in 2017. Boat owner Brian Stacey (46) and Ronan Stephens…
The view from the bridge of LÉ Róisín adds AFLOAT when the OPV80/P50 Class was offshore of Gibraltar, having been replaced on deployment by naval fleetmate LÉ James Joyce in the Mediterranean Sea during the 2016 European Migrant Crisis
The LÉ Róisín is to undergo a €250,000 facelift as Ireland’s Naval Service works to upgrade its fleet.  The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was built at Appledore Shipyards in the UK and entered service in 1999. Since 2016, it has…
Kinsale meets the famous Harbour Bridge. Stephanie Lyons busy on the bow of the successful Sydney 38 Wild One
Even by Australia’s sometimes weird boat-naming standards, calling your pride-and-joy Secret Men’s Business is a bit off the wall. Yet there is such a boat – in fact there are two, the second one being a TP52. But the first,…
Heysham Port in Lancashire, England which has a ferry link to the Isle of Man
The Manx Minister for Infrastructure said it was 'exciting times' for the Isle of Man Steam Packet. In addition to the new ferry landing stage being built in Liverpool for the Steam Packet, Heysham is also due a refurbishment over…
Hope For Royal Couple To Mark Cork Club’s Tricentenary On Proposed Visit
Royal-watchers will be hoping the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay a visit to the Royal Cork Yacht Club during its 300th anniversary celebrations when the royal couple come to Ireland within the next three months. As EchoLive.ie reports, William…
One of the Dublin Dock Workers’ Preservation Society’s archive of nearly 7,000 images
Dublin Port has stepped in to save the extensive photographic images collection of the Dublin Dock Workers' Preservation Society, writes Tom MacSweeney. Afloat.ie reported the situation last week when the internet service holding the images, which are made available for…
The current planned location of BigStyle’s new SUP hub at the Coal Harbour. Below, artist’s impression of the space
Irish watersport school BigStyle has announced the development of a new hub for stand-up paddleboarding at Dun Laoghaire’s Coal Harbour. The news comes just months after the business, which has expanded as far afield as East Africa, mooted plans for…
Dun Laoghaire's East Pier
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Simon Coate has issued the first notice to Mariners of 2020 for the Dublin Bay harbour as a reminder which notices remain in force. No. 7 (2010) - Discontinuation of Fog Signal No. 6 (2013) - Disestablishment of…
Playing on beer barrels in the Dublin Docks
Good news from the Dublin Dock Workers' Preservation Society in their attempts to save their 6,000 historical photographs collection. The problem was reported earlier this week on Afloat. Declan Byrne of the Society says: "We have been overwhelmed by the…
Dragons sailing at Kinsale, which welcomes the Gold Cup again in 2020
With the Kinsale Yacht Club commodore baton being passed from David O’Sullivan to Michael Walsh in December last year, the new commodore is rallying his troops for a busy year ahead, writes the club’s Brian Goggin. One busy committee member…
Dun Laoghaire’s currently vacant ferry terminal building
Proposals for a ‘food court’ at Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s currently vacant ferry terminal have been welcomed by one leading local stakeholder. In a written submission seen by Afloat.ie, Alistair Rumball of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School supports the…
Unloading cargo at Drogheda Port
Drogheda Port Company handled over 1.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2019. This is the third consecutive fiscal year in which the port has set a new cargo tonnage record. The port has been outperforming the Irish port sector 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.

We also post updates on fishing, fisheries, lighthouses, cruise liners, naval visits, the Irish Naval service, coastal marinas and lots more too!

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