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Cork’s coastline is dotted with many unmonitored harbours and piers
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - A new harbour patrol for the South Coast? That’s what Cork County Council is proposing in new measures to curb what’s being seen as a “free for all” along the county's  lengthy coastline. According to the Irish Examiner,…
Ben-My-Chree the conventional ferry of the Isle of Man Steam Packet approaching Douglas Harbour. The design of the ferry is a smaller version of the UK-Channel Islands serving Commodore Clipper, see Ferry News report dated 18 October.
Ferry
#ferrynews - Manx Ministers are drawing up possible plans to buy the Isle of Man Steam Packet, iomtoday has learned. The move comes as negotiations continue with the ferry operator over a revised strategic sea services deal - and as…
Oscar Wilde yesterday completed French sailings this year. The cruiseferry departed Rosslare Harbour (above) earlier today to provide additional capacity over the Christmas season as an influx of passengers use the busy Holyhead-Dublin route.
Ferry
#FerryFestive - An Irish Ferries cruiseferry on the French route based out of Rosslare returned yesterday prior to making a repositioning voyage to Dublin Port this morning in preparation of the busy festive season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde…
Seatruck's RO RO Cargo vessel Clipper Point enters Dublin Port. There was positive year on year growth across all major cargo markets. Notable however, has been the continued steady growth of Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) trade at 5%, continuing a trend of strong growth within this sector which began in Q1 2014
Ports & Shipping
The latest IMDO iShip Index indicates growth in shipping and port activity in the Republic of Ireland by 5% in Q3 of 2017 verses Q3 in 2016. There was positive year on year growth across all major cargo markets. Notable…
L.É. Niamh, second ship on the left seen underway as part of a six-strong EU naval flotilla that carried out a EUnavfor Operation Sophia 'anti-people trafficking' exercise held late last month in the Mediterranean Sea.
Navy
#LENiamhHomecoming - L.É. Niamh returned to Cork Harbour anchorage overnight just in time for Christmas, having carried out a new historic first for the Irish Naval Service in the participation of Operation Sophia, writes Jehan Ashmore Afloat continued tracking the OPV80…
Foreshore Lease Approved For Galway Bay Marine Energy Test Site
Galway Harbour
#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…
Arklow Bridge seen underway off Vlissingen has been disposed by Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. Note near the bow, where the lower freeboard along the hull meets the cargo hatch coaming, this feature is reminiscent of the older V class series which too were disposed and are been replaced by 10 custom built newbuilds. The latest of these Arklow Venture was recently delivered to ASN.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingSnippets - A 183m tanker from Ardmore Shipping Corporation based in Bermuda which also has a principle operating office located in Cork, made a call to Bantry Bay recently, writes Jehan Ashmore. Ardmore Seaventure which at 49,999 dwt is on…
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
Galway Harbour
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…
Sailing in the RNIYC's RS 400 Autumn Series
RS Sailing
#RS - Sunday 17 December saw the end of the Bosun Bob’s RS 400 Autumn Series hosted annually at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. The series has built up over the last 10 years to now have up to…
Monkstown Bay SC Laser Winter Series Returns For 2018
Laser
#Laser - Following on from the success of recent years, the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser Winter League returns in January 2018. Running every Saturday from 6 January to 10 February, three short races will be held per day with…
Earlier this month Doyle Shipping won an injunction allowing it to continue to provide services to Stena Line ferries docking in Dublin Port
Dublin Port
#Dispute - A Dublin Port stevedore, Doyle Shipping, whose case against Stena Line was back in court recently, where a ruling on costs was reserved. Earlier this month as The Irish Times reported, Doyle won an injunction allowing it to…
Holyhead, the port in north-west Wales to see increased cruise visitors in 2018 and where plans are for a multi-use jetty.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseHolyhead - The Port of Holyhead in north Wales will according to Cruise Europe welcome 34% more passengers in 2018 than this year, bringing the total to 36,000 on 43 calls. The jetty, which is owned by Stena Line but…
Returning to Galway will be all the fun and action of SeaFest from 29th June to 1st July 2018
Galway Harbour
#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…
Fireballers Noel Butler and Stephen Oram
Dublin Bay
The forecast was for wind! The Frostbite organisers were expecting wind as they posted on Facebook that although the wind in the earlier part of the day was strong, it was due to moderate by the start of the afternoon…
An artist’s impression of the new student blocks earmarked for Queen Street in Galway Docks
Galway Harbour
#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…
Statutory Radio Surveys Under Way For Irish Seagoing Vessels
Ports & Shipping
#RadioSurvey - Further to this summer’s tender call for a panel of radio surveyors, the panel is now established and authors to conducts statutory radio surveys on Irish seagoing vessels, including fishing vessels. Owners of vessels in the categories listed…

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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This section of the site deals with Port and Shipping News on our largest ports Dublin Port, Port of Cork, the Shannon Estuary, Galway Harbour and Belfast Lough.

A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

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