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Dublin Bay
The Royal Navy's Type 22 frigate HMS Chatham (F87) which recently returned to UK waters after a seven month deployment on anti-piracy duties off Somalia, visited Dublin Port last weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Chatham was the lead vessel for…
Lighthouses
Britain is to stop paying towards the cost of funding the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) according to a report in Lloyds List. In an agreement reached between London and Dublin, a formal announcement on the timetable for removing the…
Dublin Bay
The Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire has appealed for volunteers to assist in the operation of the museum when it re-opens to the public in the New Year. Over the last three years the museum has been closed for major…
Port of Cork
The Port of Cork was delighted to sponsor the Irish Exporter Awards category, 'Deep Sea Shipping Company'. The award was presented to CMA-CGM Shipping Ireland Ltd for providing global container shipping solutions for companies in all sectors, at an awards…
Ports & Shipping
Representatives of Tanzania, the Maldives, Ghana, Indonesia and Malaysia have benefited from the experience of Ireland's largest and most successful port management company. Dublin Port Company today announced it has completed a training programme for five developing countries as part…
Navy
A member of the Naval Service has died after a tragic accident in West Cork in the early hours of yesterday morning.Gardai are treating the death of the 34-year-old who fell in to the sea at Schull as an accident.…
Ports & Shipping
French shipping giant CMA-CGM was announced the winner of the Deep Sea Shipping Company of the Year Award at the annual Irish Exporters Association (IEA) Export Industry Awards, which was held in Dublin on Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The award…
Ports & Shipping
The latest figures announced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has revealed that the volume of goods passing through Irish ports increased across all the main shipping segments during the 3rd quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last…
Ports & Shipping
The operators of the Cork-Swansea route that reopened earlier this year, Fastnet Line, have announced running two special sailings for Munster rugby fans, when the team play against Swansea Neath Ospreys on 18 December. In addition the company are offering…
Ports & Shipping
As a severe drought grips Russia, over 2,500 tonnes of potatoes were loaded on board the mv Blankenese in Drogheda yesterday. The vessel was bound for St. Petersberg and a further three shipments are scheduled in the new export trade,…
Irish cargo-ship remains aground off Drogheda Port
Ports & Shipping
The Irish flagged general cargo-ship Arklow Raider which went aground when departing Drogheda Port on Tuesday, remains stuck on a sandbank tonight, writes Jehan Ashmore. In strong south-east gales the 90-metre vessel with a cargo of cement bound for Swansea,…
Shannon Estuary
Glen Cahill and the crew of the J109 Joie de Vie from Galway Bay Sailing Club were crowned overall winners of the West Coast Super League 2010 in both IRC & Echo at the prize giving held last Saturday night…
Jack up Barge Arrives on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
The jack up barge Aran 250 has been positioned in Dublin bay to carry out Borehole Drilling. The work is part of a Dublin City Council (DCC) project relating to the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant. It will involve the use…
Marina Manager Course Held in Dublin
Irish Marinas
12 marina managers from Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK attended an 'Advanced Marina Managers' course held in Dun Laoghaire last week. The course was organised by the British Marine Federation (BMF) for the Certified Marina Managers organisation. During the course…
Dublin Port Tugs Making Magic 'Rainbow' Happen
Dublin Bay
The ongoing broadcasting of the National Lottery TV advert-campaign 'Making Magic Happen' depicts an impressive 'man-made rainbow' display on the River Liffey, which was created by a pair of new tugs, a helicopter and the rising sun, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Storm Strands Ferry in South Devon Bay
Ports & Shipping
Thursday night's stormy seas forced a car ferry with more than 40 Irish-bound passengers to shelter in a south Devon bay. The Herald Express in Devon reports that the Norman Voyager, which left Cherbourg on Wednesday night, was due to…

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.

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