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Fishermen Patrick and Morgan Oliver who located the missing paddleboarders being accompanied by Galway RNLI Crew into Galway Harbour
When Helen Feeney took a photo of her daughter, Sara (23), and niece Ellen (17), off Furbo beach on the northern shore of Galway Bay, the pair were happy out on stand-up paddleboards. It was a bright warm summer’s evening,…
File image of Blackpool Diving Tower in Salthill
Salthill’s Blackrock Diving Tower reopened yesterday (Wednesday 12 August) with Galway city officials keeping a watchful eye after it was closed following reports of overcrowding, according the Connacht Tribune reports. Access to the tower was barred on Tuesday amid social…
Hildegarde Naughton is Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton has praised the coastguard, Garda and local volunteers for their quick response in the rescue of two missing paddle boarders in Galway Bay today, Thursday 13 August. As reported earlier on Afloat.ie, the two young…
Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat was involved in the extensive Galway Bay search. The  girls were found off Inisheer
The two young women paddleboarders who went missing off Furbo on the northern shore of Galway Bay at 8 pm yesterday evening have been found alive and well clinging to a lobster pot marker off Inisheer, the most easterly of…
The RNLI Aran island and Galway lifeboats are assisting in the search
An extensive air and sea search is underway in Galway Bay after two young women who set out on stand-up paddleboards from Furbo last evening failed to return to shore. The two women are aged 17 and 23 and from…
Cong-Galway Race Date Set for Ireland's Oldest Inland Yacht Race
Ireland’s oldest inland sailing race will take place on August 22nd, with up to 30 sailboats taking part in the Cong-Galway Race. Ashford Castle has been announced as the 2020 race sponsor, a partnership which is made even more special…
Among the variety of vessels berthed in the Port of Galway (Dun Aengus Dock) at the weekend was the general cargoship Pasendena (on left) loaded with scrap-metal. Afloat has indentied the owners of the 2,993grt short-sea trader as Gerhard Wessels based in Germany.
Afloat previously featured the Port of Galway's shipping activity and likewise the company of the mid-west port highlighted on social media the variety of vessels along with respective cargoes that called to the harbour at the weekend. A trio of…
Terminal for deep sea internet cables at Galway Harbour approved
In Galway Harbour planning approval has been given for a new depot at the mid-west port to connect underwater internet infrastructure to the mainland. Deepsea Fibre Networks intends to build a terminal with two telecommunications cabins and one support cabin…
Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics
Increased use of wet wipes during the Covid-19 pandemic is already exacerbating the “plastic crisis” in oceans, an NUI Galway (NUIG) team says. Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics which are…
Popular Transatlantic port-of-call. Horta with its friendly harbour on Faial in the Azores makes for a handy destination for cruisers crossing the Atlantic. Beyond that sheltering neck of land, it’s clear water all the way to the Caribbean
The autonomous Azores islands, administratively linked to Portugal and 800 miles westward of Lisbon in the midst of the Atlantic, have become European pace-setters in controlling and eradicating COVID-19. And in doing so, they have been able to provide a…
The Nissan Almera reversed over the pavement at Salthill promenade and fell about six metres (20 ft) down towards the beach.
An elderly couple had a narrow escape when their car left the road and tumbled over rocks towards the sea at Galway’s popular Blackrock diving tower on Wednesday evening. Emergency services including the Galway Fire and Ambulance Service, Gardai, Irish…
Friendly port and ocean crossroads – Horta in the Azores, with the commercial, ferry and cruise-liner berths in foreground, while the anchorage, old harbour, and yacht harbour are beyond
Today (Monday), the Quinlan-Owens family from Kinvara on Galway Bay with the Atlantic-circuiting 39ft steel ketch Danu have been finally free to roam ashore as they please in Horta on Faial in the Azores, as the next phase in the…
The monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway has been vandalised
A former Italian honorary consul has expressed disappointment at damage to a monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway. A Labour city councillor, Niall MacNelis, has also condemned the spraying of black paint on the monument, and says he…
The 39ft ketch Danu of Galway is on the Atlantic for World Oceans Day today, but should be in Horta in the Azores by Wednesday, and possibly earlier
Today is World Oceans Day Monday, June 8th, and the 39ft ketch Danu of Galway Bay has an Azores landfall in prospect for celebration as she approaches the ocean-crossroads port of Horta in the island of Faial. Although still 150…
Galway Docks and Marina
Marinas and public slipways around the coast are due to open next week as part of a phased lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan has said the port’s public slipway and its marina will be…
The dream in fulfillment – the ketch Danu in the Caribbean
The family crew of the 13 metre Bruce Roberts steel ketch Danu from Galway Bay hope to start their long Transatlantic voyage home from Antigua this weekend. The oceanic circuit cruise started nearly eleven months ago when Marine Institute scientist…

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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