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 A four horned crab in red seaweed dress discovered at Geeha on Galway bay
Coastwatch is appealing for volunteers over the Spring tide period to participate in its annual coastal survey which has been extended to October 21st writes Lorna Siggins Recent stormy weather and heavy rain have curtailed this year’s effort, and Coastwatch coordinator…
The 30m cargo ship Evora which has been detained by the Marine Survey Office after it was holed near Kinvara, Co Galway. Residents feared that the fuel on board could cause a pollution risk in an area rich in shellfish
Irish authorities have detained a cargo ship close to Kinvara in south Galway bay after its hull sprang a leak while loading cargo for the Bahamas writes Lorna Siggins The 30m ship Evora has been detained by the Marine Survey…
Michael Walsh of Dubarry presented Belgian solo sailor Caroline Adriens with a very practical gift of the latest Dubarry Shamrock Boots in Galway before she departed south on her dream voyage
Belgian solo sailor Caroline Adriens has departed southwards from Galway after spending nearly a year in the popular west coast port with her 30ft Albin Ballad. She had arrived in Galway in September 2018 from Tromsø in Norway via Shetland,…
Following this week's detention of a Portuguese fishing vessel, LE Samuel Beckett will be in the Port of Galway for guided tours tomorrow, Sunday 25 August
Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Samuel Beckett (which this week detained a Portuguese fishing vessel) will be open for public tours when it is docked in the Port of Galway tomorrow, Sunday 25 August.  According to GalwayDaily, Naval Service crew…
Pianist, songwriter and sailor Marieke Husymans of the Pianocean project will perform at Kinvara quay this weekend. Scroll down for video
Samba rhythm music declared a “single-use-plastic-free” zone in the south Galway harbour of Kinvara yesterday as it prepared for the annual Cruinniú na mBád writes Lorna Siggins. The fragility of the marine environment is a theme of this weekend’s festival,…
Participants in the Frances Thornton Memorial swim in 2016
Close to 130 hardy souls will take to the waters of Galway Bay tomorrow (Saturday 20 July) for the 14th annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the early sell-out event is one of Ireland’s…
A Galway yacht participating in the cruise to Lorient that will carry turf to the French Port
Three French lifeboat crew who died in a recent sea rescue will be remembered by a fleet of west of Ireland sailing craft setting sail from Galway for the Breton port of Lorient later this week writes Lorna Siggins. Bearing…
Pre-start manoeuvres before the second stage. The historic Cong-Galway Race attracts a mixed fleet, with catamarans setting the pace. Photo: Pierce Purcell
A group of onlookers gathered at the Quincentennial Bridge across the River Corrib immediately north of Galway city last Saturday evening were bemused by the sight of a series of sailing dinghies toppling themselves over to float underneath reports John…
In this scene taken of newbuild Arklow Valley before launch in 2016 is the Dutch flagged Bodewes built Eco-Trader which is currently docked in the Port of Galway while engaged in scrap metal cargoes.  Alongside at the Dutch yard in Hoogezand is a sister Arklow Valour.
The Port of Galway is where Afloat.ie takes an impromtu look in at the city's dock where the focus on shipping movements concentrates on cargoships involved up to the end of this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. In port this afternoon…
Attractive start port – Lisloughry Harbour at Cong will see the start of Saturday’s Cong-Galway race on Lough Corrib
Life was simpler back in 1882 when the sailing folk of Galway Bay and the stunningly beautiful Lough Corrib inaugurated the Galway to Cong race the length of the great lake writes W M Nixon. People didn’t have cars, and…
Galway Bay swimmers in the water at Blackrock in Salthill
The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West returns to the waters of Galway Bay this July. Now in its 14th year, the now sold-out event on Saturday 20 July will see close to 130…
Blackrock diving board in Galway where a swim ban has been lifted
A swim ban has been lifted at Galway city’s beaches, following the latest results of bathing water quality tests writes Lorna Siggins Galway City Council has removed “do not swim” notices at Silver Strand and Salthill beaches on the advice of the…
A screenshot from Beaches.ie showing the restriction in place at Galway's Grattan Beach
Galway City Council is investigating whether a testing fault has resulted in high levels of bacteria being reported at several of its beaches. As Afloat reported earlier today, a swimming ban has been imposed at Silver Strand, Salthill and Blackrock,…
The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by a prohibition placed by Galway City Council.
High levels of bacteria detected in inner Galway Bay have resulted in swimming restrictions being imposed on four Galway city beaches writes Lorna Siggins. The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by…
Galway Harbour – waterfront heart of a significant Atlantic port
Lorient in Brittany was the first city to sign up as a twin to the proud citizens of Galway as far back as 1975. It was a statement of friendship and a commitment to exchange cultural experiences between the people…
The restored 137 year-old Gleoiteog, the Lovely Anne, sails to Claddagh Quay during it's re-launch in Galway city. The boat, built in 1882, was restored as part of a community training project between Bádóirí an Cladaig and Galway Hooker 2020.
King of the Claddagh Michael Lynskey (88) and his community took to the Galway waterside at the weekend to welcome home a historic workboat which plied the Atlantic during two world wars writes Lorna Siggins The 8m-long gleoiteog named Lovely Anne has…

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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