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European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed in principle the substantial progress achieved of the existing Directive. Above: unloading of containers in Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission last week published the new proposal on the revision of the Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive. In response to the new proposal, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed in principle its objective to…
Royal Cork Yacht Club Flag Officers elected – Front row L to R Pat Harte Treasurer/Secretary, Captain Pat Farnan Admiral, Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral. Back Row. Simon Brewitt Chairman of the Marina and Facilities Committee, Mike Rider Rear Admiral Cruising, Kieran O'Connell Rear Admiral Keelboats, Brian Jones Rear Admiral Dinghies. Inset Annamarie Fegan Bar Catering House and Communications
Royal Cork YC
Last night in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour, Royal Cork Yacht Club elected its new Admiral and flag officers writes Bob Bateman  As previously reported by Afloat.ie, Pat Farnan was elected Admiral of the club to lead it in to its…
Dublin Bay Mermaid 123 Vee competing in 2017
Mermaid
The well-attended 66th AGM of the Mermaid Sailing Association was held on 1st December 2017 in Skerries Sailing Club and among the highlights discussed was the Cork Harbour National Championships in 2019. A proposal to amend the rule regarding maximum…
Entries Open For RWYC’s Round Britain & Ireland With June Start In Plymouth
Rd Britain & Ireland
#RB&I - The Royal Western Yacht Club of England is now taking entries for the latest Round Britain and Ireland two-handed race, which starts from Plymouth on Sunday 3 June. This year marks the 14th running of the quadrennial yacht…
Newport, south Wales is a steel, metals, recycling, and renewable energy hub. Afloat noted a trend in ships trading between Wicklow and the Welsh port last year. Afloat adds in Newport today is Arklow Rebel, though the 'R' class short-sea trader had arrived from La Pallice on the French west coast.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - Five ports in south Wales that are part of Associated British Ports (ABP) a major UK ports operator, saw the group's regional network handle 12.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2017. The strong performance of ABP South Wales…
Houseboats like this one in California could comprise a cluster of ‘floating homes’ in Dun Laoghaire by late next year
Waterfront Property
#Property - Plans to develop “floating homes” in Dun Laoghaire Harbour — and refocus the area on accommodation as well as leisure — have moved a step forward as a formal procurement process is set to begin. Last September, the…
Seatruck vessel Clipper Point in Dublin
Ports & Shipping
Irish Sea freight specialist Seatruck Ferries had another strong year of growth in 2017. Volume across the three routes increased at just over 10% compared with an overall market growth of *3.9%. (* source IRN Freightstat) Since 2015 Seatruck volumes…
Dun Laoghaire's Henry Williams, a Silver Medal Winner
Tom MacSweeney
Henry Williams was a renowned Dun Laoghaire lifeboat Coxswain. His son, Alexander, succeeded him and both died in the attempt to rescue the crew of the Palme in Dun Laoghaire Eve, 1895. That rescue is remembered in an evocative ceremony…
The UK and also Europe's busiest ferryport, Port of Dover. The company stated that the record freight figures (including Irish trade) underline the need for a post-Brexit trade deal that ensures continued traffic fluidity at this crucial export/import gateway.
Ferry
#FerryNews - The UK's busiest ferryport, Port of Dover handled 2,601,162 lorries in 2017 up on the previous record by almost 10,000 units. According to Multimodal News, this brings the total increase over the last five years to just under…
The Rhein Carrier is a regular cargo ship visitor to the Port of Cork. Combined total traffic through the Portand Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.3 million tonnes in 2017
Port of Cork
Combined total traffic through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.3 million tonnes in 2017, a very good increase of 8.6% compared to 2016. Total imports increased by 6.4% while exports increased by 12.3%. The Port…
Royal Caribbean International's 'Solstice' class German built (FSG shipyard) cruiseship Celebrity Eclipse on a call last year to scenic Cobh located in lower Cork Harbour.
Cruise Liners
#Cruiseliners - The Port of Cork is braced for a cruise bonanza in 2018, with some 200,000 people due to arrive on cruiseships to Cobh, Ringaskiddy and the city centre this year. The long-term outlook is even more promising reports the…
Royal Cork's Cian Byrne roll tacking in the changeable and gusty conditions of the MBSC Saturday Series sailed in Cork Harbour
Laser
Daragh O'Sullivan continues to lead the 16–boat Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser dinghy League in Cork Harbour by a margin of two points from local Chris Bateman after nine races and two discards. Charles Dwyer is third. Overall results are downloadable…
The €150 million, 54,985 gross tonnes cruise ferry will arrive into Dublin next July when it will enter year-round service on Ireland – France and Dublin – Holyhead routes
Ferry
The completed hull of the new Irish Ferries cruise ferry W. B. Yeats – ceremonially named by Ms. Rikki Rothwell – was launched into the water earlier today at the shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau–Gesellschaft in Flensburg, Germany where the vessel…
Participants in the MBSC Laser league. The fleet has been joined by some of Cork’s leading dinghy sailors. They include John Durcan, 49er sailor Cian Byrne and Nick Walsh, 2017 National 18ft British and Irish Championships winner.
Laser
The competitive instinct of Laser sailors is tightening the battle for honours in the Winter League in Cork Harbour being run by Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. The fleet has been joined by some of Cork’s leading dinghy sailors. They include…
Waves breaking over Howth’s East Pier, seen here in 2016, are a danger to walkers in stormy weather
Irish Harbours
#Howth - The response was mixed from locals for plans for storm protection works at Howth Harbour, as The Irish Times reports. The Department of the Marine hosted an information day in the North Co Dublin village yesterday (Wednesday 17…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the fact that the Commission proposal is stressing the importance of an open investment environment. Above: Ringaskiddy Deep Water Terminal located in lower Cork Harbour, is where larger and deep draft ships are increasingly calling to the Port of Cork.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation last September, establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the EU and a Communication entitled “Welcoming foreign direct Investment while Protecting Essential Interests”. The European Sea…

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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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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