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Nimmo spotted on Monday 28 January with Mutton Island in the background
#MarineWildlife - Galway residents have a great opportunity to see a wild dolphin close to the city centre with the return of regular visitor to the Nimmo’s Pier area this week. Nicknamed Nimmo, the solitary bottlenose dolphin was first sighted…
An Aladdin’s cave of boat gear, and a treasurehouse of useful local marine information – Pierce Purcell in Purcell Marine of Clarenbridge at the head of Galway Bay
With a working life in which sailing, business and friendship are so intertwined that it is difficult if not impossible to tell where one begins and another ends, it will be a sweetly sad bit of news for many folk…
New sail loft for Galway (from L to R) Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor, Managing Director Donal Small and Director/Loft Manager Yannick Lemonnier on their visit to the Doyle Sails HQ in Auckland, New Zealand
Doyle Sails International has announced a new loft opening in Galway.  The new loft is operated by Managing Director Donal Small and Loft Director Yannick Lemonnier and Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor. loft opened for business on 1st January 2019. The loft,…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara as seen on TG4’s Bádóirí
#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4. Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of…
A twinning ceremony for LÉ William Butler Yeats is to take place this weekend in the City of Galway. Afloat adds the newest OPV P60 class vessel in service, is seen above underway departing Cork Harbour. A newbuild sister, LE George Bernard Shaw is scheduled for sea trials this month.
#GalwayHarbour - The mid-west city of Galway is to be twinned with the Irish Naval Service newest ship, LÉ William Butler Yeats, at a reception this weekend to mark and honour the relationship between the city and vessel. As the…
Sailability Sailors From all Four Provinces Converge on Galway Galway Bay Sailing Club
This past weekend Galway Bay Sailing Club played host to the Hansa Nationals and Presidents Cup at The Port of Galway. Team of Sailability sailors from all 4 provinces converged on Galway for the weekend and Champagne sailing conditions on…
Irish Sailing expects to welcome 100 participants each day to the Watersports Inclusion Games in Galway
There are three days to go to the Watersports Inclusion Games in Galway this weekend, 25th and 26th August. The Games provide a chance for participants with various abilities on the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning difficulty spectrums to try…
The basin of Dun Aengus Dock, Galway Port
#GalwayHarbour - The Connacht Tribune writes that the final part of the jigsaw for the Galway Harbour Company in the protracted planning process for a €126 million port extension will be submitted this month. Consultants are to lodge details of…
Rescue 115 was involved in the SAR operation in Galway Bay since yesterday, Thursday 12 April
#Galway - A body was found this morning (Friday 13 April) in the search for a swimmer missing off Salthill in Galway since yesterday. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 spotted the body on the seabed in shallow…
Kinvara Pier on Galway Bay
A series of public meetings will take place in Ballyvaughan, Maree and Kinvara over the coming week in relation to the work of CuanBeo (the Living Bay), a recently formed community-based organisation established with a mission of improving the quality…
A computer rendering of the proposed Páirc na Mara in Connemara
#PáircNaMara - Galway County Council is seeking further details on the Páirc na Mara development for Connemara, following an objection from a local group opposed to salmon farming. New plans for the ‘marine innovation park’ were submitted late last year by…
An artist’s impression of the student blocks earmarked for Queen Street, plans for which have been appealed by four local parties
#Property - Four different parties have lodged an appeal against plans for student housing on the former Topaz oil site in Galway Docks, according to Galway Bay FM. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Galway County Council granted planning permission for…
Galway Bay SC sailor Aaron O’Reilly sent us this brief video of the clinker-built fishing boat which ended up perilously balanced – but miraculously secured – right on top of the pier across the Corrib from the Claddagh
It will take some time to fully assess the many damaging effects of Storm Eleanor, which this week barrelled into Galway Bay in a very focused tunnel of extreme winds just as an exceptionally high Spring Tide was hitting the…
Foreshore Lease Approved For Galway Bay Marine Energy Test Site
#GalwayBay - In a major boost for the marine energy sector, the Government has approved a 35-year foreshore lease for an upgraded test site in Galway Bay off Spiddal. Galway Bay FM reports on yesterday’s (Tuesday 19 December) announcement that…
Don’t they know it’s Christmas? The west coast may have had some serious storm batterings recently, but Christmas calms - the Halcyon days – have descended on Galway Harbour this week. Yet some reports suggest that not everyone is delighted with the brightly festive boats in the city-centre marina
There’s a modern tradition in Ireland’s only truly city centre marina – right in the heart of Galway – that restraint is abandoned when it comes to hanging out the Christmas lights in the rigging of boats berthed there writes…
Returning to Galway will be all the fun and action of SeaFest from 29th June to 1st July 2018
#Seafest2018 - Returning to Galway in 2018 will be Seafest, Ireland's biggest and most spectacular maritime festival. For three days SeaFest 2018 take place from from 29th June to 1st July – a weekend of fun, family friendly events not…

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.

© Afloat 2020

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