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WB Yeats berthed in Alexandra Basin earlier this year before its switch to the Dublin-Cherbourg route
Exporters have generally welcomed next week’s changes to ferry timetables that, between Irish Ferries and Stena Line, will see a sailing from Ireland to Cherbourg every day of the week on alternating weeks, as AgriLand reports. The change from next Monday 27…
The small cruise ship Star Legend (212 guests) arrives into Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said that “significant commercial, technical and environmental risk” had influenced its decision to withdraw a planning application for a 30 million euro cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay writes Lorna Siggins In a…
29er Sprint winners Lola Kohl crewed by Chris Bateman
A group of 29er and RS200 sailors took a well-deserved exam study break to attend the annual Royal Sprint Championship last weekend hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Two beautiful days of 29er & RS200 racing were held in…
The cruise liner Serenissima arrives at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The luxury liner is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59 cabins and a passenger and crew complement of 160 people
Tourism interests have said Dún Laoghaire will still be a cruise ship destination, in spite of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to withdraw controversial plans for a 30 million euro cruise berth in the south Dublin harbour writes Lorna Siggins…
An artist's impression of how the new City Quays 3 will look, AFLOAT adds to the left of what will be Belfast's tallest office building supporting 500 jobs, is the existing historic building belonging to Belfast Harbour Commissioners completed in 1847.
Work on building is due to start this month, writes The Irish News, on the north's tallest building, creating over 500 local construction jobs. The £50 million Belfast City Quays 3 office scheme, granted planning permission in January, will accommodate…
Afloat adds Astor's German clientele were guests on board Transcean's (Kreuzfahrten) small cruiseship which at the weekend is seen above visiting scenic West Cork.The Bahamas flagged 20.606grt ship with up to 600 passengers had sailed from the cruiseship's main homeport at Bremerhaven to arrive in Bantry Bay Harbour last Saturday. For a another close up photo of the small cruiseship pictured at Dublin Port, see related story dating to 13th May.
Councillors in west Cork say they fear that Dublin Port’s decision to reduce the number of cruise ships by 50% between 2021 and 2023 could have a negative affect on cruise tourism in West Cork. The issue writes The Southern…
An Antarctic explorer in the form of cruiseship Ocean Atlantic which was escorted into Dun Laoghaire Harbour by pilot cutter this morning when a maiden call took place in the port which welcomed a new client Albratros Expeditions to the south Dublin Bay harbour.
A cruiseship with an international ice class rating of 1B and regarded as one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica has made a maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operated by Albratros Expeditions which describes…
In this view at the Port of Sligo, the port side of Sea Harmony is shown as is the extent of the cargoship's open hold which is clearly demonstrated given the fully retracted hatch-covers are stowed in an upright position. Stacked on the Deepwater Quay were round timber (logs) currently in the process of export as the ship today is bound for Birkenhead, Merseyside in the UK.
A cargoship which first visited the Port of Sligo in recent months featured on RTE News when docked again in the port at the weekend which coincided with the National Famine Commemoration, writes Jehan Ashmore. At the remembrance event attended…
The Subaru-sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September
The National Yacht Club has issued a call for volunteers to assist in its hosting of the Flying Fifteen World Championships from 1-13 September. As many as 86 boats expected to enter the event, which will take place 50 years…
Warrenpoint Port CEO Clare Guinness joins, from left, Colin Trundley, European Operation Director - Liquid CO2, Nippon Gases and Gerard Dore, Commercial and Logistics Manager – Ireland, Nippon Gases to announce a €11 million investment by the Japanese firm that will establish a major liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) import and distribution terminal at the harbour.
Japanese industrial gas company Nippon Gases is to establish a major liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) import and distribution terminal at Warrenpoint Port. The €11 million (£9.5m) project represents the first major investment in Ireland by the firm since it purchased…
Fast ferry Dublin Swift which operates a seasonal only service on the Dublin-Holyhead route is accompanied by conventional tonnage that sail year-round.
Irish Continental Group (ICG) which own Irish Ferries have through their shareholders unanimously backed under-fire chairman John B. McGuckian and supported the group's executive pay policy. Earlier this week, shareholder advisory firm Glass Lewis, writes The Irish Examiner, called for…
Former Cove Sailing Club Commodores were part of the gathering in Cobh to mark the centenary of the Cork Harbour Club on Friday. From left Adrian Tyle, Richard Marshall, Johanna Murphy, Noel O'Regan, Dave Doyle, Kieran Dorgan and Robert Keating. Missing from photo is John Doyle. Scroll down for photo gallery
Cove Sailing Club launched an exciting centenary programme at Cork Harbour's Sirius centre in Cobh, the former clubhouse of the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday, May 17 writes Bob Bateman. In order to mark the special occasion, CSC Commodore Kieran Dorgan…
The National 18s racing in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
Following the launch of the Cove Sailing Club centenary programme on Friday, the club race to Ballinacurra in Cork Harbour had a strong fleet of Royal Cork Yacht Club National 18 dinghies competing yesterday. Bob Bateman photographed the fleet and…
Bryan Dobson and Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Games in Kinsale. Scroll down for photo gallery
Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Watersports Inclusion Games 2019 at Kinsale Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. The event, set to take place in Kinsale harbour and environs on 24th and 25th August, is…
Greystones Harbour is the focus of a protest by fishermen who argue they’ve been excluded amid recent redevelopment
Recent redevelopment of Greystones Harbour has effectively shut the fishing industry out of the Co Wicklow town, local fisherman have told The Irish Times. A group of 10 fishermen say they were promised new arrangements when the €300 million development scheme…
Vintage Barges Bring ‘Floating Fringe Festival’ To Mountshannon For June Bank Holiday Weekend
Vintage barges and fantastic events are promised in the line-up as the Mountshannon Arts Festival returns this June Bank Holiday, Thursday 30 May to Monday 3 June. Inspired by this year’s theme, ‘Roots and Wings’, the festival features all facets…

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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