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Kinsale meets the famous Harbour Bridge. Stephanie Lyons busy on the bow of the successful Sydney 38 Wild One
Even by Australia’s sometimes weird boat-naming standards, calling your pride-and-joy Secret Men’s Business is a bit off the wall. Yet there is such a boat – in fact there are two, the second one being a TP52. But the first,…
Heysham Port in Lancashire, England which has a ferry link to the Isle of Man
The Manx Minister for Infrastructure said it was 'exciting times' for the Isle of Man Steam Packet. In addition to the new ferry landing stage being built in Liverpool for the Steam Packet, Heysham is also due a refurbishment over…
Hope For Royal Couple To Mark Cork Club’s Tricentenary On Proposed Visit
Royal-watchers will be hoping the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay a visit to the Royal Cork Yacht Club during its 300th anniversary celebrations when the royal couple come to Ireland within the next three months. As EchoLive.ie reports, William…
One of the Dublin Dock Workers’ Preservation Society’s archive of nearly 7,000 images
Dublin Port has stepped in to save the extensive photographic images collection of the Dublin Dock Workers' Preservation Society, writes Tom MacSweeney. Afloat.ie reported the situation last week when the internet service holding the images, which are made available for…
The current planned location of BigStyle’s new SUP hub at the Coal Harbour. Below, artist’s impression of the space
Irish watersport school BigStyle has announced the development of a new hub for stand-up paddleboarding at Dun Laoghaire’s Coal Harbour. The news comes just months after the business, which has expanded as far afield as East Africa, mooted plans for…
Dun Laoghaire's East Pier
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Simon Coate has issued the first notice to Mariners of 2020 for the Dublin Bay harbour as a reminder which notices remain in force. No. 7 (2010) - Discontinuation of Fog Signal No. 6 (2013) - Disestablishment of…
Playing on beer barrels in the Dublin Docks
Good news from the Dublin Dock Workers' Preservation Society in their attempts to save their 6,000 historical photographs collection. The problem was reported earlier this week on Afloat. Declan Byrne of the Society says: "We have been overwhelmed by the…
Dragons sailing at Kinsale, which welcomes the Gold Cup again in 2020
With the Kinsale Yacht Club commodore baton being passed from David O’Sullivan to Michael Walsh in December last year, the new commodore is rallying his troops for a busy year ahead, writes the club’s Brian Goggin. One busy committee member…
Dun Laoghaire’s currently vacant ferry terminal building
Proposals for a ‘food court’ at Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s currently vacant ferry terminal have been welcomed by one leading local stakeholder. In a written submission seen by Afloat.ie, Alistair Rumball of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School supports the…
Unloading cargo at Drogheda Port
Drogheda Port Company handled over 1.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2019. This is the third consecutive fiscal year in which the port has set a new cargo tonnage record. The port has been outperforming the Irish port sector in…
The Danica Hav docked in Gdansk, Poland in 2016
A captain found drunk in charge of his ship in Belfast docks has been fined £500, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Fifty-eight-year-old Oleg Okolobvich was arrested after fellow crew were forced to step in to avoid the cargo vessel Danica…
A container ship Afloat adds berthed in the port's DFT Terminal.
Record growth figures again in Dublin Port Company have been reported for 2019 as trade with the European Union countries experienced strong growth. Volumes on Ro-Ro (Roll-on/roll-off) and Lo-Lo (life-on/lift off) shipping services to Continental Europe grew by 10.7%, but…
File photo of the Dual-fuel car and passenger ferry Glen Sannox which is currently under construction at Ferguson Marine shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland
Bosses at a Scottish shipyard were “fairly and squarely” to blame for the calamitous delays and costs overruns at Ferguson Marine, it has been claimed. As The Herald reports, Kevin Hobbs, chief executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) –…
Container ship APL Singapura berthed at the French northern port of Dunkerque
Container ship APL Singapura operated by CMA CGM became the first ship to use the Port of Dunkirk's shoreside power (cold ironing) facilities last week. The cold ironing system reports The Maritime Executive, was installed at the Terminal des Flandres…
The main Isle of Arran ferry on the Forth of Clyde service linking Ardrossan and Brodick AFLOAT adds has the name of the vessel displayed in both English and Gaelic. The ferry Caledonian Isles (Eileanan Chaledonia) is one of the largest in the 33 strong fleet operating in Scotland's Western Isles.
The largest UK ferry and harbour operator is adding to its support for Gaelic speakers by offering a bi-lingual English and Gaelic customer care service. As a pilot project over the summer the Scottish ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) created…
File image of LÉ Eithne
The Defence Forces growing manpower crisis has left the Naval Service unable to confirm if it can bring two tied-up ships back into operational service this year. In an unprecedented move last June, it was forced to bring LÉ Eithne…

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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