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Fortress Spike Island saw off competition from the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and Rome's Colosseum to win the award
Cork Harbour
#SpikeIsland - In Cork Harbour the visitor centre on Spike Island run by Cork County Council has been named Europe's leading tourist attraction at the 2017 World Travel Awards. RTE news writes that Fortress Spike Island saw off competition from…
Water injection dredger 'Jetsed' pictured in 2014 which returned to Cork this month for further dredging works. Afloat adds that another much larger Dutch flagged dredger, Volvox Olympia is also involved in such operations but downriver of the natural harbour.
Port of Cork
#portofcork - Along the River Lee is where an expected stink is to eminate in the coming days as the Port of Cork dredges the riverbed. As the Evening Echo writes, every three years the Port of Cork carries out…
Sailors from Malahide Yacht Club, Howth Yacht Club, Greystones Sailing Club and the National Yacht Club took part in this first introductory day
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Sunshine on Saturday greeted the groups of sailors taking part in the first of the 420 sailing introduction days. Groups of six sailors used the class association training boats to get their first taste of sailing in these Irish Sailing…
The current ferry, Afloat adds named God Met Ons III, can carry 15 cars and 90 passengers, must be replaced by 2018
Island News
#islandnews - The Kerryman writes that the ferry service to Valentia Island is a vital asset to all south-west of the county and should be given the financial support it needs to continue into the future. That was the view…
A regular caller to Dublin Port is the Karin Schepers which last night departed the MTL Terminal (operated by Peel Ports Group). Towering above the containership are giant gantry cranes that have become more prominent throughout the port since the introduction of container transportation from the late 1960's.
Dublin Port
#crane292 - It is just days ago that Afloat reported of a 'resurrection' in Dublin Port, that been the return of an iconic 1960's quayside crane 292 albeit relocated to a much more prominent site beside the Port Centre headquarters, writes…
Gary Hodgson (Strategic Projects Director) at the Port of Liverpool where Afloat adds that 'feeder' services to and from Ireland will connect with the new UK port rail facilities
Ports & Shipping
#rail&sail - Peel Ports operators of the Port of Liverpool is set to launch a new rail container service for its customers using the large north-west English port. The company is in advanced contract discussions with both a rail provider…
A busy scene at Dublin Port with a ferry among cargoships
Ports & Shipping
#portsSurvey - According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Fact-Finding Report ‘Trends in EU Ports Governance 2016’ (download PDF) 66% of European ports are hosts to industrial plants. The main industrial sectors that were present in the sample relate…
Capt. Conor Moynihan, demonstrating the NMCI's 360 full mission bridge simulator's capabilities
Ports & Shipping
#NMCIopenDay - The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is set to open it’s doors next month to the public for the annual College Open Day on Thursday,  26th October. The nautical education training college located at Ringaskiddy, lower Cork…
German operated cruiseship Amadea is on call to Dublin today.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners- German cruise operator, Phoenix Reisen have their flagship docked in Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Passengers from the Amadea are taking in the capital and its various visitor attractionsas as part of an autumn cruise call. Only one…
Towering above is the recently resurrected and restored Crane 292 which stands proudly adjacent to the Dublin Port headquarters building - The Port Centre close to the Point Village.
Dublin Port
#crane292 - As Afloat previously reported Dublin Port Company has made a striking change downriver from the city centre as a new skyline emerges with the resurrection of one of its iconic 1960s cranes as pictured above.  The 115 feet tall…
On the stocks is that of another Arklow newbuild in the form of a V-class cargoship which is seen at a Dutch yard.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - The latest in a long line of newbuild cargsoship replacements for Arklow Shipping has been identified by Afloat and not surprisingly built in a Dutch shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. A steady succession of new tonnage in recent years…
Stena Line are to increase capacity on the UK North Sea route Killingholme-Rotterdam Europoort in January 2018. Above: freight ferry Stena Transporter at the neighbouring Dutch port of Hoek-van-Holland from where the ship operates to Harwich. Afloat which sourced this photo, shows the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway) the canal linking the North Sea and Rotterdam from where the Irish flagged tug Ocean Bank is seen home-bound having towed the former Naval Service OPV LE Aisling. Prior to departing Cork the OPV had been renamed Avenhorn.
Ferry
#ferry- Stena Line which also operates a UK landbridge route network on the North Sea to mainland Europe, announced earlier this year an increase in its freight capacity on the Harwich-Rotterdam-Europoort route by replacing the current two RoRo vessels with…
Disney Cruise Line are coming to Cork with two visits of the ‘Disney Magic’  in 2018.The port also reveal that they have hit 100 cruise liner calls for next season showing a staggering 30% increase.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Earlier in the year Disney Cruise Line announced the Port of Cork on their list of first time visits in 2018. Following successful port visits and further dialogue, today Disney Cruise Line have doubled the Magic coming to…
The UK's Royal Navy's newest 'City' class / Type 26 frigate which has been described as a Global Combat Ship will be called HMS Belfast. The original HMS Belfast a battle cruiser that took part in the Normandy beaches in 1944 has since for many years served as a visitor attraction on the Thames, London.
Belfast Lough
#NewHMSbelfast - One of the newest warships for the Royal Navy is to be called HMS Belfast writes The Irish News.  Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon made the announcement as his visited Harland and Wolff shipyard in the city, where…
Naval and army personnel on board the helideck of flagship L.E Eithne. A recent report commissioned by the Defence Forces found it is now at a “critical point” with staff numbers well below the target of 9,500.
Navy
#navy - A new recruitment competition has been opened by the Defence Forces writes The Irish Times, but this is amid concerns over dwindling troop numbers in the military. Announcing the recruitment drive on Wednesday, Minister of State for Defence…
Transit Gateway's latest mapping of Dublin Port, part of the Port Perspectives programme, is open to the public to view  at the main ferryport terminal 1  (Irish Ferries) this Saturday, 30 September (from 3pm).
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As highlighted on Afloat was the penulimate semimar of Transit Gateway's Mapping of Dublin Port, a series which is part of the Port Perspectives programme of events. Among them is the opportunity for the public to visit the…

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.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

Our pages are covering some of the most notable arrivals around our coast and reporting too on port development and shipping news.

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.

We also post updates on fishing, fisheries, lighthouses, cruise liners, naval visits, the Irish Naval service, coastal marinas and lots more too!

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