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An artist’s impression of the new student blocks earmarked for Queen Street in Galway Docks
#Property - Galway City Council has granted permission for the construction of new student accommodation on the former Topaz oil site in Galway Docks, as Galway Bay FM reports. Two blocks of seven and eight storeys each would provide 345…
Bibby Stockholm is one of two large-scale apartment barges proposed as a solution for students struggling to find accommodation in Galway
#Galway - Galway Harbour Company has ruled out any notion of floating student accommodation in the city’s docks. According to Galway Bay FM, harbour CEO Eamon Bradshaw said lack of space in the inner docks was the reason for rejecting…
Bibby Stockholm is one of two large-scale apartment barges that could house students struggling to find accommodation in Galway
#Galway - A property management firm in Galway believes a solution to the city’s rental crisis for students could be found in the form of large-scale floating accommodation, according to The Irish Times. Winters Property says it could have two…
The IDRA 14 fleet at their Nationals 2017 which concluded on Saturday at Galway Bay SC. The diverse wooden and glassfibre fleet included Number 1, Chimaera (Killian Sargent, right,) which was built in 1946
The IDRA14 Class Association held their National Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club from Thursday through Saturday. The 1946-founded class of both wooden and fibreglass clinker-built boats is now made up mainly of sailors based in the Dublin Bay clubs,…
Vision of Connemara and Galway Bay cruising. Lunchtime stopover for Drascombes on passage from Kilkieran towards Roundstone
Irish sailors don’t need their attention mesmerized by the horses and people clattering around the Galway Races Week to be well aware that in sailing matters too, it’s not a question of whether or not the West’s awake writes W…
Life And The Sea: A Special Commemoration At SeaFest 2017 This Evening
#GalwayHarbour - A civic and military service to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and recognise the heroism of all in our rescue services will be held in Galway Harbour this evening (Friday 30 June). Mayor…
Green Dragon as she was in her glory days. Her spare mast will be stepped today in Galway Docks, the most important stage in bringing her back to full sea-going order
The veteran Volvo Racer Green Dragon (back mast-less in her old home port of Galway since Sunday) has been sorted. Her spare mast will be stepped today, with the port’s adopted French supersailor Yannick Lemonnier playing a key role in…
At the opening of the re-vamped GBSC clubhouse on Sunday were (left to right) RS 400 sailor Nicholas Tobo from France, Hildegarde Naughton TD who performed the opening ceremony, former Commodore Gary Allen who heads the GBSC Building Group, and RS 400 crew Stephen Norman (USA) Photo: Murt Fahy
The impressive upgrade of Galway Bay Sailing Club’s clubhouse at Renville New Harbour near Oranmore at the head of Galway Bay was officially opened on Sunday by Hildegarde Naughton TD as the highlight of a sunny afternoon’s celebration of a…
The €126 million port extension is for a four-phase development that involves reclaiming 27 hectares of bay area,
#PortDelay - The delay in issuing a decision on the Port of Galway's multi million euro harbour extension looks set to continue, with An Bord Pleanála stating this week that they have no timeline on a possible decision date, writes…
The Dun Aengus Dock of the Port of Galway. Afloat adds in this view is a coastal products tanker, Galway Fisher or Forth Fisher. Both tankers are regular callers from the Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour.
#Downgrade - A move by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to downgrade Galway Port by signing a ministerial order could signal the death knell for the multimillion euro harbour development – and the entire expansion of the city to…
Galway City Council councillors have voted to cut a marketing grant to Galway Port used to attract liner traffic. Above Afloat adds is Holland America Lines Prinsendam at anchorage during a cruise of western seaboard ports.
#GrantSlashed - There was consternation among Galway City County councillors that its marketing promotion fund would hand over €10,000 to the Port of Galway to attract cruise ships when the harbour body lavished handsome salaries on its executives. According to…
A Galway city councillor has expressed disappointment to auction the former  L.É. Aisling and not retain as a floating museum in Galway Harbour from where the OPV was twinned with the mid-western port.
#AislingAuction – The Galway city councillor who proposed the decommissioned Naval patrol ship Aisling be retained by the State has said he is “very disappointed” that it is to be auctioned next month, writes The Irish Times. The ship is…
Talks Over Return Of Blackrock Tower Liferaft
#Galway - Irish Water Safety in engaged in talks with Galway City Council over the possibility of reinstating the liferaft at BlackrockDiving Tower. Councillors last year rejected proposals to replace the amenity after a poor health and safety assessment in…
W M Nixon will claim in Galway Bay SC on Wednesday February 1st that Irish sailors led the revolutionary changeover to Bermudan rig
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…
Spiddal Marine Energy Test Site Plans Attract More Than 500 Submissions
#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…
Still from the time lapse video showing one of the massive turbine blades on Galway's dockside
#GalwayPort - The Port of Galway has tweeted a time lapse video of an enormous turbine blade being manoeuvred into position for transport to the new Galway Wind Park project last week. Galway Harbour is playing a key role in…

Galway Port & Harbour

Galway Bay is a large bay on the west coast of Ireland, between County Galway in the province of Connacht to the north and the Burren in County Clare in the province of Munster to the south. Galway city and port is located on the northeast side of the bay. The bay is about 50 kilometres (31 miles) long and from 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) to 30 kilometres (19 miles) in breadth.

The Aran Islands are to the west across the entrance and there are numerous small islands within the bay.

Galway Port FAQs

Galway was founded in the 13th century by the de Burgo family, and became an important seaport with sailing ships bearing wine imports and exports of fish, hides and wool.

Not as old as previously thought. Galway bay was once a series of lagoons, known as Loch Lurgan, plied by people in log canoes. Ancient tree stumps exposed by storms in 2010 have been dated back about 7,500 years.

It is about 660,000 tonnes as it is a tidal port.

Capt Brian Sheridan, who succeeded his late father, Capt Frank Sheridan

The dock gates open approximately two hours before high water and close at high water subject to ship movements on each tide.

The typical ship sizes are in the region of 4,000 to 6,000 tonnes

Turbines for about 14 wind projects have been imported in recent years, but the tonnage of these cargoes is light. A European industry report calculates that each turbine generates €10 million in locally generated revenue during construction and logistics/transport.

Yes, Iceland has selected Galway as European landing location for international telecommunications cables. Farice, a company wholly owned by the Icelandic Government, currently owns and operates two submarine cables linking Iceland to Northern Europe.

It is "very much a live project", Harbourmaster Capt Sheridan says, and the Port of Galway board is "awaiting the outcome of a Bord Pleanála determination", he says.

90% of the scrap steel is exported to Spain with the balance being shipped to Portugal. Since the pandemic, scrap steel is shipped to the Liverpool where it is either transhipped to larger ships bound for China.

It might look like silage, but in fact, its bales domestic and municipal waste, exported to Denmark where the waste is incinerated, and the heat is used in district heating of homes and schools. It is called RDF or Refuse Derived Fuel and has been exported out of Galway since 2013.

The new ferry is arriving at Galway Bay onboard the cargo ship SVENJA. The vessel is currently on passage to Belem, Brazil before making her way across the Atlantic to Galway.

Two Volvo round world races have selected Galway for the prestigious yacht race route. Some 10,000 people welcomed the boats in during its first stopover in 2009, when a festival was marked by stunning weather. It was also selected for the race finish in 2012. The Volvo has changed its name and is now known as the "Ocean Race". Capt Sheridan says that once port expansion and the re-urbanisation of the docklands is complete, the port will welcome the "ocean race, Clipper race, Tall Ships race, Small Ships Regatta and maybe the America's Cup right into the city centre...".

The pandemic was the reason why Seafest did not go ahead in Cork in 2020. Galway will welcome Seafest back after it calls to Waterford and Limerick, thus having been to all the Port cities.

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